That line opens the synopsis of the epic action movie FOR GREATER GLORY, now in its third week of theatrical release and still drawing many to theaters across the country to witness the true story of Mexico’s Cristero War for religious liberty, which rocked 1920s North America.
That question, however, has real-time relevance – especially this week, which marks the start (on Thursday, June 21) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom.
“In the Church’s understanding, it is the laity who are the ones who bring about the just and tranquil society,” said Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and head of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “It is the laity who are at the forefront of creating what Pope Paul VI called the ‘civilization of love.’”
In a recent story on the Fortnight for Freedom, Catholic News Agency/EWTN News reported Archbishop Lori’s emphasis that one of the main objectives of the two-week event is “to make sure that all of us, but especially our young, understand and accept what the Church teaches on religious liberty, and that we understand and accept gratefully our heritage as Americans.”
Writing for National Review Online, Kathryn Jean Lopez notes that Archbishop Lori told his fellow bishops – meeting recently in Atlanta – “We will not fail.”
Click here to read Lopez’s full report.
Be a part of the Fortnight for Freedom!
Click here for an overview of the event.
Click here for a summary of Diocesan events around the country that you can participate in.
If you can’t do anything else, please pray at home! Click here for Fortnight for Freedom prayer resources from the USCCB.
Click here for a set of downloadable daily reflections for the Fortnight for Freedom.
Click here for educational resources you can use in your parish.
Click here to let your elected officials know that you are standing up for American’s religious liberty!
Click here to watch videos on religious liberty from Archbishop Lori and others.
Click here to read and/or download Our First Most Cherished Liberty, published by the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.
Cardinal Dolan writes new eBook on Religious Freedom!
Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, President of the USCCB, has written True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty. Random House is publishing the eBook, which is available for electronic download now for only 99 cents!
In the book, Cardinal Dolan explains the need for all Americans to embrace a new culture rooted in what Blessed John Paul II called the Gospel of Life – where the sacredness of all human life and the freedoms that are their birthright, are upheld, respected and protected by law.
Click here for more information on the eBook, and for a list of online retailers you can order from.