The loss of religious freedom is leading to a “bloodless” persecution in the United States, a prominent Catholic archbishop warned at the ceremonial opening of a new graduate school last month.
At the opening of Divine Mercy University, an expansion of the Virginia-based Institute for Psychological Sciences, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori implored Catholic institutions to stand strong amidst ongoing challenges to religious liberty. The newly-enlarged University integrates Catholic philosophy with modern psychology in order to train mental health professionals in fidelity to the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Lori chairs the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty and is the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus.
The archbishop warned that “bloodless” and “polite” persecution manifests itself in public schools, courts, laws, and “policies that seek to manage and put limits on religion.”
“Massive peer pressure via the social media that affects the thinking and decisions of young people [and] the more localized disapproval of our sophisticated friends,” also contribute to this persecution, according to Lori.