It’s not just about the HHS abortion drug mandate. In a recent statement issued by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, the U.S. bishops describe an alarming trend in which government is increasingly harassing churches in their public ministry. Some of the examples cited include:
- Boston, San Francisco, the District of Columbia and the state of Illinois driving Catholic Charities out of adoption placement services because these agencies will not place children with same-sex couples;
- The University of California Hastings College of Law denying status to a student organization, the Christian Legal Society;
- Despite years of excellent performance, the federal government discontinuing a contract with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services because of contract specifications that victims of human trafficking be offered contraceptive and abortion services.
In the statement, the bishops observe that: “Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans.”
In another passage, the bishops declare: “What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society – or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it.”