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The Rule of Law, Not the Law of Rules: A Gospel Perspective

I. The Rule of Law versus the Law of Rules Oliver Wendell Holmes observed that, “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” That pithy sentence in his 1881 classic, The Common Law, clarified the reasoning process employed by the better judges in the legal world.1 They do not simply […]

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The Christian Sense of Mercy: A Defense of “Amoris Laetitia”

Some critics believe that Pope Francis chooses mercy against the law. The choice is never between mercy and law. The choice is whether a law will be applied mercifully or harshly. In a previous issue of Emmanuel, an article appeared that defended the Pope’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL), against the dubia submitted by four […]

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