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“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do.”

– Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, U.S. Catholic Bishops (November 2007)



Speak up to protect women! Comment by July 31 deadline

Public urged to comment in support of women's safety: Tell state Board of Health to maintain essential, commonsense abortion center health & safety regulations

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Virginia Bishops "troubled' by Governor's order for review of abortion center health & safety regulations

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U.S. Bishops applaud Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision as victory for religious liberty of family businesses

Court didn't decide whether so-called "accommodation" violates RFRA when applied to Catholic charities, hospitals and schools

Post-Hobby Lobby Senate legislation that would have threatened religious liberty fails - but concerns remain. See the USCCB statement and our blog.


On Marriage:

Commonwealth Awaits Marriage Decision from U.S. Court of Appeals for 4th Circuit

Virginia Bishops file amicus brief to defend marriage, Commonwealth's Constitution

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Virginia General Assembly 2014

Our Session Summary:

Conscience Protections, School Choice Benefits, Defense of Life

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