Religious Expression

Contraceptive Mandate
Designed to Impact Catholics,
CEO Tells Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 4, 2011 -- The federal government's new contraceptive and sterilization insurance coverage mandate includes a religious exemption whose language was designed specifically to counter Catholic institutions' conscience protections, one Catholic health care leader told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee Nov. 2.


Bishops Urge Funding for
Religious Freedom Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2011 -- The chair of the U.S. Catholic bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace is calling on the U.S. Senate to reauthorize a federal commission that advocates for religious freedom across the globe.


Bishop Lori Urges Action:
Testifies on Threats to Religious Liberty -- The U.S. bishops’ point man on religious liberty urged the U.S. Congress to protect the right to religious freedom in America because of several actions taken by the Obama administration.


Archbishop Gomez

Religious Liberty Threatened in America
Archbishop Gomez Warns -- In an article for First Things, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles pointed to several recent examples of religious freedom being suppressed in the U.S. and warned that the basis of the country's democracy is at stake.


Shameful Indifference by U.S. to
Persecution of Middle East Christians

BOSTON, MA, October 11, 2011--The following statement was released by Catholics for the Common Good Adviser, Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn about the lack of response by the U.S. government to the "horrific mistreatment of Christians in the Middle East."


Former US Ambassador to the Vatican comdemns attacks on Mormons

Amb Ray Flynn: Religious Bigotry In Politics
Should Be Rejected
BOSTON, MA, October 10, 2011 -- "With the killing and brutality of Christians in the Middle East and throughout the world, it is the height of hypocrisy and religious bigotry for Evangelicals to be attacking Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith," said CCG Adviser Ambassador Raymond Flynn. "Any candidate who does not reject this anti American Constitution rant and bias, should be disqualified from holding elected office."


Military's Gay Wedding Rule
'Seems to Ignore' Federal Law

- The head of the U.S. Military Archdiocese says that a new set of rules, allowing chaplains to perform same-sex “marriages” on military property, seems to disregard federal law.


Bishops' New Religious Freedom Chairman
Sees Government Playing God
WASHINGTON D.C., September 30, 2011 -- Emerging threats to religious freedom have inspired the U.S. bishops to establish a new committee for its protection. Its chairman sees government taking God's place as the source of the “first freedom.”


US Bishops Warn Obama of National Conflict
Over Failure to Uphold DOMA
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, urged President Obama and his administration to end their attack on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the religious freedom of those who support it.


US Bishops' Spokesperson Rips
Health and Human Services
for Interfering in Religion
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2011-- U.S. bishops' spokesperson Sr. Mary Ann Walsh blasted the Department of Health and Human Services for interfering in the work of religious hospitals that want to opt out of providing free contraceptives.


Vatican Official: UN Gay 'Rights' Agenda
Endangers Church's Freedom

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, July 8, 2011-- The Vatican's representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva says a recent resolution on “sexual orientation and gender identity” is part of an agenda that could restrict the Church's freedom.


Pope: Defend and Promote Right to Freedom
Message to Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
VATICAN CITY, May 4, 2011 (VIS) - Today was made public the Pope's message to Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the members of that institution at the closure of their seventeenth plenary assembly held in Rome from 29 April to 3 May on the theme: "Universal Rights in a World of Diversity: The Case of Religious Freedom".


 

Bishop Lori Addresses
Increasing Threat to Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2011-- Americans must be on guard against the government’s tendency to treat Christians’ right to stand for the truth as a “carveout” granted or taken away by legislators at will, said Bishop William Lori of the diocese of Bridgeport on Wednesday.


Proposed Rulemaking Threatens
Faith-Based Participation in Fed Housing Programs

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2011)——The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) not to adopt a proposed regulation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories for which discrimination in HUD programs is prohibited.


UC Davis Rescinds Anti-Christian Policy
DAVIS, CA,  February 17, 2011— The University of California at Davis agreed Wednesday to either revise or eliminate its problematic definition of religious discrimination that characterized Christians as oppressors of non-Christians. The definition was the subject of a letter sent to UC-Davis by an Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney on behalf of more than 25 concerned students that same day.




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