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Catholics in Post-Revolutionary America – Marcus Grodi

July 26, 2017 No Comments

Focusing on an aspect of American Catholic history that doesn’t get a lot of attention, Marcus Grodi looks at the way that Catholics adapted to life in the United States in the years immediately following the Revolutionary War.  A new nation meant a new environment for Catholics to navigate, culturally, politically and evangelistically.  Religious liberty was now enshrined in Constitutional law- but how would it apply to Catholics?

Particularly challenging was the fact that the country was founded upon, among other things, principles informed by the Enlightenment- a humanist philosophy that prioritized reason over faith.  In this lecture from our 2008 Deep in History conference, Marcus tries to briefly understand what it must have been like to be a Catholic during the first years of an independent United States.