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We, the undersigned Catholic scholars, express our gratitude to, and our solidarity with, the Church of God in Christ and Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake. We deeply admire your profound commitment and bold witness to the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions and to the protection of the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable from womb to tomb. We applaud your work to uphold marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife and to rebuild the marriage-based family as the fundamental unit of society and the original and best department of health, education, and welfare. We acknowledge with gratitude your devotion to the cause of religious freedom at home as well as abroad and your labors to protect the conscience rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor and people of all faiths and shades of belief.

We pledge to stand with you, our Christian brothers and sisters of the historic Black church, and to work arm in arm with you in Christ-like self-sacrificial love to build in America a true culture of life and of family life. To the cultured despisers of religion and Biblical morality, we say we love you, but we will oppose you—and with our COGIC friends we will strive not so much to defeat you in a cultural and political struggle as to open your hearts and minds to the life-preserving and love-affirming truths of the Gospel that reason knows and faith confirms.

The historic Black church and the Catholic Church in America, though allies in many struggles, have been too much like strangers to each other for too long. It should not have taken the unprecedented moral challenges we now face, or the abject failures of our political elites, to bring us closer together. For this we apologize to God. But with His help and by His truly amazing grace, we pledge to be strangers no longer. Let us unite as “soldiers of the cross” to bring revival, healing, and righteousness to our people.


Robert P. George, J.D., D.Phil., D.C.L.
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Princeton University

Mary Ann Glendon, J.D., LL.M.
Learned Hand Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Michael Novak
Catholic University of America

Gerard V. Bradley, J.D.
Professor of Law
University of Notre Dame

Hadley Arkes, Ph.D.
Edward N. Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions emeritus
Amherst College

George Weigel
Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies
Ethics and Public Policy Center

Adrian Vermeule, J.D.
Ralph S. Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law
Harvard Law School

John C. Cavadini, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Theology
University of Notre Dame

Dermot A. Quinn, D.Phil.
Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies
Seton Hall University

Matthew Franck, Ph.D.
Director, Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution
Witherspoon Institute

Michael Reynolds, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University

Edward Whelan, J.D.
Ethics and Public Policy Center

R.R. Reno, Ph.D.
First Things

Teresa Collett, J.D.
Professor of Law
University of St. Thomas

Robert Koons, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
University of Texas at Austin

Mark Bauerlein, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Emory University
Senior Editor, First Things

Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.T.D.
Professor of Biology and of Theology
Providence College

Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies
Co-Director, Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion (Institute for Studies of Religion)
Baylor University

Melissa Moschella, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
The Catholic University of America

J. Budziszewski, Ph.D.
Professor of Government and Philosophy
University of Texas at Austin

Christopher Kaczor, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Loyola Marymount University

Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., S.T.D.
Vice President and Academic Dean
Assistant Professor of Moral Theology
Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Dominican House of Studies

R. J. Snell, Ph.D.
Director, Center on the University and Intellectual Life
Witherspoon Institute
Senior Fellow, Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and Common Good

O. Carter Snead, J.D.
William P. and Hazel B. White Director, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture
Professor of Law
University of Notre Dame

Alexander Pruss, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Baylor University

Mark Regnerus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Texas at Austin
Senior Fellow, Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

Rev. Prof. Stephen L. Brock, Ph.D.
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Aaron Kheriaty, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, Irvine

Rev. Joseph Koterski S.J., Ph.D.
Fordham University

Robert A. Destro, J.D.
Professor of Law and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion
Columbus School of Law
The Catholic University of America

Carson Holloway, Ph.D.
Political Scientist

Patrick Lee, Ph.D.
John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics
Director, Institute of Bioethics
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Christopher Tollefsen, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
University of South Carolina

John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.Div.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Christopher Wolfe, Ph.D.
Professor of Politics
University of Dallas

Ralph Martin, S.T.D.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Archdiocese of Detroit

Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Madonna University

Eduardo Echeverria, Ph.D., S.T.L.
Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Archdiocese of Detroit

Matthew Levering, Ph.D.
James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology
University of St. Mary of the Lake

Rev. Thomas Berg, Ph.D.
Professor of Moral Theology
St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie)

Maggie Gallagher
Senior Fellow
American Principles Project

John Grabowski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Moral Theology/Ethics
School of Theology and Religious Studies
The Catholic University of America

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.
William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow
The Heritage Foundation

Mark Latkovic, S.T.D.
Professor of Moral Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Archdiocese of Detroit

Christian Brugger, D.Phil.
J. Francis Cardinal Stafford Professor of Moral Theology
Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary

C.C. Pecknold, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
School of Theology and Religious Studies
The Catholic University of America

Rev. Kevin L. Flannery, S.J., Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana

Lee J. Strang, J.D.
John W. Stoepler Professor of Law & Values
University of Toledo College of Law

Michael A. Scaperlanda. Ph.D.
St. Gregory’s University

Stephen M. Krason, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies
Franciscan University of Steubenville
President, Society of Catholic Social Scientists

Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak, J.D.
Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government
The University of Mississippi School of Law

Kevin Govern, J.D., LL.M.
Professor of Law
Ave Maria School of Law

John M. Breen, J.D.
Professor of Law
Loyola University Chicago

Mary Rice Hasson
Director, Catholic Women's Forum
Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Bill Piatt
Professor of Law
Former Dean (1998-2007)
St. Mary's University School of Law

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