Mount St. Mary’s University will host noted Catholic writer George Weigel to speak on “Religious Liberty in 21st Century America,” as a part of the University’s celebration of Constitution Day on September 17, according to a press release.
Weigel, a Catholic theologian, is distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is especially renowned for his biography of Pope John Paul II.
The event is put on by the University’s Institute for Leadership. Dr. Paul Manuel, director of the Institute, said:
"We are honored to have Mr. Weigel at the Mount discussing an issue so important to our freedom as Americans... His thoughtful presentation will spark useful debates in and outside of the classroom. Religious liberty has been a founding principle of Mount St. Mary’s University, from John Dubois to our current undergraduate mission statement."
Religious liberty has become a real struggle for faithful Catholic colleges. This past April, Mount St. Mary’s joined with The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education in a memo to the Obama Administration asserting the religious freedom of Catholic educators and rejecting the Administration’s February 1st rules requiring insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception.
Other events taking place on Mount St. Mary’s campus for Constitution Day include a Constitution quiz challenge in the cafeteria, and an 18th century celebration with traditional music and costumes.
Mount St. Mary’s is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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