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Politics of Religious Freedom$
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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226248479

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.001.0001

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The Bishops, the Sisters, and Religious Freedom

The Bishops, the Sisters, and Religious Freedom

(p.220) Chapter Eighteen The Bishops, the Sisters, and Religious Freedom
Politics of Religious Freedom

Elizabeth A. Castelli

University of Chicago Press

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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