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“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

July 6, AD2018 0 Comments
“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

I remember, when my first son was born, my wife and I made the decision to stop by her grandfather’s house on the way home from the hospital. Our son was born in the same town Granddad lived; and as I knew he was very sick (yet still very alert and conscious), I suggested we […]

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The Vocation of Law and the Catholic Moral Vision

June 17, AD2018 0 Comments
The Vocation of Law and the Catholic Moral Vision

National Review recently published the commencement address George Weigel delivered at Ave Maria School of Law in Florida. In it, Weigel urges prospective Catholic lawyers to, like Martin Luther King Jr., challenge the philosophy of legal positivism, which Weigel says “empties law of moral content, detaches it from reason, and treats law as merely an […]

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Dogma Lives Loudly Within You

September 26, AD2017 6 Comments
Dogma Lives Loudly Within You

“Dogma Lives Loudly Within You”, said the Senator. Thank you very much, Senator. I am flattered that you noticed. I do try very hard to be a good Catholic, answered a hypothetical Federal Court nominee. “And that’s of concern…” continued the actual Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) of California during the September 6, 2017, confirmation hearing. […]

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Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

November 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

  When you stop and think about it, the World Wide Web today is kind of similar to the old Wild West. There are good guys roaming the web, bad guys, and even vigilantes. The good guys might be the white hat hackers – people who hack to help find the weaknesses in network security […]

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Subsidiarity and Our American Freedoms

October 20, AD2016 3 Comments
Subsidiarity and Our American Freedoms

The principle of subsidiarity, one of the basic tenets of Catholic social doctrine, promotes governance at its smallest level based on the natural law tenet that “[God] entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. … The way God acts in governing the world, […]

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The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

August 13, AD2016 1 Comment
The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

One of my favorite TV shows is the Netflix series about the Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil.  What I truly like about the series is how it attempts to capture the moral dilemma that Matt Murdoch faces concerning justice every time he wears his red suit and is transformed from the blind lawyer to the hard-hitting […]

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What Lurks Behind the Vaccine Mom Wars

May 8, AD2015 8 Comments
What Lurks Behind the Vaccine Mom Wars

The heated online vaccine debate in some Catholic circles has my jaw dropping like a draw bridge. Respectable mommies are acting like kids: name-calling, pointing out who started what, bullying their dissenters, tattling to Big Brother for back up… Good grief, mommas, can we just sit on time out and bring to trial the legal […]

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Not Above the Law: Speeding Tickets and Humility

July 15, AD2013 3 Comments
Not Above the Law: Speeding Tickets and Humility

I knew it the instant I passed him on the two-lane highway. Red and blue lights flashed. He pulled over, flipped a U-turn and was unquestionably after me – I was the only car on that side of the road. Caught. Speeding. Darn it! “Ma’am, I clocked you at 86 in a 65.” Geez that […]

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Same-Sex \”Marriage\”: Why it Matters

May 9, AD2013 21 Comments
Same-Sex \”Marriage\”: Why it Matters

Last week Rhode Island legalized same-sex “marriage” adding to an increasing list of states permitting homosexual couples to “marry”. In signing the bill, Gov. Lincoln Chafee said “We are making history.” On that point I will agree with Gov. Chafee and I have little doubt additional states will follow as the social and legislative dominoes […]

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