America’s Future Depends on Catholics

Blessing the flag at Benedictine College's convocation. Here’s my July 4 Gregorian Institute post for the Fortnight For Freedom, Day 14. The promise of the Declaration of Independence has never quite been fulfilled. But it can be, if religious people — and especially Catholics — do their job. In its earliest years, America celebrated the right to liberty every Fourth of July ... More


What Does the Ruling Mean for Religious Liberty?

You may have found it also, but before the ruling, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty had this helpful illustration on the Supreme Court and the HHS mandate last week. The fight for religious liberty against the HHS Mandate continues apace. The question of a mandate for religious employers to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs was not directly at issue in the case before the c... More


Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mestiza Queen of the Fortnight

Benedictine College's Guadalupe Chapel. At the Gregorian Institute blog, we’re deep in the middle of a series of posts about promoting Catholic identity in public life. The new one is called, descriptively, “Put an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Your Church.” It is in part about the Queen of Catholic Identity  — whose image has become a Catholic identity badge ̷... More


Loving the Youth to Christ

The Catholic Church in the United States embarks this weekend on a Fortnight for Freedom. Two weeks of prayer, education, fasting, and activism to promote and defend religious liberty for ourselves and the future of this great nation. This weekend also holds the second weekend of Franciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conferences. More than 5,000 youth and their chaperones will gather in thre... More

They’re Running Scared

I recently heard from a source within the Department of Health and Human Services who indicated to me that people within the organization are “terrified” of what is going to happen. Not just with the mandate, which Catholics are combating eloquently in the Fortnight for Freedom. They’re afraid that the entire health care legislation will come tumbling down. If that happens, they... More



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