April 23, 2016

The Right to Religious Freedom: An Inspiring Video from the USCCB


H/T ChurchPOP  

The Little Sisters of the Poor face a dire threat to their religious freedom in the United States. Find out more about what the Catholic Church teaches on religious freedom, including the groundbreaking Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae) from the Second Vatican Council. Via the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' YouTube channel.

From the USCCB'S Religious Liberty Page.
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.

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