I notice that the USCCB is gearing up for another Fortnight for Freedom. I certainly don’t begrudge their exercising of their teaching office, nor the promotion of religious freedom. From the site, this year’s observance is described as …
a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power…
The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.
My main problem is that the Church has always been in favor of religious freedom, except for the times when it hasn’t. Unfortunately, women are often at the blunt end of the “hasn’t.” And for the past two summers, we’ve observed a parallel, complementary, or corrupt (or all three) version focusing on women who suffered at the hands of churchmen and others when their freedom was deemed too free. Check the summary here.
In the queue I have Mary Dyer, Margery Kempe, and Isabel Roser.
I’m happy to take suggestions for the Two Weeks. of deceased women, not necessarily of the Roman tradition. Suggestions for writers, too. Ideally I’d like to do no more than half the entries.
Or perhaps you think this effort has jumped the spiritual shark, so to speak.
Comments? Suggestions? Discernment?