FREEDOM!
Obama declared war on religious freedom.
The Church is fighting back.

And it is beautiful.

For the first time in history the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared a Fortnight for Freedom in direct response to the attack on the Catholic Church and religious freedom by the Obama administration.  The US bishops are asking the faithful to pray, say the Rosary, fast, sacrifice, take action and attend rallies in support of religious freedom. The Fortnight began on the Feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More–July 22–and will continue through July 4th.

Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, fired the opening shots on Sunday. This homily was posted by the Baltimore Archbishop on the US Bishop’s website.

We surely are not facing the dire brutality that confronted St. John Fisher,but our Church and her institutions do find themselves today in perilous waters. For embedded in the HHS mandate is a very narrow governmental definition of what constitutes a church; and if it is not removed, it is likely to spread throughout federal law.

In the HHS mandate, the federal government now defines a church as a body which hires mostly its own members and serves mostly its own members, and which exists primarily to advance its own teachings. In a word, so long as a church confines itself to the sacristy, then it is exempt from having to fund and facilitate in its health insurance plans government mandated services which are contrary to its own teachings. But if a church steps beyond the narrow confines of this definition by hiring those of other faiths and by serving the common good – then the government is telling us that such institutions aren’t religious enough, that they don’t deserve an exemption from funding and facilitating those things which violate the very teachings which inspired churches to establish their institutions in the first place.

Friends, we must never allow the government, –any government, at any time, of any party–to impose such a constrictive definition on our beloved Church or any church! Our Church was sent forth by the Lord teach and baptize all the nations. It was commissioned by our Savior to announce that the Kingdom of God is at hand. It was sent into the world to do the corporal works of love and mercy. Don’t we see this all around us – in inner-city Catholic schools, in Catholic hospitals, in the work of Catholic Charities so critical for the well being of local communities? “The Word of God cannot be chained,” St. Paul wrote to Timothy, and now it is up to us to defend the Church’s freedom to fulfill her mission to freely manifest the love of God by organized works of education and charity. This is why the Church has engaged the Administration so earnestly, this is why we are working for legislative protection from the Congress, this is why, thankfully, so many have filed lawsuits in various parts of the country, and this is why there is a Fortnight for Freedom—so that the Church would be free of that government interference which St. John Fisher warned against in the British Parliament in the 16th century!…

…If freedom is a system based on courage and if the motive of democracy is love, then let us strive in God’s grace, throughout this Fortnight and beyond, to be men and women of courageous love for the glory of God, for the good of the Church and for love of country.

Never has the Catholic Church organized a campaign quite like the Fortnight for Freedom.
This is unprecedented for the Catholic Church.

Churches across the United States announced the offensive on Sunday.

Locally, at the the parish I belong to in St. Louis, they spoke about religious freedom for the homily. Then the entire congregation stood and read this prayer aloud for religious freedom.

(And this is by no means a conservative Catholic parish.)

The Diocese of St. Louis is asking the faithful to pray, say the Rosary, fast, sacrifice and attend rallies in support of religious freedom.
We’ve never seen anything like this.

Obama declared war.  He never expected this.

In the words of Joe Biden, “This is a big f-cking deal.”

More… Joe Blow added:

It shouldn’t be just the Catholics taking the stand against Obama’s attempt to stop religious freedom, it should be all Christians as well as Jews. I am afraid the American people do not understand how many of their freedoms are being done away with.

More… Granny Kate added:

I will not comply. Today, I am a Catholic. I am a Morman. I am a Jew. I am Spartacus. If we don’t hang together, we will surely hang separately.

 

 

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  1. Obama and his lapdog media claims he’s a Christian but like too many Democrats, his real faith is of Liberalism.

    Thank God for Jeremiah Wright and his church. For without them, we would know even less about Obama and his past.

  2. Even up here in hippy-dippy Kumbaya singing Maine this is getting a big huge push. The bishop has been talking about this non-stop since the mandate was announced. This upcoming 2 weeks might be the impetus to getting Catholics really thinking about their faith and what it means in their public lives.

  3. anything to help expose who the real obama is. when standing by your own personal beliefs is somehow racist and makes you an enemy of the state……..

  4. It shouldn’t be just the Catholics taking the stand against Obama’s attempt to stop religious freedom, it should be all Christians as well as Jews. I am afraid the American people do not understand how many of their freedoms are being done away with. Stupid, stupid people just too centered on their busy lives with reality TV and since they have thrown in the towel on morals and religious beliefs they can’t be bothered. Unfortunately all of us will suffer for their stupidity.

  5. I will not comply. Today, I am a Catholic. I am a Morman. I am a Jew. I am Spartacus. If we don’t hang together, we will surely hang separately.

  6. Hmmm… IS IT A COINCIDENCE that Obama has the military doing military street games in St. Louis, this month? I believe it is this week, now.

  7. They never say “vote GOP this once”. Never say”don’t vote for Obama.”
    Oh no. roman Catholics vote democrat. Period. so look for an EO or anothe device similar to that congressman durin Obama care vote , who got a worthless action that had an elapsed time on it.

    Kabuki. Look at what is not being said. A con will be enacted and the cardinal will say “ok,we are square”…

  8. After the Catholic Church worked with olamo to get obamacare, only AFTER being thrown under the bus, do they work for FREEDOM OF RELIGION! They were only too happy to enslave the American people as long as the Catholic Church had their waiver exception to obamacare.

