July 26, 2019

University President John Garvey, was mentioned in Religion News on how faith affects politics in relation to U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s decsion on the death penalty.

...For a long time, as on the abortion issue, politicians have claimed that their personal principles should not override their duty to the public. But the thinking in this regard is evolving. A 1998 law review article by Amy Coney Barrett, now a federal appellate judge, and John Garvey, now president of the Catholic University of America, argued that “judges cannot — nor should they try to — align our legal system with the Church’s moral teaching whenever the two diverge. They should, however, conform their own behavior to the Church’s standard.”...

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