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For centuries, Catholics have sought to foster a culture of respect for all human life and contribute to the common good for all people in this country.
In our great nation, the Catholic Church is renowned for running hospitals and schools, particularly in the inner-city, but Catholics have also been deeply involved in the provision of many other services, such as adoption and foster care, refugee resettlement and migration services, feeding the hungry, supporting low-income housing, and offering comprehensive services in resource centers for pregnant and parenting mothers. These services are offered to everyone of all faiths, or none at all, regardless of their race, immigration status, country of origin.
This legacy of civic engagement is rooted in our faith. Catholics undertake all these activities because we have encountered Jesus, who, by his words and actions, teaches us to serve others.
Sadly, our contributions to educating, feeding, healing, housing, and caring for the most vulnerable in society are not welcomed by everyone. Indeed, we seem to face growing hostility for putting our faith into action.
State and local governments have gone out of their way