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"Unless we work hard to keep our religious liberty, we'll lose this cherished freedom. It is already happening in other parts of the developed world. We need to be aware of this and do everything we can to prevent these types of attacks on our freedom to live our faith."

– Seán Cardinal O'Malley, Archdiocese of Boston 


Religious Liberty

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Pope FrancisPope Francis has observed that "religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life." Evangelii Gaudium, no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to "an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture." Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.

Various religious leaders, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued an open letter on April 23, 2015, entitled The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness."

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Archbishop Kurtz on Same Sex Marriage Ruling, and Where the Church Goes from here
June 29, 2015, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, OSV News Weekly

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage, A Tragic Error
June 26, 2015, USCCB News Release

We Pray at a Particularly Difficult Time, Red Mass Homily
April 29, 2015, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Gesu Church, Miami, FL

Religious Freedom is Under Stress, Red Mass Homily
April 23, 2015, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, St. Anthony's Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Continuing the Search for Religious Liberty, The Contribution of Dignitatis Humanae
April 21, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori

Easter and Religious Freedom
April 7, 2015, Archbishop José Gomez, Angelus- The Tidings Online

Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Works

Congress Urged to Act for Protection of Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in D.C.
March 20, 2015, USCCB News Release

Of Human Dignity, The Declaration on Religious Freedom at 50
March 18, 2015, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Capuchin, First Things

Inclusion Act Receives Strong Support from Three USCCB Chairmen
March 9, 2015, USCCB News Release

U.S. Catholic Bishops Urgently Call for Greater Protection of Middle East Religious Minorities
February 24, 2015, USCCB News Release

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support for the Health Care Conscience Rights Act
February 20, 2015, USCCB News Release

Joint Letter Opposing RHNDA and HRAA to House of Representatives
February 5, 2015

Red Mass Homily, Saint Mary’s Basilica, Phoenix, Arizona
January 20, 2015, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, Springfield, llinois

Archbishop Lori Praises Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Religious Freedom of Muslim Prisoner
January 21, 2015, USCCB News Release

Pope Francis issues Clarion Call for Protection of Religious Liberty
January 13, 2015, National Catholic Reporter

USCCB Chairmen Respond to New Department of Labor Regulations
December 5, 2014, USCCB News Release

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Congress to Include Abortion Non-Discrimination Act In Funding Legislation
November 18, 2014, USCCB News Release | Q & A

Freedom to Bear Witness
November 15, 2014, Archbishop William E. Lori, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

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