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June 10, 2012
Catholic Bishops declare a 'Fortnight for Freedom'
In response to the federal threats to religious freedom, pastors in Catholic churches across the country this Sunday are announcing the "Fortnight for Freedom," a program of public action and special events to "highlight the importance of defending our first freedom." The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for the period from June 21, when the Church commemorates Catholic martyrs to political persecution, through Independence Day, to be dedicated to "this 'Fortnight for Freedom' - a great hymn of prayer for our country," emphasizing "both our Christian and American heritage of liberty" and constituting "a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty." The bishops call for an "end to an institutional coercion by the government against conscience, and government intrusion into the ordering of Church institutions," as a letter from our local archbishop phrased it. In an article titled "A Statement on Religious Liberty," the bishops make the case that...(Read Full Post)