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June 20, 2012

Sioux Falls’ Roman Catholic Bishop calls faithful to “Fortnight for Freedom”

In support of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Most Reverend Paul Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls has issued a letter and taken out public ads encouraging all in his diocese to take part in prayer and witness for religious freedom.

The “Fortnight for Freedom” begins on June 21st, the RC commemoration of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, who were martyrs in clashes between the church and state.  In ends on the 4th of July, marking American independence and the religious rights embodied in the founding of the United States.

The observances include prayer, fasting, a public celebration at the Cathedral and regular ringing of church bells.

Roman Catholic advocacy of religious freedom has intensified since discovery that federal health care law forces church institutions to fund abortion and contraception in contravention of Church teaching.

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Good for them.  I think our churches should contact their local RC churches and volunteer to participate with them in this endeavor.

[1] Posted by evan miller on 6-20-2012 at 11:49 AM · [top]

I sincerely hope this isn’t just an effort to carve out an exemption for the RCC.  There are plenty of us out here that live out our faith (however imperfectly) in our everyday lives.  We shouldn’t be forced to betray our beliefs just because the practice of them extends beyond the walls of our church buildings.

[2] Posted by Jeffersonian on 6-20-2012 at 08:56 PM · [top]

Count me among those who will be joining them in prayer.

[3] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 6-21-2012 at 07:46 AM · [top]

Jeffersonian - totally agree.  I think the Church is making that a point, however, they are not as vocal about individuals as they should be.

[4] Posted by Paul B on 6-21-2012 at 08:43 AM · [top]

@Jeffersonian, et al.,

The President of the Conference (i.e., the USCCB), Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, as well as Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Abp. of Washington, DC) and Archbishop Lori (Abp. of Baltimore) both spoke at the recent Spring meeting of the Conference and stressed that this is a matter of conscience protection for every person who has moral objections to contraception, abortion, or abortifacient drugs. Apb. Lori is assigned to lead the USCCB effort against the HHS mandate.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[5] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 6-21-2012 at 03:00 PM · [top]

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