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Religious Liberty News Releases


Bishop Chairmen Strongly Commend Administration for Action to Enforce Federal Conscience Law
January 24, 2020

Supreme Court’s Blaine Amendment Case an Opportunity to End a Shameful Legacy Says U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty and Catholic Education Chairmen
January 22, 2020

Bishop Chairmen Applaud Administration Measures to Strengthen Religious Liberty, Embrace Contributions of Faith-based Organizations
January 20, 2020

Bishop Murry Offers Reflection on Religious Freedom Day
January 15, 2020

U.S. Bishops' Conference President Reflects on the World Day of Peace
December 31, 2019

Bishop Chairmen Applaud Repeal of “Parking Lot Tax” on Houses of Worship and Nonprofits
December 20, 2019

Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown Elected as Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty at Fall General Assembly in Baltimore
November 12, 2019

Bishop Chairmen Commend Administration Action to Prevent Government Discrimination Against Faith-based Adoption, Foster Care, and Social Service Providers
November 1, 2019

USCCB Chairmen Issue Statement on Supreme Court Cases on Redefinition of “Sex” in Civil Rights Law
October 8, 2019

USCCB Poll: Americans Support Conscience Protection for Healthcare Professionals
September 18, 2019

USCCB Committee Chairmen Commend Administration for Actions Enforcing Conscience Law on Abortion
August 29, 2019

USCCB Chairmen Applaud Proposed Regulations Preventing Government Discrimination Against Faith-Based Federal Contractors
August 21, 2019

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz steps down as Chair of Committee for Religious Liberty amidst cancer treatment; Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester to serve as Acting Chair of the Committee
July 23, 2019

Bishop Chairmen Welcome HHS Aligning Health Care Nondiscrimination Regulations with Federal Law
May 24, 2019

U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Respond to U.S. House Vote on Equality Act
May 21, 2019

Faith leaders urge Trump, other U.S. leaders to uphold religious liberty
The Record, April 8, 2019
Coalition Letter: Full Text

U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Reaffirm Authentic Human Dignity and Rights in Letter to Congress Opposing Equality Act
March 20, 2019

Diverse Faith Leaders and Religious Nonprofits Renew Call to Repeal the “Parking Lot Tax”
March 4, 2019

U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Condemn Decision Preventing Muslim Man from Receiving Appropriate Spiritual Care at Execution
February 8, 2019

U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty Chairman Asks Senate Judiciary Committee to End Religious Tests on Nominees
February 4, 2019

Diverse Group of Religious Leaders Remind U.S. Senators: Religious Tests for Public Office Are Wrong, Unlawful
Religious Freedom Institute, January 17, 2019

Bishops Express Dismay at Court Ruling Enjoining Moral and Religious Exemption to HHS Mandate
Jauary 15, 2019

Bishop Chairmen Express Relief at Modifications to “Parking Lot Tax” But Seek Full Repeal
December 11, 2018

Ecumenical and Interfaith Leaders Ask Congress to Repeal the “Parking Lot Tax”
November 13, 2018

Bishops Applaud Final Rules Providing Expanded Moral and Religious Exemptions to HHS Mandate
November 9, 2018

Archbishop Kurtz: U.S. society 'much richer' when church, government work together
Crux, September 14, 2018

Archbishop Kurtz: Excluding faith-based providers harms kids by cutting off agencies that can help them
The Hill, July 13, 2018

USCCB Chairmen Applaud Supreme Court's Respect for Religious Liberty in Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision
June 4, 2018

U.S. Bishops' Chairmen Applaud Kansas and Oklahoma for Enacting Laws that Keep Kids First in Foster Care and Adoption Services
May 18, 2018

USCCB Looks Forward to Working with White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative
May 4, 2018

Bishop Chairmen, Ecumenical and Interfaith Leaders Strongly Support Legislation Keeping Kids First in Adoption and Foster Care
May 1, 2018

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz Announces Religious Freedom Week from June 22-29, 2018
April 27, 2018

U.S. Catholic Bishops' Chairmen Deeply Disappointed by Congress's Failure to Enact the Conscience Protection Act
March 23, 2018

U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Chairmen Urge Support for the 'First Amendment Defense Act'
March 14, 2018

Chairmen Call Faithful to Prayer and Action Urging Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act
March 6, 2018

U.S. Bishops Chairmen Commend Provisions in Budget Act that Ensure Houses of Worship Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance
February 9, 2018

Chairmen Applaud New HHS Initiatives on Conscience and Religious Freedom
January 19, 2018

Faith Leaders Affirm the Inherent Beauty and Dignity of Being Created Male or Female
December 15, 2017

USCCB Chairmen Comment on Supreme Court's Oral Arguments on Religious Freedom of Creative Professionals
December 5, 2017

U.S. Bishops Mark Nov. 26 as Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians
November 21, 2017

U.S. Bishops Elect Archbishop Joseph Kurtz as Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty
November 14, 2017

Archbishop Lori: Attorney General's Religious Liberty Guidance Protects Freedom Of Faith-Based Organizations
October 12, 2017

Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop Lori:  HHS Mandate Decision Represents Return to Common Sense
October 6, 2017

USCCB Chairmen Urge Congress to Support the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017, H.R. 2405 / S. 1823
September 28, 2017

Religious Americans lead hurricane response, so why does FEMA discriminate? Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Wenski, with Rabbis Barry Gelman and Efram Goldberg
USA Today, September 27, 2017

Archbishop Lori: Statement in Response to Senate Judiciary Committee Line of Questioning of Nominee
September 8, 2017

Joint Letter to Congress: 33 Organizations Urge Passage of Conscience Protection Act of 2017
September 6, 2017

Archbishop Lori Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision Protecting Religious Liberty
June 26, 2017

Why is HHS contraception order still standing? Trump said it 'would soon be over', Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
The Hill, August 3, 2017

USCCB Chairman Encourages Broadening of Exemption From HHS Mandate
June 1, 2017

Archbishop Lori Panel Discussion: "Interior and Exterior Freedom"
May 25, 2017

Archbishop Lori Talks Religious Freedom, Fortnight for Freedom with John Allen
Crux, May 15, 2017

USCCB President: Today's Executive Order Begins a Process
May 4, 2017

Inclusion Act Receives Continued Strong Support from USCCB Chairmen
April 10, 2017

USCCB Chairmen Ask President Trump to Fulfill His Promise to Protect Religious Liberty
February 16, 2017

USCCB Chairmen Express Solidarity with Muslim Community, Deep Concern Over Religious Freedom Issues, in Response to Executive Order on Refugees
January 31, 2017

Archbishop Lori: Troubling Claims in Report Raise Stakes for Religious Freedom
Catholic News Service, October 18, 2016

Interfaith Leaders Call on President and Congress to Reject Biased Religious Liberty Report
October 12, 2016

Archbishop Lori Responds to Statement of Chairman of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
September 13, 2016

In Krakow, Archbishop Lori stresses 'charity that evangelizes', Catholic Review
July 27, 2016

News Release: Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori Commend House Passage, Call on Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Bill
July 13, 2016

News Release: USCCB Chairmen Urge Support for the 'First Amendment Defense Act'
July 12, 2016

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori to Congress: Government's Coercion on Abortion Needs Immediate Remedy
July 7, 2016

Relics of English martyrs draw crowds as part of religious freedom push, by Maria Wiering
Crux, July 5, 2016

Federal Agency Fails To Protect Churches From California Elective Abortion Mandate
June 22, 2016

USCCB President Reacts To Supreme Court HHS Mandate Decision
May 16, 2016

USCCB, Missouri Catholic Conference, Other Religious Groups File Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court To Remedy Religious Discrimination By State Of Missouri
April 25, 2016

Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee For Religious Liberty Releases Video On Meaning Of Religious Freedom,
Features Little Sisters Of The Poor

April 12, 2016

Cardinal Dolan And Archbishop Lori To Congress: Support The Conscience Protection Act
April 1, 2016

Archbishop Lori: The Little Sisters of the Poor should win their court case
Crux, March 11, 2016

Archbishop Lori says proposal to restrict religion raise 'alarms'
Catholic News Service, December 11, 2015

Bishop Cantú Urges Congress To Reauthorize International Religious Freedom Commission
September 30, 2015

Pope Francis stresses vital role of religious freedom
September 27, 2015

Address of the Holy Father at the White House
September 24, 2015

Pope Francis Visits Little Sisters of the Poor
September 24, 2015

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage, 'A Tragic Error'
June 26, 2015

We Pray at a Particularly Difficult Time, Red Mass Homily
April 29, 2015, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Gesu Church, Miami, FL

Religious Freedom is Under Stress, Red Mass Homily
April 23, 2015, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, St. Anthony's Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Various religious leaders, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued an open letter on April 23, 2015, entitled "The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness."

Continuing the Search for Religious Liberty, The Contribution of Dignitatis Humanae ,by Archbishop William E. Lori
April 21, 2015

Congress Urged to Act for Protection of Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in D.C.
March 20, 2015

Of Human Dignity, Declaration on Religious Freedom at 50 ,by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Capuchin
March 18, 2015, First Things

Inclusion Act Receives Strong Support from Three USCCB Chairmen
March 9, 2015

U.S. Catholic Bishops Urgently Call for Greater Protection of Middle East Religious Minorities
February 24, 2015

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support for the Health Care Conscience Rights Act
February 20, 2015

Joint Letter Opposing RHNDA and HRAA to House of Representatives
February 5, 2015

Red Mass Homily, St. Mary's Basilica, Phoenix, Arizona, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki
January 20, 2015

Archbishop Lori Praises Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Religious Freedom of Muslim Prisoner
January 21, 2015

Pope Francis issues Clarion Call for Protection of Religious Liberty
January 13, 2015, National Catholic Reporter

USCCB Chairmen Respond to New Department of Labor Regulations
December 5, 2014

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Congress to Include Abortion Non-Discrimination Act in Funding Legislation
November 18, 2014, USCCB News Release  | Q & A

