Napa Catholic Conference- Post Roe America- Next Steps for the Pro-Life Movement

Napa Catholic Conference- Post Roe America- Next Steps for the Pro-Life Movement

The Napa Catholic Conference last month included an inspiring series of talks on subjects as wide-ranging as theology, art, science and politics. One of the topics most discussed was the recent Dobbs case by which the Supreme Court finally overturned the so-called Constitutional right to abortion under the Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.…

Can States be Forced to Allow Chemical Abortions?

Can States be Forced to Allow Chemical Abortions?

The Supreme Court has overruled Roe v. Wade, holding that each state should decide its own abortion law, but there is a new battle looming over whether that extends to chemical abortions. This is no small issue when more than half of all abortions in the United States are carried out using a drug called…

Supreme Court Rules that the Constitution Means Just What it Says (or does not say) on Abortion and Guns

Supreme Court Rules that the Constitution Means Just What it Says (or does not say) on Abortion and Guns

The Supreme Court’s recent decisions on abortion and the Second Amendment right to bear arms are finally placing limits on the kind of judicial activism that has made our Constitution and Constitutional law almost unrecognizable. While these two cases may seem very different, the Court is telling us in both cases that the Constitution means…

U.S. Supreme Court OKs Big Tech Censorship

U.S. Supreme Court OKs Big Tech Censorship

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 31, in the case of NetChoice v. Paxton, that Twitter, Facebook and Google can censor conservative political views, at least for now, while challenges against a Texas anti-censorship law make their way through the Court system. The Court’s decision would seem to condone blatant viewpoint discrimination, including the…

Federal Court Declares Airplane Mask Mandate Illegal–Whether or not Masks Work

Federal Court Declares Airplane Mask Mandate Illegal–Whether or not Masks Work

A Federal District Court in the case of Health Freedom Defense Fund v. Joe Biden has held that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) illegally forced passengers to wear face masks on airplanes and other public transportation since early last year. To be clear, this was not a decision that masks do not work or…

Out of Control Government Agencies, Will the Court Help?

Out of Control Government Agencies, Will the Court Help?

Government agencies, run by thousands of unelected, unaccountable and mostly unreachable bureaucrats, increasingly affect nearly every aspect of American life. We are forced to comply with burdensome IRS requirements. Businesses struggle under onerous EPA rules. Most recently, we’ve seen heavy-handed vaccine mandates imposed by OSHA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) And…

New Supreme Court Justice- The Court is not “The Little Congress”

New Supreme Court Justice- The Court is not “The Little Congress”

President Biden has vowed to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court in order to achieve more diversity among the Justices. He wants the Court to represent all Americans, and of course he wants a Justice who will be open to his political agenda. While there is certainly nothing wrong with diversity, the Supreme Court…

Supreme Court Opens Pandora’s Box on Vaccine Mandates

Supreme Court Opens Pandora’s Box on Vaccine Mandates

The Supreme Court has rebuffed, for now, the government’s OSHA vaccine mandate that would have affected 80 million American workers. While that was good news, the Court unfortunately failed to address some of the biggest problems with that mandate, and a second case decided the same day, Biden v. Missouri, approved a different mandate that…

Making Sense of the COVID Vaccine Mandate Hearing at SCOTUS

Making Sense of the COVID Vaccine Mandate Hearing at SCOTUS

On Friday, January 7th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on President Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate, which applies to 80 million U.S. workers. President Biden wants the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to force all companies with more than 100 workers to make a choice. The companies can either fire all unvaccinated…

Government Vaccine Mandates versus the Right to Privacy

Government Vaccine Mandates versus the Right to Privacy

I never thought I would say this, but maybe Roe v. Wade got just one thing right. After all, even the biggest lies generally contain just a grain of truth to make the lie seem more plausible. Roe was decided in 1973 based on an implied “right to privacy” under the U.S. Constitution that cannot…

Vaccine Mandates Must Allow Religious Exemptions

Vaccine Mandates Must Allow Religious Exemptions

Many of us as Christians have moral and religious objections to the Covid vaccine based on the fact that aborted baby tissue was used in its development and testing. There may be other religious objections as well based on beliefs about God’s design for the human body and bodily autonomy. When employers, public schools or…

Vaccine Mandates versus Natural Immunity or Testing

Vaccine Mandates versus Natural Immunity or Testing

We keep reading about new Covid vaccine mandates imposed by governments, employers, educational institutions and entertainment venues. They make no exception for people who have already had the disease, despite numerous studies showing that natural immunity from having the disease is better protection than the vaccine. What about natural immunity? Isn’t natural immunity something we…

The Texas Heartbeat Law Needs Follow-Through

The Texas Heartbeat Law Needs Follow-Through

The Supreme Court has taken a big step in rebuffing legal challenges to the Texas Heartbeat law that outlaws most abortions in Texas after about six weeks from conception. We need the Court to follow through later this year by overturning the so-called constitutional “right” to abortion when it hears the case of Dobbs vs.…

Free Speech and Social Media – Does Big Tech Work for the Government?

Free Speech and Social Media – Does Big Tech Work for the Government?

President Trump has filed lawsuits against Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accusing them of working with the government to censor free speech. His lawsuits raise two points: The big internet platforms are violating the First Amendment by colluding with government officials to censor unapproved ideas. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional in granting…

China and the Vatican

China and the Vatican

Father Paul Mariani, S.J., professor at Santa Clara University, gave a fascinating talk at the Napa Institute Summer Conference on the subject of China and the Vatican. Father Mariani’s presentation centered on a 2018 “provisional accord” between China and the Vatican that was apparently designed to work toward normalizing relations and resolving issues over the…

FASTING: Something concrete and powerful we can do while the world goes crazy

FASTING: Something concrete and powerful we can do while the world goes crazy

The Eleventh Annual Napa Institute Catholic Conference included a practical but very profound talk on the subject of fasting by Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P., of The Busch School of Business at Catholic University of America. The Bible is full of references to fasting, especially at critical times during a person’s life, especially necessary along…

All Things Made New: Napa Institute Summer Conference Overview

All Things Made New: Napa Institute Summer Conference Overview

The Eleventh Annual Napa Catholic Conference was held July 22-24, 2021, with an impressive lineup of Catholic speakers on the theme “All Things Made New.” The conference included Mass and a wide range of talks, including religious and spiritual topics, lots of commentary on current Church and world events, apologetics and some very practical subjects…

Sanctuary Cities For The Unborn- Abortion Illegal in 33 Cities (and the number is increasing)

Sanctuary Cities For The Unborn- Abortion Illegal in 33 Cities (and the number is increasing)

A growing number of cities in America are taking steps to outlaw abortion, sending a strong message to the abortion industry that they are not welcome. “Sanctuary Cities For The Unborn” include 33 cities as of July 12, 2021, in Texas, Ohio and Nebraska that have passed ordinances fining and imposing legal liability on abortion…

Is Roe v. Wade on a Collision Course in the Supreme Court? 

Is Roe v. Wade on a Collision Course in the Supreme Court? 

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor famously stated in 1983 that  Roe v. Wade is “on a collision course with itself” considering ongoing advances in medical science. Roe contains the seeds of its own destruction since the Court’s basic premise, that abortions should be allowed before the baby is “viable” outside the womb, disintegrates over…

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