USCCB Religious Freedom Week

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Beginning June 22, the feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, the USCCB invites Catholics to pray, reflect, and act to promote religious freedom.

Religious freedom allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and to serve the good of all. 

We are seeing a marked increase in cases of violence against Catholics going unpunished, an increase of Catholics being forced by governments to violate their religious conscience, and an increase of laws and policies restricting religious freedom. 

A government that intrudes on the right of religious freedom will not hesitate to intrude on our other freedoms.

The United States Constitution’s first amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

In this video, Jere Palazzolo, President of Catholic Healthcare International, and Robert Muise, co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center, discuss religious freedom and the CHI Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act case; a case Mr. Muise believes is “a simple case of an egregious violation of the right to religious freedom.”