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Franciscan U. Conference to Address Threats to Religious Freedom

The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio will host a conference next spring addressing "current threats to religious freedom in the United States," the University announced in a press release.

"Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom" will take place at the University from April 4-5, 2013.  Key presentations will include "The Nature and Basis of Religious Freedom" by Robert George of Princeton University, "The Culture of Religious Liberty" by Gerard Bradley of the University of Notre Dame and "The Human Right to Religious Liberty: How Does the U.S. Measure Up?" by William Saunders of Americans United for Life.

According to the University:

“Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recognized that the threat to religious freedom is larger than any single issue—and has its roots in secularism and cultural relativism,” said Dr. Anne Hendershott, Franciscan University sociology professor and director of Franciscan’s Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life.

These destructive forces take many forms, said the conference planners, including the HHS mandate’s insistence on contraceptive, sterilization, and abortifacient coverage in health insurance plans; health-care institutions requiring medical personnel to participate in morally objectionable procedures; legal liability for businesses refusing on religious grounds to provide services for same-sex “marriages”; students forbidden to engage in religious expression in public schools; and zoning laws used to stop Bible studies in private homes.

“Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom” will explore these issues and examine the state of religious freedom in the United States through the lens of the country’s Founding, history, and constitutional principles. It will also examine the rights prevalent in our culture, international religious freedom,and Dignitatis Humanae, the Catholic Church’s leading document on religious liberty.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity. 

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