Religion
The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America grants freedom of worship, speech & press; the right to petition the government & to assemble peaceably. Specifically with regard to "religion" it states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Many on the left have tried for at least 50 years to re-write history with regard to "separation of church and state" and to downgrade the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. This quote should satisfy both questions: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports ... and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington, Farewell Speech, 9/17/1796 (from "Being George Washington"). The Liberty Institute lists the many & varied current activities to attempt to eliminate Religious Freedom in America. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participating in religion. “The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” an author of the study said.

Pope Francis, in a First, Dismisses U.S. Cardinal From the Priesthood

2/16/19
from The Wall Street Journal,
2/16/19:

Decision to defrock Theodore McCarrick comes ahead of a Vatican summit on sex abuse next week.

The Vatican found former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington guilty of sexual abuse of minors and sexual misconduct with adults, and dismissed him from the priesthood, completing an astonishing fall from grace for a man who was once one of the most powerful figures in the U.S. Catholic Church. The decision makes the 88-year-old the first U.S. cardinal—and possibly the first ever globally—to be defrocked. The verdict is unlikely to quell the repercussions of the McCarrick case, which has prompted renewed scrutiny of the Catholic hierarchy’s record, including that of Pope Francis himself, on dealing with abuse, and calls for more accountability of bishops. Major questions that remain unresolved by the former cardinal’s defrocking include how he rose to power under Pope John Paul II despite widespread rumors about his sexual misconduct with adult seminarians and priests, and how much Pope Francis knew about that history before he finally took disciplinary action.

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