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Specific Threats to Religious Liberty: Marriage
Among several threats to religious liberty is a redefinition of marriage that could greatly impact religious liberty. Marriage and family are the foundation of society. Redefining marriage in the law will make the Church’s teaching, as well as any public witness to it, against the law and even a form of so-called bigotry. It will cause innumerable conflicts between the state and religious institutions and individuals, and in fact, there are already numerous examples of these types of conflicts. Please join us in praying, studying, and acting for increased protections of religious liberty as we seek to rebuild a culture favorable to life and marriage.
(Excerpts from “One Man, One Woman, For Life,” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2013 and “Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty,”)

Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration
Why Do We Care?
The Catholic Church in the United States is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance and pastoral care to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and people on the move.  Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to “welcome the stranger among us,” for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
A rich body of Church teaching, including Papal encyclicals, Bishops’ statements and pastoral letters, has consistently reinforced our moral obligation to treat the stranger as we would treat Christ himself.  In the 2001 pastoral statement, Welcoming the Stranger Among Us:  Unity in Diversity, the Bishops of the United States called upon the Catholic faithful to a conversion of minds and hearts, imploring us to communion and solidarity with diverse newcomers, and entreating us to find new and meaningful ways to welcome our immigrant sisters and brothers into our parishes, schools and communities.
In 2003, the Bishops of the United States, together with the Bishops of Mexico, in the pastoral statement, “Strangers No Longer:  Together on the Journey of Hope” / “Juntos en el Camino de la Esperanza Ya no Somos Extranjeros” acknowledged that the current immigration system is badly in need of reform and offered a comprehensive set of recommendations for changing U.S. laws and policies to bring about a more humane and just immigration system in the U.S.

[Information from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Presented by SMM Catholic Life Issues Committee]

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