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Category: Speakers

6-23-12 From the Barricades: Earl Taylor

Title:  “The Making of America,” an all-day seminar on the Constitution

by Earl Taylor, National Center for Constitutional Studies, Malta, Idaho


6-22-12 From the Barricades: Anna Franzonello

Topic:  “The HHS Mandate: overview and implications”

By:  Anna Franzonello, Americans United for Life

Anna Franzonello, Americans United for Life

6-22-12 From the Barricades: Fr. Peter Stravinskas

Title:  The Importance of Catholic Schools in an Era of Secularization”

by Fr. Peter Stravinskas

Fr. Peter Stravinskas waiting to be introduced



“A Short History of Catholic Schools in the United States and Why They Are Important in a Secularizing Era,” delivered by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., for the Fortnight for Freedom at the Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua, New York , on 22 June 2012.





 The assault on Catholicism hitting Western (and Eastern) Europe now with a vengeance and being experienced in an incipient form of late in the United States is something American Catholics had to confront in many ways two centuries ago, albeit with critical differences.  The American response came in the establishment of the Catholic school system, which was a unique experiment in Church history, a response not to secularization (as such) but to virulent anti-Catholicism.  The present secularization effort here and elsewhere does indeed have a predominantly anti-Catholic thrust, predicated on the principle that going for the biggest religious body will bring down the rest.

            Let me offer a hasty overview of the history of Catholic schooling in theUnited States, with reference to ecclesiastical law, both universal and particular, with an eye toward making some contemporary applications.

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6-22-12 From the Barricades: Gray/Cook/Franzonello Panel on Truth

Topic:  “What can you read/watch to get the truth?”

A Panel Discussion with Philip Gray, David Cook, and Anna Franzonello


Excerpts to be uploaded

Canon Lawyer Philip Gray, Americans United for Life Anna Franzonello, and Mormon Bishop / Attorney David Cook begin Panel with a prayer

6-22-12 From the Barricades: Philip Gray, JCL

Topic:  “Going God’s Way: A Trinity of Conscience, Responsibility and Truth.”

by Philip C. L. Gray, JCL

Philip Gray Photo by Mike Crupi; Diocesan Courier

See also full article in the Catholic Courier


Much of what Mr. Gray discussed is included in a recent article he wrote, entitled:

Blind Obedience?

Many people believe that true obedience is blind. That is, they believe if a person in authority makes a decision or gives a command, that decision or command should be followed without question simply because a person in authority gave it. Within the Catholic Church, many laity believe that whatever a priest or bishop says should be followed without question.

While there are limited circumstances and situations in which a person would be obligated to follow by trusting only in the source of the directive, authentic obedience is never blind.  As a virtue related to justice, the exercise of obedience requires the use of prudence and knowledge of rights and obligations.  Without such knowledge, a person risks acting in a manner inconsistent with virtue.

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