Religious Freedom

 “It is the duty of everyone to defend religious freedom and to promote it for all people”—Pope Francis

A society that truly values religious freedom is one where its citizens are free to actively pursue the truth and live out their convictions publicly without fear of the government curtailing these actions.  Religious institutions have the right to operate in accordance with the integrity of their mission.     

Our local advocacy efforts on religious freedom include:  The right of religious institutions to provide insurance consistent with the mission of the institution; The right of religious institutions to hire those who publicly support the mission of the institution.  

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/prayer-resources.cfm

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