Resources are available here to help you understand the range of challenges facing our religious liberty. Please join in the prayer to protect our religious liberty.
Prayer for Religious Liberty
O GOD OUR CREATOR,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Copyright © 2012, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.
Resources for Parishes from the USCCB
Bishop Swain Documents
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which includes me, ask us to raise up once again in prayerful concern the serious threats to religious liberty during a Fortnight for Freedom. The theme this year is “Witnesses to Freedom.” It begins on June 21 and concludes on the Fourth of July. We will do so at a Holy Hour on June 28 in the Cathedral at 7 p.m.
Remarks offered during a Diocesan workshop for clergy and administrators at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. View Preserving the Legal Protections of Our Religious Liberties
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Saint Paul advised us to pray without ceasing. It is good advice always, but especially when we confront evil in the world and the threat to the stability of society which threatens the salvation of souls. View 2016 Fortnight for Freedom Homily
Thank you for praying with us tonight as we join the Roman Catholic Church in the United States for the fourth year of Fortnight for Freedom. It is a fourteen day endeavor of prayer, education, and action toward preserving religious freedom in the United States and around the world ending on the Fourth of July. […]
We come together once again on this third Fortnight for Freedom called by the Bishops of the United States to pray for religious liberty and freedom of conscience which are continuing under attack directly and indirectly by our government and others with power. View Statement
We come together once again on this third Fortnight for Freedom called by the Bishops of the United States to pray for religious liberty and freedom of conscience which are continuing under attack directly and indirectly by our government and others with power. It is important that we continue to do so because the surest […]
Bishop Paul J. Swain delivered this homily at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Monday July 1, 2013 to a crowd of hundreds supporting the Fortnight for Freedom initiative. View Statement
A Pastoral Statement offered in anticipation of upcoming civic elections. View Statement
Bishop Paul Swain’s keynote address at the God’s Faithful Servants First gathering at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, June 21, 2012 kicking off the nationwide Fortnight for Freedom. View Statement
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in a document entitled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty have summoned our participation in a “Fortnight for Freedom.” View Statement
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Bishop Paul Swain sent this letter to the Members of the Congressional Delegation from South Dakota on February 24, 2012 regarding the HHS mandate. View Statement
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Domestic Threats to Religious Liberty Fact Sheets
Pope Benedict XVI spoke in 2012 about his worry that religious liberty in the United States is being weakened. He called religious liberty the “most cherished of American freedoms.” Unfortunately, our most cherished freedom is under threat.
The Green family began what became Hobby Lobby Stores, a retail chain of arts and crafts stores, out of a garage in the family’s home in Oklahoma. The Hahn family likewise began Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet-making business, out of a garage in the family’s home in Pennsylvania.
The right of religious liberty, the First Freedom guaranteed by our Constitution, includes a right to provide and receive health care without being required to violate our most fundamental beliefs. Especially since 1973, when abortion became legal nationwide, federal lawmakers have worked in a bipartisan way to ensure that Americans can fully participate in our health care system without being forced to take part in abortion or other procedures that violate their conscience.
More resources and information is available through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Site – usccb.org