Bosses in Bedrooms

Following today’s decision that Hobby Lobby would not be required to provide birth control to its employees, I did a google image search for “hobby lobby supreme court.” A few images came up from protestors on both sides of the case. In one image, a group of women hold up signs saying, “NO BOSSES IN…

Compliance Questions

The following column was published in the Irish Rover on Thursday, March 20, 2014.  On February 12, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held an oral argument in Notre Dame’s case against the HHS mandate. Among the more surprising moments was Judge Posner’s question to Notre Dame attorney Matthew Kairis, asking whether the use of birth control…

The Martyr for 2+2=4

The Myth of Persecution by Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame, seeks to correct commonly-held beliefs about Christian persecution in the early Church. Through a compelling and thorough history, she shows that, contrary to the rhetoric of many today, persecution was often sporadic and irregular in the early…

Know Thine Enemy

The following column was published in The Observer on Tuesday, April 29, 2013. I came to Notre Dame three months after President Obama’s commencement address. Amidst controversy and condemnation by more than 80 bishops, Notre Dame sought to forge a path of dialogue and discourse, ignoring episcopal warnings and insisting President Obama would be a listening companion and ally…

Professor Jim Sterba and the Arrogance of the Age

This is a revised version of my earlier post by the same title, which was submitted to but not published in Notre Dame’s Irish Rover. In the last edition of the Irish Rover, Dr. Jim Sterba, professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, offered remarks in “Point-counterpoint: debating Notre Dame’s HHS lawsuit.” At the crux of…