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First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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6-21-12 From the Barricades: Fr. Peter Stravinskas

Topic:  History of the First Amendment

by Father Peter Stravinskas

Fr. Peter Stravinskas speaks on the First Amendment

“The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment in Historical Context,” a lecture delivered by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., on 22 June 2012 for the Fortnight of Freedom held at the Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua, New York.


Introductory Remarks

Blessed John XXIII famously remarked in his encyclical Pacem in Terris that those who wish to defend the rights of others first must vindicate their own rights.  I would offer a codicil to that wise statement.  People must know their rights before they can ever vindicate them for themselves or for others.  With that in mind, I would like to offer a mini-course in First Amendment issues which, for some, will be an introduction and, for others, a refresher.  Either way, the current climate demands accurate information, which can then – and only then – lead to appropriate action. 

            The general tenor of contributors to this area of concern has been well summarized by this 1976 editorial comment in America:

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6-21-12 From the Barricades: Theater of the Word: “Journey of St. Paul”

This live performance is not available on this website. 

Those who are interested are asked to visit http://www.theateroftheword.blogspot.com/ 

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6-21-12 From the Barricades: Philip Gray

Topic:  “The Saving Grace Called Home-schooling”

by Philip C. L. Gray, JCL





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6-21-12 From the Barricades: David Higbee

Title:  “How do we incorporate these concerns into our life of prayer?”

by David Higbee, Director of St. Irenaeus Center, Rochester NY


David Higbee re Life of Prayer

A crisis in our country threatens to undermine freedom of conscience.

A fateful line is being crossed … as citizens and Christians what are we to do?  And how do we incorporate these issues into a life of prayer and bring all these concerns to God?

Keep in mind the deep roots of our current dilemma: poor catechesis has eroded the Christian character of our nation and vitiated the Christian discipline that once sustained it.

But most people are not concerned.  They are negligent and half asleep. This includes many Roman Catholics.

 If we could rouse our Catholic constituency in this election year, the threat to freedom would evaporate like a mist in the summer sun.

The sheep are scattered on the hillsides; we’ve been drifting for half a century.  The Christian flock has been neglected and long neglect of gospel values has its price.  Now, the watchman’s alarm has little impact.  God help us.

Our prayer needs to be brought to God effectually, not as a superficial laundry list of quick little prayers.

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6-21-12 From the Barricades: Dr. Pia de Solenni

Subject:  “Working like it all depends on us: What’s at stake?  What can we do?”

by Dr. Pia de Solenni

Dr. Pia de Solenni speaks on "Working like it all depends on us..."

What was happening in the 1930’s [in pre-war Germany]  was very much like what is happening now in the U.S.  It has been said that if the Church had been active in Germanyduring that period, World War II would not have happened.

The Bishops are getting the U.S.ready for civil disobedience of a very unjust law.

Freedom of Religion is not equivalent to Freedom of Worship.

The world is becoming a place where only one’s own feelings and opinions matter.

The [turning point] was 1968, with the issuance of Humanae Vitae, when some Catholics began to live the dictatorship of relativism.

There has been a “gradual habituation” to secularism.  People, even Catholics, began to say “I don’t agree with that, but….”

[The HHS “compromise”] is only an accounting gimmick.

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