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Catholics and the Supreme CourtDwight G. Duncan

Ever since the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the court in 2020, there has been a bare majority (5-4) of practicing Catholics on the court, which is unusual given that for most of our history, there ...

Four Spaniards and a saint Dwight G. Duncan

This Saturday, March 12, marks the 400th anniversary of maybe the most spectacular canonization of saints in the fascinating history of the Catholic Church. Pope Gregory XV proclaimed five people saints ...

Tracking God's diplomatsDwight G. Duncan

There's a new book that's just been published about the Vatican's diplomats, their history and current engagements. It's called "God's Diplomats: Pope Francis, Vatican Diplomacy and America's Armageddon," ...

St. Joseph's timely and timeless virtues Dwight G. Duncan

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has proclaimed this year a year of St. Joseph because it is the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX declaring St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church. He wrote a beautiful ...

Marking the Gospel of Mark with a fresh approachDwight G. Duncan

There's a new translation of the Gospel according to St. Mark, the shortest of the four gospels, entitled "The Memoirs of St. Peter." It's by a good friend of mine, Michael Pakaluk, who is also a columnist ...

The background of the Little Sisters' faithful practice of their religion Dwight G. Duncan

On Jan. 17, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it had agreed to review a decision of a federal appeals court in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania that overturned a Trump-era exemption for ...

Surprise! Lawyers are called to holinessDwight G. Duncan

(The following is an excerpt from a talk I gave following Boston's Red Mass on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.) The work of a lawyer can be understood variously. I will mention four conceptions: as a job, as ...

On Cardinal Newman becoming a saint Dwight G. Duncan

On Sunday, Oct. 13, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) in Rome. This 19th-century English convert to Catholicism was a brilliant mind, a literary genius possessed ...