Cathleen Kaveny

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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Marty Lederman on the USCCB on the Latest Proposed Accommodation

I asked Georgetown Law Professor Marty Lederman, who organized a wonderful conference on religious liberty and the contraception mandate last fall, what he thought about the bishops' "Nationwide Bulletin Insert" on the issue. He has graciously prepared a few remarks, which he agreed to share on dotCommonweal.

What Should a Catholic Justice Do?: A Hypothetical Question

In one of my previous posts, I said the following about how the courts ought to treat the religious liberty claim: The government (in the first instance) and the courts (in the final instance) need to look not only at the religious-liberty claims, but also at the purposes advanced by the law in question. Moreover, it needs to look at those purposes in the terms set by the government, not by the religious-liberty claimant.

Can I have an extension?

Hello, all.I know I promised a post today on RFRA and Lee. But I ran into an unexpected delay on something else I need to get done, so I will be a day or so late!So go to the movies or watch TV--it's Friday!Sorry!Cathy 

Kathleen McChesney at Notre Dame

If you are near Notre Dame next week, please consider stopping by one or both lectures by Dr. Kathleen McChesney, which will be given as part of the Provost's Distinguished Visiting Women's Lecturer Series. Her first talk, on January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall Auditorium, is on "Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: Where are We Now?" Her second talk, on January 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Respondeo: A Reply to Michael Sean Winters (part 2)

I continue my response to Michael Sean Winters's column responding to my column. Part 1 of the response can be found here.2. The AccommodationSo where are we now? Weve moved beyond the original narrow exemption, at least in spe.

Respondeo: A Reply to Michael Sean Winters (part 1)

Many thanks to Michael Sean Winters for continuing the conversation about the HHS regulations and religious liberty. I appreciate his comments very much. And I want to address his questions, which are very important Since he raises a number of issues, however, rather than doing one super-long blog post, I am going to be doing a few smaller blog posts over the next few days, trying to take the issues he raises one at a time.

Is the Government ‘Defining Religion’?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to oppose the Affordable Care Act because of its contraception mandate and the Department of Health and Human Services’ refusal to extend a blanket exemption to Catholic institutions such as hospitals and universities. The USCCB is not only worried about what the law might force these institutions to do, such as pay for contraceptive coverage.

Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics

The very first professional meeting I attended was the Society of Christian Ethics, in January, 1984, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was a senior at Princeton, writing my thesis under Paul Ramsey and Jeffrey Stout on intention and nuclear deterrence. I remember thinking it marvelous and exciting that so many people gathered together to discuss the pressing ethical issues of the time, in light of their wisdom offered by their faith traditions.

The 538th Psalm

Nate Silver is my statistician; I shall not fret.He maketh me to lie down in blue states:He leadeth me beside the bicoastal urban elites.He restoreth my faith in the electoral college:He leadeth me in the path of accuracy for his name brand's sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of Diebold,I will fear no recounts: For he is with me;His blog and his stats, they comfort me.He preparest a table of odds before me in the presence of partisan hacks;He filleth my head with possible outcomes; My brain bloweth up.Surely middle class tax relief and afforda