A 15-starred “Star-Spangled Banner” hangs on the facade of the historic Baltimore Basilica, the first cathedral built in the United States.

Religious Freedom Matters

The Conscience Project and the National Catholic Register have teamed up on Religious Freedom Matters – a podcast that offers a voice for religious believers in defense of liberty. The season 1 (our pilot series) delved into the challenges faithful Americans face from a dominant cultural force that has unmoored many in society from moral and religious roots.  Our newest podcasts in season 2 focus on education and the ways religious freedom in America is under attack in the very places that should be upholding it – our schools and universities.

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Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) school board member Brenda Sheridan looks at her laptop durning a public school board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia on Oct. 12. Loudoun county school board meetings attracted nationwide attention in 2021 with parents clashing with board members over transgender issues and the teaching of critical race theory (CRT).

Critical Race Theory in the Classroom – What Is Good and What Is Gravely Wrong (Season 2 — Ep. 2)

Equal protection under the law is a foundational principle of our Constitution and our civil rights laws. And the Church teaches the inherent dignity of every person. But as a nation, we struggle to live up to these ideals and truths. What is the best way to combat racism and promote principles of equality to the next generation?

Thomas Farr

What You Can Do About Religious Persecutions Around the World with Tom Farr (Season 1 — Episode 6)

Religious freedom is not only under attack in the United States, but also around the world. Has the U.S. government been effective in helping vulnerable religious minorities? What has the Church done to protect the persecuted? Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, director of the Conscience Project, and Joan Desmond, senior editor at the Register, speak with Tom Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute. Learn in this episode about the plight of religious minorities in places like China and the Middle East and what actions must be taken by our government, the Church, and each of us to support our brothers and sisters.

Josh Holdenreid

Navigating the Legal Landscape with Josh Holdenreid (Episode 5)

The cultural and legal landscape of the United States is rapidly shifting. Where can Catholics go for a practical guide to navigating the public square while protecting themselves from unnecessary battles with the law and media? On this episode, Josh Holdenreid, vice president and executive director of the Napa Legal Institute, joins the Conscience Project’s Andrea Piccioti-Bayer, and the Register’s Joan Desmond, to discuss how Catholics and other religious groups can avoid, legal problems while staying true to their mission of service.

Roger Severino speaks at a news conference at the Department of Health and Human Services Jan. 18, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Defending Conscience Rights in Healthcare with Roger Severino (Episode 4)

Healthcare affects every American - whether we are ill or healthy, parents or caretakers for aging relatives, or those who work as medical professionals. Many current issues related to healthcare services and medical procedures implicate religious freedom and conscience rights. Roger Severino is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and director of the Center’s new HHS Accountability Project. He joins Andrea Picciotti-Bayer of the Conscience Project and Matthew Bunson, EWTN News’ executive editor, to discuss the threats to this important civil right and the protections under the law for conscience in healthcare