Joan Frawley Desmond

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Will Gorsuch Be Confirmed in Time to Rule on ‘Major’ Church-State Case?

WASHINGTON—Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, survived his first day of confirmation hearings on Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee dug in for battle.  Added to the tension of the high-wire televised...

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Justice Alito Warns Religious Believers of “Hostile Wind” Ahead

“A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs,” Justice Samuel Alito warned in an address on Wednesday sponsored by Advocati Christi, a New Jersey-based group of Catholic lawyers and judges. The justice pointed to...

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Violent Mob Enforces Liberal Groupthink at Middlebury College

“There’s nothing like a little violence to focus the mind.” Allison Stanger, a political science professor at Middlebury College, shared this insight in a March 13 column on the Opinion Page of the New York Times. Stanger is the liberal...

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What's Behind Those Stories About Ivanka Trump and Planned Parenthood?

Did Ivanka Trump seek to protect Planned Parenthood from a GOP-led campaign to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider? That question was raised by an unusual story published in the New York Times on Monday. “In private discussions with...

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Trump Drops Safeguards for Christian Refugees in Revised Travel Ban Order

WASHINGTON—On Monday, President Trump issued a revised version of his controversial executive order — dubbed a “travel ban” — that restricts immigration and refugee applicants from Muslim-majority countries linked to terrorism. The new executive...

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Transgender Case

In a serious blow to LGBT activists, the Supreme Court has sent back a high-profile transgender-rights case to a lower court for further consideration. Today the high court confirmed that it would not hear Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.,...

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An Uncommon Look at the Uncommon Grace of Flannery O’Connor

“The writer operates at the crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet,” Flannery O’Connor once observed. “His problem is to find that location.” O’Connor, a devout Catholic long celebrated as one of the greatest American short...

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Trump Administration Signals Shift in Transgender Policy

The Trump administration signaled late this week that it will not defend controversial federal guidelines that had been issued by Obama for transgender students. In the first concrete sign that a Trump White House will take a different path on...

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Neil Gorsuch, ‘a Worthy Successor to Scalia,’ Gets Supreme Court Nod

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday evening the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the seat left vacant on the U.S. Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Hannah Smith of...

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William Peter Blatty Did a Great Service for the Church by Writing “The Exorcist”

The Church has warned the faithful of Satan’s dark power for over two millennia. "Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the...