What do we mean by religious liberty? Why should all people, including non-religious people, care about protecting religious liberty? Bishop Barron recently joined the U.S. Bishop’s Committee for Religious Liberty, and has been thinking about these questions more deeply. Today, he gives an overview of the topic, including a look at John Courtney Murray, Vatican II, and what ordinary Catholics in the pew can do to promote religious liberty. A listener asks about the divide which has arisen between academic theology and spirituality.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Introduction, USCCB meeting in Florida
  • 2:00 – What is religious liberty?
  • 5:50 – Why should atheists care about religious liberty?
  • 9:00 – What is the history of religious liberty in the USA?
  • 16:00 – Is religious liberty under attack in America now?
  • 19:50 – What are the best ways to propose religious liberty, and how can we defend religious liberty in our own way?
  • 25:45 – Listener Question: How to we heal the gap between theology and spirituality?


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2 comments on “WOF 138: Why Religious Liberty?

  1. Janet C. Hill Aug 2, 2018

    As an 81 year old lifelong Catholic, I have to fight despair when I consider what our nation has become during my lifetime. Reading your articles as well as any other I think helpful is encouraging. At the rate we are going, my grandchildren and great grandchildren will live in a country which no only allows immorality, but actively encourages it. It breaks my heart that the children I love and the other young people will be taught and encouraged to live in immorality especially when encouraged and taught in our schools by my beloved country.

  2. Chris Burgwald Aug 3, 2018

    Once again, a terrific episode, gentlemen!

    Bishop, this is a little “inside-baseball”, but I’m wondering if you have an opinion on the contemporary dispute over Fr. Murray’s proposal and its correspondence (or potential lack thereof) with HG. I’m thinking of the wide-ranging debate between David L. Schindler (together, more recently, with Nick Healy) and Fr. Neuhaus, George Weigel, and Michael Novak on American culture, a debate which touched on the proper interpretation of HG. I found this to be a fascinating debate, and I’m curious if you have an opinion on it, generally or specifically with regard to HG.

    Thanks for all that all of you do!

    In Christ,