Does Religion Have An Essential Place in Political Society?

Artwork for Does Religion Have an Essential Place by Hain 2

It is often said that religion should be a private affair. I have been told this while I was still working. It shows a distinct ignorance of the basis of religion itself. Religion is not meant to be private. It never was. Christianity, … [Read more...]

Religious Freedom, Slavery, and Usury

The Lord Is My Shepherd, Eastman Johnson (American, 1863).

Early on in his pontificate, Benedict XVI laid down the challenge of reading the Church’s teaching according to a hermeneutic of continuity, rather than according to what he characterized as a hermeneutic of rupture.[1. Benedict XVI, … [Read more...]

What Is the Right to Religious Freedom?

Right to religious freedom collage

The most fundamental right in the area of religion is that which should be attributed to God, what we owe to God. God is absolutely sovereign.   Catholics of the United States are more than ever asserting a right to religious freedom, … [Read more...]

Rallying for Religious Freedom under the Shadow of Planned Parenthood

Nichols photos2-6-21-13

Our Founding Fathers understood that when the state oversteps its boundaries—offending its very charge and offending the rights of the people—we must stand up. We stand today in a shadow cast by this massive Planned Parenthood … [Read more...]

Making sense of another ambiguous “compromise”

hhs-mandate-compromise collage

Bishop's Corner The scholar, Yuval Levin, has stressed that the new HHS mandate proposal, “like the versions that have preceded it, betrays a complete lack of understanding of both religious liberty and religious conscience.” To … [Read more...]

Legislation creating ”same-sex” marriage: What’s at stake?

Parents-And-Children vs same-sex marriage collage

Marriage comes to us from nature ... neither Church nor State invented marriage, and neither can change its nature.  At the beginning of the New Year, 2013, a law is being proposed in the General Assembly to change the legal definition … [Read more...]

The Pastoral Mandate, Politicians and Religious Liberty

St_Patricks_-cuomo-dolan collage

Is this threat to religious liberty a political problem, or is it a pastoral problem? ... With the 2012 election nearing, it is a time ... to have a serious discussion about the relationship between the bishops pastoral practices, and the … [Read more...]

A Decisive Hour for American Catholics


We want the right to follow our consciences, to worship our God, and to live out our faith by making a contribution within the public square, which is our patrimony and our heritage: our blessed liberties. We have concluded the … [Read more...]

The HHS Mandate: Is it a Religious Liberty Issue?


Some Catholics (and others) have couched their objection to the recent HHS mandate in terms of religious liberty. Their focus has been on the unreasonably narrow definition of what constitutes a religious organization, and on the lack of a … [Read more...]

NeverWinter Astral Diamonds