Fortnight for Freedom: Town Hall Meeting with Cardinal O’Malley Mon. June 25

The USCCB-sponsored Fortnight for Freedom is underway. All should pray for religious freedom in the U.S. and we should also pray for a change of heart for those who would intentionally or unintentionally be working against religious freedom.

On Monday, June 25 at 8pm, Cardinal O’Malley is hosting a town hall meeting on CatholicTV.  The event will be simulcast on WQOM 1060 in Boston.

“Fortnight for Freedom” will be a lively, hour-long discussion on the challenges to our religious liberty. They will discuss the ways that Americans can promote and defend religious freedom. Join in the conversation at CatholicTV’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Comments and questions will be addressed during the event on CatholicTV’s Facebook page and viewers can also tweet @CatholicTV #Fortnight4Freedom.

We urge all Catholics to attend and participate.  If you want to ask a question, you will need to tweet it or post it to the CatholicTV Facebook page. That means you need to have a Twitter or Facebook account. (BCI is not in a position to guide you through getting on Facebook or Twitter. It is very easy – just ask an Internet-savvy friend or family member if you need help).

If you need any ideas for questions, here are a few BCI hopes will be asked and answered. Feel free to copy them and ask them on Monday.

  • To what extent would you encourage outright defiance of the Obama contraceptive coverage mandate on the basis of it being unconstitutional?
  • Rather than comply with the law or stop offering insurance, would you encourage Catholic institutions to simply defy the law and wait to see if the Obama administration tries to sue us?
  • Cardinal O’Malley, do you still believe, as you said in 2007, that it is bordering on scandal for Catholics to vote for pro-abortion politicians?
  • Cardinal O’Malley, perhaps we cannot see what is happening behind the scenes. What specifically are you doing to help change the hearts and minds of pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians in Massachusetts who also support these violations of religious freedom?  Is there evidence what you are doing is working?
  • Cardinal O’Malley, what can lay Catholics do to encourage you to take stronger action against pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians?  What prevents the Boston Archdiocese from asking pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians on an individual basis to voluntarily abstain from receiving Holy Communion until they change their positions?
  • What do you think of the Catholic Health Association and LCWR for having worked in support of Obamacare, which was in opposition at the time to the U.S. bishops? Have they fractured communion with the bishops? What is the best remedy for that?
  • Polls show 52% of Catholic voters in Massachusetts support physician-assisted suicide today. What is the tactical “ground game” plan for the next 4 months to sway Massachusetts voters to oppose physician assisted suicide in November?
  • Cardinal O’Malley, one your key fundraisers, Jack Connors, Jr, is hosting (or just finished hosting) a $40,000/person fundraiser for President Obama this afternoon.  How is it we can have a member of the Archdiocese of Boston Finance Council responsible for Institutional Advancement who is working against the Catholic Church by publicly fundraising for a politician who wants to violate our religious freedom?  Is that not scandalous?
  • What can lay Catholics do to encourage you to more effectively try to change the heart and mind of Mr. Connors, or if that fails, to ask him to resign from his roles on the Finance Council and with Catholic Schools?

Do attend the Town Hall Meeting–either on the radio, on TV, or via the Internet–and ask your questions.  At the same time, commit yourself to praying this prayer every day:

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

There is a need for activism, and also a need for prayer. Let us keep our prayers steadfast on this issue.

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25 Responses to Fortnight for Freedom: Town Hall Meeting with Cardinal O’Malley Mon. June 25

  1. GBA says:

    PARODY:

    Dear God:

    “We are so so sorry we were too busy @ Au Bon Pain in Cambridge pontificating, writing papers and criticizing the best country on earth. And……we let a great thing get away.
    In other words: We blew it!!! Is there anything we can do
    to get him back?”

    God:” Nope.”

    Women: “Please….”

    [edited by BCI]

    • Anonymous Catholic says:

      GBA, I think your comment, even as a parody, is misplaced and inappropriate. Why take a personal shot at a fine person giving his life to God just because of their hobby or pasttime or where they went to college? What does this have to do with religious freedom? BCI, I think you should moderate or remove this comment as it has nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with a personal dig..

      • GBA says:

        No problem. BCI—Please remove. My deepest apologies
        if this was hurtful to anyone.

        The comment was in no way a “personal shot”; it was predictable observation of human nature.

        I am sorry you never learned to surf! Did you ever think
        this is a proud moment for surfers, too?

        For the record, misplaced and inappropriate are
        the insulting and cruel posts I have read in the past about
        various individuals.

      • GBA,
        Thank you for your clarification and apology. BCI has edited the original post to remove the reference. Because of the follow-on comments, readers will miss some of the context.

        Running a blog like this has the challenge of wanting to provide an open forum for readers to comment, while also avoiding personal attacks. Though BCI has been publicly critical of certain archdiocesan officials based on objectively observed actions or statements, BCI does not believe we have ever posted something that would be seen as insulting or cruel. When readers have made what we see as personal attacks in comments, we have moderated them as quickly as possible, but we do not always catch them quickly.

