America’s First Century: Maryland – II

Lead: Colonial Maryland was established by Calvert family to provide a haven for fellow Roman Catholics. It demonstrated how precious and how hard to maintain is the modern concept of religious tolerance.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. 

                Content: The Calverts were English nobility, highly favored by t   he Stuart monarchs, James I, Charles I and Charles II. In 1624 George Calvert, First Baron Baltimore led his family into recusancy, they converted to Roman Catholicism though they practiced their faith quiet ly and remained truly loyal to their Protestant monarchs.  Their religion kept them from high office, but did not encumber them from seeking favors.

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America’s First Century: Maryland I

Lead: Long after England had taken the road to reform, Roman Catholics loyal to the Crown still found themselves isolated and facing discrimination. Many found a home and freedom of worship in Maryland.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Even decades England abandoned Catholicism, many regions, including Ireland and parts of Scotland, and many prominent noble families, Norfolk, Arundel, Northhampton, still adhered to the old faith. One such family, the Calverts, the Lords Baltimore, renewed an ancient attachment to Rome in the 1620s, taking advantage of the rather generous and tolerant attitude of the Stuart monarchs, James I and Charles I. They quietly converted to Catholicism.

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