“Today the Church is renewing her urgent appeal that the dignity and centrality of every individual always be safeguarded, with respect for fundamental rights, as her social teaching emphasizes. She asks that these rights really be extended for millions of men and women on every continent wherever they are not recognized. In a world in which a lot is said about rights, how often is human dignity actually trampled upon!” Pope Francis (5/24/13)
The Diocese of Raleigh develops initiatives, in accord with Catholic social teaching, to educate and advocate for basic human rights, to include religious freedom and also to provide formation and advocacy regarding pathways to peace.
Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
The U.S. bishops have approved a pastoral strategy to advance a Movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty. It is essentially a call to prayer, penance, and sacrifice for the sake of renewing a culture of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country. Please click here for a plan to implement this USCCB strategy in your parish (PDF). Download flyer (PDF)
The Obama Administration's contraceptive / abortifacient / sterilization mandate is now being enforced against nonprofit religious schools, charities and health care providers.
Members of Congress should be urged to co-sponsor the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828), and to work for its approval. The bill, introduced on March 22 by Rep. John Fleming, MD (R-LA) and Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), contains the policy of what in past years has been called the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA). Learn more about the need for better conscience protection and how you can advocate for this bill at: www.usccb.org/conscience.
Speak Up for Conscience Rights Today!
North Carolina Bishops Michael F. Burbidge and Peter J. Jugis asked on December 1, 2015, for support for legislation on Conscience Protection. Get more information and read the action alert on Catholic Voice NC.
Fortnight for Freedom
The Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2017, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.
The Diocese of Raleigh will observe the Fortnight on June 29, 2017, at St. Joseph Parish in Raleigh with a prayer service and picnic sponsored by the Knights of Columbus at 6:30 p.m.