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Stepping Out of the Boat

Matthew 14:29

The title of this blog is a reference to Matthew 14:29, where Jesus invited Peter to step from the boat and trust in the Lord. My observations on this blog are designed to respond to this challenge, and to offer a vision of how Catholics can proclaim the Gospel in the public square. All opinions here are mine, and mine alone, and do not represent official statements of the Archdiocese. All Glory to God.

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Disrespect For Marriage and Religious Liberty

The Senate has now passed the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” – an Orwellian name if there ever was one. Not only does the bill disrespect real marriage, it also shows no respect for religious liberty. To understand why, we first have to ignore the gushy media reports about how this bill “enshrines gay marriageContinue reading “Disrespect For Marriage and Religious Liberty”

It Was Worth It

How abortion played in the election is being analyzed by pundits from every angle. Much of that commentary is marked by confirmation bias – people look for evidence that merely confirms their pre-existing positions. From my perspective, the election results are interesting, but not really significant. What matters more than anything else is that RoeContinue reading “It Was Worth It”

What the Defeat of ‘Fetal Personhood’ Means for the Battle Ahead

[This piece was originally published at the Human Life Review’s NewsWorthy site] One of the tragic errors by the Supreme Court in its 1973 decision Roe v. Wade was the holding that unborn children are not legal “persons” within the meaning of the Constitution. When the Court overruled Roe this summer in the Dobbs decision,Continue reading “What the Defeat of ‘Fetal Personhood’ Means for the Battle Ahead”


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I am a life-long New Yorker, a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, and a former state and federal prosecutor. I am currently the Director of Public Policy and the Director of Safe Environment at the Archdiocese of New York.

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