Category Archives: Catholicism

The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: An Analysis of the Three Opinions

Click on the link below for my summary and analysis of the opinions in Hollingsworth, Windsor, and Obergefell: Obergefell Summary and Analysis

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Obergefell and the Free Exercise of Religion: Some Initial Thoughts

In the considerable wake of the Supreme Court’s decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26, 2015), people of faith have suggested  a number of different responses, many of which seem unwise to me. Here … Continue reading

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Hilaire Belloc on Islam

Is Islam a Christian heresy? The Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc thought so. In his book, The Great Heresies, Belloc contended that Islam, like other heresies including Arianism, sought to simplify Christian belief by removing the mystery of such doctrines as the … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church in New Mexico: Father Martinez Confronts Bishop Lamy

A few years after the United States acquired part of what is now the state of New Mexico, the Vatican established the Vicariate Apostolic of New Mexico in 1850, carving it out from the former Mexican Diocese of Durango. Jean … Continue reading

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The Vanishing Presumption of Innocence in Clergy Sexual Abuse Claims

Sexual abuse of minors by members of their clergy has been a major problem for both the abused children and their families, as well as for the priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams who are accused of such misconduct. While a … Continue reading

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Religion in the Public Square: Catholics and The Eugenics Controversy

The issue of the extent to which religious discourse should be excluded from the public square has been and remains highly contentious in political philosophy. In this post, I argue that such discourse is a critical part of civic debate … Continue reading

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How Catholics Became Americans — And What It Cost

The following is a slightly expanded version of the Closing Address I gave at the Annual Convention of the Knights of Columbus, New Jersey State Council, on May 18, 2013: I would like to thank the Knights of Columbus and … Continue reading

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