Author Archives: Ed Mannino

The Peace Cross Case: Has The Court Soured on Lemon?

In The American Legion v. American Humanist Ass’n, Nos. 17-1717, 18-18, argued February 27, 2019, the Supreme Court will decide whether the “Peace Cross” erected in 1925 in Bladensburg, Maryland, as a memorial to 49 soldiers who died in World War … Continue reading

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Governor Northam and the Democrats’ Double Standard

Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, has been the subject of two major controversies lately. First, in commenting upon a proposed Virginia law which would expand the time in which a woman could obtain an abortion up to the time … Continue reading

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Can Antitrust Control Amazon, Facebook, and Google?

Technology today exists in highly concentrated markets, dominated by a few industry titans. Most notable among these are Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon, and Facebook. Consider a few statistics. In retail, Amazon sells virtually everything. Starting with books, … Continue reading

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John of Capistrano: Lawyer, Governor, Warrior Priest

Saint John of Capistrano (1385-1456) was born in that city in Abruzzi, the son of a German-born Knight. His early career resembles that of Saint Ambrose. John studied at the University of Perugia, attaining degrees in both church and civil … Continue reading

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Charles Borromeo: Catholic Reformer

The name of Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), a Catholic saint, is often associated with seminaries, and, indeed, the seminary in Philadelphia which was visited by Popes John Paul II and Francis is named after him. But Borromeo should be remembered not … Continue reading

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The Law Professor Who Became a Saint

Few law students would think of any of their professors as saints. Nevertheless, one such professor did attain the status of sainthood. His name was Turibius of Mogrovejo, and he was born in Spain to a prominent family in 1538. … Continue reading

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How to Spot a Faithful Theologian

Social media today is ablaze with the conflicting views of professional theologians on important matters of faith and morals. How is a faithful believer to determine who is right? Of course, our own personal studies of these important matters, fortified … Continue reading

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Ambrose of Milan: From Lawyer and Governor to Bishop and Saint

Those who have heard of Saint Ambrose of Milan most probably remember two or three things about him. First, they may recall that he was responsible for the conversion of Saint Augustine, who came to the Faith after years of … Continue reading

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Why Masterpiece Cakeshop Was Correctly Decided

The Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No.16-111 (June 4, 2018) disappointed both sides by failing to address the the key question presented for decision, namely whether sincere religious objections to same-sex marriage justified a baker … Continue reading

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

In an article in the current issue of Touchstone magazine, L. Joseph Letendre discusses the famous commencement speech of Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Harvard University in 1978. One of the points that Solzhenitsyn makes in his speech regarding the decline of the … Continue reading

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