Religious Freedom Day commemorates the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, “to protect the right of individual conscience and religious exercise and to prohibit the compulsory support of any church.”
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Cardinal Dolan said that “the energy and direction driving the Church comes from the Holy Spirit, not ourselves.”
Cardinal Dolan noted that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI praised religious freedom at the United Nations, saying that “If religious freedom erodes, gone is the guarantee of all our other liberties.”
Cardinal Dolan wrote that the cathedral stands for the sacredness of all lives, “as we are all made in God’s image and likeness”, and it also proclaims that “‘black lives matter’ in a dramatic way” through its many ministries that help black and minority men, women and children.
In a Dec. 16 op-ed, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Toufic Baaklini, president of In Defense of Christians, encouraged U.S. officials and residents to reflect on the story of Christmas and to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians.
Among his recommended actions, Cardinal Dolan said that believers should encourage constant prayers of intercession for the persecuted.
Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump on September 26 to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on September 18.
The announcement of Cardinal Dolan’s participation in the Republican convention, to be held next week mostly online, came after it was announced that Jesuit Fr. James Martin and Sr. Simone Campbell would offer prayers at the Democratic National Convention this week.
Some bishops have prohibited politicians advocating for “permissive abortion laws” from receiving Communion, but others have demurred, or said outright they would not deny such politicians the Eucharist.
The cardinal prayed over the immigrant’s remains and blessed them with holy water.