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USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

Catholic Church leaders said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would ‘do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty’.

‘As Christians, our goal is to live and serve others as the Gospel asks. President Trump can ensure that we are not forced from the public square,’ said the statement from committee chairs of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on 16th February.

The statement was jointly issued by: New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

The Church leaders said an executive order would ‘implement strong protections for religious freedom across the federal government in many of the areas where it has been eroded by the preceding administration, such as health coverage, adoption, accreditation, tax exemption, and government grants and contracts’.