Tag: Religious Liberty

Pope Francis’ Address on Religious Liberty

In what will no doubt be one of his most significant addresses of this trip, here is Pope Francis’ address on religious liberty given today at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Dear Friends, One of the highlights of my visit is to stand here, before Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States of America. It was here that the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed.  The Declaration of Independence stated that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that governments exist to […]

Pope Francis Embraces Everyone With Heart of Jesus

Yesterday was indeed an inspiring start to the pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the United States.  In his remarks to the US Bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral he made clear his desire for the people in the United States to know that he comes to embrace each and everyone of us. The heart of the Pope expands to include everyone. To testify to the immensity of God’s love is the heart of the mission entrusted to the Successor of Peter, the Vicar of the One who on the cross embraced the whole of mankind. May […]

Religious Liberty; Rooted In Dignity Of The Human Person

As our Fortnight For Freedom progresses this summer, today seems an appropriate moment to reflect upon the innate freedom of every human person to give expression to their relationship with God.  Today the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist.  We read in Sacred Scripture that this birth was announced to Zechariah by an angel of the Lord. The angel even goes so far as to describe the life mission of John.  (Luke 1: 525) The Sacred Scriptures give plenty of other evidence that we are all created by God, from the foundation […]

Fortnight For Freedom Mass & Homily

On this Vigil for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the faithful gathered for our Mass to mark the celebration of the Fortnight For Freedom.  Below is the Homily. Thank you for your presence here today to celebrate this Eucharist.  Thank you for your presence with us to pray for one of our most basic human freedoms, the freedom of religion. As many of you know, our US Bishops have called us in these days to a time of intense prayer for the protection of religious liberty, otherwise known as a the Fortnight For […]

St. John the Baptist and Fortnight For Freedom

Fortnight For Freedom Homily: Solemnity of Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Thank you for the invitation to be here with you today to celebrate this Eucharist.  More than anything I wish to thank all of you for continuing the faith in this part of our state.  Faith is a tremendous gift, and it is a good thing to gather today to celebrate this gift and nourish it through the Eucharist and the Church.   Today the Church exercises a rare practice of displacing the regular Sunday celebration with the Solemnity of the Nativity of […]

Fortnight For Freedom

Tomorrow begins a two week period of prayer for respect for Religious Liberty.  From June 21 to July 4, the US Bishops are asking all people of faith to make this a time of prayer, study and catechesis.  This is to be a time to both learn about the growing threats to religious liberty in our own country, as well as internationally, and to pray that this basic, fundamental freedom be protected. Perhaps the best known threat to our religious liberty is the now famous HHS Mandate.  There are two fundamental issues at work here.  […]

Letter To Priests, Deacons, Religious and Parishioners Regarding HHS Mandate

    Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ:  As you are most undoubtedly aware, on January 20, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its decision not to expand the unacceptably narrow “religious employer” exemption to its mandate that virtually all health insurance plans must include, as so-called “preventive services” sterilizations, abortifacients, and contraception.  Since that time, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and I began immediately preparing to meet this challenge.  The Bishops’ Conference committee on Religious Liberty is actively engaged in planning a nation-wide response on a number of levels.  […]

US Department of Health & Human Services on Wrong Side of Constitution

On August 1, 2011, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an “internal final rule” to require virtually all private health plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptives, and female sterilization procedures. Among these prescription contraceptives are drugs which are known to induce abortion.  All health plans will be required to include these services without co-pays or other cost sharing – even if the insurer, the employer or the woman herself objects to such coverage.  Since August, numerous protests to this rule have been formally filed with HHS, seeking a […]

Freedom of Religion

For some time now, the Bishops of this country have had growing concerns of potential restrictions on our First Amendments rights to express our religion freely.  Just this past week, two Archbishops wrote on this topic of growing concern and importance; Archbishop Dolan of New York, and Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles.  Also this week, Bishop Lori of Bridgeport, the newly appointed Chair of the newly established Bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, addressed a panel before Congress on this very topic, and expressed our concerns. I strongly encourage our Catholic family to “tune in” […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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