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"Freedom is not only a gift, but a summons to personal responsibility…it is a challenge held out to each generation, and it must be constantly won over for the cause of good."

– Pope Benedict XVI, 2008 Pastoral Visit to the United States

 

Religious Liberty

 

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.

Latest News!

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

The Feast of Christ the King, Bishop Timothy L. Doherty
November 16, 2014, The Catholic Moment, Diocese of Lafayette, IN

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

US Bishops Renew Commitment to Fighting Threats to Religious Liberty
November 11, 2014, Life Site News

Faith Communities Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Letter to Congress
June 30, 2014

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the USCCB, Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Rabbi Leonard Matanky, President, The Rabbinical Council of America, and other prominent religious leaders join together in a letter to protect the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Signed Letter    |  New York Post op-ed


USCCB President, Diverse Religious Leaders Come Together To Urge Congress To Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act

July 1, 2014, USCCB News Release
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