Friday, July 04, 2014

Facing "A False Choice," At Fortnight's Close, The Church's Case

For the third year running, this 4th of July marks the finale of the US church's Fortnight for Freedom, the national initiative born amid the specter of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate's impact on Catholic entities and their ability to serve in sound conscience.

This time around, coming in the wake of ecclesial celebrations over Monday's 5-4 Supreme Court decision which green-lighted the Hobby Lobby craft chain's objection to the mandate on religious liberty grounds, the bench's closing message was delivered by the USCCB president, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, at today's Noon Mass in the nation's largest church, Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: