Marriage, Family and Respect Life: Religious Liberty

taa5vxefghcjbghzqqfynby2xal.jpg  mdj2yya2bf5dx6zalk3812dstgl.jpg  prlmagnto2ih1jpx961evdgc9fl.jpg  u048oq7dap9z73sepk3f7iged8l.jpg  vh6y230wqc1mp2hngekqmu0g1ql.jpg  brdtlgwedpolmgcgxfrpidmmk7l.jpg  yu3kd33nn6nvjb55z503zy5cafl.jpg

Parish Resources  |  Chastity and Sexual Purity  |  Get Involved  |  About Us  |  Links  |  Special Events  |  Calendar

 

 
"Religious freedom expresses what is unique about the human person, for it allows us to direct our personal and social life to God, in whose light the identity, meaning and purpose of the person are fully understood. To deny or arbitrarily restrict this freedom is to foster a reductive vision of the human person; to eclipse the public role of religion is to create a society which is unjust, inasmuch as it fails to take account of the true nature of the human person; it is to stifle the growth of the authentic and lasting peace of the whole human family. 

For this reason, I implore all men and women of good will to renew their commitment to building a world where all are free to profess their religion or faith, and to express their love of God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their mind (cf. Mt 22:37)."
 - Pope Benedict XVI
(2011 World Day of Peace Message)


Religious liberty is an inherent right of the human person, a fundament aspect of our human dignity.  Individuals and social institutions (including government entities) have a duty to respect the religious freedom of other individuals and institutions.  

Sadly, this fundamental right, guaranteed by the US Constitution, is under attack.  (See Current Threats to Religious Liberty on the US Bishops website.)  In response to these attacks on religious freedom, the Bishops of the United States have called on all Catholics and citizens to join efforts to defend this fundamental right.
 

Special Events

 
Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 to July 4
 
The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve will take place from June 21 to July 4 a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.

 

Fortnight for Freedom activities in the Diocese of Steubenville include the following:

  

Resources

The following resources are drawn from the US Bishops website.  For more resources, visit http://www.usccb.org/freedom.
 
Prayer Resources:

Educational Resources: