What: Former Ambassador Douglas Kmiec, a conservative Catholic who supported the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008 — and was denied communion as a result — will present the lecture “The Declared, but Non-Existent, War on Religious Freedom to Which No One Reported for Duty" at Saint Mary’s College of California on Oct. 25, 2012. Kmiec’s timely topic will address concerns that are current issues in the 2012 presidential election, such as Catholic support for President Obama and federal policies that are at odds with the religious values of the Catholic church.

Kmiec, who resigned as the nation’s top diplomat to Malta in 2011 after being criticized for spending too much time writing about his Catholic faith, is a professor of Constitutional law and the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University. Additionally, he served as the chief legal counsel, first to President Ronald Reagan and then to President George H.W. Bush.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary’s College of California 1928 St. Mary’s Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

Background: Ambassador Kmiec’s lecture is part of the Theology & Religious Studies Speaker Series at Saint Mary’s and is one of many engaging public programs offered during the "The Year of the Gael," the 150th anniversary year of Saint Mary's College. Kmiec’s presentation is also presented as part of a series of Great(est) Conversation(s)” in celebration of the College's sesquicentennial. The series takes its name from “The Great Conversation,” a monicker for the Collegiate Seminar program — a hallmark of the College’s curriculum in which students read and discuss the ideas of the world's greatest thinkers. For more information about the Theology & Religious Studies Speaker Series or Ambassador Kmiec’s lecture, contact Professor Tom Poundstone at (925) 631-4696 or by email at tpoundst@stmarys-ca.edu.

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