CatholicVote President: ‘We Are Losing Any Real Sense of What it Means to Be Free’

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, said there is an “all out assault on the institutions that anchor freedom.”

“We are losing any real sense of what it means to be free, and to be free for the Catholic Church is not to simply pray, pay, and obey, as we’re often accused of,” Burch told host Dan Proft on the “Counterculture” podcast. “But to behave in a way that corresponds with our fundamental nature as human persons.”

“What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to to be happy? What does it mean to be free?” said Burch. “To to live in such a way that corresponds with our deepest longings.”

He told Proft that there has been an “all out assault on the institutions that anchor freedom.”

Burch is the president and co-founder of CatholicVote, a national, faith-based advocacy organization headquartered in Madison, Wisc. He is the co-author of the America Catholic Daily Reader and the recipient of the “Cardinal O’Connor Defender of the Faith Award” from Legatus International.

A graduate of the University of Dallas, Burch is the founding director of the Illinois Catholic Prayer Breakfast, and resides in suburban Chicago with his wife, Sara, and nine children. 

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Proft launched “Counterculture” — American Greatness’ newest podcast — in September 2023. He also is the co-host of “Chicago’s Morning Answer” weekday mornings from 5 to 9 a.m. on AM 560 The Answer Chicago. A former Republican candidate for Illinois Governor, Proft attended Northwestern University and received his J.D. from Loyola University-Chicago.

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