The Freemen Have Assented

As we celebrate the Pilgrims this week, we should also remember the Catholic pilgrims who came to these shores and helped build America.. Maryland, the Catholic colony, played a remarkable role in early American colonial history. Although Catholics in Maryland would eventually be stripped of many of their civil rights in Maryland by a Protestant majority until the time of the Revolution, while they were a political force they helped lay the foundations for a new nation. One of the most remarkable documents produced during the time that Catholics ruled Maryland is The Toleration Act of 1649, one of the first legislative acts in the American colonies to establish toleration for all Christian faiths. This was a compromise document between the Catholics and Protestants of Maryland and its text is as follows: (more…)

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