Loading
Group releases suggestions for Fortnight for Freedom activities

.- The Catholic Association has released a 14-point “action plan” for those who want to participate in the “Fortnight for Freedom” religious liberty advocacy event from June 21-July 4.

“It is so critical that Catholics stand together in defense of religious freedom and to preserve Catholic and other religious institutions’ and employers’ rights and ability to serve the common good,” association senior policy advisor Maureen Ferguson said June 19.

She said the mandate forces faith-based entities to comply with a rule that “so deeply violates our faith and conscience” or pay “crippling” fines.

Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with The Catholic Association, said the activities are non-partisan.

“This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, this is a freedom and First Amendment issue,” she said.

A Department of Health and Human Services mandate requires employers, including many Catholic institutions, to provide employees with no co-pay insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception. The mandate’s narrow religious exemption has drawn fire from Catholics and others who say providing the coverage violates their religious and moral beliefs.

Catholic and faith leaders others say a purported compromise from the Obama administration does not adequately address their concerns.

Many Catholic dioceses are organizing “Fortnight for Freedom” events to rally support for religious liberty.

The Catholic Association, a new group which says it aims to be “a faithful Catholic voice in the public square,” has also published its own suggestions.

They are urging concerned citizens to call members of Congress to ask him or her to support religious freedom efforts and to oppose the HHS mandate.

“Tell the staff person you speak with that you would like a response from your representative and make sure they take down your address,” the association suggests.

The association also echoed the Catholic bishops’ call for prayer and fasting.

It said Catholics should pray the Fortnight for Freedom’s “Prayer for Religious Liberty” or say a decade of the Rosary for religious freedom.

The Catholic Association noted that institutions that violate the mandate as currently written face a fine of $100 per employee per day, which it described as a “fine on faith.”

The group suggested that Catholics respond by donating $14 to their favorite Catholic institution.

Churches will ring their bells in a coordinated act at 12 p.m. Eastern time July 4. The Catholic Association said that Catholics and others should send out a Facebook post or a tweet with the phrase “I Stand for Religious Freedom” at the same time.

Participants can share with others the U.S. bishops’ document “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.” They can also sign petitions like the Beckett Fund’s “I Still Believe” petition, the “Women Speak for Themselves” petition and the “Conscience Clause” petition.

The association also suggests participants invite14 friends to see the movie “For Greater Glory.”

For more information, visit: http://www.thecatholicassociation.org.

Tags: Religious freedom, Fortnight for Freedom


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Jul
24

Liturgical Calendar

July 24, 2014

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Gospel
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Gospel:: Mt 13: 10-17

Saint of the Day

St. Charbel Makhlouf »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Homily
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/21/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: