Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fortnight for Freedom – Reports from the Dioceses

6-25-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
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Catholics are less than 4% of the population in the state of Alabama but that is not stopping them from rallying all people of faith to stand for religious liberty. Our friend Quin Hillyer writes today at National Review Online about the ecumenical gathering taking place in Mobile, Alabama tomorrow night.

Churches Stand Together
Mobile, Ala., forum shows: Opposition to the HHS mandate is Catholic, and catholic.

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

6-24-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
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For all those keeping watch during the Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty, we have one small request today: Join us in praying the Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty today.

O God our Creator,

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

© 2012 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty Has Great Start

6-22-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
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Over 2,000 People of Faith have joined virtual march on Washington, D.C. during first two days of ‘Fortnight for Freedom’

We at Catholic Advocate are answering our Catholic Bishops’ call for a “a time of prayer, education, and action in support of religious liberty” during a “Fortnight for Freedom” with the launch of the “Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty.”

“The bishops have urged us all to consider the ‘Christian and American heritage of liberty’ during this time, and we think participating in our virtual vigil is one great way for people of faith from across the United States to come together,” said Catholic Advocate President Matt Smith.

During the 14-day “Fortnight” period, Catholic Advocate is encouraging a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty through joining people in prayer, contacting Congress, sharing facts on Facebook, and more. We will also let vigil participants know about other important ways they can participate in the “Fortnight for Freedom” within their own communities.

The “Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty” is hosted at a special website:

http://fortnight.catholicadvocate.com

“Our goal is to unite those standing for our liberties in a national way by their attendance at the virtual vigil in Washington, D.C.,” added Smith. “We also encourage participation in the various activities being hosted in dioceses across the country but for those unable to attend an event they can be a part of the fortnight through the vigil.”

Participants are able to join the vigil through Facebook or by entering basic information. They will then choose an avatar, including an option for priests and women religious, to represent them at the vigil. Participants will receive daily updates on activities to join with others during the fortnight. There is also a section entitled “Got 5 Minutes – Do More to Help” where vigil attendees can take further steps to engage in additional prayer, educational, and action activities.

Here is some of the coverage we have received since the launch:

Catholic News Agency

Catholic group launches ‘virtual vigil’ for religious freedom

LifeNews.com

Fortnight for Freedom Campaign Against HHS Mandate Starts Thursday

Christian Broadcasting Network

Beltway Buzz: Fortnight for Religious Freedom

Maryland Catholics Working Against Church

6-9-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Same Sex Marriage 0 Comments
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Every morning, we receive media alerts about Catholic Advocate. This morning a clip arrived mentioning a “Catholic advocate” who was organizing Catholics in Baltimore for Marriage. We opened the link with the hope of encouragement about Maryland Catholics working together to support the teachings of our Church that marriage is between one man and one woman. Instead we are re-directed to a Washington Blade (“America’s leading Gay news source”) article featuring Sister Jeannine Gramick and a group of entities claiming to be Catholic supporting same-sex marriage in Maryland. (more…)

Nancy Pelosi – the video “I do my religion on Sundays…”

6-8-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
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As thousands gather for religious liberty rallies around the country today, we wanted to share the video footage from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s weekly press conference.

Pelosi: ‘I do my religion on Sundays, in church’

6-7-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
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Adding to the ever-growing file of “there she goes again…”

NEWS FLASH Nancy Pelosi is only Catholic one day a week. Unfortunately, it is the other 6 days that are problematic.

This is the same Catholic politician who has repeatedly misrepresented the teachings of the Catholic Church, now she claims Bishops in the diocese involved with the recent lawsuits are not speaking for the Catholic Church. Time and again, Popes and Bishops have affirmed Catholic politicians have a moral obligation. We would encourage Leader Pelosi to be Catholic 7 days a week…not just on Sunday. Unfortunately, her voting record and public position on settled issues of the Church just confirm what she said today.

The Washington Examiner reports this afternoon following her weekly press conference that “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a Roman Catholic, refused to say whether she supported her church’s teaching that contraception is immoral.”

“I do my religion on Sundays, in church, and I try to go other days of the week; I don’t do it at this press conference,” Pelosi said curtly as a reporter asked about her view of the church position on contraception. (more…)