U.S. faces grave threats to religious liberty – nuncio

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano

Archbishop Vigano

November 19, 2012

In a Nov. 4 speech at the University of Notre Dame, the apostolic nuncio to the United States warned that the “menace to religious liberty is concrete on many fronts” today particularly “within your own homeland.”

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano highlighted the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate as a threat to religious liberty, but he was quick to point out it was just one example of attacks on religious freedom.

The problem of persecution begins with this reluctance to accept the public role of religion in public affairs, Vigano said, especially when the protection of religious freedom “involves beliefs that the powerful of the political society do not share.”