Category Archives: Catholicism

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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