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Jeremiah revisitedJohn Garvey

Last month, California's Senate passed a bill (S.B. 360) that would require priests to report crimes of child abuse they hear in confession. It doesn't apply to all penitents -- only, roughly speaking, ...

Suppose we let the people decide John Garvey

This week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt that states have sovereign immunity from suits brought by individuals in the courts of another state. There is a lot ...

Look at thisJohn Garvey

I am so proud of our students. This month, the student government association, the body that represents our undergraduates, passed a resolution asking the university to prohibit access through the campus ...

Not so fast John Garvey

I probably shouldn't admit this in front of my grandchildren, but I am a fan of McDonald's fish sandwiches. When I was a young lawyer in San Francisco, my firm's office was right across Market Street ...

Jim Crow and the KlansmanJohn Garvey

By now I think almost everyone has seen the photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook -- a man in blackface standing next to a hooded Klansman. The figure on the left in the picture might have stepped ...

One man's meat John Garvey

One of our girls gave me a book for Christmas, "One Man's Meat," by E.B. White. We agreed to start a little book club, just the two of us -- coffee once a month to talk about it. The book is a collection ...

Holy mother churchJohn Garvey

I've been having some trouble lately with the Nicene Creed. The First Council of Constantinople in 381 added the sentence, "I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church." It's the holy part, ...

Say an Ave there for me John Garvey

The vote in Ireland in the spring to take away constitutional protection for the unborn came as an unhappy surprise to Irish Catholics in the United States. It was a piece of news we didn't want to hear ...