Religious Liberty

‘Unprecedented And Extreme’ Executive Order

The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity”
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UPDATED Oppose S. 2578’s Unprecedented Attack on Conscience, Religious Freedom

Update: On July 16 the U.S. Senate voted against considering S. 2578, a bill empowering the federal government to override the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other federal conscience laws when it mandates including any “item or service” in health plans. On June 30,
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U.S. Supreme Court Makes Favorable Religious Liberty Decision

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Encouraged by Favorable U.S. Supreme Court Religious Liberty Decision “[R]eason recognizes that religious freedom is a fundamental right of man, reflecting his highest dignity, that of seeking the truth and adhering to it, and recognizing it as an indi
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*UPDATE* Archbishop Chaput’s Statement on Denial of Relief Against HHS Mandate

Update from Catholicphilly.com- “The archdiocese immediately appealed the decision on Thursday, and by Friday afternoon the Third Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of Buckwalter’s ruling, meaning the penalties for not complying with the regulations would not be assessed be
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Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes Supreme Court Decision Affirming Freedom of Speech for Pro-Life Americans

From the USCCB WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech for pro-life Americans in a June 26 decision in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. The Court unanimously declared unconstitutional a Massachusetts law barring pro-life advocates from public sidewalks near abortion
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Gainer, Catholic, Harrisburg

Bishop Gainer: Government policies are endangering religious liberty

  Bishop Gainger’s Op-Ed Originally appeared in the Lancaster Sunday News The Lancaster County countryside tells a remarkable story of religious liberty. The landscape is still dotted with evidence of the brave men and women who risked everything to escape religious persecu
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Greensburg Diocese Granted Injunction Against HHS Mandate

Greensburg Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt issued the following statement in response to the preliminary injunction granted June 20, 2014, by U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab in the Diocese of Greensburg’s lawsuit against the HHS Mandate. I am pleased that U.S. District Court Judge A
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religious liberty, religious freedom

Fortnight for Freedom across the State

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve will take place from June 21 to July 4, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, S
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