Religious Freedom Rally

Religious Freedom Rally June 30th.
• Mass at 11:45 with Archbishop Naumann
• Lunch afterwards
• Booths and games for kids, info and speakers for adults: 1:30-3p
• Ascension Parking Lot and Parish Hall


Monsignor Stuart Swetland, President of Donnelly College

Elizabeth Kirk, J. D. Scholar, writer and national speaker on matters pertaining to the family in law, policy and the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition

Chuck Weber, Director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, former Kansas Legislator

Eddie Greim, J. D. President of local Federalist Society, secretary of the Kansas City Catholic Lawyers Guild, Member of Missouri Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights

Religious freedom includes two important aspects – freedom from and freedom for. “Freedom from” is probably familiar and what most of us think of as freedom. It means that we are to be free from coercion. The state is not an all powerful institution that can force people to act against their consciences. The right to be free from coercion limits the power of the state. But this freedom must be paired with a “freedom for,” a positive orientation to seeking and acting in accordance with the truth. People have both a right and a duty to seek religious truth. Freedom from coercion allows the space for the pursuit of religious truth. Religious freedom requires that a society both refrain from preventing people from living out their religion and help to create the conditions for religious expression to flourish. A free society, then, is one where people actively seek religious truth and fully live out that truth in public and private. As Pope Francis recently said in Cuba, the Church must have “the freedom and all the means needed to bring the proclamation of the Kingdom to the existential peripheries of society.” Human beings are social creatures. Religious freedom means that not only individuals but also families, communities, and institutions enjoy the space to live out religious convictions. Parents have a fundamental right to teach their children their faith. Companies that seek to contribute to the common good by their responsible business practices should be encouraged. Religious freedom belongs to groups as well as individuals. This social dimension of religious freedom entails that religious freedom includes the freedom to practice our faith in public. In our culture, some tend to think that religious liberty means only that individuals can worship without interference from the government. This understanding is inadequate. Religious schools, hospitals, and charities should be able to operate in accordance with their faith.

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