    Is the Catholic Church really working for Freedom of religion or just getting revenge for being lied to by obama?!

  9. “…just getting revenge for being lied to by obama?!” we can either pick up the ball and run with it or focus more on the who what or why of the catholic church. i don’t care where the fuse of thought is lit but if we can’t move beyond the catholic church to the wider field……

  10. Thanks, Jim for reporting on St. Louis’s mobilization for the Fortnight for Freedom, which the bishops announced on April 12. The Fortnight began on the Feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More–July 22–and will continue through July 4th. It should become an annual event for all people of good will. Democracy is not a machine that can run by itself. It must be built on a firm cultural foundation rooted in the virtues of the people. When those virtues and the moral truths that shape them are banished from the public square, the foundations of the house of freedom are weakened. The remedy is for the people to educate themselves and work together to demand that the state respect their exercise of freedom of religion. If you live in the D.C. area, come to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia on June 30, 1 – 5 p.m. for a citizens’ seminar on the First Amendment and democracy

  11. NO it’s not. I hate to be the Debbie Downer of your party, but Catholics put Obama in office and the same Catholics who supported him in 2008 will return to support him in 2012. THe Catholic Church is very divided. You have the old school Kennedy Democrats who won’t budge and the strong pro-lifers on the other side who won’t budge. This does nothing except put the Church between a rock and a hard spot. They need to get out of the insurance industry and end the health insurance for thousands and let the Obama ADM respond to that right before the election or shut down their hospitals and schools and organizations that are effected and put thousands out of jobs before the election. Any other move is a waste of time.

  12. We are a Republic based on the Constitution. Democracy can only ever be as good as the people themselves…and since we have thrown off the yoke of Jesus, looked back…invited Satan into sup with us, in the unholy triune, anti-sacraments of abortion, homosexuality and pornography, we will now be punished. The Judge will pass sentence upon the Country, once so blessed by His Hand.
    The Catholic Church, if two-thousand years of history may be brought into evidence, is never so moral, never so strong and fruitful…when she is being persecuted. We will see who is really Catholic and who is not, in the coming years, as we are rounded up. Regardless of who the Powers allow into office, they mean to have Lucifer rule. And we will see what becomes of that.

  13. Make that June 22. Sorry to be picky.

  14. “Obama declared war on religious freedom.
    The Church is fighting back.

    And it is beautiful…” – Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, June 25, 2012, 4:39 AM

    Yes indeed.

  15. #14 June 25, 2012 at 6:15 am
    GOP KICKS ASS commented:

    or shut down their hospitals and schools and organizations that are effected and put thousands out of jobs before the election. Any other move is a waste of time.

    _________

    I can guarantee you that this is EXACTLY what the Obama regime wants them to do. The Catholic Church owns a huge percentage of the medical facilities in the US and provides health care to about 40% of our citizens. Just how fast do you think it would take Obama to declare a “national emergency” and confiscate all those health care facilities if they did that?

    I would almost be willing to bet money the order to do exactly that is already waiting in his desk drawer.

  16. It really doesn’t matter at this point why the Church has grown some…and decided to take on Obama, it is a good thing for the future of the Church, all churches and the future of this country. So stop your complaining and whining about who put him ( Obama) in the White House and how Catholics always vote Dem ( which by the way is sort of crazy because “all” Catholics don’t vote DEM or Rep) It’s time to get out there and make sure he doesn’t get another term to “mess this country up.” If you are not registered to vote you had better go and find out where and how to do so in your community, do it toady or it will be too late. My guess is about 30% of Church goers are not even registered. Next Sunday look around in church about 1/3 of those, of voting age, can not vote because they are not registered……

    G O Y A A V

    G=get O=off Y=your A=”arse” A=and V=vote

  17. In all the Catholic churches around NY and NJ the same message was offered.

    In one parish the priest, who was NOT a native American but here from another country, shared how people ALL OVER THE WORLD want to come and live in America. . . to be free with liberty and justice in a land ruled by laws and not people. . . .

    And how very special and blessed the UNITED STATES is because it has created a place where many can come – – – many of different faiths, cultures, backgrounds – – – to be one . . . united by the love of Liberty, Justice and God.

    With God all things ARE POSSIBLE. . . and this land has been Blessed with abundance – – – in natural resources, in agricultural resources and in human resources – – – yet we also need to keep it abundant in Spiritual Resources of Love & Compassion as “One Nation UNDER GOD”.

    Obama and his crew have awaken the passive giant of Catholics, Christians, Jews and others who believe . . . though their methods of belief may vary. . .

    and GOD, who is slow to anger but quick in judgement, will make known HIS ways!

    Obama miscalculated when he said, They bring a knife we bring a gun. . .
    There is something even more powerful than a gun. . . that even a speeding bullet cannot stop. . . Faith and the Holy Spirit!!!!! And with these two come TRUTH like Sir Thomas More during the reign of Henry VIII.

    Seek the Truth for the TRUTH shall set you free!!!

    Catholics bring the Cross & Prayer – – – for the Holy Spirit to come and, with faith, make right the wrong. . . with Truth and Justice for all!



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