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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."

–James Madison

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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.

Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty
, April 12, 2012 | en español

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Various religious leaders, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued an open letter on April 23, 2015, entitled “The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness."

Continuing the Search for Religious Liberty, The Contribution of Dignitatis Humanae
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