Category Archives: Religious Liberty

11 Awesome People You Totally Didn’t Know Were Catholic

I have exciting news.  Today, we are proud to announce the release of The American Catholic Almanac!  It is a daily reader of fascinating people – saints, sinners, patriots, rogues and ordinary people – who changed the United States. To celebrate, we’re giving you a sneak preview of 11 awesome people who appear in the book. [...]

The question nobody is asking about the black mass in Oklahoma

At least, I haven’t seen anyone asking it. First, a brief recap of events: A few weeks ago, a Satanist group announced plans to perform a black mass in Oklahoma using a consecrated host that had been stolen from a Catholic Church. In response, a legal team representing the local bishop obtained a court order [...]

What I Saw at the “In Defense of Christians” Summit

An important effort to defend persecuted Christians in Iraq and elsewhere has been tainted by accusations of Antisemitism against some high level participants.  I think that’s unfair – above all to Christians at the mercy of ISIS at this hour– and would like to offer my eyewitness account of the event in question to offer [...]

The Tree of Life

This coming Sunday we celebrate the great feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, also known as the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the old calendar. The cross has power even for non-Christians as perhaps the most recognizable symbol in the world. In the Middle East, the cross is toppled and the black [...]

Did Notre Dame Just Go Off the Cliff?

Despite its ongoing lawsuit against the Obama administration over its employee health care plan, the University of Notre Dame’s student insurance plan will cover contraceptives and abortifacients. This is bad news.  Really bad. And for a lot of people holding out hope for, or actively working for, the renewal of Catholic identity at Notre Dame, [...]

Five Ways Gay Marriage Affects You Personally–Even If You’re Not Gay or Married

One of the favorite arguments of libertarians and liberals alike when it comes to the debate over redefining the institution of marriage is that when two consenting adults pledge their lives to each other it does not affect anyone else. The assertion that government recognition of same-sex marriage for someone else does not diminish your [...]

An Iraqi Bishop Challenges YOU…

Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna, auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, took to Facebook yesterday to offer you a challenge…one that doesn’t require dousing yourself in ice-water! Here’s the challenge: Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 26, at 6 pm Baghdad time (that’s 11 AM EDT, 8 AM PDT) join him in spending 30 minutes in prayer and in silence before [...]

Moral Clarity in the Middle East

Today is the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe who is also known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary. During the Second World War, Kolbe sheltered many Polish Jews in his friary. In 1941, he was arrested and later transferred to the Auschwitz death camp as prisoner #16670. In July of that year, Fr. Kolbe [...]


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