The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to go to the mat for religious freedoms. They are mobilizing and are asking Catholic Americans to participate in a fortnight of prayers starting June 22 to pray for religious freedom.
The date coincides with the probable announcement of the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. It also is a time of feast days for great saints of the church, starting on the 22nd with St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. More and Bishop Fisher refused to go along with the decrees of Henry VIII regarding the faith and were martyrs. Also in that time period is the feast of St. John the Baptist, Sts. Peter and Paul and the early church martyrs.
If you are Catholic, you can go to the website, www.usccb.org where they have many prayers in English and Spanish appropriate to this issue. They are promising to ask priests to preach from the pulpit during this time concerning religious freedom in the United States.
In the past, there have been many bishops who have been lukewarm to true doctrines of the faith. In Memphis, Bishop Terry Steib made known his views on the election of 2008. He declared that Catholics didn’t have to use the issue of abortion to determine their vote. In other words, it was OK to vote for Obama. The monsignor at Immaculate Conception cathedral shares his views, along with a tacit agreement with lesbians and gays regarding marriage. Neither are views a true Catholic priest should hold.
This is a time we need men for all seasons, as that famous film about St. Thomas More expressed. Will we get them?
An excellent video has been made that I hope gets widespread attention: