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Bishops Greet Supreme Court Decision On Immigration With Hope, Caution

See decision as step toward humane immigration reform
Seek federal government’s strong role in immigration
Wary that part of decision might lead toward racial profiling

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops greeted with hope and caution the June 25 Supreme Court decision to strike down provisions of an Arizona immigration law that would have allowed warrantless arrests of people suspected of an offense that is deportable, that would have made it a crime to seek work in the state and that would have made undocumented presence a state crime.


Archbishop Lori: Church must remain 'obstacle' to fully secular culture

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- On the eve of the feast day of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori held up the two martyrs as a source of inspiration for American Catholics during a Mass June 21 launching the U.S. bishops' much-anticipated "fortnight for freedom."

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Fortnight for Freedom

The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country.


On Monday, June 25, 2012, join the CatholicTV Network as they broadcast special LIVE coverage with Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, during Fortnight for Freedom
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43 Catholic dioceses, groups sue to stop HHS contraception mandate

WASHINGTON -- Forty-three Catholic dioceses, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and other institutions filed suit in federal court Monday to stop three government agencies from implementing a mandate that would require them to cover contraceptives and sterilization in their health plans.

Archbishop urges people of all faiths to stand for religious freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After receiving the inaugural Religious Freedom Award May 24, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori encouraged people of all faiths to stand together to defend religious liberty.

Baltimore, Washington Liturgies to Bookend National Celebration of Fortnight for Freedom

Bell ringing called for on July 4 Prayer services for liberty to be held nationwide Resources available at www.fortnight4freedom.org

WASHINGTON—Mass at the Baltimore’s historic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, scheduled for June 21 at 7:00pm EDT, will open the Fortnight For Freedom, which runs from June 21 to July 4. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore will celebrate the liturgy to kick off the Catholic Church’s national education campaign on Religious Liberty.

Mary Ann Glendon: Why the Bishops Are Suing the U.S. Government

The main goal of the contraception mandate is not to protect women's health. It is a move to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda.

This week Catholic bishops are heading to federal courts across the country to defend religious liberty. On Monday they filed 12 lawsuits on behalf of a diverse group of 43 Catholic entities that are challenging the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) sterilization, abortifacient and birth-control insurance mandate.

Diverse Group of Religious Leaders Unify Around Defense of Religious Freedoms

The main goal of the contraception mandate is not to protect women's health. It is a move to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda.

Unprecedented Effort to Launch State Religious Freedom Caucuses to Stop the Steady Erosion of Religious Liberties

WASHINGTON – May 24, 2012 – To fight for the protection of religious freedoms in the face of threats by aggressively secularist elected officials, bureaucrats and judges, a diverse group of religious leaders joined together at the National Religious Freedom Conference, “Rising Threats to American Religious Freedom, to establish a unified effort surrounding the recent and unprecedented wave of threats that go to the heart of religious freedoms.

Bishops Issue Statement on Religious Liberty

'An unjust law cannot be obeyed,' they state, in face of growing threats to freedom.

WASHINGTON — Marking a new era of intense church-state friction, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued a hard-hitting statement today that defended the free exercise of religious institutions in the United States and abroad. In doing so, they opposed any “accommodation” with “unjust” laws and outlined plans for prayer and catechetical initiatives designed to strengthen an embattled constitutional right.

A Call to Catholics:
Raise your voice in support of the Church

A Primer on the HHS Health Mandate and Religious Liberty by Bishop William E. Lori.

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Bishops Appeal Federal Decision That U.S. Constitution Forbids Religious Accommodation, Requires Abortion, Contraception Funding in Anti-Trafficking Service Contract

Court decision poorly reasoned, dangerous
Ignores Supreme Court precedents favoring religious liberty
Threatens religious charities of all faiths nationwide

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed a notice of appeal April 17, asking a federal appeals court to vacate a decision by a Massachusetts federal judge declaring that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated the First Amendment in its contract with USCCB to provide case management services to victims of human trafficking, because the contract did not require USCCB to facilitate abortion and contraception. USCCB has also requested a stay of the lower court’s decision until the appeals court can rule.

Bishop tells committee about 'absurd' effects of contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty went before Congress again Feb. 28 to urge rescission of the Department of Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate or passage of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.
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Liberal spin out of sync with liberal media polls on HHS mandate

Be Not Afraid to Oppose the HHS Mandate

Obama Fares Worse Among Women after Month-Long Contraception Mandate Battle

NYT Poll: Majority of Americans Say Employers Should Be Able to Opt Out of Contraception Mandate

Cardinal Dolan Voices Dismay at Handling by White House in Letter Updating Bishops on HHS Mandate Controversy

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York voiced dismay in the Administration’s handling of the church as the White House and the church seek to work out religious freedom problems found in a mandate in the new health care reform bill.
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Senate Vote to set Aside Conscience Act Marks Chance to Build Bipartisan Support, Seek Judicial Remedies for Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s 51-48 vote March 1 to table the bipartisan Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (S. 1467), sponsored by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and 37 other senators, impels the Church to strengthen its resolve to support religious freedom.
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Bishop Lori responds to "America" magazine editorial

Bishops Decry Hhs Rule, Urge Catholics To Stand Up For Religious Liberty And Conscience Rights In Homilies At Vigil For Life

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Read Bishop Lori's Letter to All Parishioners. Take action now!

Visit the USCCB website for more information of the Urgent Action Alert

Watch Bishop Lori's Testimony from the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform's hearing on Religious Liberty this morning

Read the transcript of Bishop Lori's testimony

Read Positive Reactions to Bishop Lori's efforts to fight for Religious Liberty

Gallup: 72% of All Americans and 56% of Democrats Say Obamacare Mandate Unconstitutional

Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty

"Referral is Not the Answer, Rescinding the Mandate Is,” by Bishop William Lori, chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty

U.S. Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edict

Holy Father affirms struggle for Religious Liberty In his “Ad Limina” visit with American Bishops

Marriage and Religious Freedom:

Fundamental Goods That Stand of Fall Together
An Open Letter from Religious Leaders in the United States to All Americans
Released January 12, 2012

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Religious Leaders Join Together in Support of Marriage, Religious Liberty

Open letter highlights connection between protecting marriage, religious freedom Letter is a “sign of hope” and “compelling argument,” Cardinal-designate Dolan says Elected officials need to defend marriage, religious liberty. Read More »