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The Bishops, the Sisters, and Religious Freedom

The Bishops, the Sisters, and Religious Freedom

Chapter:
(p.220) Chapter Eighteen The Bishops, the Sisters, and Religious Freedom
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Elizabeth A. Castelli
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0022

This essay describes American Catholic conceptions of and activism around the right to religious freedom, focusing on the “Fortnight of Freedom” campaign announced by the US bishops. The Fortnight begins on the feast day shared by St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, two martyrs who stood up to corrupt state authority, and ends on US Independence Day. Castelli contrasts the bishops’ vigorous advocacy for religious freedom with the Catholic church’s own policy towards the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which has limited US religious women’s freedom of conscience.

Keywords:   American Catholics, Fortnight of Freedom, Thomas More, Leadership Conference on Women Religious, US Catholicism

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