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Cardinal to host televised town hall meeting during Fortnight for Freedom


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BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston will participate in the Fortnight for Freedom with events from June 21 to July 4, to rally support for the protection of religious freedom in the United States, including a live "town hall meeting" on CatholicTV for national broadcast.

Throughout the two week period called for by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the archdiocese will focus prayers, homilies, intentions and events on the theme of religious freedom. These events are intended to voice opposition to the decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to require most Catholic organizations and employers to provide health plan coverage for contraceptives, sterilization and some abortion-inducing drugs or face stiff fines. Since it was announced last year, the U.S. bishops have strongly advocated for an expansion of the measure's exceptionally narrow religious exemption.

"The Health and Human Services secretary has chosen to define a religious organization that would qualify for an exemption as one that just serves people of its own faith and employs people of its own faith. That violates so much of not only Catholic contributions to the common good, but also many other faiths whose religious missions involve them serving all those in need without asking what religion they are," said the archdiocese's Secretary for Catholic Media Scot Landry.

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