John L. Allen Jr.: Bishops’ point man on religious freedom gives mixed verdict on Trump order

(Crux) For the last six years, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has been one of the most visible, not to mention controversial, members of the American Catholic hierarchy. That’s because he leads the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, seen by fans as one of the most important initiatives the bishops have launched in a long time, but by critics as the tip of the spear for their involvement in America’s wars of culture.

The committee sponsors the “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign, an annual two-week period from June 21 to July 4 intended to spotlight issues of religious freedom. In recent years, for instance, it’s highlighted the tug-of-war between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration over the contraception mandate imposed as part of health care reform.

This year, the Fortnight for Freedom campaign has commissioned Crux to produce a series of video interviews with experts and commentators on various aspects of religious freedom. On Friday, Crux spoke to Lori about this year’s edition and what he hopes to achieve. [More]