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"At the very heart of human freedom is the right to religious freedom, since it deals with man’s most fundamental relationship: his relationship with God." - Pope John Paul II, Address to Diplomats, January 2005

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Statement on Religious Liberty Executive Order

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May 4, 2017

Statement by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference on the issuance today of an Executive Order on religious liberty by President Trump:

“The President’s Executive Order reflects the pressing need to conduct a serious, non-partisan dialogue on the issues facing people of faith in this nation.   California’s political dynamics have presented challenges on this front for many years. 

“The freedom to remain faithful to our religious beliefs is a cherished First Amendment protection.  Yet Constitutional and regulatory challenges, on both the Federal and State level, continue to threaten the ability of individuals, churches and faith-based organizations to provide services to those in need and promote the common good of us all.  We look forward to a rich and respectful conversation on how the long-held constitutional rights of faith-based organizations are protected in today’s diverse society.”