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Cardinal hosts 'town hall meeting' on religious freedom


Panelists discuss religious freedom at a town hall meeting held at the CatholicTV studios in Watertown, June 25. The town hall meeting was part of the "Fortnight for Freedom," a campaign promoted by the U.S. Bishops to defend religious freedom. Pilot photo/ George Martell, Pilot Media Group

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WATERTOWN -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and the Archdiocese of Boston brought the defense of religious freedom to the people of the archdiocese and beyond at a live, interactive "town hall meeting" on CatholicTV on June 25.

Broadcast on CatholicTV Network, 1060AM WQOM, Relevant Radio Network, and CatholicTV.com, the cardinal drove the multi-media discussion with the coordinator for CatholicVoices USA and an attorney focused on religious-liberty issues Kim Daniels, the president of the Catholic University of America John Garvey, and writer and educator on Catholic teachings on family and contraception Angela Franks. Carl A. Anderson, the Supreme Knight and chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Knights of Columbus, joined the discussion via satellite. The evening was moderated by John Monahan, host of "ClearVoice" on Catholic TV Network

The experts spoke as part of the "Fortnight for Freedom," a campaign promoted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to defend religious freedom. The campaign comes on the heels of 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. The fortnight began on June 21 and ends on July 4.

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