Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2013 / 23:05 pm
Catholic and Baptist leaders are collaborating to ask national legislators to support a bill that would offer conscience protections to healthcare workers across the country.
"While Catholics and Southern Baptists espouse different theological views, we are united by the belief that Congress must act to help preserve our freedom of religion and conscience," Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention wrote in a June 21 letter to members of Congress.
"We urge you to do all that you can to ensure prompt enactment" of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, they said.
Archbishop Lori chairs the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.