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June 18, 2015

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Fortnight for Freedom Lecture Examines Religious Freedom

SPRINGFIELD ─ Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced today that scholar and speaker Matthew J. Franck, Ph.D., will present, “Witnessing to the Truth: Religious Freedom’s Past and Future.” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Atrium in Springfield at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, as part of the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.

“We are fortunate that Dr. Franck will join us during our Fortnight for Freedom observance to share the history of religious freedom as well as address what can be done to preserve this vital freedom for the future,” said Bishop Paprocki.

Franck is director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the With­erspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. He is professor emeritus of Political Science at Radford University, in Radford, Virginia, where he taught constitutional law, American politics and political philosophy. He is also visiting lecturer in Politics at Princeton University, where he was a visit­ing fellow in the James Madison Program and was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

Bishop Paprocki created the idea of Fortnight for Freedom at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in November 2011 which resulted in the first Fortnight events taking place nationwide in 2012.

A light lunch will be served prior to the lecture in the Cathedral Atrium. Please call 217-698-8500,  Ext. 137 or email ccallan@dio.org for reservations. Fortnight for Freedom lectures are made possible by the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope Campaign.

The Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is 129 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.