Statement of the Bishops of Florida on the Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 – July 4, 2012

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As bishops, we are called to be authentic teachers of our faith and steadfast witnesses to the love of Christ, even in the face of controversy and great debate. It is this responsibility that moves us to jointly and urgently appeal to the Catholic faithful and others of good will to stand together to preserve and protect our human and civil right to religious freedom, which is being diminished and marginalized today on many fronts.

To address this concern, we join our brother bishops around the nation to call for a Fortnight for Freedom, beginning June 21, the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, and concluding on July 4, Independence Day. This 14-day period is a special time for prayer and commitment on behalf of our beloved country and in support of our God-given right, which no government has the authority to take from us. Let us pray in thanksgiving for our heritage of religious freedom, reflect on attempts to limit this most cherished liberty and have the courage to take positive action. Read more…