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First Amendment Advocate to Speak On Religious Freedom

06182014LMartinNussbaumSPRINGFIELD — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki today announced that noted First Amendment advocate L. Martin Nussbaum will speak at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Atrium at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, as part of the third annual Fortnight for Freedom.

Nussbaum will present "Constantine, Canossa, Culpeper County, the Council and 'Contraceptives' – the Foundations of and Current Assaults on Religious Freedom."

"We are fortunate that Mr. Nussbaum will join us during our Fortnight for Freedom observance to bring us up-to-date on the threats to religious freedom and address what each of us can do to resist and reverse the erosion of our First Amendment rights," Bishop Paprocki said.

Nussbaum, a Colorado Springs attorney, co-founder and co-chair of the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Religious Institutions Group, serves as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for Religious Freedom. Nussbaum graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and obtained his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Bishop Paprocki created the idea of Fortnight for Freedom at the USCCB in November 2011 which resulted in the first Fortnight events taking place nationwide in 2012.

Prior to Nussbaum's presentation, Bishop Paprocki will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral and preside July 1 at a noon Prayer Rally for Religious Liberty at the Lincoln statue in front of the state capitol.

The Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is 130 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.