Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

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Religious Liberty

We are obliged to defend the right to religious liberty for ourselves and for others.

America guarantees the free exercise of religion. This right, which goes beyond the freedom to worship, enhances society. It allows people of all beliefs to participate in the public realm. MCC supports:

  • Freedom for faith-based providers, institutions, and all individuals to serve the general public according to their religious tradition and without interference from the government.
  • Opposition to government regulations and mandates that violate the long-standing religious practices of faith-based organizations.

“It’s the duty of everyone to defend religious freedom and promote it for all people.” — Pope Francis

News Releases

  1. For Second Straight Year, MCC Presented with Three Top Awards for Excellence in Public Relations (04/22/19)
  2. Freedom to Serve Wins Top Award for Best PR Campaign (09/25/18)
  3. Catholic Church in Michigan Welcomes Settlement With Federal Government Over HHS Mandate Litigation (10/18/17)
  4. Michigan Catholic Conference Comments on Revised HHS Mandate (10/06/17)
  5. Catholic Conference Responds to National Efforts Challenging Michigan’s Adoption Legislation (09/20/17)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Support the Dignity of Human Life (07/19/19)
    2. Religious Agencies Are Vital Resources for State’s Children (05/24/19)
    3. Standing Against Religious Bigotry (04/19/19)
    4. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    5. The Issues, The Candidates, and Your Vote 2018 (09/28/18)
  2. Promoting Religious Freedom Through Interfaith Dialogue (Focus Essay, 6/2018)
  3. Freedom to Serve (Focus Essay, 9/2017)
  4. Conscience Rights, A Foundation for Democracy (Focus Essay, 6/2013)
  5. Forming Consciences for Religious Liberty (Focus Essay, 9/2012)
  6. Michigan Bishops Comment on HHS Lawsuit (Michigan Bishops, 6/2012)
  7. Legal Response to the HHS Mandate (Michigan Bishops, 5/2012)
  8. Promoting Religious Liberty Through Advocacy (Focus Essay, 2/2012)

MCC in the News

  1. Opinion: Nessel Threatens Religious Freedom (Detroit News, 04/30/19)
  2. Religious Discrimination is Wrong Too (Detroit News, 04/22/19)
  3. MCC CEO Long Elected to National Leadership Post (The Michigan Catholic, 09/20/18)
  4. ACLU’s ‘Petty Lawsuit’ Won’t Help Foster Children, Families Tell Court (Catholic News Agency, 03/08/18)
  5. Putting Faith in Focus—And Finding Middle Ground (Detroit News, 11/07/17)
  6. MCC ‘Pleased’ With Decision to Settle Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate (The Michigan Catholic, 10/18/17)
  7. Catholic Church Settles in Contraceptive Litigation (MIRS, 10/18/17)
  8. Michigan Lawsuit Could Imperil Religious Adoption Agencies (Catholic News Agency, 09/24/17)
  9. ACLU Sues Michigan on Adoption Legislation (MLive, 09/20/17)
  10. Facebook Post Puts Catholic Farmer in the Crosshairs of Anti-Bias Ordinance (National Catholic Register, 08/17/17)


For more information on religious liberty and the importance of conscience rights, visit

Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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