Monthly Archives: June 2013

The NSA programs: Deference, secrecy, libertarians, conservatives, and the Fourth Amendment

In the last month, leaked documents have revealed the existence of two government surveillance programs which collect “metadata” (i.e. “data that describes data”) about customer telephone calls and email from the TelCos and ISPs that route the data. For now, the details aren’t important; we’ll get to that when we talk about these programs and […]

Judges and excommunication

Yesterday, in United States v. Windsor, a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law which prevented one or more states imposing a redefinition of marriage upon other states or the federal government, via the full faith and credit clause or via federal statutes that presuppose the […]

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Last month, I delivered a presentation to Catholic Adult Fellowship on the Eucharistic liturgy of the Roman Rite,  straightforwardly titled The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The written version of my remarks is now available here; this completes a pair of talks that began last fall in The Catholic Proposition. On June 2nd, 2013, the […]