It has been chaired since its creation by Baltimore Archbishop William E. The archbishop opens the fortnight by celebrating an evening Mass June 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. Hillary Byrnes, assistant general counsel for the USCCB, works with the bishops on protecting religious liberties from government infringement, which is the focus of the fortnight.
But my efforts were not all useless.Â I did learn an enormous amount about the most ancient Church, things of which I had never heard before.Â And I did begin to expose her to those things as well: Ignatius and Polycarp, auditors of the Apostles; Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, illustrious apologists; and other details of the history between the Acts of the Apostles and us.(CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit) In launching this year's Fortnight for Freedom, the U. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling for renewed dedication to protecting religious freedom."Freedom for Mission" is the theme of the 2017 Fortnight for Freedom, taking place on June 21 to July 4.The 14-day observance of action, education and prayer focused on religious freedom began in 2012, stemming from a 12-page statement released that June by the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty titled "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty."The U. bishops recently voted to make the ad hoc committee permanent.of took particular issue, as she was an agnostic at the time she married her husband.Â The comments on both her post and Patrick’s fall strongly on either side, with anecdotes like Julie’s to support them.I have a few of my own.Â My mother and her sisters married non-Catholics, all of whom are now among the finest Catholic men I know.Â If all devout Catholics dated and married only in the Church, not only would Julie not be writing her blog, I wouldn’t even exist.Â The people supporting this side of the issue point out, rightly, that with God all things are possible and that we should fear no evil (such as the evils of ignorance, prejudice, and false belief).