Tag: Fortnight For Freedom

Fortnight For Freedom: Benjamin Franklin

During the Constitutional Convention, on June 28, 1787, Benjamin Franklin, dismayed by the lack of progress since the convention convened on May 25, 1787, and alarmed at the acrimony of the debates, rose and delivered a memorable address:   Mr. President The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings

Fortnight For Freedom 2016

  As in years past, The American Catholic will take part in The Fortnight Freedom proclaimed by the USCCB: Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas

Fortnight For Freedom: Yankee Doodle

Something for a Fourth of July weekend:  Yankee Doodle.  Originally sung by British officers to disparage American troops who fought beside them in the French and Indian War, it was seized upon by Patriots, given endless lyrics, and cheered the patriot troops and civilians during the eight long years of the Revolution.  After Lexington and

Fortnight For Freedom: Catholics in the American Revolution

  Nor, perchance did the fact which We now recall take place without some design of divine Providence. Precisely at the epoch when the American colonies, having, with Catholic aid, achieved liberty and independence, coalesced into a constitutional Republic the ecclesiastical hierarchy was happily established amongst you; and at the very time when the popular

Fortnight for Freedom: Magna Carta , the Church and Cardinal Stephen Langton

This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Great Charter that is the foundation of English liberties that we Americans are heirs to. Documents like Magna Carta were commonplace in Western Europe during the Middle Ages, when the authority of kings was strictly restricted by nobles, commons and the Church.  However, what is