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If a candidate is right on lesser issues but votes wrongly on key moral issues, Pope St. John Paul II said, “The common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.”
Religious Liberty in Doubt:
Pope Benedict XVI stated, “It is imperative that the entire Catholic (Christian) community in the U.S. come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s moral witness … of particular concern are attempts to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. … concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices (Jan. 19, 2012)
“In the United States, religious freedom generally enjoys strong protection in our law and culture, but those protections are now in doubt. For example, the longstanding tax exemption of the Church (and by implication, all religions) has been explicitly called into question at the highest levels of government, precisely because of her teachings … (believers) have a particular duty to make sure that protections like these do not weaken but instead grow in strength. This is not only to secure the just freedom of the Church and the faithful here but also to offer hope and an encouraging witness to those who suffer direct and even violent religious persecution in countries where the protection is far weaker.” (USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship)
“As a nation, we share many blessings and strengths including a tradition of religious freedom and political participation … we face serious challenges that are both political and moral.” USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Almighty God, may we elect candidates who will always uphold the common good, avoid intrinsic evil and protect our God-given rights to life and to freedom of conscience. In concert with the great founders of our nation, may we confidently proclaim, “In God we Trust.” Amen
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom
Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”
America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.
For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…
Religious Freedom Resources
Educational resources for parish members who work to support Religious Freedoms.
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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion
Barbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witness to Freedom Rally held at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
In Service to the Church
Click here to watch Barbara on TeleCare TV.
National Religious Freedom Day
Click here to view a video about National Religious Freedom Day 2014.