The Death Penalty

A spate of federal executions in the waning days of the Trump administration is deeply troubling. Let’s be clear: capital punishment is not morally equivalent to abortion. While innocent persons are sometimes wrongly executed, every abortion involves the intentional killing of a completely innocent young life. Every person on death row is accorded extensive dueContinue reading “The Death Penalty”

In Defense of Religious Freedom

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a welcome decision recently, upholding Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on religious gatherings in the wake of an upsurge in coronavirus cases.  As recounted by Catholic News Service, the Diocese of Brooklyn first went into federal court in October to challenge the new restrictions, andContinue reading “In Defense of Religious Freedom”

Abortion and the Eucharist

Joe Biden’s apparent election brings to the fore the question of pro-abortion Catholic politicians being denied the Eucharist. Washington D.C.’s Archbishop, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, swiftly renounced any intent to do so, despite the Catholic Biden’s embrace of extreme pro-abortion policies.      I have always been reticent about pressuring bishops to take this action, for reasonsContinue reading “Abortion and the Eucharist”

Catholic Teaching and Prudential Judgment

While I have emphasized from the start that I want this blog to be a forum for the kind of civil discourse so absent in today’s public square, I did not intend for that to mean an absence of strongly stated convictions. My point was and is simply that we can argue forcefully for whatContinue reading “Catholic Teaching and Prudential Judgment”

Vote to Save Pregnancy Care Centers in NY

I wrote last week about the loving care we need to provide—and that the Church and the pro-life movement have been providing for years—for mothers in crisis pregnancy situations. I noted that we can sometimes lose sight of the personal dimensions of this and other life and justice issues, amid the broader—and necessary—political struggles overContinue reading “Vote to Save Pregnancy Care Centers in NY”

Abortion’s Victims, Born and Unborn

October is Respect Life Month. Begun by the U.S. bishops in 1972, its intent, at least in part, is to focus attention prior to Election Day on the broad implications of laws and policies that impact on the sanctity of life. At the same time, we must never lose sight of the personal impact thatContinue reading “Abortion’s Victims, Born and Unborn”

Debate was appalling; Will Barrett hearings be worse?

Did you find that debate as painful to watch as I did? President Trump was beyond rude with his constant interruptions. While his target was Joe Biden, he deprived all of us of the opportunity to hear a clear, decisive exchange on the two candidates’ very different records, philosophies, and policy ideas. In my view,Continue reading “Debate was appalling; Will Barrett hearings be worse?”