Author : Fr Gregory Jensen

Together with my wife Mary, I entered the Orthodox Church on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (15 August) in 1991. On the feast of st Nicholas (6 December 1996) I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan MAXIMOS at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA.

Written on Jun, 12, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

When the situation is explained to them, most Americans act responsibility motivated by both wholesome self-interest and concern for the neighbors. That at least is the takeaway from “a study published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research.” Based on their “statistical analysis, five academic researchers find ‘no evidence’ that the sudden lifting of Wisconsin’s order “impacted social …

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Written on May, 15, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

The rule of law depends upon the confidence of the citizenry that the law is just and fairly applied. When otherwise legal acts are criminalized–but only for some individuals, under certain circumstances, people lose confidence in not only the law but the lawgiver.

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Orthodox Christians are not anarchists. We accept the State as willed by God as necessary in a fallen world. We owe obedience to the State even when doing so means our rights are compromised. In fact, we only have an obligation to disobey the State when it seeks to compel us to disobey God.

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Written on May, 14, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

While I remain hopeful that my parish’s religious liberty has not been infringed upon, retired UW law professor Ann Althouse raises suggest that I might be wrong.  Althouse writes that “No sooner was the state-wide order invalidated than my local government reinstated it — but not without changing the way ‘religious entities’ are treated.” She quotes the city/county directive that …

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Even in a public health crisis, epidemiology alone is an insufficient practical and moral basis for public policy.

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Jonathan Kay at Quillette argues that based on the data of what people did relative to when governments did (or didn’t) impose lockdown concludes our debate on the issue is “phoney.” what it overlooks is that for a mixture of self-interest and altruism people have voluntarily changed their behavior.   Unfortunately, “on both sides” assume “that government decrees work as …

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Written on Mar, 23, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

The combination of fear and ignorance typically leads to panic or hysteria, both extreme manifestations of overreacting. Rather than an individual overreacting, where the consequences are limited, collective overreacting has profound social, economic, and political effects. It’s why we expect statesman to exercise prudent and calm judgment, particularly during times of mass hysteria and media overplay. Those engaged in overreaction …

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Written on Mar, 23, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

The thinking seems to be this: It was horrible in Wuhan, it is horrible in Lombardy, and horrible in some other country nobody gives a damn about. Therefore, when it happens to my town—and it’s when, not if—it will be equally horrible everywhere. And worse than horrible, because we are not as prepared or as willing to be as draconian …

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Written on Mar, 04, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

In my latest Acton Commentary, I respond to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s commnets on religious liberty. Here’s a bit of what I have to say: Let me first commend Ocasio-Cortez for her frank appeal to the Gospel in her criticism of what she describes as the Trump administration’s “religious liberty assault on LGBTQ rights.” While I disagree with most of what …

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