Author Archives: Ed Mannino

Are Europe’s Leaders the New Gnostics?

The Gnostic heresy has had a long life, reappearing throughout the ages in many forms. The early Church experienced the original Gnostics, St. Augustine spent many years following the Manichaeans, the Dominicans fought the Cathars, and the 20th century experienced … Continue reading

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The Erosion of Tradition

Tradition is very much under attack today throughout the West, often being characterized as “the dead hand of the past.” This misguided view ignores centuries of learning. In his famous book, Orthodoxy, for example, G.K. Chesterton called tradition “the democracy … Continue reading

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Masterpiece Cakeshop: Crafting a Minimalist Decision

The Masterpiece Cakeshop case presents issues of free speech and free exercise of religion which are important, controversial, and divisive. Almost any decision on these issues will result in a public and academic outcry by whichever side fails to prevail. The court should … Continue reading

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“Men Without Chests”: A Tragic Consequence of Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction has become a major health epidemic in the United States, and the issue has emerged as an important political one. It surfaced quite early in the 2016 presidential campaign, when Donald Trump made some strong comments on the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Protects Free Speech in Two New Decisions

Speaking to a graduating class of Catholic seminarians in Philadelphia in May of this year, Justice Samuel Alito warned against growing incursions on the right of free speech, observing that “The idea that speech can be banned if it expresses … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Warnings in Product Liability Cases

It is impossible today to purchase a product which is not heavily laden with warnings about what might happen if the purchaser is not careful with the product. Many experts have concluded that the proliferation of warnings is counterproductive, and … Continue reading

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Wedding Cake Wars: Anti-Discrimination Laws and Religious Liberty

Cake makers who have refused to design cakes for same sex weddings have been sued under public accommodations or other anti-discrimination laws and held financially liable to the couples who sued them in several jurisdictions, most notably in Colorado and … Continue reading

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The Conversion of Saint Augustine: A Case Study in Evangelization

Today all Christian churches face the necessity of evangelizing not only non-Christians, but also nominal or cultural Christians. In facing this challenge, the churches struggle to determine how to be effective in their efforts. As St. Augustine records in his … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church on Immigration

Much of the debate regarding immigration has centered on the religious and moral obligation to welcome immigrants. Some take the position that it is immoral to restrict immigration on the grounds that the Bible teaches the imperative duty to respect … Continue reading

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Three Proposals to Address the Admission of New Refugees

As new refugees are admitted to the United States, here are three suggestions for assisting them to fully function as members of the American society: 1. Assimilation The European experience teaches that a major issue with the admission of refugees … Continue reading

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