Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:36
A prayerful protest to “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” will be held at noon Friday, April 27, at the Federal Courthouse, 401 N. Market, in Wichita.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office, said the prayerful protest is a way the Catholic faithful can work toward an acceptable solution to the dilemma posed by the HHS mandate.
“We must insist that elected officials pass and that the president sign the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” she said.
Bishop Michael O. Jackels said in a homily, “My hope is that we will contact our elected leaders and let them know that we do not want to be forced to act against our beliefs, we or anyone else, and that we want religious liberty and conscience protection restored. And pray, pray more, pray more harder.”
Toombs asked that those unable to attend the gathering at the Courthouse to consider gathering at their parish or at their workplace at noon for prayer with other Christians to pray that our religious freedoms will be protected.
The protests will continue on the fourth Friday of the month until the situation is resolved, she said.
For more information contact Toombs at (316) 269-3935 or at