• JFK, Amy Coney Barrett and Anti-Catholicism

    Facing down centuries of anti-Catholic bigotry in a watershed election, Massachusetts Sen. John Kennedy pledged in a September 1960 speech before Protestant ministers that if elected president he would adhere to the “absolute” separation of church and state. In striking contrast to the... Read more
  • Could Russia abandon Syria? It’s happened before

    [caption id="attachment_89163" align="aligncenter" width="800"]  (Photo credit JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)[/caption] Shaun Walker, the Moscow correspondent of the Guardian, is rather a brave man. He recently accepted the Russian government’s invitation to visit Syria and to take a carefully... Read more
  • Human Rights are the Key to Confronting Iran

    The US can strike the Achilles’ heel of the ayatollahs at no cost and at no peril by focusing on their abuses at home. The Trump administration is set to initiate a new Iran policy, which will be announced in October. Thank goodness. The flawed nuclear agreement in 2015 provided too many... Read more
  • Justice for Jahi

    [caption id="attachment_57242" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)[/caption] In California, Jahi McMath is legally dead. In New Jersey, she is legally alive. Now, the deceased—or profoundly disabled—teenager is the subject of... Read more
  • Sen. Feinstein Grills Catholic Nominee: ‘The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You’

    For Catholics with a sense of history, yesterday’s confirmation hearing for 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee brought to mind some of the darkest moments in the long traditions of anti-Catholicism in England and America. The Democrat... Read more
  • Can We Stop an International Roe v. Wade?

    Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future when we finally have the coveted fifth vote necessary to strike down Roe v. Wade. Recall the many years of sweat and tears, ups and downs, wrangling about judicial nominations, and arguing about presidential elections. Then imagine that fifth... Read more
  • Report: ‘Attacks on Religious Liberty’ in US Increased 133 Percent in Last 5 Years

    [caption id="attachment_83506" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)[/caption] A new report released by a prominent religious liberty advocacy organization claims that there has been a 133 percent increase in domestic "attacks on religious liberty" in the last five years and... Read more
  • Archbishop to DREAMERS: ‘You are a tremendous gift!’

    To the DREAMERS of Colorado, I have been following closely the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and it was a great disappointment this morning to see that President Donald Trump has chosen to end the program in six months. As I said last week in a... Read more
  • Democrats Are Increasingly Comfortable with Religious Tests

    Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Senator Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) asked Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee for a federal appeals court, on Wednesday. Since Durbin inquired in the form of a question, we can only assume that Barrett’s answer was... Read more
  • Just War Theory: Still Relevant?

    [caption id="attachment_88619" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Apocalypse by Albert Goodwin, 1903 [private collection][/caption]A nuclear North Korea is putting additional strains on just war theory, already under great strains for more than a half-century owing to modern weaponry. As an Air... Read more