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Our First, Most Cherished Liberty - A Statement on Religious Liberty

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We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.

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Cardinal Dolan Voices Dismay at Handling by White House in Letter Updating Bishops on HHS Mandate

March 2, 2012

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York voiced dismay in the Administration’s handling of the church as the White House and the church seek to work out religious freedom problems found in a mandate in the new health care reform bill.

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Journey to the Foot of the Cross: Bishop Ricken Offers 10 Things to Remember For Lent

February 21, 2012

WASHINGTON—Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers “10 Things to Remember for Lent” as the Church prepares to begin the season with Ash Wednesday on February 22:

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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

"Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation." -- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

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Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty

February 10, 2012

Regulatory changes limited and unclear; Rescission of mandate only complete solution; Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act

WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:

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Six Things Everyone Should Know About The HHS Mandate

February 6, 2012

WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers the following clarifications regarding the Health and Human Services regulations on mandatory coverage of contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

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White House Misrepresents Its Own Contraceptive Mandate

February 3, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following response to the February 2 post on the White House blog.

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U.S. Bishops Decry HHS Rule, Urge Catholics to Stand Up for Religious Liberty and Conscience Rights

January 23, 2012

WASHINGTON — Both the president of the U.S. bishops and the bishops’ Pro-Life chairman called on the thousands of Catholics gathered for the National Prayer Vigil for Life to speak out for the protection of conscience rights and religious liberty.

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U.S. Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edict

January 20, 2012

Unconscionable to force citizens to buy contraceptives against their will; No change in limited exemption, only delay in enforcement; Matter of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion

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National Prayer Vigil for Life January 22-23, 2012

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night pro-life prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January.

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