CFP: _U.S. Catholic Historian_ theme issue on Religious Freedom

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U.S. Catholic Historian

Future Issue:  

Religious Freedom

For thirty-five years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism.  An upcoming issue will address the theme of religious freedom. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, studies of the following:

·         Catholics and Colonial acts and associated documents related to establishment of religious freedom, such as James Madison’s “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments,” Maryland Toleration Act, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, Jefferson’s “Notes on Virginia,” etc.

·         U.S. Catholic engagement with the Bill of Rights/first constitutional amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," in founding and operating churches, hospitals, orphanages, charities, religious congregations, etc.

·           Historical reception and development of thought related to Leo XIII’s Libertas Praestantissimum and Testem Benevlontiae, as they relate to issues of religious freedom; the roles of such figures as Orestes Brownson and Isaac Hecker on the issue of “Americanism."

·         Freedom in founding and operating schools, including episodes such as the Blaine Amendments, Bible Wars, the Oregon Compulsory Education Act and Supreme Court rulings Pierce v. Society of Sisters, Everson v. Board of Education, etc. 

·         American contributions to and reception of the Vatican II document on religious liberty (Dignitatis Humanae).

·           Catholic judges in the federal judicial system, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

·         Historical examples or case studies of conscience rights for Catholic clergy, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, public officials, etc.

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at before preparing a contribution. Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words. We ask for submissions by May 1, 2018 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.

Fr. David Endres

Editor, U.S. Catholic Historian