Matt Bowman

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Matt Bowman

Matt Bowman is a pro-life, religious liberties and constitutional law attorney in the Washington, DC area. He graduated from Ave Maria School of Law in 2003 and clerked for several federal judges thereafter. The Bowmans are homeschoolers and rabid fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Matt is a member of the Knights of Columbus and his local parish.

Recent Posts

Wineskins Without Wine

My family and I were honored to attend the closing Mass yesterday for the Fortnight for Freedom, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. Archbishop Cha... More

The Catholic Left’s Attack on CCHD

Many Catholics have objected in recent years to grants awarded by the USCCB's economic justice organization the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Pro-life and other Catholics have speci... More

Squeezing Religious Freedom from Both Sides

With the "Fortnight for Freedom" coming up, it is worthwhile thinking about the Church's teaching on religious freedom, in particular from the Second Vatican Council. The Council's Declaration on R... More

NCReporter Expels All Laity from “the Church”

[caption id="attachment_30500" align="alignright" width="259" caption="Anathema Sit, Laity!"][/caption]In his latest attempt to persuade the U.S. Bishops to stop defending the religious freedom of all... More

Are the Faithful Laity the “Church,” or Not?

I continue to be surprised by view among some Catholic commentators that lay Catholics acting faithfully have some lesser claim to religious freedom than magisterial institutions. The U.S. Bishop... More

The New Liberal Clericalism

Should the magisterium of the Church protect all the faithful, or just look out for itself? You would think that after more than a decade of the sex-abuse crisis, Catholics would have learned the ans... More

Pretend Negotiations

Some liberal pundits are complaining that Catholic groups should have negotiated instead of filing suit to stop the HHS Mandate from requiring them to provide their employees items against their belie... More

Coupon Good for One Free Religious Freedom Violation

Some pundits, who reject their own liberal heritage by attacking the U.S. Bishops for defending religious freedom, insist that the bishops have never explained why the president's "compromise" on the ... More

A Moral Failure?

Is the national budget an issue on which Catholics can hold legitimate disagreement? Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California has written several letters criticizing aspects of the budget of... More

Bullying the Bishop

In Iowa, Bishop Martin Amos of the Davenport diocese is being criticized and pressured because he refuses to allow a representative of an organization that favors changing the definition of marriage t... More


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