Augusta Catholics to rally for religious freedom Wednesday

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On Wednesday, Catholics in Augusta will rally for religious freedom at a prayer service on the steps of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, across from the Federal Justice Center.

The Rev. Jerry Ragan, of St. Mary of the Hill Catholic Church, will be a part of Rally For Religious Freedom on Wednesday. The event coincides with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
The Rev. Jerry Ragan, of St. Mary of the Hill Catholic Church, will be a part of Rally For Religious Freedom on Wednesday. The event coincides with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign.

The event coincides with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom campaign, a two-week period of prayer, fasting and public demonstrations from June 21 to July 4, said the Rev. Jerry Ragan, of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church.

The campaign opposes what U.S. bishops say are attacks on religious liberty, including President Obama’s heath care mandate requiring most employers to provide health insurance that includes birth control and abortion-inducing drugs and state immigration laws that prohibit the harboring of undocumented immigrants, among other issues.

Though it gets the most coverage, the campaign isn’t just about the health care mandate, Ragan said.

“It’s not only about government overreach, and I hope it’s not about partisan politics,” he said. “The Christian voice is being squashed these days in public life. We want to stand up and say … the Gospel of Jesus Christ still has value.”

The Catholic Deanery of Augusta, which consists of St. Mary on the Hill, Holy Trinity, St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, is holding the event.

The rally will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday outside on the steps of Holy Trinity “because we want to be in the public square,” Ragan said. “We ask people, not only of faith, but those who love the common good and have respect for all people, to join with us.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Rally for Religious Freedom

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 720 Telfair St.

LEARN MORE: Visit the Web site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at usccb.org.

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Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/25/12 - 02:28 pm
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I wonder why the ACLU hasn't
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I wonder why the ACLU hasn't offered their support?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/25/12 - 02:32 pm
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Oh, yeah...

The White House has a virtual Armageddon of lawsuits from Catholic institutions around the nation and the mainstream media is virtually silent about it, even the good ole' Augusta Chronicle.

jbartley
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jbartley 06/25/12 - 09:13 pm
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Good

It is about time Christians start standing up for our rights or they will be gone!

double_standard
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double_standard 06/26/12 - 09:51 am
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I wonder will they speak out

I wonder will they speak out about the pedophile clergy men they've been hiding? The catholic church needs to clean house before they are to be taken serious but its nothing more than a rally against the President so they'll get a lot of support in this town.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/26/12 - 03:41 pm
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Give it a rest, for heaven's sake

D-S, there are fewer per capita pedophiles and molesters among the Catholic clergy than there are among the general population. Fact. Nevertheless, the Catholic Church worldwide is being pilloried with all the glee and disgusting abandon that the fiends that hate the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church (that is, Christianity itself) are able to inspire and incite among sympathetic dupes like yourself.

What about all the billions of dollars being paid out by Catholics everywhere, especially in the United States in reparation for the few priests actually convicted of sexual abuse? Does that not count for anything to your mind?

How about the fact that anyone having anything to do with the Catholic Church having any contact with minors must undergo "Virtus" training, specifically addressing any past lack of appropriately dealing with suspected abuse? Is that just window dressing so the pedophiles are protected?

And how many principals of public schools have been convicted of protecting teachers or coaches who molested children? NOT ONE, even when they are known to have done so. Yet a Catholic bishop now stands to go to prison for not turning over a priest to authorities that he quite possibly didn't realize was an on-going threat. How's that for justice as compared to what the rest of the country gets?

You're just another of the shrill voices happily spouting what liberal haters drill into your head.

Oh, for an educated, informed populace that knows how to think critically...

double_standard
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double_standard 06/26/12 - 03:54 pm
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No Liberal Hate

No Liberal Hate here buddy why shell out the money if your innocent. You speak of coaches but that same so called liberal media continuously covered Sandusky on Friday when in the same state the convicted Monsignor William Lynn for covering up complaints from 1992 to 2004.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/26/12 - 04:42 pm
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Fiat_Lux

Way to go...just plain love it!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/26/12 - 09:39 pm
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Thanks, George

I fear there are times when I have just had enough of the arrogance of people who really don't know anything except what is spoon-fed to them by the anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-family, anti-life
agenda benders.

They really aren't going to like it when the day of reckoning finally does arrive, and they largely will have brought it on all of us.

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