The Feast of Christ the King, Bishop Timothy L. Doherty
November 16, 2014, The Catholic Moment, Diocese of Lafayette, IN

Freedom to Bear Witness
November 15, 2014, Archbishop William E. Lori, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

US Bishops Renew Commitment to Fighting Threats to Religious Liberty
November 11, 2014, Life Site News

Catholics must be heard in Public Square, says German Cardinal
November 6, 2014, Catholic News Service

Pope to Albania's faith leaders: Religion is Source of Peace
September 23, 2014, Vatican Radio

Catholic Officials warn D.C. Council Bill threatens Religious Freedom
September 12, 2014, Catholic Standard, Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

A Tale of Two Churches
September 7, 2014, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Cardinal's Column

Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response to Revised HHS Mandate Regulations
August 22, 2014

USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act
July 31, 2014

USCCB Chairmen Respond to 'Unprecedented and Extreme' Executive Order
July 21, 2014

Hobby Lobby and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Bishop Richard J. Malone
July 17, 2014

'More Respect for Religious Freedom' Needed After Failed Senate Vote to Curtail It
July 16, 2014

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori to Senate: Oppose Misnamed "Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014" (S. 2578)
July 14, 2014

A Decision Upholding American Ideals of Freedom, by Sr. Mary Ann Walsh
July 1, 2014

USCCB President, Diverse Religious Leaders Come Together To Urge Congress To Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act
July 1, 2014

A vital win for religious freedom, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
June 30, 2014, The New York Post

Supreme Court Decision on Hobby Lobby: A Great Day for the Religious Freedom of Family Businesses
June 30, 2014

Religious liberty in the balance at the Supreme Court
June 25, 2014, Baltimore Sun, Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘Eucharistic Heart’
June 23, 2014, The Catholic Review, Maria Wiering

Religious Persecution More Widespread than 1700 Years Ago
June 20, 2014, Vatican News, Pope Francis

USCCB Joins Religious Groups in Filing Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Religious Freedom Rights of Muslim Prisoner
May 29, 2014, Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court 

Will the Owners of Hobby Lobby Have to Check Their Faith at the Door?
March 25, 2014, OnFaith

U.S. Bishops File Amicus Curiae Brief Supporting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in Supreme Court Cases Challenging HHS Mandate
January 28, 2014

Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Supreme Court Injunction for Little Sisters of the Poor against HHS Mandate
January 24, 2014

USA Today Gets Religious Freedom Right
January 14, 2014

Archbishop Kurtz, Why we're rejecting the contraception mandate
January 6, 2014, The Washington Post

Archbishop Kurtz asks President Obama for Temporary Relief from Burdensome Fines against Ministries of Service to the Poor, Sick and Vulnerable
December 31, 2013

USCCB Chairmen Praise Introduction of the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act in the Senate  
December 12, 2013

USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz Responds to ACLU's Lawsuit
December 6, 2013

President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Applauds Federal Court Ruling on HHS Mandate in favor of Catholic Dioceses, Ministries
November 22, 2013

U.S. Bishops Issue 'Special Message' on HHS Mandate at Conclusion of General Assembly
November 13, 2013

USCCB Chairmen Explain Opposition to ENDA   FAQ About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act
November 7, 2013

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori to Congress: Adopt Policy of Health Care Conscience Rights Act
September 27, 2013

U.S. Bishops Seek to Live by Faith, Serve Needy, Insure Employees; Continue Moral, Legal Analysis of HHS Mandate
September 17, 2013

"Archbishop Lori, Bishop Madden Urge Senate to Support the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, S. 1274"
July 29, 2013

"Hobby Lobby Wins a Stay against Birth Control Mandate"
July 19, 2013, Reuters

"Worth Worrying About: Same-Sex Marriage & Religious Freedom"
July 17, 2013, Commonweal,  Richard Garnett, Notre Dame Law Professor

Joint Letter to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on ENDA 2013
July 9, 2013

"Final Rule Still Requires Action in Congress by Courts, Says Cardinal Dolan"
July 3, 2013

Catholic, Southern Baptist Religious Liberty Leaders Lead Open Letter Effort For Conscience Protection Given HHS Mandate
July 2, 2013

"Broad Coalition Says Contraception Mandate a Religious Liberty Threat"
July 2, 2013, Religion News Service

"Reining in Religious Freedom. A Hostile Government Chips Away at the Faith-Based Life"
July 1, 2013, The Washington Times, President John Garvey, Catholic University of America

"Go to the Barricades for Religious Liberty. Christians are the Most Persecuted Creed Worldwide"
June 28, 2013, NY Daily News, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, USCCB President

Catholics and Southern Baptists urge Senate to support Health Conscience Rights Act
June 21, 2013

Religious Liberty Chair Backs Litigants Opposing HHS Mandate
April 8, 2013

USCCB Says Administration Mandate Violates First Amendment Freedoms of Religious Organizations and Others
March 20, 2013

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