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Videos on Religious Freedom
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 is the first liberty granted to us by God and protected in the First Amendment to our Constitution. It includes more than our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It also encompasses our ability to contribute freely to the common good of all Americans.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights states the following: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”READ MORE ON OUR FAQ PAGE
Fortnight for Freedom and Religious Liberty Video- His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I, Archbishop of Chicago
Fortnight for Freedom Interactive Town Hall Meeting Video with His Eminence Seán Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap, Archbishop of Boston
Una quincena por la Libertad— Most Reverend José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, June 22, 2012Repair My House: Renewing the Roots of Religious Liberty - Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., June 20, 2012, Indianapolis
Religious Freedom and the Love of God — John H. Garvey, Esq., President,The Catholic University of America, June 13, 2012, USCCB General Assembly
Opening Remarks for Domestic Religious Freedom Hour, USCCB General Assembly — Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, June 13, 2012
Fortnight for Freedom Message from Pope Benedict XVI from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, July 4, 2012Dignitatis Humanae, Reflections for the Fortnight for Freedom
The protection of marriage (the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife) and religious liberty follows from the duty to safeguard the sacred dignity of the human person. But even more directly, the legal protection of marriage also protects the religious freedom of those who abide by that vision of marriage. Learn more about the connection between marriage and religious liberty.
Regardless of your tradition, we invite all people of faith to join in prayer and in a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty. This may take on many forms as there are beautiful religious traditions in our country and will itself serve as a sign of the religious diversity that flows from religious freedom and that makes our country great.
Free Exercise of Religion: Putting Beliefs into Practice- Religious leaders from many faiths in the U.S. have issued a statement on religious freedom. Catholics are not alone in the fight to defend our First Amendment rights!
Open Letter: "Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together" (Jan. 12, 2012)
Reflections for the Fortnight for Freedom, daily reflections with readings and questions that can be used for group discussion or personal reflection.
Parish Resources (14 Ways to celebrate Fortnight for Freedom)
For more resources and for additional information on freedom of conscience, please visit usccb.org/conscience.
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