Opening Remarks for Domestic Religious Freedom


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ABSTRACTOpening Remarks for Domestic Religious Freedom Home | Offices | Bookstore | Contact Us | Share | Subscribe Buscar / Search:  Prayer and Worship Liturgical Calendar Prayers Blessings Devotionals Liturgical Resources Resources for the Eucharist Sacraments Roman Missal Beliefs and Teachings Who We Teach How We Teach What We Believe Dialogue With Others Vocations Issues and Action Get Involved Take Action Now Religious Liberty Faithful Citizenship Marriage and Family Cultural Diversity Human Life and Dignity Child and Youth Protection Media Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Video Bible Today's Reading Books of the Bible Understanding the Bible Approved Translations Liturgy Permissions Catholic Giving Opportunities for Giving Ways to Get Involved About USCCB Strategic Plan Priority Plan Leadership Bishops and Dioceses USCCB Offices Contact USCCB Financial Reporting USCCB Employment Print | Share | Calendar | Diocesan Locator        Items of Interest Get Involved Get More Information Internships Meetings and Events Take Action Now Pray Action Center Contact Elected Officials Legislative Alerts and Updates Signup for Our Action Alerts Religious Liberty Conscience Protection Fortnight for Freedom Articles Special Masses Diocesan Activities Educational Resources Graphics and Downloads Prayer Resources TAKE ACTION Faithful Citizenship Church Teaching All Catholics Diocesan & Community Leaders Parishes & Schools Campuses & Young Adults Youth Media Marriage and Family Children Natural Family Planning Catholic Teaching What is NFP? Current Medical Research Find an NFP Class Diocesan Ministry Resources About Us Web Links Marriage Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Annulment Divorce Domestic Violence Marriage Preparation Wedding Ceremony Parents and Parenting Promotion and Defense of Marriage Cultural Diversity Intercultural Competencies African American Demographics Links News Resources Asian/Pacific Islander Demographics Links News Resources Hispanic/Latino Demographics Links News Resources Native American Demographics Links News Resources Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers Ethnic Ministries People on the Move Apostleship of the Sea Demographics Links News Resources Human Life and Dignity Abortion Partial Birth Abortion Post-Abortion Healing Project Rachel RU-486 Abstinence and Chastity Agriculture Assisted Suicide To Live Each Day Asylum Citizenship Cloning Contraception Sterilization Criminal Justice - Restorative Justice Culture of Life Death Penalty-Capital Punishment Debt Relief Economic Justice - Economy End of Life Euthanasia Environment Environmental Justice Program Faith-Based Initiatives Federal Budget Global Issues Africa Asia Europe Latin America/Caribbean Middle East Trade Haiti Health Care Homosexuality Housing - Homelessness Human Trafficking Hunger, Food, Nutrition Immigration Labor - Employment Migrants, Refugees and Travelers Asylees Cuban Refugees Family Reunification Haitian Refugees Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers Refugee Resettlement Refugee Travel Loans Collection Refugee Youth and Children's Services BRYCS Strengthening Refugee Families Military Poverty Domestic Global Pro-Life Racism Religious Liberty Conscience Protection Reproductive Technology Same Sex Unions September 11 Sexual Abuse of Children Sexual Abuse of Women Sexuality Social Security Stem Cell Research Adult Stem Cells Embryonic Stem Cells Torture Violence War and Peace Arms Trade Landmines Nuclear weapons Welfare - Safety Net Child and Youth Protection Audits Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People FAQs Glossary Parents Reports and Research Resources Safe Environment Victim Assistance   USCCB > Issues and Action > Religious Liberty   Opening Remarks for Domestic Religious Freedom   Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty Opening Remarks for Domestic Religious Freedom Hour during the USCCB General Assembly, Public Session, Wednesday, June 13, 2:30pm I. Introduction My brother bishops – let me begin this segment on domestic religious liberty by thanking all of you for your strong efforts in support of that cause. We are facing not just one, but a series, of extraordinary challenges in this area. Nothing less than our full and undivided efforts in response will suffice to meet those challenges. As His Eminence, Cardinal Mahony, has put it in describing just one of these challenges, our response will require “all the energies the Catholic community can muster.” And all of you, my brother bishops, have done that, in a remarkable sign of unity, and for this I am most grateful. I have only a short time during this session, so rather than detail all of our activities over the last six months to promote and defend religious freedom, I want to address three highlights briefly. First is the unanimous statement of the Administrative .......