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"There is not a shadow of right on the general government to intermeddle with religion. Its least interference with it would be a most flagrant usurpation. I can appeal to my uniform conduct on this subject that I have warmly supported religious freedom."
In Catholic teaching, the Second Vatican Council explained in Dignitatis Humanae that the foundation of the
principle of religious freedom is rooted in the dignity of the human person, who
is endowed with reason and free will, and therefore able to take responsibility
of his or her actions. Religious liberty is protected in the First Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution and in federal and state laws. Religious liberty includes
more than our ability to go to Mass on Sundays or pray the Rosary at home; it
also encompasses our ability to contribute freely to the common good of all
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Archbishop Lori Applauds 20th Anniversary of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
November 19, 2013, Statement by Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty
2013 Fortnight Closing Homily. Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, July 4, 2013
Fortnight Closing Mass Remarks Archbishop William E. Lori, Archdiocese of Baltimore, July 4, 2013
Fortnight for Freedom Homily Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, July 4, 2013
Fortnight for Freedom Homily Archbishop Robert Carlson, Archdiocese of St. Louis, July 3, 2013
Fortnight for Freedom Homily Seán Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, June 26, 2013
Fortnight for Freedom Homily Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS, June 23, 2013
2013 Fortnight Opening Mass Homily. Archbishop William E. Lori, Archdiocese of Baltimore, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption, June 21, 2013
Religious Freedom and the Love of God, John H. Garvey, Esq., President,The Catholic University of America, June 13, 2012, USCCB General Assembly.
Religious Liberty Chair Backs Litigants Opposing HHS Mandate
April 8, 2013, USCCB News Release, read the full Chairman's Statement
Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, April 12, 2012 en Español
United for Religious Freedom, USCCB Administrative Committee. March 14, 2012.
Pope Benedict XVI warns of threat to freedom of religion, conscience in U.S., January 19, 2012.
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