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Father Joseph Mary MFVA gave a homily on 25 June 2012 in Alabama and it was televised on EWTN.

Father Joseph Mary spoke about, amongst other things, the relationship of the Church and the government. He quoted parts of the United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference on  the Church’s role vis-à-vis the State.

The Church is neither the master nor the servant of the State but rather its conscience, guide and critic.

The Church is there, if you will, like the soul to be its conscience, to point out injustices when they occur, and to encourage people to live moral, upright and charitable lives.

So that the measure of charity will be measured back to us as a nation…

What we ask is nothing more than the right to follow our consciences as we live out our teaching.

This right is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or to pray the Rosary at home; it is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans.

Can we do the good works our Faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?

Without religious liberty properly understood all Americans suffer: deprived of the essential contribution in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that religious Americans make every day.

What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, robust, civil society or whether the State alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good and how they get to do it.

Click here to see and hear the homily of Father Joseph Mary