      • GBA says:

        Also, while it is your opinion this was a”personal” dig,
        you are incorrect. My first response to reading the
        vocations news was…”a win for Boston Archdiocese,
        and religious freedom”—as there will only be religious freedom
        with an increase in vocations.

        Furthermore, I have yet to encounter another individual who has had the courage and compassion to defend priests in the public square as much as I have in the past several years.

        In my opinion, there are few athletic pursuits that can
        compare to the skill and courage associated with surfing.
        By the way, surfers are another group I have known and defended in the past.

        So, maybe what this is “really” about, is that you
        cannot even handle a “Boogie Board”???

        Any “dig” is aimed at forces unappreciative of good priests.

        God knows my heart—-I do not care what you think.

      • Tim says:

        Perhaps too before criticizing those who give their lives to God and His Church, some might do just a little bit of research.

        http://oldsite.alliancedefensefund.org/userdocs/McCullenComplaint.pdf

        A simple google search shows that this particular new priest very much defends not only religious liberty but also life as he is a principle plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state of Massachusetts with respect to the buffer zone outside of abortion clinics.

      • Another Anonymous Catholic says:

        Muchas Gracia NPR!!!!

        Dum Dum Dum Dum

    • GBA says:

      Thank you, BCI.

  2. jbq2 says:

    Posting hits the proverbial nail on the head. The logic started slowly but the last few questions spiralled to a crescendo.

  3. Concerned says:

    These questions need to be formulated differently or they will never get asked. How about something like, “Your Eminence, if this isn’t resolved will my parish school have to close?”

    —————

    This is not a question for tonight but is related: I know a pastor who inquired of the Personnel Office in Braintree if he should be signing schoolteacher contracts which run until August 2013 (long after the one-year period granted by SIbelius to get ready runs out). He was told that the lawyers had determined “catholic schools are grandfathered in.”

    Can that be right?

  4. Anni says:

    The conditions for asking questions are unfair to those of us who refuse to use Facebook and who do not send text messages. Why can’t we email to an address?

  5. Hi Anni,

    Good point, we do have an email address that was set up, Fortnight4Freedom@CatholicTV.org Unfortunately we didn’t state that on tonight’s broadcast only in our pre-event publicity. You are welcome to submit questions and we will see to it that they are directed appropriately
    Bonnie Rodgers
    CatholicTV

  6. Joris--a former Franciscan says:

    If only, after all the abuses & cover-ups and lack of taking responsibility, Catholic bishops and archbishops and Pope still had the moral authority to be indignant about moral wrongs…this “whatif” will undermine most comments made by the successors of the apostles during this fortnight; it will be the elephant in the room. How dare you–the hierarchy seems to be saying–force us to do wrong (when we assigned foxes to chicken coops and avoid responsibility ourselves)?

  7. GBA says:

    “52% of Catholics……….”

    Perhaps refer members to read the current article in
    The American Thinker (NHS euthanizes 130,000 annually)
    I believe the patients were referred to as “inconvenient, elderly”.

    **Please verify with two other articles for accuracy.

    God Help Us.

  8. JRBreton says:

    I listened. Would that some of your questions had been asked. Instead we got a most superficial sprinkling of platitudes, except for Mr. Garvey. The Cardinal made a fool of himself, poor man. We need to pray, pray for him.

    • amatterofopinion says:

      The presentation was good: No one made a fool of themselves.
      Most people are impressed with reserved, humble personalities.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Tim—thanks!

    This new priest will not allow a potential encounter with a
    shark stand between him and his passion.

    Courage…..Courage….Courage

  10. GodBlessAmerica says:

    Religious Freedom?

    I read this article two years ago: http://www.realclearpolitics.com
    Bias and Bigotry in Academia by Pat Buchanan
    July 2010.

    ** The article does specifically
    mention low income-middle income catholics.

  11. StraightForward says:

    There is a website: TheMediaReport.com that sort of sets the record straight. Are you people aware of this website?

    Do you work together? Or, in competition?

    I stubbled across this website recently.

    Shh…Shh…; Don’t tell the MMM— It will piss them off.

    • We are aware of that website. BCI is not “in competition” with any other websites. Whoever reads BCI reads BCI.

      Sent from my iPhone

      • StraightForward says:

        Competition was a poor word choice on my part. I think
        what I meant to ask was: Are you’re objectives aligned?
        The reason I was curious is there is some person (or pen name
        Publion)–made me think of this blog. Take care.

    • StraightForward says:

      oops….stumbled

  12. ANONYMOUS says:

    RE: Philly Archdiocese recent news

    “Priests (retired) need a place to relax and refresh, but it does not have to be a beachfront,” said Chairwoman Marita Green.

    Really? Who does it “have to be”? Her?

    Enough is Enough. This is “exactly” why the investment
    in the new Fox PR person is worth every penny!!

  13. ANONYMOUS says:

    To BCI: Please remove the word “mermaid” from this
    page. Just read the history, and, was upset.

    Deepest apologies to BCI readers.

    This blog should remain Christian, pure and truthful.

    Thank you

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