religious freedom

Fighting the Good (albeit Ordinary) Fight

St. Josemaría Escrivá

This week, the Church in the United States is in the midst of the annual Fortnight for Freedom.  The bishops established the Fortnight in 2012 to highlight the need to defend religious liberty. It is a two-week period of prayer, fasting, and action.  There are many feast days that fall in this two week period, including Sts. Thomas More and John […]

Going Out the Door

Do I get an indulgence for walking out a holy door? Our diocese has a few holy doors for this Year of Mercy, and one is in my parish. I think of the great graces I have the chance to receive on a weekly basis as I go to Sunday Mass, and I always try to enter through the doors […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis on Religious Liberty

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.” (Pope Francis—Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, September 26, 2015) Print this entry

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.” (Pope Francis—Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, September 26, 2015) Print this entry

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco

“‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.’ Therefore, according to the Gospel, any citizen can be a good Catholic – that is, side with Jesus Christ and the Pope, and do good to his fellow men – and at the same time side with Caesar, namely, observe the laws of the land, except […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed John Paul II

“The heart of every culture is its approach to the greatest of all mysteries: the mystery of God. Our respect for the culture of others is therefore rooted in our respect for each community’s attempt to answer the question of human life. And here we can see how important it is to safeguard the fundamental right to freedom of religion […]

Daily Catholic Quote from C. S. Lewis on Moral Tyranny

C. S. Lewis

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without […]

USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:

Let’s Move Beyond Preaching to the Choir

Photography © by Paul Johnson

The day after Independence Day finds me experiencing an eclectic mix of feelings: elation, hope and anxiety.  Time with my family, Mass yesterday morning and the evening fireworks provided the traditional backdrop for our July 4th celebration, but there was a nagging feeling of dread lurking beneath the surface yesterday that I am struggling to shake.  The most democratic and […]

Fourth of July will be Different this Year

I am not very proud to admit that over the years I have taken the 4th of July, or should I say the real meaning of this national holiday, for granted over the years.   To me, the date has been more about another way and another special day to celebrate summer; my favorite season of the year. When I was […]