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]