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US bishops welcome Pope’s remarks on religious liberty

Catholic World News - January 20, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has welcomed Pope Benedict’s comments on religious liberty in his January 19 address to a group of US bishops.

“The bishops are thankful and encouraged by this most recent statement of the Holy Father on religious freedom,” said Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. “Today Pope Benedict spoke eloquently and powerfully on the threats to the Church’s moral witness in public life,” added Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 22, 2012 2:13 PM ET USA

    No doubt we will all "shut-up" should worse come to worse and serious oppression come to pass? The speculation, given Sacred History, is utterly ridiculous and almost renders this argument moot. To be truthful I would not relish the possibility of being cruxified upside down, but to think of all of us "running scared" because of any civil government is humiliating.

  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Jan. 21, 2012 11:44 PM ET USA

    Since the mission of the Church is to communicate and reveal God's saving love to the world it is obliged to bear "public moral witness" in society. It is entrused with proclaiming the Gospel that man and woman may come to a knowledge of the truth and achieve their eternal destiny. By exercising her mission the Church promotes the common good of society, especially when she speaks to moral matters relative to the natural moral law, the principles of which are accessible to human reason.

  • Posted by: impossible - Jan. 21, 2012 10:58 PM ET USA

    To achieve/restore religious freedom, the U.S. Bishops need to reevaluate their political preference/bias and stop being surrogates for the very people who have done the most to debase our culture and diminish religious freedom. The Bishops need to wake up and smell the roses and recognize the basic rule of cause and effect.

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