religious liberty

USCCB names more threats to religious liberty

HHS mandate for sterilization, contraception, and abortion-inducing drugs.

The mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services forces religious institutions to facilitate and/or fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching. Further, the federal government tries to define which religious institutions are "religious enough" to merit protection of their religious liberty.

Catholic foster care and adoption services.

Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom June 21-July 4 to draw attention to importance of religious liberty

Religious liberty

Religious liberty is both an American value and a universal human right and shouldn't be considered something private or lived out within a community of worshippers once a week.

So says Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the U.S. bishops, who, for several years, have been speaking out about the importance of preserving religious liberty.

Editorial | The erosion of religious liberty

Last fall, when former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited St. Louis to stump for the Affordable Care Act, we asked her about the number of lawsuits challenging the government's mandate that requires most employers to provide contraceptives, sterilizations and some abortion-inducing drugs free of charge in their health care plans -- even if it violates their religious or moral beliefs.

Archdiocese of St. Louis to join third Fortnight for Freedom

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate a Mass next month as part of the U.S. bishops' third annual Fortnight for Freedom, a nationwide initiative to pray, raise awareness and support religious liberty in the United States.

All are invited for the Mass, which will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. After Mass, Archbishop Carlson will host a social at his residence for young people.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Faith in Jesus Christ is deeply personal, but it is not private

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

We are baptized into a family of faith, the Church, and we live out our Christian discipleship in communion with all our sisters and brothers (living and deceased) who make up the one Body of Christ. The social, or communal, dimension of Catholic belief and practice is every bit as important as the individual, or personal, dimension of Christian life.

Once again walking for religious liberty, against mandate

An unidentified man marched in last year’s Religious Freedom Walk, from Hancock, Md., to Baltimore. This year’s second annual Religious Freedom Walk, held June 9-15, went all the way to Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON -- Some people will go to great lengths to protect their religious freedom. For one 21-year-old from Holy Family Church in Middletown, Md., that distance was 100 miles.

Jennifer Holcomb said she was shocked to find that many of the people she encountered while on a weeklong walk for religious freedom were uninformed about the rules of the federal government's contraceptive mandate, which was the focus of the second annual Religious Freedom Walk.

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