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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Jan 19, 2023

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

From Great Britain, the nation that gave us our much-admired legal tradition, comes the news that a man has been fined for praying in public. Not even praying aloud; praying silently.

If Adam Smith-Connor hadn’t acknowledged that he had been praying, there would have been no concrete evidence against him. He was penalized not for any external action, but for what was going on inside his head. The law in its majesty now proposes to regulate his thoughts. …

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