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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, June 24, 2020

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

We’re now in the middle of the Religious Freedom Week proclaimed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In Virginia, state officials are recruiting informers to report on churches that violate the governor’s emergency orders by not requiring masks.

In New York, the US Department of Justice has found “a troubling preference for certain First Amendment rights over others”—specifically, a willingness to relax emergency rules for liberal demonstrators, while keeping the lid tightly sealed on religious congregations. …

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