Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Getting organized.

The USCCB is planning to continue to raise awareness of issues pertaining to life, religious liberty and marriage:

Life, marriage and religious liberty are not only foundational to Catholic social teaching but also fundamental to the good of society." 
5 points
 
1. Starting with the Sunday after Christmas (Feast of the Holy Family) and continuing with the last Sunday of every month through Christ the King, November 2013, cathedrals and parishes are encouraged to hold a Eucharistic Holy Hour for life, marriage and religious liberty.
 
2. Families and individuals are encouraged to pray a daily rosary, especially for the preservation of life, marriage and religious liberty in the nation.
 
3. At Sunday and daily Masses, it is encouraged that the Prayers of the Faithful include specific intentions for respect for all human life from conception to natural death, the strengthening of marriage and family life, and the preservation of religious liberty at all levels of government, both at home and abroad.
 
4. Abstinence from meat and fasting on Fridays are encouraged for the intention of the protection of life, marriage and religious liberty, recognizing the importance of spiritual and bodily sacrifice in the life of the Church.
 
5. There will be the celebration of a second Fortnight for Freedom at the end of June and the beginning of July 2013.
 
"With the challenges this country is facing, it is hoped that this call to prayer and penance will help build awareness among the faithful as well as spiritual stamina and courage for effective witness," Archbishop Cordileone said. "We also hope that it will encourage solidarity with all people who are standing for the precious gifts of life, marriage, and religious liberty."
 
 And so it goes in the era of Hope and Change, where the state continues to push its jurisdiction over every sphere of society.  Previously, the Catholic program was limited to "life issues."  Now, in the era of Obama, Catholics have to add "marriage" and "religious liberty" to the items they have to have a particular concern about.

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