Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fortnight 4 Freedom 2013



In light of the attacks against Religious Freedom in the United States of America, the USA Catholic Bishops have begun another campaign for the year of 2013 - Year of Faith - of prayer, fasting, education and action in order to make everyone aware of the seriousness of the matter and inspire change.

Religion in America is facing heavy attacks from the Obama administration, secularism, the LGBT agenda and pro-abortion advocates. With the passing of “Obamacare,” Churches who have involvement in healthcare and who employ others will be forced to go against its doctrines and therefore violate the conscience.

We must pray that this law will be repealed completely or fixed in order to protect religious liberty, defend life and serve the health needs of everyone without being a burden.

Moreover, religion freedom is being set aside.  The LGBT agenda is advancing throughout the United States and Churches who challenge it are being punished.  Recently, a lesbian won a case against the archdiocese of Cincinnati for breaching a contract she signed.  Christian people who own businesses are being sued for not catering to homosexual couples.  The courts are over stepping the church/state boundaries and are dictating to churches how to live their faith in society.  Atheists are attempting to remove Bibles from hotels and are setting up monuments on court property.  Parental rights are being taken away as children are being forced to ignore their religious upbringing by learning about contraception and abortion.  This must end!    

Catholics united will never be defeated!

Here is the prayer from the USCCB:


Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.
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.


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