Conscience Protection

"Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. . . . His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths."  -Catechism of the Catholic Church 1776

 

​The USCCB calls the faithful to respond to threats of Conscience Protection & Religious Liberties to...

1. Pray

2. Educate 

3. Advocate

 

What is Religious Liberty?

According Dignitatis Humanae, "...the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person as this dignity is known through the revealed word of God and by reason itself. This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed and thus it is to become a civil right" (2).  In the US our religious liberty is protected in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and in various federal and state laws.

Our freedom includes more than our ability to worship & pray inside a church or at home; it also encompasses our ability to contribute freely to the common good in accord with the fullness of our Faith.

Frequently Asked Questions about Religious Liberty

Current Threats to Religious Liberty in the US & World

Fortnight for Freedom - 2016 Theme "Witness to Freedom" (**Check back for 2017 updates**)