Why the Little Sisters of the Poor Matter

They are not accustomed to fanfare. Nor do they prefer it.But the Little Sisters of the Poor (along with several co-petitioners) found themselves thrust into the limelight of the Supreme Court. Why were they there?To preserve their Conscience.March 23rd was the day that the incomparable attorney Paul Clement and his fellow attorney Noel Francisco would present their cases opposite United States Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. The forum to whom they presented was an eight … [Read more...]

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The Church of Second Chances: Christ & the Wretchedness of Peter

The Apostle Peter Kneeling by Rembrandt van Rijn It struck me during Mass.It was the reading from the Gospel of Luke for Palm Sunday - the Passion, to be precise. I'm sure I have heard it (or read it) dozens of times in my life, but it never jarred me like it did tonight.Jesus had finished the Last Supper with his disciples and began revealing to them the tragedy that is to come. He spoke of a traitor. He quelled an argument over who will lead by reminding the disciples that their call i … [Read more...]

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Thomas More’s Choice… & Ours

Thomas More by Hans Holbein "There can be seasonal misrule only within a prevailing architecture of order...Debates and disputations...are possible only within the context of an assured and absolute truth which governs humankind." - Peter Ackroyd, author of The Life of Thomas MoreHe loved his Church. He loved the Law. He loved his King. Of course he did. And yet ultimately, Thomas More would have to choose. The Church, in More's time, stretched back 1500 years. Its traditions, its … [Read more...]

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What This Catholic Saw At the Movie “Risen”

He was steady, to say the least.And he needed to be.As a Roman military tribune in service of Emperor Tiberius Caesar and, more specifically, Caesar's prefect in Judea Pontius Pilate, Clavius (played by Joseph Fiennes) survived on a delicate blend of duty, courage and equanimity. The Roman Emperor gloried in his ever-growing and ever-submissive Empire. Pontius Pilate chafed at being relegated to the dusty outpost of Palestine, yet sought to assert ruthless control to achieve a lofty tr … [Read more...]

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We Need a Burke, a Churchill or a Thatcher…Not a Trump

“Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.” - Edmund BurkeIt was 1790 and the French were still reeling. After little more than a year, the French Revolution, heralded as the truest of democracies, brought about the collapse of the monarchy, the aristocracy and the French Catholic Church. As delirious change swept the august French state, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" was gleefully spoken of in nearly all … [Read more...]

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Why Antonin Scalia Matters

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Just shy of his 80th birthday and his 30th year on the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin "Nino" Scalia has died. And as people react and consider his life and legacy, it is a perfect time to ask why Antonin Scalia matters?Clearly, in answering this question the greatest amount of attention will be paid to Justice Scalia's Supreme Court legacy. In his nearly thirty years on the bench, Scalia decided cases ranging from abortion to capital punishment, gay ma … [Read more...]

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