“Our First, Most Cherished Liberty”

Today, May 10th 2012, we read an article about “A statement on religious liberty from the U.S. Bishops.” It starts out saying we are Catholics, we are Americans…. we should not have to choose between the two. Freedom is not only for Americans… it is for all those that wish to be free.  In several states unjust laws have been made. For example, in Alabama there is a law that prohibits a catholic priest to baptize, hear the confession of, celebrate that anointing of the sick with, or preach the word of God to undocumented immigrants. We call them unjust because of the word of St. Augustine that “an unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law”.   “This is not a catholic issue. This is not a Jewish issue. This is not an Orthodox,Mormon,Muslim issue. It is an American issue.”-Colombia magazine. Our religious liberty is not to go to mass on Sunday or pray the rosary at home it is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans At the end of the article the bishops suggest that the fourteen days from June 21-the vigil of the feasts of st john fisher and st Thomas more- o July 4, independence day be dedicated to this fort night for freedom- a great hymn of prayer for our country



resources gathered from Columbia Magazine

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