What You Can Do to Protect Religious Liberty:


  • Educate yourself and others about religious liberty, including threats presented by the HHS mandate and other actions
  • Join the Virginia Catholic Conference Email Advocacy Network and take action (by communicating with your elected representatives)
  • Commit to fasting and prayer


Additional Resources, Op-Eds and Blogs


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

Diocese of Arlington, Religious Liberty webpage

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 »

Religious Freedom is not a Second-Class Right, Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Learned Hand Professor of Law and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

St. Thomas More: A Man for Our Season,  Fr. Paul Scalia, April 4, 2012, Arlington Herald op-ed.


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)

Conscience protection for genetic counselors

See 2014 General Assembly summary


Chaplain religious liberty

Virginia Senate fails to override Governor's veto (April 2014)


Government regulation & faith (Click image below)


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


The Truth about HHS Sterilization, Abortifacient and Contraceptive Mandate


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