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Archdiocese launches Campaign for Religious Liberty


Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has announced that the Archdiocese of St. Louis is launching a “Campaign for Religious Liberty.”

The six-month campaign will begin on Sunday, May 27, the feast of Pentecost, and end Nov. 25, the solemnity of Christ the King. Priests in the archdiocese were notified of the campaign this week in a letter from the archbishop.

In his letter, Archbishop Carlson wrote, “religious liberty is our first, most cherished freedom. The threat the HHS mandate poses to the Catholic Church is no small matter.” He later added: “It is imperative that we act now to protect the freedoms upon which this country is based.”

Within the local campaign will be the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of freedom, which begins on June 21, the feasts of Sts. John Fischer and Thomas More and ends on July 4, Independence Day.

The event was announced as part of the bishops’ April 12 document, “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty,” which includes specific examples of how religious liberty is currently under attack in the United States. [More]


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  1. Stephen Palmer says:

    I am not sure what it is all about, but the quickness that the American bishops responded to this issue makes me wonder why they have not responded so quickly to other issues.

  2. Recovering Catholic says:

    Contraception is a decision that a woman makes within herself according to her own conscience. No official health care law is going to change that inner belief or make her do something that is against her conscience. Other citizens who don’t share that same conscientious objection will do whatever they want to do anyway, notwithstanding the official law. So, as I see it, the real issue here is not really a question of religious freedom, but rather: Is it fair to make citizens pay for health care costs and procedures for others if those citizens disagree in conscience with the official law? The key words are “pay for.” It’s a matter of money; not religious freedom.


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