For Defending First Amendment Rights of the Publisher
Bishop John England was a renowned defender of religious liberty and a prodigious journalist and publisher who founded the first Catholic newspaper in the United State in 1837, The United States Catholic Miscellany, when he was bishop of Charleston, South Carolina.
Catholic Press Association president Arthur McKenna inaugurated the Bishop John England Award for the Defense of Religious Freedom in 1992. The concept for the award originated with Father John Igoe, editor of One Voice, the diocesan newspaper of Birmingham, Alabama, who suggested that the CPA honor publishers who used the Catholic press to defend the rights of religion and individuals in a free society.
An individual who has clearly acted in the role of publisher; and clearly has acted in defense of their publication or used their publication, in accordance with its mission, to defend the First Amendment rights of the publisher, the institution of owning the publication, and/or the Church as a whole.
The nominee may be a publisher with any CPA General Publisher membership, including digital-only member publications and their publishers. The award recipient may or may not be a cleric.
Most Recent Winners
2014: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
2013: Most Rev. David D. Kagan of Bismarck, ND
2012: Bishop Matthew H. Clark of Rochester, NY
2011: Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB, of Indianapolis, IN