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Religious Freedom Week: Join us for Prayer, Reflection, and Action

June 24, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

Religious Freedom Week Began this Week! June 22 - 29

The following alert was issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):
Non datur libertas sine veritate.
Vol. V, No. 5
Dear brothers and sisters,
Peace be with you!
On June 22, the Church celebrates[d] the memorial of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher. These men, a civil servant and a bishop, forced to choose between faithfulness to Christ and obedience to King Henry VIII's oath of supremacy, professed their ultimate allegiance to Jesus and his body, the Church. St. Thomas More gave us the memorable line, "I die the king's good servant, but God's first." They inspire us with the way that they loved their country, yet remained true to Jesus Christ, the Sovereign King, when the civil authority came into conflict with the Church.
With this feast day, we begin Religious Freedom Week, which continues through June 29. During the week, the Church celebrates several important feasts, including the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.
The Church faces immense challenges right now, both in our country and within the Church herself. I hope you will join Catholics around the country for prayer, reflection, and action, as we seek the kingdom, and find strength in hope.
With prayerful best wishes, I am
                                                                        Sincerely yours in the Lord,
                                                                        Most Reverend Joseph Kurtz
                                                                        Archbishop of Louisville
                                                                        Chair, Committee for Religious Liberty

"Among the trials of this life they find strength in hope, convinced that 'the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us' (Rom. 8:18)."
                              -Apostolicam actuositatem, 4
Resources are available, including video, daily prayer intentions and suggested actions, lectionary notes, and social media graphics.  
Find out more at
Bishops Find 'Strength in Hope' for Religious Liberty
Michelle Martin, Our Sunday Visitor

"One of the things people don't understand is that the freedom of religion is more than the freedom to worship," said Barbara Samuells, president and co-founder of Catholics for Religious Freedom, a grassroots organization based in the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York. "It's the freedom to speak out and bring your opinions and values into the public square."  Read more.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus: A Reign of Love 
By Sr. Theresa Marie Nguyen, O.P.

Holy Mother Church exhorts us to consecrate ourselves and our world to the Sacred Heart because it is "a symbol and a sensible image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love one another" (Annum sacrum, 8). In Jesus, we are called to respond to God's love with our entire being, as individual and social persons. For this reason, religious freedom is vital.  Read more. 
God's Servant First
Religious Minorities Under Siege in Myanmar

By Virginia Farris, with Matthew Wilch
The Rohingya are denied citizenship by the Myanmar government. Considered "stateless," they face restrictions on their ability to own any property, get an education or a job, vote, move about, marry, and even have children.  Read more.
First Freedom Podcast
On Episode 26, Barrett Turner talks Catholic social teaching, Dignitatis humanae, and development of doctrine.
And on Episode 27, Jennifer Bryson discusses sports and the importance of letting all play.
Action Alerts
Support the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act
The federal Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (H.R. 897 / S. 274) would prevent government discrimination against faith-based child welfare service providers, including adoption and foster care agencies.  Contact your senators and representative today and ask them to co-sponsor and support the federal Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act!
Urge Lawmakers to Support the LIFT for Charities Act!
The Lessening Impediments From Taxes (LIFT) for Charities Act of 2019 (H.R. 1545/S. 632) is bipartisan legislation that would repeal Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7), more commonly known as the "parking lot tax."  Contact your senators and representative today and ask them to support the LIFT for Charities Act!
Tell the Senate to reject religious tests for judicial nominees!  
Recent nominees to the federal judiciary have endured pointed questions about their faith during confirmation hearings and in written questionnaires.  It is time for these discriminatory, anti-Catholic questions to stop.  Contact your senators today!

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In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you.