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WASHINGTON ( - In a rare move, a statement from the U.S. Bishops' Conference is speaking positively of President Donald Trump's administration.

January - National - Religious - Freedom - Day

January 16 is National Religious Freedom Day in the United States. Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, issued an official statement the day before National Religious Freedom Day saying the following:

On this Religious Freedom Day, we are grateful that the right of religious liberty is cherished in this country. I appreciate concrete actions the Administration has undertaken, such as recent steps to protect faith-based social service providers. May we Catholics in America resolve to build on our inheritance for the good of all.

Bishop - Murry - Nov - USCCB - Statement

Bishop Murry referenced a Nov. 1 USCCB statement thanking "the Administration" for announcing a proposed rule that would keep taxpayer funding for faith-based adoption agencies who refuse to place children with homosexual couples.

This gesture of gratitude to the Trump administration is unexpected, given the U.S. bishops' opposition to President Trump on other fronts — especially immigration policy.

USCCB - Statement - July - USCCB - President

In an official USCCB statement in July, USCCB president Cdl. Daniel DiNardo slammed an immigration enforcement crackdown, saying, "Enforcement actions like those anticipated this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency separate families, cause the unacceptable suffering of thousands of children and their parents and create widespread panic in our communities."

"I condemn such an approach," the USCCB's president continued, "which has created a climate of fear in our parishes and communities across the country."

October - USCCB - Amicus - Curiae

In October, the USCCB filed an amicus curiae...
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