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 Alleged to Have Known in 2013 About Sex-Abuse Charges

from The Wall Street Journal,

The pope declined to respond to accusations by a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S.

A former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. accused Pope Francis of covering up misconduct by a prominent cardinal and called on him to resign, deepening a crisis over sexual abuse that is increasingly overshadowing his pontificate. The pope said he wouldn’t respond. “I won’t say a word about it,” he told reporters aboard a flight from Dublin to Rome on Sunday night. In a letter published on two Catholic websites, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former senior Vatican official and diplomat, claimed the pope knew as early as 2013 about allegations that the former archbishop of Washington, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, had been sexually active with seminarians and that Pope Benedict XVI had privately disciplined him over the charges. Archbishop Viganò alleged that Pope Francis had ignored then-Cardinal McCarrick’s record and rehabilitated him as a powerful figure in the U.S. church. The explosive accusations against the pope came amid an already-delicate papal visit to Ireland, which has been dominated by criticism of the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual-abuse scandals in Ireland and elsewhere.

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