June 8, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Re: Protecting Religious Liberty — Focus of ‘Fortnight for Freedom’
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) concerned over the threats to religious freedom both at home and abroad, has called on all dioceses, parishes and other Catholic institutions to participate in a “Fortnight for Freedom,” June 21-July 4. In our diocese, we will participate in prayer, education and action. All parishioners of our diocese are encouraged to sign up for the California Legislative Network, a useful vehicle to stay informed and be aware when advocacy with our senators and congress people is necessary. It is a useful tool and expedient vehicle for contacting our legislators. Strength in numbers is imperative in making our displeasure known.
Many of you have registered for the Catholic Legislative Network. Please read the weekly updates to keep informed. If you have not signed up to register for the Catholic Legislative Network, please do so by going to www.cacatholic.org.
On July 4, I will celebrate a mass at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Family Cathedral thanking God for our religious freedom and asking that our nation’s leaders work to ensure this most cherished liberty. I warmly encourage you to join me or attend mass that day in your own parish on this holiday marking our nation’s Independence.
I invite and encourage all Catholics in the Diocese of Orange to join with Catholic faithful across our nation during this special time of prayer, study, and public action to emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.
Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, D.D.
Bishop of Orange