“Attention: Physical Presence for Court and the Catholic Church” by Matthew P. Cavedon

A virtual conference organized in partnership with Brigham Young University Law School, Emory University Law School, Notre Dame Law School, St. John’s University School of Law, and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. View the full video and browse all essays here. Section C. Legal and Religious Practice(s) (Michael Moreland, moderator) “Attention: Physical

“Holy Communion in the Church of England in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic” by Christopher Grout

Photo / James Coleman / Unsplash The coronavirus pandemic has had (and continues to have) worldwide implications. Quite apart from the tragic loss of life and the damage to economies, individuals have faced significant restrictions in their personal lives, which includes, but of course is not limited to, limitations on the extent to which they

“The Comfort and Discomfort of Meaninglessness: Christian Faith in the Time of Coronavirus” by Paul Dafydd Jones

Although the sudden emergence of a novel form of coronavirus might bring Martin Luther to mind, it is revealing that many apparently secular voices are thinking along lines laid down by the venerable John Calvin. Not in the sense that gloomy declarations of “total depravity” are making a comeback, no matter the willingness of many

“Is there a Right to Healthcare? Towards a Comprehensive Jewish Approach” by Jason Weiner

The question of the “right” to fair, universal and comprehensive healthcare has been circulating for quite a while, but rapid expansion of modern medical technology has transformed the question from a periodic issue into a perennial one. Controlling rising costs, determining priorities, and ensuring fair distribution and access to healthcare are central questions now that

“Human Rights and Christian Ethics: Finding Convergence in Response to Communicable Infections” by Israel Chukwuka Okunwaye

In a 2016 article in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, George Annas developed four guiding principles, which he argued could helpfully chart a broad health and human rights response to the spread of infections that threaten public safety. First, he suggested that prevention should be the primary goal when formulating public policy responses

“A Religious Right to Disregard Mandatory Ultrasounds” by Caroline Mala Corbin

B. K. Dewey / Creative Commons CC BY-NC 2.0 One of the most striking trends in religion clause jurisprudence is the expansion of protection for religious exercise. This includes expanded protection under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and its state counterparts. Often the litigant is a conservative Christian opposed to a progressive development,

“An Early Good Friday, at Last: When Too Many Bells Toll in Italy” by Andrea Pin

An earlier version of this essay first appeared [here] on [Talk About: Law and Religion], the official blog of Brigham Young University’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Covid-19 has hit Italy badly. At the time of this writing, the country is dealing with nearly 70,000 coronavirus cases and has suffered over 6,800 deaths

“Defiant Congregations in a Pandemic: Public Safety Precedes Religious Rights” by Robin Fretwell Wilson, Brian A. Smith, and Tanner J. Bean

Families across America are running for cover from COVID-19. And for good reason: as of today, the United States has over 15,000 confirmed cases. More than 200 Americans are dead. One of us, who leads a task force on COVID-19, has been told that absent responsible prevention, a coming tsunami of patients will overwhelm our healthcare