Category Archives: Law

The Supreme Court and Modern Marriage

Obviously the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage provides a lot of material for discussion.  I am still digesting it (not having read the dissents yet), but one thing stands out to me from my reading of Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion.  The Court’s argument here, and some of the past precedents to which it refers, […]

King v. Burwell and the Future of Religious Liberty

Many Catholics and other Americans are no doubt wondering about the implications of the same-sex marriage case for the future of religious liberty.  That is a discussion the country is certainly going to be having.  I noticed, however, one effort to connect the King v. Burwell ruling (on the question of whether the Affordable Care […]

When Capital Punishment is Necessary to Protect Society

Many Catholics oppose the use of capital punishment–at least in countries like the United States–on the grounds that it is no longer necessary to protect society from the wrongdoer.  This is a reasonable argument, and it is certainly true that a Christian will prefer to see the use of bloodless means where they are sufficient. […]

Megyn Kelly Interviews the Duggar Parents and Daughters (Video)

When you live your life on TV, it then becomes your judge, your jury and your confessional. At the bottom of this post, find links to the entire interview Megyn Kelly of Fox News conducted with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” broadcast on her show “The Kelly File,” on […]

Liberty, Lies, and Statistics

It’s easy to lie with statistics, but to completely invent data and then publish it in a peer-reviewed journal takes a lot more effort–and some serious chutzpah. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what Michael LaCour appears to have done in a study which purported to show that people more readily changed their position on same-sex marriage if […]

Religion and Discrimination

The controversy a few weeks ago over Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has touched off an argument about the role of claims of religious conscience in relation to anti-discrimination laws.  Some Christian business owners would object to serving at a same-sex wedding, but in some jurisdictions they could be sued for refusing, […]

‘Civil’ Marriage Does Not Exist

If we Catholics ever hope to convince supporters of same-sex “marriage” that it isn’t real, we first have to convince ourselves that “civil marriage” is just as unreal. Sure, the State thinks it controls something that it likes to call “civil marriage,” as though it is really a thing. But the Catholic view of marriage […]

Benjamin Watson and Baltimore: Having a Fearless Witness for Christ

Back in January, I posted a Facebook message containing a wish and a prayer for the New Year from New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, who’s also a husband and father of five (number five, a daughter, is due in August). Near the end of his message, he wrote: I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the […]


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