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Archbishop Lori Opens Fortnight for Freedom at Baltimore Basilica (5629)

More than 1,000 people throng historic church to hear a rousing sermon on religious liberty.

06/22/2012 Comments (7)

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore was jammed with people for the opening Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom.

– Sean Caine/Archdiocese of Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Just a few hours before one of the most important nights in recent history for the Church in the United States, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore walked quietly on the grass in the shadow of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary alongside his golden retriever Noble.

Even in the oppressive heat and with the responsibility of launching a nationwide 14-day campaign of prayer, fasting and penitence against federal government policies, Archbishop Lori seemed to be a man at peace, prepared to address the packed congregation at the basilica and a vast television audience tuned into EWTN’s coverage of the Fortnight for Freedom.

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Newlyweds Flock to Rome for Papal Blessing, Learning from a Sainted Bibliophile, and much more! (1297)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/22/2012 Comment

Newlyweds Flock to Rome for Papal Blessing. Click on the link by David Kerr to read more.

Newlyweds Flock to Rome for Papal Blessing - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

Learning from a Sainted Bibliophile who Died for the Faith - Brandon Vogt

Admiral to Chaplain "Get in Line" or "Resign" on Gay Marriage by Jean McCarthy - Big Pulpit

World’s ‘Biggest’ Gay Pride March Shrinks Drastically: Politicos Abandon - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews

Solemn Mass in Aiken, South Carolina - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

New Film: "Restless Heart" (St. Augustine of Hippo) - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Undemocratic Scramble Toward Same-Sex Marriage - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Quæritur: Can Any Priest Hear a Confession on an Airplane or...READ MORE

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Stacy Thomlison: Nebraska Plaintiff in Legal Challenge to HHS Mandate (4604)

A Register Fortnight for Freedom profile

06/22/2012 Comments (8)
Courtesy of Stacy Thomlison

– Courtesy of Stacy Thomlison

LINCOLN, Neb. — In 2008, Stacy Thomlison joined a Holy Land pilgrimage led by Scott Hahn, and she fell in love with the Catholic faith.

The experience ultimately led the registered nurse to leave her “dream job” and boyfriend in New York, enter the Church and join the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) as a missionary at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

“As I walked where Jesus had walked, God really grabbed my heart, and he said, I want you back, and I want all of you,” Thomlison, 31, recalled.

“The world tells you that money, fame and power will make you happy, and I had all of that in New York and felt empty inside. Working for Focus, my heart is now full...READ MORE

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Latin Mass at the Pantheon, What Millennial Catholics Believe, Just How Long is a Cubit, and more! (2176)

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06/21/2012 Comment

The Extraordinary Form Mass (TLM) at the Pantheon! Click on the link by Fr. Tim Finigan to read more.

The Extraordinary Form Mass (TLM) at the Pantheon! - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

What Millennial Catholics Believe - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Just How Long is a Cubit? (Noah's Ark) - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Supreme Court Take Notice: Two Sociologists Shift the Ground of the (Gay) Marriage Debate by Matthew J. Franck - Big Pulpit

What is Food Justice? - Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

Who Burned the Witches - Sandra Miesel, Crisis Magazine

Can I Fulfill Sunday Mass obligation with Mass on Monday Evening? - Fr. Z's Blog

Evolution, Human Dignity, & Crafting Public Policy - W. Ross Blackburn, Crisis Magazine

Philanthropy and State Power -...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Defending Religious Freedom Starts With Hearts Open to God's Will (2958)

Philadelphia shepherd's June 20 address to 2012 Catholic Media Conference.

06/21/2012 Comments (4)

While defending their freedom in public life, Catholics must also renew the Church spiritually, starting in their own lives, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a June 20 address to journalists.

“Politics and the courts are important. But our religious freedom ultimately depends on the vividness of our own Christian faith; in other words, how deeply we believe it and how honestly we live it,” the archbishop told attendees of the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in downtown Indianapolis.

In his remarks to reporters and other Catholic media professionals, the Philadelphia Church leader observed that religious freedom “is an empty shell if the spiritual core of a people is...READ MORE

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Mysticism in the Life of the Church, Fruits of Obedience, A Poet Reflects on Our Times, and more! (2076)

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06/21/2012 Comment

Mysticism in the Life of the Church. Click on the link by Catholichris to read more.

Mysticism in the Life of the Church - Catholichris, Team Orthodoxy

The Fruits of Obedience (Luke 1:57-66, 80) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

A Poet Reflects on Our Times - Ann Applegarth, Catholic World Report

Denmark to Make Catholic Church Perform Gay Weddings by Richard Orange - Big Pulpit

I Dare You - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Other Modern: Alex Asperlagh & St. Josephkerk, The Netherlands - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

"I Do", You Must - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

On the Church as a Sign of Contradiction - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Reverts: Catholics Who Left and Came Back - Nineteen Sixty-Four Cara


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Catholics in the U.S. and Religious Liberty: The Origins (2120)


06/21/2012 Comments (3)

– FortnightForFreedom.org

Several months ago, I came across a two-volume history of the Church in the United States I’d never read before: Theodore Maynard’s The Story of American Catholicism, first published in 1941.

Maynard was not a professional historian, and his telling of the American Catholic story has a bit more of the apologetic edginess of early-20th century Catholicism than a 21st-century audience might find congenial. Yet Maynard manifestly did his homework in the pioneering tomes of such giants of U.S. Catholic history as John Gilmary Shea and Peter Guilday; his judgments are usually judicious, even if his ecumenical sensibility is not overly developed; and every once in a while he comes up with an...READ MORE

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Fortnight of Films Celebrate Religious Liberty (12039)

Register film critic Steven D. Greydanus recommends 14 films to accompany the saint of each day.

06/21/2012 Comments (28)

Now that we’re officially into the Fortnight for Freedom, it’s appropriate to reflect on how the themes of religious liberty, moral conscience and commitment to one’s faith in the face of pressure and persecution have been reflected in film.

Below, Register film critic Steven D. Greydanus has chosen a fortnight of worth films providentially accompanying the saint's days we will mark within these two weeks, making a perfect complement to your Fortnight of Freedom plans.

You can find many of these films on the 1995 Vatican film list and on the Register’s list of 100 pro-Catholic movies. All 14 films are available on home video (DVD and/or Blu-ray).

June 21: A Man for All Seasons...READ MORE

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