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We should be free to preach the gospel, we should be free to help the poor in Christ's name, we should be free to heal the sick in Christ's name, we should be free to educate in Christ's name, and now we are being told for the first time that the government has the right to tell us that our ministries are now public services without religious reference… It's chilling and difficult for me to live with that my own government is now saying that what you thought you could do, namely exercise your religion freely as you define it, now depends upon how we define what you do. This isn't just the bishops, we have Catholic University, Notre Dame University, and many others who are saying "You are robbing of us of our identity as Catholics."
– Francis Cardinal George, Archdiocese of Chicago
In the words of our Holy Father Pope Francis "religious freedom is more often affirmed than put into practice." Therefore, defending religious liberty and making it available for everyone, is everyone's responsibility. In doing this, we "guarantee the growth and development of the entire community."
So, let us work together to create "a culture of encounter" in which "believers and nonbelievers collaborate together to promote a world where injustices can be overcome and every person may be welcomed and contribute to the common good."
Stay up to date about current threats to religious liberty and help protect this fundamental right!
USCCB Chairmen Respond to 'Unprecedented
and Extreme' Executive Order
July 21, 2014, USCCB News Release
Decision Upholding American Ideals of Freedom
July 1, 2014, USCCB Blogpost by Sr. Mary Ann Walsh
Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘Eucharistic Heart’
June 23, 2014, The Catholic Review, Maria Wiering
Religious Persecution More Widespread than 1700 Years Ago
June 20, 2014, Vatican News, Pope Francis
Pope Francis Receives U.S. president Obama
March 27, 2014, Official Vatican Network
Will the Owners of Hobby Lobby Have to Check Their Faith at the Door?
March 25, 2014, OnFaith
USA Today Gets Religious Freedom Right
January 14, 2014, USCCB Blogpost
Kurtz asks President Obama for Temporary Relief from Burdensome Fines
against Ministries of Service to the Poor, Sick and Vulnerable
December 31, 2013, USCCB News Release
USCCB Chairmen Praise Introduction of the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act in the Senate
December 12, 2013, USCCB News Release
USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz Responds to ACLU's Lawsuit
December 6, 2013, USCCB News Release
Lori, Bishop Madden Urge Senate to Support the Federal Disaster Assistance
Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, S. 1274"
July 29, 2013, USCCB News Release
Lobby Wins a Stay against Birth Control Mandate"
July 19, 2013, Reuters
"Worth Worrying About: Same-Sex Marriage & Religious Freedom"
July 17, 2013, Commonweal, Richard Garnett, Notre Dame Law Professor
Rule Still Requires Action in Congress by Courts, Says Cardinal Dolan"
July 3, 2013, USCCB News Release
Coalition Says Contraception Mandate a Religious Liberty Threat"
July 2, 2013, Religionnews.com
"Reining in Religious Freedom. A Hostile Government Chips Away at the Faith-Based Life"
July 1, 2013, The Washington Times, President John Garvey, Catholic University of America
"Go to the Barricades for Religious
Liberty. Christians are the Most Persecuted Creed Worldwide"
June 28, 2013, NY Daily News, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, USCCB President
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