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Fortnight for Freedom commentary

Catholic World News - June 25, 2012

In an analysis written for Crisis magazine, Anthony Esolen notes the necessary connection between freedom and virtue, and reaches a sobering realization: “The horrible secret is that the American people may well no longer wish to be free, because the practice of the virtues is too difficult.”

Robert Royal, too, raises questions about what American Catholics can reasonably expect if the Fortnight for Freedom and similar initiatives fail to awaken the concern of the public. The task of restoring proper appreciation for our foundational freedoms is a daunting one, he writes, but it is not optional:

We can stop some bad situations from becoming worse by standing up for the Church – and ultimately America – whenever and wherever we must. But any victory at that level now must become a further spur to carrying out the much bigger task of reforming institutions and an entire culture.

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  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 26, 2012 7:40 AM ET USA

    Our country's founders believed that a people that wished to be free must regulate their own behavior, and that viable churches were essential to public morality. Once amoral behavior becomes the norm, government enforcement of moral behavior will destroy freedom and regulation becomes the norm. Unfortunately, America's people have shown themselves incapable of moral behavior, and America's churches reflect our culture, rather than a standard of morality. Freedom is now only a dream.

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