Fortnight for Freedom
A call to prayer, education and action for religious freedom in the United States
Wednesday, June 21 - Tuesday, July 4 - All Day
The Fortnight for Freedom, a call to fourteen days of prayer, education, and action for religious freedom in the United States and abroad, will again take place this year from June 21 to July 4. This two‐week period is a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power, including St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.
During this Fortnight for Freedom, named Freedom for Mission, we anticipate the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the case brought by Trinity Lutheran Church. Trinity Lutheran Church sought a grant from the State of Missouri to resurface the playground of the church’s preschool. Trinity Lutheran’s application was denied, despite its application scoring high enough to receive a grant, solely because it is affiliated with a church. A favorable decision for Trinity Lutheran could chip away at anti-Catholic Blaine amendments, which are present in over 30 state constitutions, and could be cited by school-choice advocates to expand scholarship opportunities for low-income students to attend faith-based schools.
The Trinity Lutheran case is just one more example of why we invite you to pray for religious freedom during this Fortnight. For more information, see the following:
- Our First Most Cherished Liberty, Statement from USCCB
- Current threats to our Religious Liberty
- Scripture Passages pertaining to Religious Liberty