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"The media have implied all along that the dispute is mainly of concern to a Catholic minority with peculiar views about human sexuality. But religious leaders of all faiths have been quick to see that what is involved is a flagrant violation of religious freedom. That's why former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared, 'We're all Catholics now.'"
– Mary Ann Glendon, Wall Street Journal
Pope Francis has observed that "religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life." Evangelii Gaudium, no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to "an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture." Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the USCCB, Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Rabbi
Leonard Matanky, President, The Rabbinical Council of America, and other prominent religious leaders join together in a letter to protect the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Congress to Include Abortion Non-Discrimination Act In Funding Legislation
November 18, 2014, USCCB News Release
Pope to Albania's faith leaders: Religion is Source of Peace
September 23, 2014, Vatican Radio
Catholic Officials warn D.C. Council Bill threatens Religious Freedom
September 12, 2014, Catholic Standard, Archdiocese of Washington D.C.
'More Respect for Religious Freedom' Needed
After Failed Senate Vote to Curtail It
July 16, 2014, USCCB News Release
Religious Persecution More Widespread than 1700 Years Ago
June 20, 2014, Vatican News, Pope Francis
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