FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM

“The reason we need to have this Fortnight for Freedom is so that we see there are threats to our ability to serve in the way we believe we are called to serve, maintaining the dignity of the persons for whom we care consistent with the convictions of our faith.”—Bishop Robert P. Deeley   from the website: http://www.portlanddiocese.net

Also, go to http://www.usccb.org  the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to get more info.

Fortnight 2015: Freedom to Bear Witness

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore at a news conference in Washington in July, 2013.  CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn“Keeping the spirit of the Gospel means that Catholic institutions are to bear witness in love to the full truth about the human person by providing social, charitable, and educational services in a manner that fully reflects the God-given dignity of the human person.” – Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, on the “Freedom to Bear Witness”. . .

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel.

OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS BEING TAKEN AWAY EVERY DAY IN BITS AND PIECES, SOME PEOPLE SAY WE HAVE THE FREEDOM TO WORSHIP. SORRY BUT “WE HAVE THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION”AN ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE.

As Bishop Deeley said, in his Fortnight for Freedom address:  “George Washington, for example, proposed in his Farewell Address that protection of religion, not just worship, was essential for the success of the republic. He was of the opinion that a healthy civic culture could not be sustained without religion. The exercise of our religion as Catholics and Christians impels us to service outside our places of worship.”

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