Leaders Warn Secularism Stampeding the Church

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss the growing threats against religious freedom at a conference Monday in Baltimore.

The bishops are intensifying their focus on religious liberty at a time when many believe the country is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity.

"The America emerging in the next several decades is likely to be much less friendly to Christian faith than anything in our country's past," Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia recently told a group of students at Assumption College, an Augustinian school in Worcester, Mass.

"It's not a question of when or if it might happen. It's happening today," he added.

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops recently discussed the challenges Christians and the church are facing.  Click play for comments from Bishop William Lori, leader of the Committee for Religious Liberty.

Among the bishops' top concerns are religious exemptions in states that legalize same-sex marriage.

Last week, President Obama met with New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the bishops' conference, an administration official said.

The two men discussed issues that have created tension between the administration and the Catholic hierarchy, according to a report by independent National Catholic Reporter.

CBN News also spoke with Luke Goodrich, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Below, he gives examples of secular attacks on the church.


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