What You Can Do to Protect Religious Liberty:


  • Take Action! Text the word FREEDOM (or LIBERTAD) to 377377 for updates.
  • Educate yourself and others about U.S. threats to religious liberty involving marriage, adoption, health care and daily life. See USCCB fact sheets here.
  • Religious liberty is being threatened around the world. See the USCCB fact sheets on international threats here.
  • Join the Virginia Catholic Conference Email Advocacy Network and take action (by communicating with your elected representatives)
  • Commit to fasting and prayer


Additional Resources

Pope Francis on need for respect and religious liberty in Evangelii Guadium »

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, website resources, Religious Liberty »

Diocese of Arlington, Religious Liberty webpage »

Religious Liberty and the Practice of Charity, John Garvey, President, The Catholic University of America

Religious Freedom is Under Stress, Archbishop Thomas Wenski's Red Mass homily, April 23, 2015 »

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Chair of ad hoc committee on religious liberty: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty »

HHS Mandate Lawsuit Updates, Becket Fund HHS Information Central »

Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace, Pope Benedict XVI's 2011 World Day of Peace Message »


Church Teaching

Religious Liberty

"Freedom is exercised in relationships between human beings. Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect. The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person. This right must be recognized and protected by civil authority within the limits of the common good and public order."

-- Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)

Chaplains' religious liberty protected!

After stalling last year, the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session one of the Conference’s top initiatives was a bill to prohibit state officials from censoring the religious content of National Guard chaplains' sermons. See current freedom of concsience and religion issues in our legislative agenda and summary.


2015 Fortnight For Freedom

Read more here and stay tuned to learn more about upcoming events to mark the Fortnight for religious freedom and the "Freedom to Bear Witness."


What do we mean by religious liberty? See these FAQs.

"Keeping the spirit of the Gospel means that Catholic institutions are to bear witness in love to the full truth about the human person by providing social, charitable, and educational services in a manner that fully reflects the God-given dignity of the human person," Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, chair, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious LIberty.


Government regulation & faith (Click image below)


Religious liberty is a fundamental right. Watch Archbishop Lori's video.

Catholics in the Public Square

Cardinal Dolan talks about religion in public square, politics and faith and the HHS mandate in wide-ranging "Face the Nation'' Easter Sunday 2012 interview