Novena for Our Nation Friday Prayer Intention:
Religious Freedom in Society
This Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits.
The council further declares that 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.
— Dignitatis Humanae, Pope Paul VI, 1965
The first amendment was written not to protect the people and their laws from their religious values, but to protect those values from government tyranny. — Ronald Reagan, Campaign Address on Religious Liberty, 1980
- Read Lori: Troubling claims in report raise stakes in religious freedom (Superior Catholic Herald, October 18, 2016)
- Read Message of John Paul II on the value and content of freedom of conscience and religion (1980)
- Read Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae) (Pope Paul VI, December 7, 1965)
- Read USCCB Resources on Religious Liberty
- Meet the faces of free speech and religious freedom (ADF American Culture on Appeal)
- Discover Alliance Defending Freedom and First Liberty legal cases defending religious liberty of Americans
- Read First Amendment with clauses and interpretations (Constitution Center)
- Watch/listen Ronald Reagan Campaign Address on Religious Liberty (Dallas, TX, August 22, 1980)
- View 2016 Election & the Supreme Court: Freedoms at Stake (First Liberty infographic)
May the God and Father of all grant that the human family, through careful observance of the principle of religious freedom in society, may be brought by the grace of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to the sublime and unending and “glorious freedom of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:21). — Dignitatis Humanae, Pope Paul VI, 1965