The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty has released a new video on religious freedom. “The Right to Religious Freedom” explores the foundations of Church teaching on religious liberty, including the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council document, Dignitatis Humanae.
The video highlights the Little Sisters of the Poor and their service to the elderly poor in nursing homes across the United States. The Little Sisters and many other non-profit ministries of service await a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) mandate to cover contraception, sterilization and abortifacients.
The Supreme Court has requested additional briefs from the federal government and from the challengers to the HHS mandate. The Court is expected to rule sometime in June.
The bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom takes place June 21-July 4. This year’s theme is “Witnesses to Freedom” and will include a nationwide tour of relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, martyrs of the English reformation. The Fortnight will also highlight stories of several people of faith from around the world.