Category Archives: Law

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. […]

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, […]


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