This week, Catholic leaders from across the country issued a joint statement urging President Donald Trump to make good on his administration’s promise to “do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty,” the Catholic Herald reported Friday.
The letter by the committee chairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops comes amidst growing speculation that Trump may issue an executive order concerning religious liberty.
The USCCB seeks to prevent future violations of religious freedom, a particularly dire problem following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (notably, with the Little Sisters of the Poor). Ideally, the bishops write, the 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.”
“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,” they continue.
Such a letter sends an important message to President Trump: His campaign promises were heard, and he will be held to his word. The statement was jointly signed by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla.
“Restoring the federal government's proper relationship with the First Amendment and other laws protecting conscience and religious freedom will enable us to continue our service to the most vulnerable of Americans,” the USCCB’s letter to the president concludes.
Carly Hoilman is a Correspondent for Conservative Review. You can follow her on Twitter @CarlyHoilman.