U.S. bishops have asked for a two-week period of prayer and action to address many current challenges to religious liberty. From issues such as the August 1, 2013 deadline marked for compliance with the HHS mandate, to the Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June; serious infringements to our Faith and our rights are present all around us. Catholic Americans are being called to stand up, engage in this Nation's dialogue, and especially, to pray for our country and leaders in what the Bishops have called the Fortnight for Freedom.
The Director of Bioethics and Public Policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, Dr. Marie T Hilliard, as a citizen, registered nurse, and woman devoted to her faith, wanted to take a moment to speak in support of this effort:
I hope that all persons who value the rights of conscience and religious liberty, will participate in whatever way they can in the Fortnight for Freedom activities. I simply cannot over-emphasize that many of the increasing number of consult calls the NCBC is receiving are from health care practitioners concerned about their ability to engage in the healing professions. They want healthcare to exist the way it was truly founded and meant to be: A source of healing and life, not destruction and death.
Never before have the threats to the religious freedom and consciences of Americans, including health care professionals, been so evident. What is especially worrisome is that some of these threats are coming from the very government entrusted with protecting such freedoms. All Americans should be aware that, as these violations escalate, the very country we all love will be changed forever.
The Fortnight begins TODAY; so please, find more about how you can participate in the Fornight for Freedom.Visit the USCCB page HERE, and join the fight to protect our Faith and our Liberty.
Dr. Marie Hilliard and The National Catholic Bioethics Center