Category Archives: Politics

Conservatism and Judicial Restraint

When people think of non-liberal approaches to the exercise of judicial review, they usually think of conservatism’s claims to endorse judicial restraint, in opposition to what conservatives think of as liberal judicial activism.  There are some people on the right, however, who openly endorse judicial activism in defense of the ends they approve of.  One [...]

Patrick Henry: “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!”

Yesterday was the 240th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses, ending with the cry, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”  To mark the occasion, I wrote a brief piece for the Daily Signal, discussing the background to the speech, as well as commenting on some of the political [...]

Three Reasons to Remember that We Can Deserve the Death Penalty

As readers of CV, and of the larger Catholic blogosphere know, there has been a robust debate going on recently among Catholics about the morality of capital punishment.  I would like to say more about that when I get the chance.  For now, however, I would like to point out what I think is a [...]

Knights of Columbus Forced out of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  The Massachusetts Knights of Columbus decided not to participate in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday because they felt that their motives for participating were being misrepresented. The Knights were accused by some Catholics of wanting to participate in the parade to give “cover” to a gay activist group that was marching this [...]

Opinion Roundup: Catholics and Capital Punishment

The last month has seen a lot of Catholic commentary on the question of capital punishment, including by CatholicVote’s own Tom Hoopes (see here).  For those who are interested, here is a round-up of some of the statements that have been made, divided by the position taken on the question. Against capital punishment: Joint editorial [...]

A Catholic School Teacher Under Attack

You would expect a teacher working for a liberal, progressive school to get in trouble for putting up a Facebook post with an impassioned critique of the gay rights movement’s use of the 14th Amendment. You would not expect a teacher working for a Catholic school to get in trouble for such a posting.  But [...]

Why Conservatives Should Want to End the Death Penalty

Capital punishment is often used as a “cover” issue by conservatives and liberals. For those who self-identify as liberal, being against capital punishment can be a way to be pro-life without having to oppose “reproductive rights.” For self-professed conservatives, opposing capital punishment can be a way to defend against the charge that they only care [...]

The Tyranny of “Rights”

David Warren–the Canadian blogger–is invaluable.  He is erudite, thoughtful, and thoroughly Catholic–well worth reading on a daily basis. He is also a pretty thorough critic of modernity, contending here, for example, that modern democracy is a kind of circus–and a dangerous one–while medieval political thought shows a kind of sanity that has been lost for [...]


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