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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

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

Religious Liberty

Of the many protections afforded by this great nation, few are as cherished and unique as the freedom of speech and the ability to freely exercise religious beliefs according to an individual’s conscience. Over the years too many have mistakenly been led to believe that the First Amendment provides a “separation of church and state” or a “freedom to worship”. These phrases appear nowhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. The free exercise of religion is explicit and guarantees citizens the right to follow their conscience, not only at a worship site, but throughout their daily lives. In recent years, harmful and burdensome policies pursued by the federal government and special interest groups have shown great hostility to these bedrock principles. Accordingly, MCC supports:

  • Freedom for faith-based providers, institutions, and all individuals to serve the general public according to their religious tradition and without interference from the government, and
  • Opposition to government regulations and mandates that violate the long-standing religious practices of faith-based organizations.

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

News Releases

  1. Catholic Conference Responds to National Efforts Challenging Michigan’s Adoption Legislation (09/20/17)
  2. Catholic Conference Applauds House for Protecting Diversity and Religious Liberty in Child Placement Legislation (03/18/15)
  3. Adoption Legislation Good for Kids, Diversity in Child Placement (03/04/15)
  4. For the Benefit of Children, Protect Diversity in Child Placement, Michigan Catholic Conference Urges House Committee (02/18/15)
  5. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)

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. MCC ‘Pleased’ With Decision to Settle Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate (The Michigan Catholic, 10/18/17)
  2. Catholic Church Settles in Contraceptive Litigation (MIRS, 10/18/17)
  3. Michigan Lawsuit Could Imperil Religious Adoption Agencies (Catholic News Agency, 09/24/17)
  4. ACLU Sues Michigan on Adoption Legislation (MLive, 09/20/17)
  5. Facebook Post Puts Catholic Farmer in the Crosshairs of Anti-Bias Ordinance (National Catholic Register, 08/17/17)
  6. Is Meaning of ‘Sex’ Ambiguous? (Detroit News, 08/17/17)
  7. National Effort on Religious Liberty Seen Helping State Advocacy on Issue (Catholic News Service, 06/23/17)
  8. New Campaign Highlights Catholic Services in Michigan (Catholic News Agency, 03/24/17)
  9. The Pope, a Historic Visit, and “a Deep Desire to Change the World” (Detroit Free Press, 09/17/15)
  10. MI Senators Propose Bills to Get Students Reading Important Historical Documents (MLive, 05/02/15)


For more information on religious liberty and the importance of conscience rights, visit www.usccb.org/conscience/.

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