Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty

September 13, 2012
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge Map

Since the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church has placed considerable emphasis on the importance of religious freedom as a matter of human dignity and individual flourishing, and as central to a just and democratic society. Abroad, the persecution of Christians and others has reached significant, perhaps even crisis, proportions. At home, issues involving same-sex marriage, abortion, and contraception have sparked sharp controversy about threats to religious freedom, leading the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to establish its own committee to begin engaging these issues. This symposium brought together leading Catholic scholars to address these questions from different perspectives. Cardinal Donald Wuerl gave the keynote address.

This event was co-sponsored by the Religious Freedom Project and the Maryland Catholic Bishops Conference.


Panel I: Dignitatis Humanae and the Legacy of Vatican II | Gerard Bradley, Lisa Cahill, Tom Farr, John O'Malley

Keynote Address: Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society: The Legacy of Dignitatis Humanae | John J. DeGioia, Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Panel II: Religious Freedom, the Church, and International Law | Robert Destro, John Langan, Marilyn McMorrow, Daniel Philpott

Panel III: Conflicts Between Religious Freedom and Other Rights Claims | Thomas Banchoff, Marc DeGirolami, Cathleen Kaveny, Mark Rienzi

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Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty

On September 13, 2012, the Religious Freedom Project convened distinguished Catholic legal theorists, philosophers, political scientists, and theologians to discuss the meaning and value of religious liberty from different perspectives in the Roman…
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