Skip to comments.Launching the Fortnight for Freedom
Posted on 06/22/2012 12:43:11 AM PDT by neverdem
This speech was delivered last night in Indianapolis to a group of Catholic journalists on the eve of the Fortnight for Freedom, a national campaign of teaching, witness, and prayer against the abortifacient and contraceptive mandate and in favor or religious freedom.
Ive known Greg Erlandson as a friend for many years. So I was glad to accept his invitation to join you tonight. And Im very glad to speak on the theme of religious liberty because events in our country have made it an urgent concern. I can sum up my remarks tonight in five simple points.
First, religious freedom is a cornerstone of the American experience. This is so obvious that once upon a time, nobody needed to say it. But times have changed. So its worth recalling that Madison, Adams, Washington, Hamilton, Franklin, Jeffersonin fact, nearly all the American founderssaw religious faith as vital to the life of a free people. Liberty and happiness grow organically out of virtue. And virtue needs grounding in religious faith.
Gertrude Himmelfarb, the historian, put it this way: The founders knew that in a republic, virtue is intimately related to religion. However skeptical or deistic they may have been in their own beliefs, however determined they were to avoid anything like an established Church, they had no doubt that religion is an essential part of the social order because it is a vital part of the moral order.
Heres my second point: Freedom of religion is more than freedom of worship. The right to worship is a necessary but not sufficient part of religious liberty. Christian faith requires community. It begins in worship, but it also demands preaching, teaching, and service. Its always personal but never private. And it involves more than prayer...
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the Roman Catholic Church in America.
You'll confuse some people by having them think the former and the latter are one in the same and they are not.
I’m Catholic. This is all well and good,but if they want to make a difference the Church should do this the last two weeks of October ending on November 6.
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