Fortnight For Freedom: Benjamin Franklin

During the Constitutional Convention, on June 28, 1787, Benjamin Franklin, dismayed by the lack of progress since the convention convened on May 25, 1787, and alarmed at the acrimony of the debates, rose and delivered a memorable address:   Mr. President The

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Fortnight For Freedom: Great God Our King

    America has  always been my  favorite patriotic song.  Written by a Baptist minister, Samuel Francis, and set to the tune, ironically, of God Save the Queen, the song was first performed on July 4, 1831 at Park Street Church in

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Fortnight For Freedom: Cynical About Cynicism

            My favorite scene from Frank Capra’s classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  It is easy to give way to weary cynicism when one contemplates all the evil in the world.  However, history is replete

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Fortnight For Freedom: National Suicide

          Prophetic words of warning for us today from a young Mr. Lincoln:   We find ourselves in the peaceful possession, of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil,

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Fortnight For Freedom: Major Andrew McClary

  I occasionally encounter people who claim that freedom is an abstraction, and that they would never die for an abstraction.  That has never been the case in my family.  McClareys have fought in all the nation’s wars down to

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Fortnight For Freedom: Getting in Bed With Caesar

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.

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Fortnight For Freedom 2016

  As in years past, The American Catholic will take part in The Fortnight Freedom proclaimed by the USCCB: Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom

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Fortnight For Freedom: Catholics in the American Revolution

  Nor, perchance did the fact which We now recall take place without some design of divine Providence. Precisely at the epoch when the American colonies, having, with Catholic aid, achieved liberty and independence, coalesced into a constitutional Republic the

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Fortnight For Freedom: Dixie

 I have always thought `Dixie’ one of the best tunes I have ever heard. Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it, but I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it. [Applause.] I presented the question to the Attorney

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Fortnight For Freedom: John Paul II on the Constitution

      Interesting reflections on the Constitution courtesy of remarks made by Pope John Paul II to President Reagan on September 10, 1987 during the Pope’s visit to the US:   Mr President, 1. I am grateful for the great courtesy

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Fortnight For Freedom: Sister Mary Ephrem

The patroness of the United States is the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception.  On May 26, 1846, the Catholic Bishops of the United States at the Sixth Provincial Congress in Baltimore, passed this decree: With enthusiastic acclaim and

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Fortnight For Freedom: Pope Gregory XVI

Out of the Roman States, there is no country where I am Pope except the United States. Pope Gregory XVI Pope Gregory XVI was a complicated man.  In 1839 he issued a papal bull condemning both the slave trade and

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Fortnight For Freedom: Getting in Bed With Caesar

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.

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Fortnight For Freedom 2015

  As in years past, The American Catholic will take part in The Fortnight Freedom proclaimed by the USCCB:     The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a

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Fortnight for Freedom: July 4, 1864

  On July 4, 1864 Abraham Lincoln had much to pre-occupy his mind.  Grant’s drive on Richmond had bogged down into a stalemated siege to the south of Richmond around the city of Petersburg.  Grant, due to the appalling Union

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Fortnight For Freedom: Stamped With the Divine Image

 Great principles don’t get lost once they come to light. They’re right here; you just have to see them again! Senator Jefferson Smith, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington In our struggles for liberty today, we are part of a long

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Fortnight For Freedom: Hobby Lobby

    Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, go here to read the decision, rested upon the Court’s interpretation of this section of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993: a) In general Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of

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Fortnight For Freedom: A Just War

  As we approach the Fourth of July we celebrate American independence and the liberties we enjoy.  Independence was won on the battlefield.  Was the American Revolution a just war is therefore a question that should be asked and answered. Based on

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Fortnight For Freedom: The Father of Our Country

  America has been blessed by God in many ways but I suspect no blessing has been greater than His granting us George Washington to lead us in our struggle for independence and to be our first President.  Catholics have perhaps more

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Fortnight For Freedom: Catholics in the American Revolution

    Nor, perchance did the fact which We now recall take place without some design of divine Providence. Precisely at the epoch when the American colonies, having, with Catholic aid, achieved liberty and independence, coalesced into a constitutional Republic

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Fortnight for Freedom: Pius XII

    Hattip to Father Z. From the speech of Pope Pius XII to seminarians on the opening of the North American College in Rome on October 14, 1953:     We belong to the Church militant ; and she is

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Fortnight For Freedom 2014

The American Catholic will again be participation in the Fortnight For Freedom-June 21-July 4 with special blog posts on the subject of freedom. Here is the announcement of the Fortnight from the USCCB: WASHINGTON—Catholic dioceses and parishes across the United

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