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Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 23, 2018

Kenneth L. Grasso
Pages 33-45
DOI: 10.5840/cssr2018236

Whose Religious Liberty? Which Intellectual Horizon?

In the face of the new and radically different type of public order that seems to be emerging on the contemporary scene, Catholics (and social conservatives, more generally) have sought to secure the legal and social space necessary for themselves and their institutions to live in accordance with their beliefs (and to profess those beliefs publicly) by appealing to America’s historic commitment to religious freedom. The difficulty we confront is that the vision of man and society animating this order, a vision that emerges from Enlightenment Liberalism issues in an impoverished understanding of religious freedom that fails to secure this legal and social space.