Since 2012, the Bishops of the United States have focused attention on the challenges to religious liberty in our nation and around the world. Of particular concern are attempts to silence the voice of the Church on moral issues of our day around life, marriage, and religious freedom, and exclude the essential contributions of the truth revealed in Jesus Christ from public discourse.
As the bishops state: “If religious liberty is not respected, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that the Church and other people of faith make every day, both here at home and overseas.” To this general list, I would add the need to speak and act against legalizing assisted suicide in Minnesota.
This year’s Fortnight for Freedom is two weeks of prayer from June 21 (the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More) to July 4, Independence Day. All are invited to join Bishop Kettler for a Holy Hour for Religious Liberty at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Monday, June 26, at 7:00 p.m.