Category Archives: Politics

One Thing All Catholics Should Remember

Recently, I re-stumbled upon a peculiar YouTube video, depicting the beginning of the funeral of Otto von Habsburg, the former head of the famous House of Habsburg. He lived through both World Wars and vigorously opposed Nazism and Communism. His list of accomplishments is long, and as a devoted (and perhaps overzealous) Catholic, he grabbed […]

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 […]

A Look Back: Democrats Doing Ordinary Things

  Democrats tailgating before a football game.  How ’bout another beer, Vern?   Democrats demonstrating fire safety procedures. Yaaay safety!   Democrat students getting a little rowdy during the college marble tournament.   Young woman so excited to be a Democrat.  Groovy times.   Helpful young Democrat directing pedestrians to the candy store.   Democrats […]

Global Warming and Religious Obligation

I was about to say that people are eagerly anticipating Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, but maybe they are no longer needing to anticipate: According to this news report the encyclical has been leaked to an Italian newspaper. It is interesting to think about who would leak it and why.  The Vatican condemned the […]

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. […]

Did the Founders Intend to Create a Christian Nation?

In his most recent column, Pat Buchanan notes the recent Pew survey that indicates that America has become less Christian over the last several years.  In 1990 86% of Americans said they were Christians, while it was only 78% by 2007.  There is a generational divide, too: younger people identify less as Christians than older […]

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 […]

Hillary Clinton and the Supreme Court

According to the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton told a group of her fundraisers that she will have a litmus test for her nominees to the Supreme Court (if she should win the presidency): they will have to agree with her that the 2010 Citizens United ruling must be overturned.  In that ruling the Supreme Court […]


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