The new June issue of the print edition of the Catholic Telegraph of Cincinnati features a letter from His Excellency Dennis M. Schnurr urging his flock to participate in the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom. And we should. There’s an ominous feeling in the air right now among serious Catholics. Participating in an event like this one can help us experience the solidarity that goes with being a member of the Body of Christ. My family and I were privileged to assist at the Closing Mass for 2013’s Fortnight at the Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Here’s an excerpt from Archbishop Schnurr’s letter with some practical ideas:

And now a new concern has arisen. During oral arguments last month before the U.S. Supreme Court on cases related to same-sex marriage, Justice Samuel Alito asked U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrill Jr., arguing for same-sex couples, whether a university or college opposing same-sex marriage could lose its tax-exempt status. Mr. Verrill replied that “it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.” If Catholic institutions lose their tax-exempt status, that will greatly reduce their ability to bear witness to the Gospel through the corporal works of mercy.

So what can you do to observe the Fortnight for Freedom?

 Stay informed. Go to and click on “Preserve Religious Freedom” on the lower right. There you will find up-to-date information and links to the USCCB website.
 Answer the “Call to Prayer for Life for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty” from the USCCB. The “Call to Prayer” asks that Catholics celebrate Eucharistic holy hours monthly, pray the rosary daily, fast, and abstain from meat on Fridays. There is a Facebook Page at
 In addition, during the Fortnight, attend any special prayer opportunities available in your parish, and participate in Mass on July 4, the culmination of the Fortnight. Prayer is powerful!
 Display the Preserve Religious Freedom yard sign. You may have one from previous years. If not, a limited number will be available through The Catholic Telegraph at a price of two for $1. Although shipping cannot be offered, the CT will arrange pickup points in both Dayton and Cincinnati for those interested. …