Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Religious Liberty

As Americans, we are truly blessed with constitutionally-protected freedoms that make our country unique. First among these freedoms is the ability to speak and believe for ourselves. We have the right to freely exercise our religious beliefs and to listen to and act according to our conscience. Over the course of our history, these bedrock principles have been defended time and time again. More recently, actions taken by the federal government and in some states have challenged our ability to follow our collective conscience and to provide services to the general public in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. To that end, the Conference supports:

  • The rights of faith-based providers, institutions, and all individuals to conscience protections in the delivery of services and in their practices,
  • The equal application of the law to all persons and institutions regardless of their faith,
  • Opposition to insurance regulations mandating coverage for abortion, or contraception, or sterilization, and
  • Adoption of a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“It’s the duty of everyone to defend religious freedom and promote it for all people.” — Pope Francis

News Releases

  1. Catholic Conference Applauds House for Protecting Diversity and Religious Liberty in Child Placement Legislation (03/18/15)
  2. Adoption Legislation Good for Kids, Diversity in Child Placement (03/04/15)
  3. For the Benefit of Children, Protect Diversity in Child Placement, Michigan Catholic Conference Urges House Committee (02/18/15)
  4. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  5. House of Representatives Applauded for Passing Several Religious Liberty Policies (12/04/14)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Religious Tolerance and the Freedom to Serve (09/18/15)
    2. Serving Michigan’s Greatest Gift—Our Children (04/17/15)
    3. A Blueprint for the Common Good (02/06/15)
    4. 2013–2014 Session in Review (01/16/15)
    5. Federal Legislation Exposes Threats to Religious Liberty (08/22/14)
  2. Conscience Rights, A Foundation for Democracy (Focus Essay, 6/2013)
  3. Forming Consciences for Religious Liberty (Focus Essay, 9/2012)
  4. Michigan Bishops Comment on HHS Lawsuit (Michigan Bishops, 6/2012)
  5. Legal Response to the HHS Mandate (Michigan Bishops, 5/2012)
  6. Promoting Religious Liberty Through Advocacy (Focus Essay, 2/2012)

MCC in the News

  1. The Pope, a Historic Visit, and “a Deep Desire to Change the World” (Detroit Free Press, 09/17/15)
  2. MI Senators Propose Bills to Get Students Reading Important Historical Documents (MLive, 05/02/15)
  3. Adoption Bills Reported From Senate Committee (Gongwer, 04/22/15)
  4. Michigan House Approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Party-Line Vote (MLive, 12/05/14)
  5. Mich. Catholic Conference ‘Pleased’ Injunction Granted on Contraception Mandate (Detroit News, 01/02/14)
  6. Editorial: Keep Working on Adoption Bills (Lansing State Journal, 10/09/13)
  7. Preserve Religious Freedom in Adoptions (Detroit News, 09/24/13)
  8. Rights of Conscience Must Be Preserved (Detroit News, 04/15/13)
  9. Rebecca Mastee: Protect Rights for Health Workers (Lansing State Journal, 04/15/13)
  10. Liberty, Not Birth Control, At the Heart of Dispute (MLive, 02/24/12)


For more information on religious liberty and the importance of conscience rights, visit

Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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