|“We used to only ask, ‘Are you hungry. Are you in need?’ With [the Health and Human Services] mandate, we will now have to ask, ‘Are you Catholic?’ The burden that would be put back on the government would be great should Catholic assistance be forced to disappear. It is alarming to think of the thousands, in our area alone, who would not receive assistance if this mandate stands.” - Bishop Kevin Farrell|
In April, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom and explaining that religious liberty
The bishops also called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom. The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country.
The Dallas Diocese is joining dioceses nationwide in events highlighting the importance of defending our religious freedom.
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Fortnight for Freedom Events:
Fortnight for Freedom Diocesan Event in English: June 30, St. Rita, 12521 Inwood Rd, Dallas
The evening will begin with the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass celebrated by Monsignor Robert Coerver, V.F., followed by an educational program in Sweeney Hall, presented by Frank Valenzuela of the St. Thomas More Society, the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of the Diocese of Dallas, and closing with the Litany for Liberty. For more information, contact 214-379-2876, .
La tarde empezará con Misa a las 2:30 p.m. celebrada por Reverendo Douglas Zavala, seguida por un programa educacional presentado por Aurora Tinajero, Coordinadora Diocesana del Congreso Hispano de las Americas para Respeto a la Vida y Evangelización, y cerrando con Letanía por Libertad. Para más información, contacte 214-379-2876, .
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Click here for a listing of additional Fortnight events at parishes in the Dallas Diocese.
Fortnight 4 Freedom Resources:
For more info, visit www.fortnight4freedom.org.
Religious Liberty Resources:
For more info, visit www.usccb.org/conscience.