June 15, 2012

Bishop Coyne encourages parishes to participate in ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ from June 21 through July 4

Criterion staff report

Fortnight for FreedomThe bishops in the United States have called for a “Fortnight for Freedom”—a two-week period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom— from June 21 through July 4. Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, is encouraging all parishes in the archdiocese to take part in the campaign.

“This is not a partisan issue. It’s not about contraception or forcing our beliefs on anyone,” Bishop Coyne said. “This is about religious liberty. We need to defend our right to practice our religious beliefs without government interference. Religious freedom is a cornerstone of our democracy. Everyone who treasures the First Amendment should be concerned about the threat to this basic freedom.”

Bishop Coyne said he is asking pastors in the archdiocese to preach about the importance of religious liberty during the “Fortnight for Freedom,” and for Catholics to pray for religious liberty and to learn more about the issue.

More information about the “Fortnight for Freedom” and educational and prayer resources can be found by clicking here. †


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