Category Archives: Law

Justice Scalia, Parental Rights, and the Constitution

This blog post reproduces an e-mail from criticizing Justice Scalia for being unwilling to use the power of the Supreme Court to protect parental rights.  The e-mail notes that Scalia recently told a group of law students that not all important rights are actually contained in the Constitution.  He noted as an example the […]

What would the victims of abortion say if they could speak?

What would the victims of abortion say if they could speak? As it turns out, some of them can speak. Yesterday, two survivors of abortion—Gianna Jessen and Melissa Ohden—testified before Congress. Both women were born after “failed” late-term saline abortions in the 1970s. These women are truly voices for the voiceless. The abortion regime in […]

Kim Davis & Lawlessness in the Age of Obama

The news is filled with stories of civil disobedience and selective enforcement of our laws. However you feel about Kim Davis, or sanctuary cities, or recreational cannabis, or even things as mundane as the near-universal disregard for speed limits and the minimum drinking age, it is clear that we live in a lawless society. This […]

Josh Duggar, Sam Rader and Ashley Madison — Walking the Talk Is Everything

By now, if you’ve read the news at all, you know that a company called Ashley Madison, which marketed itself as a way for married men and women to meet people with whom to commit adultery (apparently they weren’t all that good at it), was hacked. Names, email addresses and other info for the site’s […]

Catholics, Capital Punishment, and the Constitution

Catholics who feel called to seek abolition of capital punishment should do so in a way that respects the Constitution of the United States.  This is the point of an article I have in the most recent issue of First Things, which is available here (behind their paywall).  For those who are interested, here is a […]

Simply Stated: What’s Wrong with the Obergefell Ruling

The Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is required by the Constitution will surely produce a mountain of books and articles in the coming years (and has already produced a huge amount of online comment).  Catholics, of course, will say that it is wrong about the substantive question of the definition of marriage.  That debate […]

On Marriage, Catholics Stand with the American Founders

This Fourth of July, American Catholics might feel that they no longer fit so comfortably within America.  After all, Catholics hold that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, but the Supreme Court has just ruled that it is unconstitutional for this view to be embedded in the law.  Nevertheless, Catholics should […]

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. […]



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