Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholics urged to lobby on behalf of religious freedom commission

Catholic World News - December 13, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development is asking Catholics to urge their senators to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is on life support, surviving only because it is included in a continuing resolution that expires on December 16, 2011,” the USCCB’s action alert states. “The need to raise the profile of religious freedom is urgent. Christians and other religious minorities face ongoing attacks in the Middle East and other parts of the world.”

“Violence against worshippers in Iraq and Coptic Christians in Egypt, killings of prominent officials calling for changes to blasphemy laws in Pakistan, and bombings of churches in Nigeria are examples of horrific acts perpetrated against believers,” the alert continues.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,337 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,662.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: porcini - Dec. 14, 2011 1:45 AM ET USA

    Asking Catholics to urge their senators? Good thing to do. Why do the bishops never ask for prayer, like maybe a Rosary Crusade?

  • Posted by: sparch - Dec. 13, 2011 2:14 PM ET USA

    I wish the bishops would stay away from politics and only espouse opinions that support the church and it's beleivers. They always seem to be sold a bill of goods that in the end is decidedly anti-catholic.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17