STATEMENT OF BISHOP LORI ON A RECENT SUPREME COURT DECISION
The Supreme Court decision marks a victory for religious liberty and the U.S. Constitution. Freedom of Religion is America’s First Freedom and the Court has spoken unanimously in favor of it. The Founding Fathers would be proud. Respect for the long-standing “ministerial exception,” which is grounded in the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, prevents the government from interfering in the employment relationship between a Church and its ministers. This decision makes resoundingly clear the historical and constitutional importance of keeping internal church affairs off limits to the government—because whoever chooses the minister chooses the message. It is a great day for the First Amendment.
Bishop William E. Lori
U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty
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Statement of Bishop William E. Lori, Chair of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty
“As a local bishop and as chair of the Ad Hoc Committee, I am deeply gratified by the Holy Father’s support for the efforts of U.S. bishops to defend religious liberty in the face of growing threats.
The Holy Father’s words calls us all both to fidelity to the Gospel and to be true to the founding vision ofcountry, according to which religious freedom is the first of the freedoms and the source of all others.
We welcome the Holy Father’s defense of the right of the Church to fulfill its mission according to its own teaching , while also safeguarding the rights of conscientious Catholics to raise their voices in the public square. In his Ad Limina Address, he shows us ‘the road less taken’ to achieving the common good of society.”
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BALTIMORE (CNS) -- After a lengthy report from the chairman of a new Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he came away from a recent meeting with President Barack Obama encouraged about some aspects of religious rights concerns.
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Bishops’ Religious Liberty Chair Urges Congress to Defend Religious Liberty at House Judiciary Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON—The head of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called on Congress to defend the American legacy of religious liberty on October 26, during a hearing before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
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WASHINGTON— New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan has named Bishop William E. Lori, to chair a new Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty to address growing concerns over the erosion of freedom of religion in America.
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Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2011 / 06:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a time when Christians face heightened persecution particularly in the Middle East, Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut pointed to John Paul II as a heroic example in the fight to protect religious freedom.
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|On September 30, Bishop Lori delivered the Homily at the Red Mass celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey. Bishop Lori urged all lawyers, judges and members of the legal profession in attendance to witness their faith in professional life and to stand up for “a civilization of truth and love.”|
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|STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DOLAN & BISHOP LORI September, 22 2011|
As Pastors, we have received thoughtful expressions of concern from many of the faithful regarding a series of four conferences on aspects of the Church's teaching on human sexuality entitled, "More than a Monologue." Two of these will take place at Catholic universities in our own dioceses, Fordham University and Fairfield University.
We shared those concerns and our own with the Presidents of Fordham and Fairfield Universities. Advertisements and commentary in advance of these conferences seemed to imply that they might encourage dissent from the Church's teaching and from her teaching authority while advocating for erroneous opinions about sexuality dominant in our culture. The Presidents of both universities listened to our concerns and brought them to the attention of the organizers of these conferences in their respective universities. Subsequently both Presidents helpfully assured us that these conferences, while sensitive to the experience of the participants, will not be a vehicle for dissent.
One of them wrote: "I am confident that the Church's teachings will be clearly stated and articulately defended, and in a spirit of dialogue that is proper to an academic setting, the strength of these teachings will be quite convincing, based as they are on revealed truth."
With the assurances we have received, we now must trust that the conferences will turn out as intended: not as a criticism or questioning of the faith and morals of the Church, but as a sincere attempt to listen to those who are trying their best to believe and live it, and who have some positive ideas about pastoral strategy to present it even better.