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ABSTRACTReligious liberty is cornerstone of American freedom | The Chillicothe Gazette | chillicothegazette.com Continue Reading » Advertisement You will be redirected to the page you want to view in   seconds. CLASSIFIEDS: JOBS CARS HOMES APARTMENTS DEALS CLASSIFIEDS GARAGE SALES DATING SUBSCRIBE TODAY News Ohio News Sports Entertainment Life Voices & Views Obituaries Help   Local News   Photo Galleries   Weather   School Closings   Data Center   Elections   Videos   Story Archive   Photo Archive   Suggest an investigation LATEST HEADLINES Chillicothe Evening Lions plant 100 saplings CHILLICOTHE -- International Lions Club members take goals as challenges, and the Chillicothe... - 7:24 am Addiction treatment trouble looms for ADAMH service area CHILLICOTHE -- In the next year, it will be more difficult for people without insurance to get drug... - 7:25 am Ohio judges: Reforms keep more criminals out of jail John Elder pleaded guilty to six counts of theft, three counts of insurance fraud and three counts...   Bucyrus   Columbus   Coshocton   Fremont   Lancaster   Mansfield   Marion   Newark   Port Clinton   Zanesville   H.S. Sports   Game Night   H.S. Softball   H.S. Baseball   Ohio State Football   HighSchoolSports.net   Buy Tickets LATEST HEADLINES Thomas not going pro yet COLUMBUS -- Deshaun Thomas will not be joining Ohio State teammate Jared Sullinger in the NBA --... Cincinnati Reds' Latos ready for the pressure CINCINNATI -- Reds fans expect greatness tonight when Mat Latos makes his Cincinnati pitching... Cleveland Cavaliers beat Toronto Raptors TORONTO -- Standing at the free-throw line with a chance to clinch a rare Cleveland win, Lester...   Local Entertainment   Metromix Columbus   Events   Movie Listings   Movie Reviews   Submit Event LATEST HEADLINES Bargains blog: Free fries for the Buckeyes, $25 coupon booklet, price comparisons Our bargains blog offers deals and advice on savings every day. Check it out! - 10:51 am Several National Library Week activities planned Next week is National Library Week, and your library has a full schedule of events for all ages. Spring up your look Jewel tones are a mark of spring clothing, but Tangerine Tango will be the hit of the season.   Blogs   Forums   Submit a Letter to the Editor   Submit and View Photos   Facebook   Twitter LATEST HEADLINES Cheers and Jeers Some cheers and jeers to ponder between innings as Major League Baseball has returned: Religious liberty is cornerstone of American freedom On every Good Friday since I was a young girl, I've prayed the steps from St. Martin case rekindles racial divisions Bob: We have come a long way in race relations in this country, but those who think the issue is...   Funeral homes   Florists   Across Ohio   Contact us   Customer Service   Subscribe   Place an Ad   Report a problem   Staff Directory   Back Issues   Archives COMMUNITIES: Bainbridge Kingston Waverly Search Search in   News   Archives   Local Deals   Yellow Pages ADVERTISEMENT Religious liberty is cornerstone of American freedom Apr. 7, 2012  |   Comments Tweet Email Print Share LinkedIn Tumblr StumbleUpon Reddit Del.icio.us Digg A A Written by Jean Schmidt Filed Under Opinion Columnists - Opinion On every Good Friday since I was a young girl, I've prayed the steps from St. Gregory Street to Holy Cross-Immaculata Church atop Mount Adams. My extended family and I were among about 10,000 people planning to make the pilgrimage this past Friday. People who observe the day when Jesus Christ died on the cross usually pause on each of the 96 concrete steps to say a prayer -- although some are so young they have to be carried in the arms of a parent or grandparent. It's a ritual that has been observed for generations by some families in Cincinnati. The tradition is about 150 years old -- probably dating to 1861, when climbing what then were wooden steps was the most direct way for some German-American Catholics to reach their new house of worship at the summit of Mount Adams. The church, 30 Guido Street, was built of limestone quarried from the hillside that overlooks the Ohio River. The inspiring spot is one of the most scenic in the Second Congressional District, which I represent. Most of the pilgrims were expected to be Catholic, but people of all faiths are welcome. Bishop Joseph Binzer blessed the steps at midnight at the onset of Good Friday. The church remained open for 24 hours so that visitors could pray the Stations of the Cross or spend time observing the Relic of the True Cross. While praying the steps is special to Cincinnati, I think the practice epitomizes the religious freedom guaranteed to our country's citizen.......