Violent threats against people of faith are the opposite of human rights

In our great nation, the Catholic Church is renowned for running hospitals and schools, particularly in the inner-city, but Catholics have also been deeply involved in the provision of many other services, such as adoption and foster care, refugee resettlement and migration services, feeding the hungry, supporting low-income housing, and offering comprehensive services in resource centers for pregnant and parenting mothers. These services are offered to everyone of all faiths, or none at all, regardless of their race, immigration status, country of origin. 

This legacy of civic engagement is rooted in our faith. Catholics undertake all these activities because we have encountered Jesus, who, by his words and actions, teaches us to serve others.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS URGE POLITICIANS TO ADDRESS ‘ALARMING RATE’ OF VANDALISM AGAINST CHURCHES, PREGNANCY CENTERS

Sadly, our contributions to educating, feeding, healing, housing, and caring for the most vulnerable in society are not welcomed by everyone. Indeed, we seem to face growing hostility for putting our faith into action. 

State and local governments have gone out of their way to challenge Christian adoption and foster care services, for continuing to uphold the truth about marriage.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston vandalized with pro-choice message.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston vandalized with pro-choice message. (Fox 26 Houston)

Activists have sought to undermine the Church’s mission by forcing Catholic hospitals to perform procedures that destroy human life and undermine human dignity, such as sterilization, gender reassignment surgery, and even abortion, and attempted to strip away basic conscience protections from those doctors and nurses who object. Governments have attempted to force pregnancy resource centers to communicate messages that undermine and run directly counter to their very mission. 

ATTACKS BY PRO-CHOICE ACTIVISTS AGAINST PREGNANCY HELP CENTERS MUST STOP

These types of movements are not new.  The anti-Catholicism of the 19th century gave us Blaine Amendments, which prevent religious schools from having fair access to government aid, and have severely curtailed the freedoms of all religious parent to choose what kind of education to give to their children. 

Sadly, our contributions to educating, feeding, healing, housing, and caring for the most vulnerable in society are not welcomed by everyone. Indeed, we seem to face growing hostility for putting our faith into action. 

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