By Bishop David J. Malloy
We live in a time in which it is no secret that faith is being challenged by the ideology of secularism.
Public, especially governmental, support for religion and faith has diminished. In fact, a case can be made that there is even opposition to faith that is growing in circles of our government and our public discourse.
This anti-religious sentiment presents a particular and, in some ways, purifying challenge to every believer. In the past, the practice of religion was taken for granted; it was even fashionable. Everyone did it.
There was a common recognition that even if there were creedal and religious differences, the practice of religion makes us better, as a nation and as individuals. …