As the August 1st deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate looms, Archbishop William Lori, Chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, recently announced, for the second year in a row, “The Catholic bishops of the United States have called for a Fortnight for Freedom in the days leading up to the Fourth of July.”

His Excellency described the fourteen day observance as “a time when we as Catholics—people who believe in the Constitution and the freedoms guaranteed by it—can come together to pray, study, and prayerfully act in support of those freedoms, most especially the freedom of religion.”

With this in mind, please join me in respectfully proposing an alternative course of action constructed upon the solid foundation of Catholic tradition and the following unshakeable convictions:

• Our FAITH is placed not in the Constitution, but in Jesus Christ, Sovereign and Lord.

• Our HOPE for freedom is expressed not by reciting Constitutional precepts, but in teaching both individuals and States to observe all things whatsoever that Our Blessed Lord commanded.

• Our LOVE for God and country is made manifest not through acts of patriotic sentimentalism, but by proclaiming the Sovereign Rights of Christ the King to all, including those in civil authority, that they may come to heel under His sweet and saving yoke.

Please add your name, email address and diocese (none of which will be published) to the prayer pledge below. On the 5th of July, we will forward the results to the USCCB – as a spiritual crown for Christ the King – making known our heartfelt desire for the sacred hierarchy to courageously call our civic leaders to account, not simply for their obligation to uphold the Constitution, but for the duty to honor and serve the Lord Jesus Christ to Whom all authority in heaven and on earth belongs.

PETITION to cease petitioning...

INASMUCH AS every priest and bishop is uniquely bound in duty before God to do all in his power to defend innocent souls from deception and confusion concerning that which is required for salvation, AND those who fail in this sacred obligation will one day stand before the throne of the Almighty to answer for the souls that are thus lost, AND recognizing that “it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea…”

WE THE UNDERSIGNED, in consideration of the high likelihood that such churchmen as those who are not sufficiently moved to act aright for fear of the fires of Hell - to say nothing of love for Jesus Christ who is Truth incarnate - will not be moved to so act thanks to a list of names no matter how long...

WE HEREBY PETITION those who may feel compelled to create yet another petition asking our churchmen to do their duty to CEASE IMMEDIATELY, and to devote their energies instead toward CONDEMNING error, IDENTIFYING by name those wolves in shepherd's clothing who refuse to do so, AND calling upon the Holy Father to carry out the wishes of Our Lady of Fatima by CONSECRATING Russia to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

WE ENCOURAGE the faithful to engage their sacred pastors DIRECTLY, urging them to DEFEND TRADITION in the face of all attacks, not the least of which is Amoris Laetitia, knowing that BLESSED indeed will they be for whatever persecution this may invite.

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Gut check for freedom  An article from Catholic News Agency by Louie Verrecchio

– Whatever opposes Christ the King is not a service to the common good. The Lord’s reign – not the U.S. Constitution – has traditionally been, and must be again, the standard to which the Catholic Church holds those who govern.

Patron Saints of the Constitution?  An article from Renew America by Louie Verrecchio

– Saints Thomas More and John Fisher are often invoked as models in the battle to protect an ecumenically sensitive version of religious liberty in the United States, but make no mistake about it; both of these martyrs died very specifically in defense of the sovereign rights of Christ the King and His Holy Catholic Church.

Religious Liberty Under Attack: In Defense of Christ the King

Presentation delivered June 2012

Religious Liberty: In Defense of Christ the King from Louie Verrecchio on Vimeo.