- Nov 28, 2020
President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress are considering changing legislation to allow religious organizations to endorse political candidates. But is that a good idea? Churches will divide congregations, give tacit approval to immoral activity, and weaken their moral voice if they get in the political endorsement game, according to Father Matthew P. Schneider.
“You are not alone,” this is the message that the religious freedom commission issued on Thursday to all those who have been imprisoned or harmed around the world for their religious beliefs. Members stated that a “prisoners of conscience” list is being created, aimed to advocate for the release of prisoners and most importantly to alert public opinion.
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, called on an “institutionalized dialogue” at all levels between civil authorities and religious groups to help foster religious liberty. He said “any form of restriction of religious freedom undermines the harmony of social life.”
The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether religious hospitals have the same right to be determined a religious organization as churches or other houses of worship. The Catholic bishops argue it is up to the Church, not the government, to determine what is a Church ministry.
President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court has ruled on some of the most important religious liberty cases in recent years while on the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including those of Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.
The former Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, Rabbi David Saperstein, said that the U.S. has made significant strides in promoting religious freedom abroad in the last two years. Saperstein counted as a major success the work done everyday on behalf of prisoners of conscience.