Our Hibernian brothers and sisters, both in Ireland and in America, have always sought the freedom to practice their Catholic Faith. This includes the freedom to worship our Lord, but it means so much more. Our Catholic Faith has been a beacon of Hope for the Irish during the darkest hours of history. The Cross of Christ has brought, not only salvation to the world, but it has brought confidence and encouragement to the Irish as they faced great persecution during the early days of our nation’s history. The devotion of Irish immigrants to their Faith life helped to build America and manifest the guarantee of Religious Liberty articulated in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The price of all freedom, including religious liberty, is eternal vigilance. As Hibernians and Faithful Catholics, we must stand up for our Liberties.
The USCCB has a deep interest in legislation and policies that impact the religious liberty of both individuals and institutions. In particular, the USCCB supports legislation that prevents government intrusion into religious doctrine, worship, governance or practice, as well as legislation that facilitates appropriate collaborations between public and religious entities.
God, our Father, You are the author of life and the defender and protector of the innocent and defenseless human life in the womb. Help us to welcome that most unwelcome of strangers in our American society, the innocent unborn. Help us, Lord, to see children as the joy of our lives…not hindrances, enemies, obstacles, or strangers.
There are 34 million Americans who claim Irish heritage (7 times more than Ireland). The Hibernians respect and support the rights of all our brothers and sisters of other cultures and faiths. But since our inception and indeed the very reason we exist, is to advocate for the interests of the Irish-Catholic American. We believe our advocacy has a positive affect on people of other communities as well. Whether its Immigration, Political Education, or Veterans Affairs. We are supporters of human rights and freedom.