Michael Breidenbach, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Ave Maria University, published an article in The William and Mary Quarterly on “Conciliarism and the American Founding” (vol. 73, no. 3, 2016, pp. 467–500).
In his article, Dr. Breidenbach addresses how Catholics who were involved in the American founding were able to confront the accusation that they, as Catholics, answer to the pope in all things, including temporal matters, by drawing from a tradition of conciliarism in the Church and making the case that Catholicism is compatible with republicanism. Breidenbach concludes from his research into these matters that the conciliarist tradition ought to be included in the “multiple traditions approach” of American founding historiography.
Dr. Michael Breidenbach began teaching at Ave Maria University in Fall 2014, where he has taught courses on subjects such as “Religion and Politics in America” and the “History of the United States from the Colonial Era to the end of Reconstruction.” Breidenbach’s area of academic interest is the history of political, religious, and legal thought in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. He is currently working on a book on the history of Catholicism in early America, and he is co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty (Cambridge University Press, 2018).