Freedom for Martyrdom?

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Whither the Fortnight? For the last five years, U.S. Catholics, led by the U.S.C.C.B., have marked the two weeks leading up to the American celebration of Independence Day as a period of prayerful reflection on our cherished Freedom of Religion as enshrined in Article 1 of the Bill of Rights. Members of the hierarchy have sought to lead the faithful …

Unbridled Passion or True Freedom?

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Final Day – Independence Day John Adams and Our Constitution John Adams, second President of the United States, is often quoted as follows: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral …

Too Free?

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Thoughts from Pascal “It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.” Blaise Pascal

Reducing Religious Freedom

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pope Benedict’s Remarks to American Bishops “…it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to …

On Human Liberty

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pope Leo XIII’s Advice About Liberty, Law, and Freedom from 129 years ago. From this it is manifest that the eternal law of God is the sole standard and rule of human liberty, not only in each individual man, but also in the community and civil society which men constitute when united. …

A Catholic Look At Liberty

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July A Catholic Look at Liberty “…However, it is your duty as a Catholic…so to order your life that all reasonable men must come at last to know that in your heart, love of God, Church, and Country, love of Christ and fellow men, are all one harmonious whole, that you love your …

Destructive Freedom

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Destructive Freedom “…True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with licence to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference …

Two Saints and How To Use Freedom

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July A Saint Who Experienced The Loss of All Worldly Freedoms and Used the True Freedom She Had Wisely Edith Stein was a brilliant woman who converted to the Catholic Faith, became a Carmelite nun, and was put to death at Auschwitz since she was Jewish. She knew the errors of the state …

Freedom of Conscience

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Thoughts on Conscience Still Applicable Today Conscience has rights because it has duties; but in this age, with a large portion of the public, it is the very right and freedom of conscience to dispense with conscience, to ignore a Lawgiver and Judge, to be independent of unseen obligations. It becomes a …

Freedom To Bear Witness To Absolute Truth

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July From a Feb 23rd, 2000 speech to the Academy of Social Sciences by Saint John Paul II, reflecting on the document Centesimus Annus. At the dawning of the Third Millennium, a serious question confronts democracy. There is a tendency to see intellectual relativism as the necessary corollary of democratic forms of political …

Freedom and Slavery

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Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery. Saint John Paul II