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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Prophecy Without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square

That's the title of the book by Cathleen Kaveny that was published one year ago this month (Harvard University Press).  Professor Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, where she holds a joint appointment (School of Law, Department of Theology).

On Friday, April 7, 1:30-5:00 PM, at the McMullen Museum of Art, 201 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, there will be a program, focused on Professor Kaveny's book, entitled "Prophecy Without Contempt:  A Conversation About Religion, Identity, and Exclusion in Our New Political Era".  The three speakers are an extraordinarily impressive group:  Jonathan Lear, John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor, Committee on Social Thought and Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago; Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, McGill University; and Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Cantebury and Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.  Professor Kaveny will respond.  The program is presented by The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College. 

March 29, 2017 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Monday, January 30, 2017

Statement by Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president, University of Notre Dame ...

... on "[t]he sweeping, indiscriminate and abrupt character of President Trump’s recent Executive Order ...", here.

January 30, 2017 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Silence": Scorsese’s Spiritual Masterpiece

That's the title of a piece, in First Things, that Rick Garnett and I think many of you will be interested in.  You can read it here.  Rick and I have both been--long been--big fans of Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel, Silence--and have both been waiting forever for Scorsese's film version of the novel.

January 4, 2017 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Linking Abortion and Climate Change

That's the title of a post at dotCommonweal that will interest MOJ readers.  You can read the post here.

December 13, 2016 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Golden Celebration--the Catholic Chaplaincy at Yale

Check it out, here.

November 27, 2016 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Same Sex Unions and the Catholic Church: How Law and Doctrine Evolve

That's the title of a paper that Charles Reid, Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, has just posted to SSRN.  Given the subject matter of the paper, some information about Professor Reid's academic background is relevant.  Professor Reid attended the Catholic University of America, where he earned J.D. and J.C.L. (license in canon law) degrees.   Reid later attended Cornell University, where he earned a Ph.D. in the history of medieval law under the supervision of Brian Tierney.  His thesis at Cornell was on the Christian, medieval origins of the western concept of individual rights.  Over the last ten years, he has published a number of articles on the history of western rights thought, and is currently completing work on a book manuscript addressing this question.  In 1991, Reid was appointed research associate in law and history at the Emory University School of Law, where he has worked closely with Harold Berman on the history of western law.

Reid's article on same-sex unions and the Catholic Church is downloadable for free here.  This is the abstract:

This Article makes the case for reforming the Catholic Church’s law and teaching on the topic of same-sex unions. It is divided into two large parts. Part I surveys the present state of the Church’s rules governing same-sex relations. It is further subdivided into three subsections: the first examining the formation and reinforcement of the anti-sodomy norm in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the second reviewing the jurisprudence of the Roman Rota (one of the Vatican’s two supreme appellate tribunals) on homosexuality; the third glancing briefly at more affirming recent statements of Pope Francis and leading Cardinals and bishops. The second part then states the case for reform. It begins by recapitulating the natural-law case against same-sex unions, especially as articulated by Pope John Paul II; it then focuses on personalist philosophy to build a case grounded in human dignity and human rights; it looks to see how arguments grounded on dignity, respect, and human rights were used in legislative and constitutional reform in the United States and in three Catholic countries; and it returns again to natural law. Building on the premise that natural law requires an understanding of nature, the Article reviews the state of the science on same-sex attraction. It closes with a reflection on the many ways the Church has dynamically reinterpreted its normative structure and proposes that reform of the law on same-sex unions would be in keeping with other large historical shifts in the Church’s law and doctrine.

November 22, 2016 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Friday, October 28, 2016

"Principled or Pragmatic Foundations for the Freedom of Conscience"

That's the title of a little essay by Professor/Judge John Noonan that was published almost thirty years ago (1987) in the Journal of Law and Religion.  A little essay, but nonetheless an important one.  I happened to reread it today--and thought that many MOJ readers would (and/or should) be interested in it.  Here it is, all nine and a half pages:  Download John Noonan (1987).

October 28, 2016 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Nicholas Wolterstorff says “yes” to same-sex marriage

Given Wolterstorff's stature as one of the most acclaimed Christian philosophers of our time, I think that this report will be of interest to many MOJ readers.

October 28, 2016 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Same-Sex Marriage, Religious Freedom, and Strange Bedfellows

Rick Garnett has noted (here) that I am one of the MOJers who signed the "Brief of Amici Curiae Legal Scholars in Support of Equality and Religious and Expressive Freedom".  Unless I am mistaken, I am the only MOJer who signed the brief who also believes that Obergefell v. Hodges was rightly decided--although I do not believe that Obergefell was rightly reasoned.  For my alter ego Justice Nemo's concurring opinion in the case, see  Obergefell v. Hodges:  An Imagined Opinion, Concurring in the Judgment.  Another MOJer, Tom Berg, and acclaimed religious liberty scholar/advocate Doug Laycock are also supporters both of SCOTUS's decision in Obergefell and of the understanding of religious freedom that animates our friend Steve Smith's argument in "Brief of Amici Curiae Legal Scholars".

October 8, 2016 in Perry, Michael | Permalink

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Challenge To My Fellow Evangelicals

That's the title of a piece today in the New York Times (online edition) by Deborah Fikes, who previously served as a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals and as the Executive Advisor to the World Evangelical Alliance.  She holds a graduate degree in international law from Oxford University.  I think many MOJ readers will be interested in what Ms. Fikes has to say (here).

August 19, 2016 in Perry, Michael | Permalink