Liturgical significance of the “Fortnight for Freedom” » GetReligion

June 26, 2012

Although I am a regular reader of “Get Religion,” it often takes an unfortunate partisan turn. At least, that is the way I see it. This is a good analysis of the media coverage of “Fortnight for Freedom,” and its connection to the liturgical remembrance of St. Thomas Moore. You may recall “A Man for All Seasons.” I seem to remember that it was Best Picture in 1967. Thomas Moore was a man of conscience and I do admire his bravery in the face of Henry VIII’s move to control the Church of England. Permit me to observe, however, that Chancellor Thomas Moore did not seem to be one little bit concerned about  religious freedom for English Lutherans, who were burned at the stake on his watch. This does not automatically prove the alleged bad motives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, but they might want to be a little more reassuring. Thomas Moore was no friend of Protestants and the Catholic Bishops seem to be taking aim at the religious rights of their employees who would like to practice contraception.

Here is what “Get Religion” has to say. Follow the link for the full story.


I’m out of the country right now visiting my in-laws in Mexico. They don’t have wifi! So my posting may be a bit lighter the next few weeks as I cobble together trips in search of internet.

Before I left town a reader commented on coverage of the Fortnight for Freedom:

I haven’t had the time to keep up with current affairs due to work and family, but I’m not sure if any reporters have drawn attention to the fact that the Fortnight for Freedom starts on the feastday for Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, natural patrons for a struggle against govermental encroachments on the Church.

Yes, I think reporters were a bit too busy running with the narrative that the bishops are a secret GOP front group. (Let’s please not talk about their stance on immigration reform, OK? Or the non-bishops who are opposed to the HHS mandate. It just doesn’t support the meme we’re going for.)

Liturgical significance of the “Fortnight for Freedom” » GetReligion.


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