Lori to take religious freedom message to Washington

As Catholic institutions across the country sue the Obama administration over new health insurance rules, Baltimore’s new archbishop is scheduled to speak in Washington this week at a conference focusing on “Rising Threats to American Religious Freedom.”

Archbishop William E. Lori, who was installed this month as the 16th archbishop of Baltimore, said he would discuss “the roots of our own nation’s tradition of respect for religious freedom” — including the roles of Marylanders John Carroll, the first archbishop of Baltimore, and his cousin Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Lori chairs the committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that was created to challenge new rules written by the Department of Health and Human Services that require employers — including Catholic schools, hospitals and charities — to give workers access to insurance that covers birth control.

He is scheduled to speak Thursday at the National Religious Freedom Conference, hosted by a conservative Washington think tank and described by organizers as “a diverse assembly of about 200 religious leaders, elected officials, and federal and state policy experts.” [More]


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