Our First, Most Cherished Liberty – a statement on religious liberty by the USCCB Adhoc Committee on Religious Liberty.
“We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.” Read More
Articles of Interest
Religious Freedom – the most basic human right
Religious freedom is the most basic human right. The ability of individuals and institutions to live and operate according to their faith has been coming under attack for years in our nation. Some commentators have even stated that “freedom of religion” – the ability to live one’s faith in his/her daily life – is slowly being minimized to the right of “freedom to worship” – the ability to worship as defined by one’s faith, but not to practice and actually live that faith out in our society.