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18 Jun

David vs Goliath: A Modern Tale of Courage, Conscience & Conviction

The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic religious order dedicated to living with and caring for the elderly poor, filed a lawsuit in 2013 asking the courts to protect them from being forced to comply with the Health & Human Services (HHS) abortion mandate that compelled religious groups to give their employees free access to contraception and abortion-inducing drugs.  Without relief, the Little Sisters faced millions of dollars in IRS fines.
 
The case came before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, and they unanimously ruled to protect the Little Sisters.  “This is a game-changer,” said The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “The Court has accepted the government’s concession that it can get drugs to people without using the Little Sisters (;) has eliminated all the bad decisions of the lower courts (;) has forbidden the government from fining the Little Sisters …”  The Supreme Court then sent the case back down to the lower courts and asked the government and nonprofits to reach a new settlement.
 
The nuns still need permanent court protection to finally end this lawsuit.
 
The latest threat has come from the attorneys general of California, Pennsylvania, and 4 other states who, in 2017, filed suit against the federal government over the broader exemptions to the HHS mandate that benefit the Little Sisters and other nonprofits. 
“The Little Sisters will tell the judges in these new cases what they have successfully told the Supreme Court time and again; that governments do not need nuns to give out contraceptives, that our big country has room enough and space enough for diversity of ideas,” stated The Beckett Fund.
 
 Sister Constance Viet,  Communications Director for Little Sisters of the Poor, will speak to us about the Supreme Court case at the Rally for Religious Freedom on June30.
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SaturdayJune 30, 10-12:00Rally for Religious Freedom, St. John the Baptist HS, Montauk Hwy, West Islip. Public Witness Rosary @10:00amRally @10:30am; Keynote Speakers:  Fr. Eric Fasano, Co-Chancellor of DRVC, Sr. Constance Viet, Communications Director, Little Sisters of the Poor; Video Messages – Bishop Barres and Cardinal Dolan

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Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”

America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.

For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…

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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion

WorldMeetingofFamiliesBarbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

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Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right

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National Religious Freedom Day


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Pope blesses boy as he leaves audience in St. Peter's Square at VaticanPope Francis has observed that “religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.” Evangelii Gaudium. . . , no. 183. In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said that this work belongs to “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture.” Therefore, catechesis on religious liberty is not the work of priests alone. If religious liberty is not properly understood, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that individuals make every day, both here at home and overseas.




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America’s First Amendment guarantees its citizens five freedoms, the first of which is Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion includes the freedom to worship according to one’s beliefs as well as the freedom to practice that faith in everyday life according to one’s conscience.

So that this First Amendment freedom may be practiced and preserved for generations yet unborn it is essential that Americans understand this freedom and the circumstances from which it came. A fitting place for the development of this understanding and protection of Religious Freedom is inside all faith communities.

Catholics for Freedom of Religion offers resources to parish members who work to support Religious Freedom by initiating parish laity groups with these suggested goals:

  • To educate and inspire for Freedom of Religion
  • To remain non-partisan, advocating for no candidate or party
  • To invite and include other faith communities
  • To become a permanent group within each parish to educate every generation of Catholics about our Freedom of Religion…how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how certainly it is being lost.
  • To recognize and oppose attacks on Freedom of Religion from any source

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.” James Madison

“While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how firmly we defend them.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

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