In a statement titled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops tells us:
“Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith? Without religious liberty properly understood, all Americans suffer, deprived of the essential contribution in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that religious Americans make every day, both here at home and overseas.”
This Fortnight for Freedom is not about being able to go to mass. It’s about having the freedom to live our lives according to our consciences. If that right is taken away, we have no right to live our own lives. We’d just be a bunch of bodies controlled by our government. But we’re not that weak. As Robert J. McCracken said “We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” The faithful are standing up and saying “no” to this unjust mandate. We as Americans have a history of fighting for our freedom, and that’s not about to change.
Pray for our freedom to be protected, and spread the word about this mandate. People can only stand up against this if they know it exists. Spread the word!!