R. Scott Appleby is the John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame.


Catholics, Muslims, and the Mosque

An 1870 cartoon by Thomas Nast about the alleged Catholic threat to the Republic’s separation of church and state
As historians of American Catholicism, and as Catholics, we are concerned to see the revival of a strain of nativism in the current controversy over the establishment of an Islamic center some blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. For much of the nineteenth century, Catholics in America were the …