U.S. Bishops Call on Nation’s Catholics to Stand for Freedom

By:  Dave Bohon
04/17/2012
       
U.S. Bishops Call on Nation’s Catholics to Stand for Freedom

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement calling on priests, parishes, and Church members to take a bold stand in resisting unjust and evil laws “as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.” In the twelve-page call to action, entitled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, the ad hoc committee of the U.S. bishops also encouraged Catholics around the nation to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom,” from June 21 to July 4, during which they would focus their attention on the crisis of liberty facing Americans.

 
 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement calling on priests, parishes, and Church members to take a bold stand in resisting unjust and evil laws “as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.” In the twelve-page call to action, entitled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, the ad hoc committee of the U.S. bishops also encouraged Catholics around the nation to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom,” from June 21 to July 4, during which they would focus their attention on the crisis of liberty facing Americans.

“This special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty,” the committee said of the two-week observance. “Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose a date in that period for special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.”

Among the threats to religious liberty cited in the bishops’ statement, is the mandate announced last year by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring employers, including most religious institutions, to offer contraceptives — including abortifacient drugs — for free in their health insurance plans.
 
“In an unprecedented way, the federal government will both force religious institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching and purport to define which religious institutions are ‘religious enough’ to merit protection of their religious liberty,” the statement said. “These features of the ‘preventive services’ mandate amount to an unjust law.”
 
While what many have referred to as the “Obama Mandate” was the “final straw” catalyst for the bishops’ call to action, it was by no means the only attacks on religious liberty they cited: As reported by the Catholic News Service, the statement also lists such examples as:
 
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