Joan Frawley Desmond

RICO Penalties Boost Damages to $2.2 Million in Daleiden Case

SAN FRANCISCO—David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress and four co-defendants were found guilty in a civil trial and face actual and punitive damages totaling $2.2 million, his lawyers at the Thomas More Society confirmed this...

Trump at UN: ‘11 Christians Are Killed Every Day for Following the Teachings of Christ’

President Donald Trump defended religious freedom around the world today during a groundbreaking speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations. The president pledged that his administration would spend an “additional $25 million to...

6 Takeaways From 3 New Books on the Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle

1. The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, a controversial new book by two New York Times reporters, spotlights the justice’s record as a high-school student at Jesuit-run Georgetown Preparatory School and an undergraduate at...

Actor With Down Syndrome Stars in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

“Are you a good guy or a bad guy?” Zak, a young man with Down syndrome who has escaped from a nursing home, asks Tyler, an expert fisherman and small-time thief on the run in The Peanut Butter Falcon (Roadside) — a film in theaters that has...

Best-Selling ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance Becomes Catholic

J.D. Vance, the conservative author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis, the well-timed 2016 memoir about a young white man’s rise from poverty to Yale Law School and career success, has become a Catholic. Rod Dreher...

Planned Parenthood’s True Mission Exposed by Ousted CEO

After years of spin and obfuscation, the unexpected firing of Dr. Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood’s CEO, exposed the real mission and priorities of the nation’s largest abortion provider. Yesterday, a New York Times report on Wen&rsq

A Family Portrait: Brothers, Sisters, Strangers

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem recently derailed a bill that would have legalized commercial surrogacy in New York state and had strong support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and LGBT activists. In a letter to state lawmakers, Steinem attacked the...

Jordan Peterson’s Old Testament Rules for Life

When Bishop Robert Barron addressed the U.S. bishops during their June assembly this week, he spoke about the challenges of evangelizing the “Nones,” the increasing number of young Americas who are no longer affiliated with organized...

Biden Turns His Back on the Hyde Amendment

Joe Biden’s “middle-of-the-road position on abortion” was riddled with internal contradictions from the get-go, but he still succeeded in setting himself apart from the rest of the Democratic Party leadership. Back in 2007, Biden touted his...

Bishops Clash With Liberal Activists Over Equality Act

Last week, a story headlined, “Some Catholic advocates support Equality Act, despite opposition from U.S. bishops,” and posted on America, the Jesuit media outlet, appeared to mark a fresh Church dispute over the bill, which the U.S. House of...