Fortnight for Freedom
We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.
– Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 12, 2012
We live in an age where our first freedoms are being threatened. The Fortnight for Freedom is a time where we set aside time to reflect on the state of our religious liberties in the United States. The Fortnight for Freedom takes place from June 21 to July 4, 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.
Please check out our local Fortnight for Freedom events:
- Light for Freedom Speaker Series “Building Babylon’s good without bending to its gods” featuring Jason Adkins from Minnesota Catholic Conference – June 24, 7 p.m., Church of Saint Paul, Ham Lake
- Mass for Religious Freedom – June 27, Cathedral of Saint Paul. Holy Hour begins at 6 p.m., Mass begins at 7 p.m.
You can find more resources below on Fortnight for Freedom, including official logos, ways to celebrate, prayers of the faithful (English and Spanish), instructions on hosting a Holy Hour (English and Spanish), small group discussions and reflections (English and Spanish), and fact sheets describing current threats to Religious Liberty, as well as links to further information from the USCCB and the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
The Minnesota Catholic Conference has a great deal of content on this topic. Visit their website at www.mncc.org.
- First Freedom Project on Religious Liberty: firstfreedom.mncc.org
- HHS Mandate information: www.mncc.org/advocacy-areas/religious-freedom/hhs-mandate/
- Marriage: Unique for a Reason: marriagematters.mncc.org
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also offers information regarding religious liberty and the Call to Prayer on their website, www.usccb.org.
- Religious Liberty: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/
- Conscience Protection: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/
- HHS Mandate information: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/hhs-mandate/
- Prayer Resources: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/resources-on-conscience-protection.cfm#prayers