Annual Penn Club Reception: How Catholics Became American

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Discussing Michael Breidenbach’s new book with: 

  • Fr. Matt Malone, S.J., President and Editor in Chief, America Media 
  • Maura Jane Farrelly, Associate Professor of American Studies, Brandeis University 
  • Russell Hittinger, Warren Professor of Catholic Studies and Research Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa, and Co-Chair of Program in Catholic Social Thought at Lumen Christi Institute

Michael Breidenbach’s new book, How Catholics Became American, revises our understanding of the origins and meaning of the American principle of religious liberty. It describes how English and American Catholics—from the founder of Maryland to the Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first Catholic bishop of the United States—answered challenges to their civil loyalty by denying papal infallibility and the pope’s authority to intervene in other countries. These reform-minded Catholics drew from an intellectual tradition that was rooted in Catholic thought yet compatible with a republican view of temporal independence, church-state separation, and religious liberty.

American Catholics of this sort fit their beliefs within early American ideologies and became important framers and founders in early America. As the pope’s authority is again severely challenged in America, this history will be critical for understanding the dynamics of dual loyalties, religious liberty, and religion in the public square today.

Collegium Institute’s Annual Penn Club Reception will explore these topics and more.



WHEN: Thursday, April 30

TIME: 6:00 PM

WHERE: The Penn Club of New York

More details and tickets coming soon!