Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Enough already of the hosannas on high in praise of what little the Supreme Court actually accomplished for the good and the true in Hobby Lobby. Joey Fishkin offers a sober perspective here, to which I would be grateful to hear Archbishop Kurtz, president of the USCCB, reply once he's done "thank[ing] God for RFRA" here. Archbishop Chaput's praise (here) is appropriately muted, but is he correct when he asserts that "In our country, no person and no organization grounded in religious conviction should be forced to choose between complying with the law and violating their religious beliefs"? Our criminal law is busy every day denying individuals the opportunity to act on their "religious beliefs," and for that I do indeed thank God. The Church through and since the Second Vatican Council has encouraged licentious thinking about "religious liberty." I offer the corrective perspective of Catholic Tradition here and here.