Category Archives: Religious Liberty

Refugees and Religious Freedom

Centuries ago, my ancestors left the Palatinate in what is now Germany following the upheavals of the Thirty Years’ War to settle in America and to escape religious persecution. The thirst for religious freedom is in my blood. The desire for liberty is written in the very fiber of my being. I also believe we […]

On November 13, Celebrate the First American Saint

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  From the American founding through the present day, the book follows saints and sinners, heroes, children, politicians, athletes, and artists who all have one thing in common:  their Catholic faith.  Get your copy […]

What Pope Francis Just Did for Religious Freedom in America

In Pope Francis’ visit to America, religious freedom was a key theme in his public addresses from the White House to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. But even more significantly, it was the center of Pope Francis’ unscheduled meetings: With the Little Sisters of the Poor, and with Kim Davis, the clerk who went to jail […]

All the Christians, Stand Up

A shooter says, All the Christians stand up. Would you stand? Would I? I’ve lived long enough to learn a few things about myself. One of them is that when I am under physical attack, I tend to freeze. I do really well if the situation requires moral courage. But physical courage, not so much. […]

Little Sister of the Poor: ‘His Gaze Was Like Jesus …’

In my day job, I work at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. One of my former journalism students is pictured above (at far left) with Pope Francis. I was so moved by talking with her, I decided to share here what we are sharing on the college website and the Gregorian Institute website … Benedictine […]

The President’s Plot to Exploit the Pope

  This is what the millennials might call “beyond beyond.” This is beyond President Obama’s typical Chicago-style politics.  This is beyond the more vile tenets of the Alinsky catechism.  Hell, this is beyond the bozo Soviet nonsense that John Paul II had to put up with. No, what we have here is special.  We haven’t […]

Refusal to Print Pro-Life Flyer is Rude, but Legal

Ok. So Office Depot refused to print a flier outlining some public facts about Planned Parenthood, in particular its funding. The flier also contained a prayer for the conversion of Planned Parenthood, along with a call for prayer and fasting. That’s not exactly bomb-throwing stuff. In fact, it’s standard political activism in the US of […]

Jailing Elected Officials Threatens Democracy, Risks Judicial Dictatorship

Kim Davis, Democrat, went to jail rather than violate her Christian values. For this, she is getting hammered by those who think they own the Democratic Party and can decide who gets to be a “real” Democrat. Donald Trump, Republican, supports sending her to jail. Meanwhile, Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an order in […]



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