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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 ...

Redressing anti-Catholic bias in educationDwight G. Duncan

There is a strange anomaly in American Constitutional Law as it has come down to us through the courts: the freedom of private schools, including religious schools, to educate children according to their ...

Abortion at the extremes Dwight G. Duncan

One of the crazier features of politics these days is that opponents of our quixotic president seem to have themselves become unhinged: when he cuts federal funds to Planned Parenthood, and through his ...

A tale of two islandsDwight G. Duncan

Jan. 15 marks the 90th birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year it'll be celebrated as a national holiday on Monday, Jan. 21, the day before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The reason for the ...

Grateful for everything Dwight G. Duncan

Thanksgiving is an awesome time of year. A time to take stock, at harvest season, of all the good things -- family, friends, peace, prosperity -- in our lives, and to be grateful to God and to others ...

Say it ain't soDwight G. Duncan

There have been recent calls for Pope Francis (and Cardinal Seán, for that matter) to resign for supposedly knowing about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's past sexual abuse of young males and not doing ...

The smokescreen of emanations from penumbras Dwight G. Duncan

This Sunday, July 29, is the 50th anniversary of the actual publication of Blessed Pope Paul VI's encyclical ''Humanae Vitae'' on the regulation of birth, and more specifically on the immorality of artificial ...