Jun 28, 2021
This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. This week is Religious Freedom Week with the theme Solidarity in Freedom. Traditionally, this week is an opportunity to celebrate the free exercise of religion in the United States. Religious freedom is the central, founding principle of this country, and a distinguishing characteristic of free people everywhere. It protects our right to speak, act and live in the public arena according to our beliefs while always respectful of one another. Sadly, religious freedom is under attack. For freedom to continue, we must never be afraid to bring our faith into our communities, workplaces and schools. Dialogue among people with diverse religious beliefs is good for our country. So, this week let us do two things: first, be thankful for the opportunity to practice our faith freely; and second, to pray that with the grace of God religious freedom is protected now and in the future.