Fight for Religious Freedom Begins August 1st

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‘If lay people don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter,’ Archbishop Chaput said as he called upon Catholic Americans to observe the second annual Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 to July 4.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have asked Catholics to engage in two weeks of prayer, education and action to address the attacks on religious liberty in the United States.

August 1 is the deadline for all religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate. The mandate is an attack on religious freedom. If the government wins, religious freedom will no longer be protected by the First Amendment.

Archbishop Chaput stated the obvious – it will depend on the faithful in the end. He warned Catholics to “wake up” and understand that the recent IRS targeting against religious and political opponents is only the beginning if we lose the religious liberty fight.

Religious leaders are not political leaders and can only act indirectly and secondarily in political matters.

“If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter,” the Archbishop said.

On Long Island, the Fortnight for Freedom will include a rally that all Long Island Catholics really need to attend:

 “Religious Freedom: Our 1st Amendment Right” 

Saturday, June 29; 10am to 1pm; St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip 1170 Montauk Hwy, just West of the Robert Moses Causeway  

Please RSVP for rally by June 24 to reserve space. No charge for rally. Refreshments provided. email:

religiousfreedomrally@drvc.org or call: Ms. Dennicee Spooner 516-678-5800, extension 224

Read the complete interview with Archbishop Chaput at ncregister.com

For more information about the Fortnight for Freedom near you, go to the USCCB (US Conference of Catholic Bishops) website.

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