Liturgical significance of the "Fortnight for Freedom"

I'm out of the country right now visiting my in-laws in Mexico. They don't have wifi! So my posting may be a bit lighter the next few weeks as I cobble together trips in search of internet. Before I left town a reader commented on coverage of the Fortnight for Freedom:

I haven't had the time to keep up with current affairs due to work and family, but I'm not sure if any reporters have drawn attention to the fact that the Fortnight for Freedom starts on the feastday for Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, natural patrons for a struggle against govermental encroachments on the Church.

Yes, I think reporters were a bit too busy running with the narrative that the bishops are a secret GOP front group. (Let's please not talk about their stance on immigration reform, OK? Or the non-bishops who are opposed to the HHS mandate. It just doesn't support the meme we're going for.)

Anywho, our dear reader is wrong. And it gives me a perfect opportunity to point readers to the Louisville Courier-Journal's Faith and Works blog, run by Peter Smith. I love this blog, and not just because I love all religion blogs. But this one has really interesting takes on all sorts of things. Here's something on the Supreme Court decision banning school prayer turning 50 years old. Here's something on the Presbyterian Church (USA) membership dipping below two million. And here's how he began a (somewhat weak, actually) piece on the Fortnight For Freedom:

Bishops, priests and other Roman Catholics who say religious liberty is under mortal threat are raising the alarm through a two-week series prayers, vigils, “patriotic rosary” recitals and tributes to Catholic martyrs.

Catholic leaders have been promoting the national campaign — called the “Fortnight for Freedom” — with pamphlets and Web pages emblazoned in red-white-and-blue lettering. It began Thursday with activities in conjunction with the vigil to Catholic martyrs of the English Reformation era.

If you click on the link, you'll see he was on top of this connection to the religious liberty effort well over a month ago. Here's another reference to the feast days in a Tulsa media outlet. And none other than the New York Times got a mention in there, too. So not too many examples, but a nice cross section.

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