Woe to the hirelings who withheld the sacraments from the laity. “With Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces, New Mexico as perhaps the only exception, Catholics now owe a debt of gratitude to their Protestant brethren, who are bravely leading the fight to restore worship to its rightful “essential” status.
Catholics are already indebted to the (mostly) Protestant Founding Fathers who gave us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (although the Constitution is also grounded in Catholic England’s Magna Carta).
Hence, the First Amendment levels the religious playing field in the public square: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Americans, regardless of creed, share the common ground of religious liberty.”