In advance of the June 21 General Assembly on Freedoms, Occupy Catholics sent the following letter to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archdiocese of New York
In response to the USCCB’s call for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” some of us involved in a network called Occupy Catholics will host an open discussion about freedoms — we call it a “General Assembly” — on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It will take place on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. Our purpose is to help ensure that ordinary, faithful people of our church can play a participatory role in this important campaign, especially in helping to define which freedoms matter to us most and speak to us as Catholics, Christians, Americans, and human beings — made in God’s image, seeking God’s justice. As you and the bishops have called us to action and anchored it to that day which, in 1776, the Continental Congress issued their Declaration, we feel privileged to exercise our rights of assembly and speech to discuss and debate the breath of our religious freedom.
We write to inform you of our gathering, so you know that we gather as part of one church, in enthusiasm for the call to action that you have promulgated. Especially in light of the repression against the Occupy movement’s freedoms of speech and assembly by the New York Police Department over the past year, we hope that you will help ensure that our event can proceed peacefully and prayerfully.
The following morning, many of us look forward to sharing the Fortnight for Freedom mass with you.
Asking the blessing of Your Eminence, we are Yours respectfully in Christ,