Andrew Bennett

Law & Religious Freedom


The Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett is Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute. He is an ordained deacon in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the Eparchy (Diocese) of Toronto and Eastern Canada.

Fr. Deacon Andrew served as Canada's first Ambassador for Religious Freedom and Head of the Office of Religious Freedom from 2013 to 2016 during which time he led in defending and championing religious freedom internationally as a core element of Canada's foreign policy. At the same time, he served as Canada's Head of Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a 31-country body which leads international efforts in Holocaust education, research, and remembrance.

As Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, Fr. Deacon Andrew works to promote religious freedom and the importance of public faith to our common life. In conjunction with his work at Cardus, Fr. Deacon Andrew is Director of the North America Action Team and Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) in Washington, DC. The RFI is a leading independent think-tank committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security.

Fr. Deacon Andrew holds a Ph.D. in Politics (2002) from the University of Edinburgh as well as degrees in history from McGill and Dalhousie universities. When not praying, studying, or advocating, Fr. Deacon Andrew can be found with his fly rod in a stream, listening to bluegrass or Bach, or reading the Church Fathers.

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Media Coverage


The Truth No State Can Abolish
Sep 27, 2019
Voices in the Crowd
Faith For Our Future
Jun 10, 2019
Convivium Article
Encountering Online Hatred
May 9, 2019
Convivium Article
In Veritate Vincit
Mar 4, 2019
Convivium Article
Keeping Interfaith Conversation Honest
Jan 3, 2019
Convivium Article
Welcome to Year Zero
Aug 16, 2018
Convivium Article
Canada Missing in Action on Religious Freedom
Jul 26, 2018
Convivium Article
Headquarters: CRFI
Jun 12, 2018
Comment Article
Religion, Freedom, Citizenship
May 22, 2018
Convivium Article
The Golden Thread of Faith
May 9, 2018
Calling For True Pluralism
Feb 2, 2018
Convivium Article
Will the State Hug Me When I Die?
Jan 24, 2018
Convivium Article
Living A Different Answer
Jan 9, 2018
Convivium Article
Lessons in Political Cooperation
Nov 15, 2017
Convivium Article
Enriched By Difference
Oct 16, 2017
Convivium Article
Privileged Conversation
Sep 29, 2017
Convivium Article
Cardus What Makes A Good City Forum
Jun 9, 2017
Research Article
Believing in Cities
Jun 7, 2017
Convivium Article
L'Etat, C'Est Toi
Jun 1, 2017
Comment Article
City On A Hill
May 31, 2017
Convivium Article
Behind the Tapestry: Continuing the Conversation with Andrew Bennett
May 18, 2017
Comment Article
To Differ Without Deferring
May 15, 2017
Convivium Article
Cardus Law: You, Me, Community
Apr 25, 2017
Convivium Article
Murders and Meaning
Feb 9, 2017
Convivium Article
Religious Freedom as a Fundamental Freedom
Jan 10, 2017
Research Report
Defending a Foundational Freedom
Jan 10, 2017
Convivium Article
The Muscular Solidarity of Truth
Nov 21, 2016
Convivium Article
Acts of Faith in Canada
Jun 1, 2016
Convivium Article
Acquiring a Faith Literacy
Feb 25, 2015
Convivium Article
"My Faith is Me"
Feb 1, 2015
Convivium Article
The Church Fathers and a Christian's Response
May 9, 2012
Comment Article