Posts Tagged ‘Fortnight for Freedom’

Freedom for Mission and Mission for Freedom

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The Fortnight for Freedom initiative is a call to pray, reflect and contribute to a better understanding of – and respect for – religious freedom in a way that lifts up all people.  The theme this year is Freedom for Mission. Mission is fundamental to being a complete Christian. Saint John Paul II affirmed that […] [Read more]

The Roots of the Tree of Liberty in America

Monday, July 4th, 2016

When Father Andrew White and company boarded the Ark and the Dove back in November 1633 on voyage to establish the colony of Maryland, what they had in mind was freedom, not gold or conquest. They simply wanted the freedom to live and practice their faith openly without constraint or domination, together with the opportunity […] [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

In the state of affairs in which we find ourselves these days, the Fortnight for Freedom is offered to raise awareness and encourage people to speak out and defend our Catholic faith and Church. The American experience for two centuries had recognized the importance of religion in shaping political and cultural life. And priding ourselves […] [Read more]

The Freedom to be True to Our Catholic Identity

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

On this Fourth of July, which concludes the Fortnight for Freedom, we need to remember that Christianity offers an ancient and enduring understanding of freedom which has served humanity well. The human capacity to make choices, including our need to distinguish between good and bad choices, is not something outside us, nor is it given […] [Read more]

Saints John Fisher and Thomas More: Witnesses in Defense of Marriage and the Church

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A famous telling of the story of Saint Thomas More is entitled “A Man for All Seasons.” Certainly this patron of statesmen, together with his contemporary Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, is a man for our time as we confront challenges quite similar to those presented to these two inspirational martyrs, whose joint feast […] [Read more]

The Religious Foundation of Freedom

Friday, July 4th, 2014

As we reflect on the history of our nation’s founding on this Fourth of July and also bring to a close the Fortnight for Freedom, it is appropriate to recognize the role that religion has played in that effort to build a free and just society.  No small part of that history is the generosity […] [Read more]

Prepared Homily: Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Four years ago I had the privilege and joy of participating in an event in southern Maryland that tells a story that we need to hear again today when we commemorate the Fourth of July, our nation’s independence, and our freedom as citizens of this great country. With pageantry and prayerful ceremony, hundreds of people […] [Read more]

Defending the First Freedom

Monday, July 1st, 2013

As we approach Independence Day this year, we have an even greater occasion to reflect on the foundational values that helped form our nation – the self-evident truth that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.  Most especially, given the events of this past week, with the challenge to the truth […] [Read more]

Remembering Who We Are As Catholics and Americans

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Today, Catholics from all backgrounds and all walks of life gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom. I had the privilege of celebrating that Mass, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the homily. [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

If you have not already visited our new website,, I invite you to take a look at it today. My hope is that it will be a sort of homepage for you in accepting my invitation to join me and all of our American bishops in a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The Fortnight will be […] [Read more]