Archbishop Lori: Be Loyal Americans by Being Bold and Courageous Catholics
services in the State of Maryland."
"We do this because Archbishop John Carroll's generation of believers and patriots bequeathed to us a precious legacy that has enabled the Church to worship in freedom, to bear witness to Christ publicly, and to do massive and amazing works of pastoral love, education, and charity in ways that are true to the faith that inspired them in the first place."
"We defend religious liberty in fidelity to the wisdom of James Cardinal Gibbons who withstood in the breach those who said it wasn't possible to be a practicing Catholic and a loyal American. "...I belong to a country," he said, "where the civil government holds over us the aegis of its protection, without interfering with us in the legitimate exercise of our sublime mission as ministers of the Gospel of Christ. Our country has liberty without license, and authority without despotism." Now we must be loyal Americans by being bold and courageous Catholics!"
"So, dear friends, let us be of good cheer. Let us never imagine that the faith we profess with such personal conviction is merely a private matter. By its nature, the profession of faith is a public matter -for the faith is meant to be spread far and wide and acted upon in and through Church institutions and in the witness of individual believers. "
"Let us not shrink from entering the public square to proclaim the Person of Christ, to teach the values that flow from reason and faith, to uphold our right to go about our daily work in accord with our teachings & values, to defend the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death, to defend the institution of marriage as between a man and a woman, and to serve effectively those in great need with convictions borne of the moral law."
The Bishop's clarion call to defend religious liberty deserves a clear response from all of us. Let us take up the task which this homily calls us to with every ounce of energy we have. We are loyal Americans when we are bold and Courageous Catholics in the Public Square.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Archbishop Lori, Religious Freedom, First Freedom, Fee Exercise, Baltimore, Catholic Action, Constituion, Deacon Keith Fournier
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