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Religious Liberty

Religious freedom, first among our liberties, is under threat

December 15 marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The Philadelphia Inquirer is running a 12-part series to mark the occasion, and invited Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who is also the chairman of the PCC, to write about the First Amendment: Religious freedom is
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Report: PA’s Catholic Parishes, Ministries have Huge Economic Impact

We’ve told you before about the over $2 billion Catholic schools save Pennsylvania taxpayers each year. Of course the benefits go beyond the dollar signs, as the hundreds of Pennsylvania Catholic schools have graduated intelligent, successful, and community-minded citizens who h
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2015-2016 Session End Legislative Status Report

The 2015-2016 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly officially closes on November 30. Here is the status of the several high priority bills that were on the legislative agenda of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. Pro-Life Legislation – House Bill 1948 would have banned barb
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Cardinal Dolan Calls For Renewed Fight Against Doctor-Assisted Suicide

Seven jurisdictions in the United States have now opened the legal door to this dangerous abuse of medicine, an alarming trend that must be stopped for the sake of human dignity and the sacredness of life. In Colorado, Proposition 106 legalized the ability of a doctor to write prescri
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Study finds that religion contributes $1.2 trillion to US economy

A new study finds that religious groups in America contribute $1.2 trillion to the national economy, much of it in charitable services, which would be enough to make U.S. religion the 15th largest economy in the world. In his commentary on this study, Crux Contributor Christopher Whit
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Pittsburgh Diocese Comments on Justice Dept. Actions

We have always been willing to meet with representatives of the government to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution to our impasse over religious freedom. Our counsel and counsel for the other Supreme Court litigants had a meeting with representatives of the Department of Justice, a
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Religious Liberty: A Bitter Pill?

Many of us are unaware of the “ominous sign” delivered by the Supreme Court this summer. The Supreme Court sent the message that cases involving religious freedom are not even worth listening to after it recently refused to hear Stormans v. Wiesman, a challenge to a U.S. Court of Appe
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Pennsylvanians Participate in World Youth Day

Pilgrims all over the world are arriving for the highly anticipated World Youth Day 2016 (WYD) in Kraków, Poland.  Pope Francis will gather with young people from every corner of the world in Pope Saint John Paul II’s home country to celebrate their faith, all while concentrating on t
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Conscience Protection Bill Passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori – as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively – commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the C
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