This Week in History: Parliament Emancipates Catholics on April 13, 1829

This Week in History: Parliament Emancipates Catholics on April 13, 1829

Conditions did not improve when George IV became king in 1820. As regent for his insane father, George III, since 1811, George IV had long supported the repression of radicals. Though a clever man (he was a student of the classics and fluent in French, Italian, and German), George IV was not a particularly good…
In Academia as in Government, Personnel Is Policy

In Academia as in Government, Personnel Is Policy

News is that Providence College, where I taught for 27 years, will be getting a new president in 2020. He won’t have troubles with money or buildings. For re-establishing the Catholic faith as the school’s foundation, and aim, and reason for existence, he will face, outside of the theology department, a nearly universal hostility from a faculty…
Catholic Ethos Caught Up in Culture War Dividing Europe

Catholic Ethos Caught Up in Culture War Dividing Europe

WSJ—When Pope John Paul II visited Ireland and his native Poland in 1979, these two redoubts of Catholic faith seemed to be on a similar path. Millions gathered to listen to the pontiff in Dublin and in Warsaw. In Poland, the wave of religious fervor after the trip catalyzed resistance, spurring the Solidarity movement the…
Catholic school sues South Euclid, Ohio, to defend its right to hire Catholic teachers

Catholic school sues South Euclid, Ohio, to defend its right to hire Catholic teachers

South Euclid, Ohio, recently passed a new city ordinance that adds religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes under the law. The Lyceum, a Catholic school in South Euclid, has spoken out against this measure from the beginning. Now that the city voted to pass this proposed ordinance, Alliance Defending Freedom…
California forced religious groups to pay for abortion coverage at Planned Parenthood’s bidding

California forced religious groups to pay for abortion coverage at Planned Parenthood’s bidding

Three churches filed a notice of appeal Thursday in their lawsuit challenging the California Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) mandate that forces churches to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. As revealed in e-mails that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who represent the churches discovered, the agency issued its mandate in response…