Are monogamy-only laws unconstitutional?

Apparently so, according to the Attorney General and the President. On Wednesday, they told us that they will no longer defend sec. 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court because it is unconstitutional, since it allegedly violates the 5th amendment and thus does not withstand heightened scrutiny. Here's what sec. 3 states:"In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the … [Read more...]

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Fr. Robert Barron on Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and the New Evangelization

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Recommending The Catholicism Project

Several weeks ago a colleague and I hosted a screening of The Catholicism Project at The St. Peter's Catholic Student Center at Baylor University. You should consider hosting a screening as well at your local parish, school, or university.Produced by Fr. Robert Barron's Word of Fire ministry, this is a remarkable documentary. Learn more about it and how to host a screening, here. … [Read more...]

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Live Action and Telling Falsehoods

That is the title of  my latest column at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: Over at the website Public Discourse, two outstanding Catholic philosophers, Christopher Tollefsen and Christopher Kaczor, have published essays about the morality of the tactics of the prolife group, Live Action.  Two other Catholic philosophers, Robert P. George and Joseph Bottum have weighed in as well.Live Action recently released a video that included two of its members posing as a pimp and prostitute d … [Read more...]

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Notre Dame Vita Institute: Educating Prolife Leadership

Just read about this at Mirror of Justice (HT: Rick Garnett):Notre Dame Vita Institute In furtherance of Project Guadalupe's goal to form the next generation of pro-life leadership through scholarship and service, the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life is pleased to announce its inaugural Notre Dame Vita Institute to be held  June 12-24, 2011, administered under the auspices of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.Held on the beautiful Notre Dame campus, the Vita Institute will edu … [Read more...]

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Call for Papers: University Faculty for Life Conference at Notre Dame (10-11 June 2011)

I have the honor of serving as program chair for the 21st annual conference of the University Faculty for Life, which will be held at the University of Notre Dame on June 10-11, 2011. The on-campus host is Notre Dame philosophy professor, David Solomon, W.P. and H.B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture, where I served as the Mary Anne Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in 2008-2009.If you are a prolife academic (or retired academic), you should join UFL. The annual … [Read more...]

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Pronoun Envy?

I went to afternoon Mass today. I sat one row over from an elderly woman (who I later discovered was a "nun") who apparently decided that the Novus Ordo was not to her liking. So, instead of saying this, "May the Lord receive the sacrifice from your hands to the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all His Church," she said this, "May the Lord receive the sacrifice from your hands to the praise and glory of God's name, for our good and the good of all God's Church." … [Read more...]

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To Everyone An Answer now available on Kindle

The 2004 book I co-edited with William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland, To Everyone An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (InterVarsity Press) is now available on Amazon's Kindle. You can find it here. … [Read more...]

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Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday, and my modest connection to the Reagan legacy

Today is the 100th birthday of our 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan.Most people are unaware that in 1983 during his first term President Reagan published an article in the Human Life Review, "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation." It was eventually published as a small book a year later with afterwards by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Malcolm Muggeridge. To commemorate the  20th anniversary of the article and subsequent book, in 2004 Human Life Review published a special issue … [Read more...]

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In the Time of My Confession

That is the title of my most recent column over at The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: When I was an Evangelical Protestant thinking about returning to the Catholic Church of my baptism, among Catholic practices I found difficult to accept was the sacrament of penance.I thought that the sacrament took away from Christ’s sufficiency to forgive all our sins, past, present, and future. For I believed that it diminished the scope of Christ’s atonement if I had to do something in order to acq … [Read more...]

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St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University to host screening of “The Catholicism Project” on January 27

Here's the press release: On January 27, 2011, St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University will be hosting a special screening of episode one of Fr. Robert Barron’s documentary, the Catholicism Project. This episode focuses on the beginnings of the Christian faith in first century Israel.In this episode, Fr. Barron takes on a journey as he visits the mysterious sites and sacred places of the land of Israel. From the lush region of ancient Caesarea Phillipi, to the shores of the Sea … [Read more...]

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Transubstantiation: From Stumbling Block to Cornerstone

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist is a real stumbling block to some Protestants who are seriously considering Catholicism. It was for me too, until I explored the subject, historically and scripturally. What follows is a summary of my deliberations.Catholicism holds that bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Christ when they are consecrated by the priest celebrating the Mass. Oftentimes … [Read more...]

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January 20, 2011 – the 50th and 30th anniversaries of two great inaugural addresses

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If Colorado wants a body part, give it the finger

This is truly ghoulish: The bill changes the organ donation program so that a person is presumed to have consented to organ and tissue donation at the time the person applies for or renews a driver's license or identification card unless the person initials a statement that states that the person does not want to be considered as a possible organ and tissue donor. Lends a whole new meaning to "trafficking in human organs." The bill is being proposed in Colorado, and the above paragraph is from it … [Read more...]

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