After Hobby Lobby, What Next?

If you believe the liberal media, the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is the most sweeping and revolutionary case since Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Of course they’re right, but not for the reasons they suppose. Nothing has changed, but then everything has changed. In the particulars, this was a very narrow ruling, but the legal landscape has been transfo... More

One Sunday in June

On a Sunday in June, one century ago tomorrow, Franz Ferdinand Karl Ludwig Josef von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria-Este, Austro-Hungarian and Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia and his loving wife, Sophie Maria Josephine Albina Grafin Chotek von Chotkow und Wognin, Duchess of Hohenberg were shot in cold blood in front of a German delicatessen in Sarajevo after their driver made the mos... More

A Tale of Two Prisoners

The Catholic teaching of just war is an extension of the duty of men to protect women and children from violence, but Meriam Ibrahim and her two children are sitting in prison and she will likely earn the martyr’s crown of glory for her courageous defense of their Christian faith while the cowardly deserter Bowe Bergdahl is free. To add insult to injury, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, of ... More

The Five Most Important Battles in Catholic History

In America, we are all blessed with the freedom to practice our religious beliefs, not only in the secret depths of our hearts but fully and openly in the public square. Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims have fought side-by-side in our wars. Memorial Day is a celebration of those brave men and women who died securing that freedom for us so that our biggest worry this weekend will be accide... More

Why is Racism Different?

A few weeks ago, conservatives rushed to support Brendan Eich, so if we are consistent, why shouldn’t we defend Donald Sterling too? One could argue that even if the First Amendment does not apply, it is morally objectionable for a person to be deprived of his livelihood for his beliefs–even if they are demonstrably wrong. After all, there are many people who–notwithstanding th... More

Banned in Boston?

All is not well in Beantown. The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade is the latest target in the LGBT bullying campaign to destroy freedom of expression. The Allied War Veterans of South Boston have sponsored a parade since 1901 celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick and the British Evacuation of Boston during the Revolutionary War. The veterans group won a Supreme Court battle more than 20 year... More

True Colors

With the successful campaign to smear and intimidate the supporters of Arizona Senate Bill 1062 into silence, we have seen the true colors of modern liberalism: it is a totalitarian movement which seeks to destroy religious expression. This is bad enough, but sadly, this is only a symptom of the much larger problem of radical individualism run amok. In a way, the gay pride flag is a fitting emblem... More

Is Uncle Sam Retaliating Against The Furloughed Priest Who Filed A First Amendment Lawsuit?

Last October I told you how the federal government shutdown was affecting Catholic Priests contracted to perform chaplain duties for the underserved Catholics in the US military. You shared that post far and wide, and it became the most-read item on CatholicVote in 2013 with nearly 350,000 views. I believe that the story resonated so deeply because of the critical issue it represents: namely, t... More
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Fighting Back: Priest Blocked From Serving Naval Base Suing Federal Government

The story of those priests serving our military bases without active duty chaplains continues to develop. In a release from the Thomas More Law Center, it has been revealed that one furloughed priest is now suing the federal government for violating religious liberty: The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Father Ray Leonard, a Catholic priest contracted to serve as base chaplain and Fred Naylor, one... More

Do Military Priests Really Face Arrest? A Look At The Laws Surrounding The Shutdown

There have been a lot of comments on my piece from yesterday pertaining to the prohibition on furloughed GS or contract priests saying Mass at US military installations. A number of people have raised questions over the legal provisions surrounding this situation, and some have said this situation is no different than that facing every furloughed government worker. I’m no attorney, but IR... More
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