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Lutheran denomination joins bishop in defending religious liberty

Catholic World News - April 19, 2012

Officials of the nation’s second-largest Lutheran denomination processed from a Lutheran church to the Catholic cathedral in Fort Wayne to “stand in solidarity” with the Catholic Church in defense of religious liberty.

“We stand with those working for the continued freedom to act according to the principles of faith and conscience as they care for their fellow man and cherish society’s most vulnerable without being discriminated against by government mandates,” said Rev. Daniel May, president of the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

“We pledge our allegiance to the United States of America, but our higher and greater allegiance is to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords,” he added.

“We stand together as Lutherans and Catholics today in opposing the attack on our religious liberty by the federal government,” said Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne - South Bend, who added that it is “appalling that the government purports to define which of our religious institutions are ‘religious enough’ to merit protection of their religious liberty.”

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