Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’

Supreme Folly

The United States Supreme Court is so named not because it exemplifies consistent wisdom, but because there is no higher judiciary to which a claim can be appealed. This Court, over the years, has made some truly horrible decisions. And these decisions were not made because the Constitution was properly interpreted. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 denied citizenship to blacks. In dissent, Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis wrote: “[W]hen a strict interpretation of...

Procedures vs. Persons, Abortion vs. Gay Marriage: Another Culture War?

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the four consolidated same-sex “marriage” cases, including Ohio’s Obergefell vs. Hodgeson, on April 28, 2015. As The New York Times reported, the first arguments were over same-sex marriage bans democratically enacted in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, and thus concerned with whether states must allow same-sex marriage. The second set of arguments were concerned with whether a state must recognize a marriage of a...

One Victory, but Many Battles Remain

Since 2011, I have been continuously writing and speaking about the affront to religious liberty caused by the Affordable Care Act’s mandated coverage of contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization. Therefore, it is with both satisfaction and relief that I read the Supreme Court decision declaring the imposition of the HHS Mandate on closely-held corporations such as Hobby Lobby is a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). However, while we rejoice in...

Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.

The man wrote: “Speak both to the powerful and to every man—whoever he may be—appropriately and without affectation. Use plain language. Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go. Order your life well in every single...

On Choosing No Order: The Political and Social Dangers of Truth

Aristotle, in accordance with Plato, calls to mind why democratically ordered regimes are not advantageous to the common good:

[The conception of justice] is held to be something equal; equality requires that whatever the multitude resolves is authoritative, and freedom and equality involve doing whatever one wants. So in democracies of this sort everyone lives as he wants and toward whatever end he craves, as Euripides says…To live with a view to the regime should...

Something Borrowed, Nothing New: The Assaults on Marriage

In light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision that enabled the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples, it is helpful to consider the words of the Holy Father:

These many and glorious fruits were ever the product of marriage, so long as it retained those gifts of holiness, unity, and indissolubility from which proceeded all its fertile and saving power; nor can anyone doubt but that it would always have brought...

Beyond the Fortnight

The Catholic Church in the United States has asked the faithful to pray and to act during its second annual Fortnight for Freedom, which began on June 21 and concludes on July 4. The purpose of the Fortnight is “to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine...

What’s at stake in the Marriage Debate?

In March, the Supreme Court took up two fundamental cases. The first case addressed the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed with bi-partisan support in 1996. The second case involved Proposition 8 in California, whereby nearly 7 million Californians affirmed marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

To the uneducated reader, it would seem as though changing the marriage laws would have no real consequence. Isn’t marriage, as current President Barrack...