Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Annual Red Mass and award ceremony October 1st



We regret that we will be unable to host the traditional reception and dinner following the Red Mass, but hope and expect to return to our traditional events in 2021.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Augustine, Lawyers & the Lost Virtue of Humility

Bruce P. Frohnen at the Catholic University Law Review.
Abstract

"The leading edge of legal scholarship and practice in recent decades has evinced a commitment to progressive politics at the expense of constitutional governance, the rule of law, and justice understood as vindication of the reasonable expectations of both the public and the parties to any given case or controversy. This article argues that renewed understanding of the virtue of humility, rooted in a genuine concern to do good according to one’s abilities, rights, and duties, is essential to the maintenance of decency in the legal profession and society as a whole. Such virtue is allowed, if not required, by existing rules and procedures, especially those encapsulated in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC). It is undermined by lawyerly pride in the capacity of particular lawyers to determine what is good for society and pursue it through social activism masquerading as client service."
Recommended Citation: Bruce P. Frohnen, Augustine, Lawyers & the Lost Virtue of Humility, 69 Cath. U. L. Rev. 1 (2020).

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Liturgy the Basis of Social Regeneration

Dom Virgil Michel, OSB, originally in a 1935 issue of Orate, Frates, republished at Adoremus Bulletin.
"'It is true, indeed,' says our encyclical [Quadragesimo Anno], 'that a just freedom of action should be left to individual citizens and families.' Hence this Collectivism is wrong in fact and principle. To quote again: 'Just as it is wrong to withdraw from the individual and commit to the community at large what private enterprise and industry can accomplish, so too it is an injustice, a grave evil and a disturbance of the right order for a larger and higher organization to arrogate to itself functions which can be performed efficiently by smaller and lower bodies…. Of its very nature the true aim of all social activity should be to help individual members of the social body, but never to destroy or absorb them.'"

Monday, February 24, 2020

The International Religious Freedom Act: Non-State Actors and Freedom From Sovereign Government Control

Robert C. Blitt at Marquette Law Review, 103 Marq. L. Rev. 547 (Volume 103, Issue 2, Winter 2019)

Abstract

"The International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) recently underwent its most significant amendment process since being introduced in 1997. Among the major changes, sponsors of the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (Wolf Act) proposed adding a new framework to IRFA intended to address the phenomenon of non-state actors (NSAs) violating the right to freedom of religion or belief. The impetus for this new mandate, according to the bill’s sponsors, flowed from the realization that NSAs such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) were wielding religious intolerance to commit 'some of the most egregious religious freedom violations.'

"Despite its findings that violent NSAs represented an expanding force responsible for exposing a significant percentage of the global population to severe abuses of freedom of religion and belief, the Wolf Act faced an uphill battle in Congress that necessitated significant compromises to secure its passage. As a result, the final bill modified or altogether failed to enshrine certain measures originally proposed to address NSAs. In their place, the Wolf Act instituted an ambiguous statutory definition for those NSAs that would be subject to scrutiny under IRFA. Furthermore, while the new 'Entity of Particular Concern' (EPC) designation for NSAs identified as engaging in 'particularly severe violations of religious freedom' appeared to mirror IRFA’s existing mandatory sanctions regime for 'Countries of Particular Concern,' it fell far short by triggering only a suggestion that the President 'take specific actions, when practicable, to address [EPC] violations of religious freedom.'

"As this new chapter for IRFA enters its third year, this Article will demonstrate that the NSA-related provisions present significant challenges for the U.S. government. To begin the task of fleshing out the nature and impact of these challenges, the Article focuses on one element of IRFA’s NSA definition—namely, the requirement that an NSA be 'outside the control of a sovereign government.' After addressing IRFA’s NSA definition and providing an overview of its implementation to date, this Article turns to a critical appraisal of how the state control requirement has been implemented to date. The Article closes with several suggestions aimed at clarifying definitions and institutional responsibilities to repair current practice and reinvigorate IRFA’s promise of promoting and protecting the right of all individuals to freedom of religion or belief.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Mass and Annual Meeting February 20th

The Society will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, February 20th.

Mass will begin at 5:15 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in the daily Mass chapel

The annual meeting will be held thereafter at Flannery's on Cathedral Square (425 East Wells Street). Appetizers will be served, with cash bar available. The cost of attending the annual meeting is $20, which goes to defer the cost of the food. Checks can be made out to the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society. Cash will also be accepted on site.

At the annual meeting, the slate of officers and new Board of Governors will be elected and there will be discussion of events for the upcoming year, including an upcoming Morning of Reflection during Lent. We hope to see you there.

See our Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Andre Lesperance "The Evangelical Catholic" February 7th

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is February 7th.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). The celebrant will be the Rev. Brad Krawczyk. Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $5.00).

Our guest this month will be Andre Lesperance, Senior Ministry Consultant with The Evangelical Catholic. He has worked in Catholic ministry and education since 2003 and holds a Master's Degree in theology from Marquette University. Mr. Lesperance will be discussing his work with the Evangelical Catholic, including a new book he has just published. We hope you will be able to join us. Many thanks to President-Elect John Herbers for inviting Mr. Lesperance to speak with us.

Limited complimentary visitor parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure, 11th Street level, between Wisconsin Avenue and Clybourn Street. The parking system that requires two tickets to exit. Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, follow signs to the elevator. Take the elevator to the main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the Welcome Desk to get your "chaser" ticket so that you will not have to pay for parking when exiting. In other words, for free parking, when you exit you will need both the ticket you pulled when you entered and the "chaser" ticket the Welcome Desk gave you.

The Society will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, February 20th. Mass will be held at 5:15 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in the daily Mass chapel. The annual meeting will be held thereafter at Flannery's on Cathedral Square (425 East Wells Street). Appetizers will be served, with cash bar available. The cost of attending the annual meeting is $20, which goes to defer the cost of the food. Checks can be made out to the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society. Cash will also be accepted on site.

At the annual meeting, the slate of officers and new Board of Governors will be elected and there will be discussion of events for the upcoming year, including an upcoming Morning of Reflection during Lent. We hope to see you there. So that we can order an appropriate amount of food, please reply to this email if you plan to attend the annual meeting.

See our Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.