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Contact your representatives in the Senate and House and ask them to overturn the HHS Rule.
View videos on religious freedom from Archbishop William Lori and Bishop Ricardo Ramirez along with addresses given at the 2012 June General Assembly of Bishops by Archbishop Lori, John H. Garvey, Esq., Dr.Thomas F. Farr and the Most Reverend Shlemon Warduni.
"We need to render unto Caesar those things that bear his
image. But we need to render ourselves unto God -- generously, zealously,
holding nothing back. To the extent we let God transform us into his own image,
we will – by the example of our lives – fulfill our duty as citizens of the
United States, but much more importantly, as disciples of Jesus Christ."
Religious liberty has been a part of the American experience since before the United States even became an independent country. However, approaches to religious liberty have developed over time, as Catholics and people of other faiths have faced discrimination in various forms. Fortunately, there have been many heroes of religious liberty that span centuries.
Importantly, the First Amendment has protected the free exercise of religion since the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789. While the HHS mandate forcing coverage of sterilization, contraception, and abortion-inducing drugs represents a significant threat to religious liberty, Catholics and others have endured religious crises throughout our country's history.
Read the articles below to find out more about our country's historic challenges, and view our educational resources page to find out more about current threats to religious liberty both at home and abroad.
USCCB files Comments on latest proposed HHS Mandate Rule (USCCB News Release, March 20, 2013)
HHS Proposal Falls Short in Meeting Church Concerns; Bishops Look Forward to Addressing Issues With Administration - (USCCB News Release, February 7, 2013)
Bishops Urge Congress To Act On Religious Liberty Crisis In Health Care Before Year’s End (USSCB News Release, August 3, 2012
"HHS mandate shouldn't require leaving faith, values at home" by Archbishop William E. Lori. (Washington Post, August 2, 2012)
The High Costs of 'Free' Birth Control by Richard Doerflinger
HHS Mandate Latest in Line of Religious Crises by Christine M. Williams
First Amendment, not about Pill, but Bill of Rights by Peter Feuerherd
Why the Bishops are Suing the U.S. Government by Mary Ann Glendon (Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2012)
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