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USCCB: pray, fast for conscience rights

Catholic World News - October 10, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on Friday, October 11, “that everyone may recognize the importance of laws upholding conscience protection.”

In a reflection published along with the announced intention, the USCCB cited Dignitatis Humanae in saying that “the foundation of the principle of religious freedom is rooted in the dignity of the human person, who is endowed with reason and free will.” The reflection observed that leaders of the US bishops’ conference have written to Congress to insist that “government cannot mandate the purchase of healthcare if it means violating one's conscience.”

In December 2012, the US bishops announced a call to prayer and penance whose “overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. Campaign components include monthly Eucharistic holy hours in cathedrals and parishes, daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom.” The campaign will last until the conclusion of the Year of Faith.

The Friday prayer and fasting intentions change weekly; the links below describe how to receive the intentions in advance, typically on the afternoon of the previous day.

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  • Posted by: impossible - Oct. 13, 2013 10:50 AM ET USA

    The USCCB keeps confusing the laity with Faithful Citizenship double-talk documents. USCCB supported socialized medicine and then whines about loss of religious freedom legislated by Obamacare. An estimated 80% of Bishops and priests vote for liberals and then whine about the immoral laws/policies they impose. Prayer is good, but they should not jump from a high building and then pray to survive. What blatant stupidity, presumption and hypocrisy. Pray and fast for disbanding the USCCB .

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