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"There is not a shadow of right on the general government to intermeddle with religion. Its least interference with it would be a most flagrant usurpation. I can appeal to my uniform conduct on this subject that I have warmly supported religious freedom."
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Religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.
-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 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.
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Fact Sheets - One-page fact sheets provide information on threats to religious liberty at home and abroad.
Lesson Plans - These five lesson plans incorporate the Ad Hoc Committee’s statement, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty," as well as excerpts from Dignitatis Humanae, the groundbreaking Vatican II document on religious libertyHomilies and Statements
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