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US bishops renew committee on religious liberty, re-issue 'Faithful Citizenship' statement

June 12, 2014

The US bishops have extended the term of a special committee on religious liberty, and re-issued a statement on political responsibilities with only minor changes, at their spring meeting in New Orleans.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted against a move to draft a completely new document on the public duties of Catholic politicians and voters. Instead they chose to re-issue a familiar test, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”

By a unanimous vote, the USCCB renewed their ad hoc committee on religious liberty, chaired by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. The committee has sought to raise awareness of threats to religious freedom, by public testimony and activities including what has become an annual Fortnight for Freedom.


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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jun. 12, 2014 9:39 PM ET USA

    Well, isn't that about the same wordy "Faithful Citizenship" document which was put out by our bishops in 2007, and also later, in the aftermath of which the majority of American Catholics voted in 2008 and 2012 for our vigorously pro-abortion president?? Why draft a new document and go through any unpleasantness about canon 915?? Pray for the Church, unled in the US.