The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve takes place now through July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve.
Click here to read Bishop Malooly’s message. Bishop Malooly’s Fortnight for Freedom Letter 2014
Bishop Francis Malooly will celebrate a special Mass to close out this year’s Fortnight for Freedom on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Sixth and West Streets, Wilmington, Delaware. All are invited to attend and pray for the preservation of religious liberty in our great nation.
The Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases rests on an important part of the American experience: the defense of religious freedom. Click here to read more from Sister Mary Ann Walsh.
Follow the Fortnight for Freedom in The Dialog. Click here.
Recently, Catholic Forum host, Bob Krebs, interviewed Archbishop William Lori, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty about threats to our religious freedom and the Fortnight for Freedom. You can listen to that interview here.
“If the government succeeds today in forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide our staff with contraceptives and abortive services, we fear that they could someday compel us to participate in assisted suicide and euthanasia.” ~ Sister Constance Veit, Little Sisters of the Poor. Read her guest commentary here.
In 2004, Bishop Michael Saltarelli, eighth Bishop of Wilmington, published the Litany of St. Thomas More, Martyr and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers. He said, “I share this Litany…in a true spirit of compassion for all politicians who sincerely strive to serve the nation and the world with good will. I ask you to pray especially for politicians who take public anti-life positions. It is my belief that if we pray for them in a spirit of gospel and eucharistic charity, we may begin to see some substantial changes in their public positions.
In 2008 Bishop Malooly issued this statement on the Litany. Click here.
Click here for the Litany of St. Thomas More, Martyr and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers. Litany of St Thomas More