Freedom 2016


June 21 – July 4, 2016

Pray for Religious Freedom

Join Bishop Callahan before the Blessed Sacrament  – June 21 Holy Hour, 6:30 pm
It is fitting that this Fortnight for Freedom will begin with a Holy Hour celebrated by Bishop Callahan at 6:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in La Crosse. We begin humbly on our knees.

Those in the La Crosse and surrounding area are encouraged to be in attendance at Blessed Sacrament for that Holy Hour. Elsewhere throughout the diocese, parishes, clusters or deaneries are invited to celebrate a Holy Hour (led by a deacon or priest) simultaneous with that of the Bishop, or, if that is not possible, at another time during the Fortnight. See the template for a Holy Hour for Religious Freedom.

Witnesses to Freedom

Have you been troubled by what is happening in America?  The truths revealed by God about man, woman, marriage, sexuality and respect for life are increasingly labeled “bigotry” and “hate.”  People who seek to live and work in conformity with their religious convictions are increasingly intimidated and penalized.

It is true that there are glimmers of hope, such as the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

But we have seen repeated mandates and “guidance” from the White House pushing a radically secular ideology of “reproductive health” and gender.

Most recently, legislation has been introduced that would gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in 1993 (RFRA).

This is the sobering backdrop for the fifth “Fortnight for Freedom” called for by the U.S. Bishops (June 21-July 4). Its theme is “Witnesses to Freedom.” It focuses in a special way on 14 powerful witnesses and invites us to imitate their fidelity and courage in the face of adversity.