2013 Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 to July 4
The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.
As U.S. dioceses prepared for the 2013 “Fortnight for Freedom,” June 21-July 4, the Minnesota Catholic Conference held a June 2-3 “First Freedom Academy” to educate and train priests on religious-liberty concerns and discussion points. And during the two-week fortnight, the archdiocese will host “First Freedom,” an educational forum, Mass and Holy Hour led by Archbishop Nienstedt, and conduct a June 29-30 “Project Life and Liberty Postcard Campaign.”
Jason Adkins, the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, told the Register that Church leaders in the region “believe that religious liberty will be the principal issue in the public square.”
“We need to raise awareness, and the best way to do that is through our priests,” said Adkins. “Every bishop tapped two priests to come to the event and go back to their diocese and be a leader on this. We brought in national experts to help them understand the state of this issue, from constitutional questions to the ecclesiastical context.”