“We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.”
Today is the national celebration of our Nation’s independence. As we gather today with family and friends, we must remember to pray that God will strengthen and bless our country and make it a nation of liberty and justice for all. The above quote is an excerpt from the USCCB Statement on Religious Liberty. As we noted in last week’s blog post, we are blessed that the faithful in the Diocese of Charlotte are at the forefront of defending Religious Liberty in the United States. To learn more about Catholics and “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” read the USCCB’s Statement on Religious Liberty here: USCCB Statement on Religious Liberty
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