Fortnight for Freedom Catholic Response Rally - Baltimore
June 21, 2012
6:45 PM - 8:30 AM
Tell Our Bishops:
"We Need Pastors, Not Politicians.
Your Election Year Antics are Hurting the Church!"
You might have heard about the "Fortnight for Freedom," the Catholic bishops' campaign opposing contraception for employees of Catholic institutions, such as universities and hospitals or their arguments that they should be able to receive government funding for social programs that discriminate against LGBT citizens. While there are legitimate violations of religious liberty in the United States - Alabama's new immigration law comes to mind - the bishop's campaign is overly partisan and hyperbolic.
Simply put, we need our bishops to be pastors, not politicians. The bishops have organized an opening Mass for this "Fortnight" in Baltimore, and the media will be invited. Archbishop Lori will preside. This will be one of Archbishop Lori's first public events since being assigned to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Will you help show Archbishop Lori and the media that there are plenty of Catholics and people of faith who don't want election year politics injected into our houses of worship?
Catholics for Equality has joined hands with several fair-minded and faithful Catholic social justice groups in organizing a peaceful protest outside the kickoff Mass for the "Fortnight for Freedom" on Thursday, June 21, at 6:45 p.m. The Mass will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore)
We will gather across the street from the Basilica with a giant banner that reads, Bishops: We Need Pastors, Not Politicians, Your Antics are Hurting the Church. We'll also have flyers on hand with alternate Prayers of the Faithful that can be read in lieu of the hyperbolic petitions that will be read in church.
Please join us Thursday, at 6:45 for a peaceful protest outside of Mass. Let's show the bishops not everyone supports their "Fortnight for Freedom?" Click here to RSVP.
If enough people participate, we'll balance out any news coverage by providing the media with the voice of conscientious Catholics who don’t want the Catholic faith used for partisan politics.