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"[W]e hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth that religion, or the duty which we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate."
– James Madison
The USCCB has issued a series of educational bulletin inserts in English & Spanish over the coming months. As one-page documents, the English & Spanish versions may be photocopied on flipsides of the same insert.
For additional one page fact sheets, please see our page, "Religious Liberty at Home". You will find the one pagers under the header, 'Domestic Threats to Religious Liberty.'
In its core document, Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty "urge[d] that the Solemnity of Christ the King-a feast born out of resistance to totalitarian incursions against religious liberty-be a day specifically employed by bishops and priests to preach about religious liberty, both here and abroad."
Catholics across the nation are being encouraged to pray, fast and act for renewed protection of religious liberty and to rebuild a culture favorable to life and marriage.
XVI has said, "Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be
resisted." We are called to pray and act to protect the freedom of religion.
The freedom of conscience for which we are fighting is the freedom to live our lives according to our faith, without having to compromise that very same faith.
If we are not free in our conscience and our practice of religion, all other freedoms are fragile.
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