Tag Archive: Morality

Jun 10

Catholicism Often Gets the Short End of the Stick on Both Sides of Academia

I wrote a piece comparing Catholic institutions’ response to dissent vs. secular institutions’ response to Catholicism on Catholic Stand. Paul Griffiths is an expert on Catholic thought, holding the Warren Professor of Catholic thought at Duke Divinity School but this past month he was forced to resign for questioning liberal orthodoxy. On the other hand, last …

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Jun 03

Müller’s defense of ‘Amoris Laeitia’ reads it in Church tradition

Card. Müller came out strongly in support of reading Amoris Laetitia last week so I summarized it and commented. On Thursday of last week, Cardinal Gerhard Müller continued his defense of an orthodox reading of Amoris Laeitia in the most forceful manner yet in an interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo. Müller, the head of the Vatican’s …

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May 27

Overdosing from despair: How the Church can fight the opioid epidemic

An article I wrote a while back was finally published by Crux today. I recently had a hernia operation and was given a week’s worth of opioid painkillers for afterwards. Recovering from surgery, and dealing with the pain and discomfort inherent in such things, made me think about the current epidemic of addiction to painkillers …

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Feb 10

What if we’ve been wrong about ‘Amoris’ all along?

I published this on Crux. Ever since it came out in April 2016, there’s been an avalanche of debate in Catholic circles about Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s document on the family. At least in English, both sides seem to agree that it permits Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried who continue relations in some …

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Apr 27

Solutions for the Moral Crises of Every Day

This is a review of What’s a Person to Do?: Everyday Decisions That Matter by Mark S. Latkovic (OSV, 2013). Instead of talking about the big hot button moral issues like abortion, transgender rights, the death penalty or gay marriage, Dr Latkovic has decided to write a book with 40 questions on moral issues that a good …

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Apr 09

The Hermeneutic of Continuity vs. the Hermeneutic of Suspicion

Today there is a lot of confusion about what Pope Francis wrote yesterday in Amoris Laetitia. I think a lot of it goes back to a principal that was best explained by Benedict XVI in his 2005 Christmas addressed to the Roman Curia, the hermeneutic of continuity. This is the hermeneutic to view all the Church’s …

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Apr 08

Key Quotes from Amoris Laetitia: About Every Family Not Just Divorced and Civilly Remarried

News reports focus on a few paragraphs of Francis’s new document, Amoris Laetitia, namely 242-243, 250, and 298-305, yet this is but a small part of the document. Instead, I want to give you a medium-length summary of the whole document using quotes and paraphrase. Amoris Laetitia doesn’t seem to have any radical new ideas …

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Oct 28

We Don’t Live a Gospel of Sin Management

Should we just stop sinning?

There were once two evil brothers. They were rich, and used their money to keep their evil ways from the public eye. They even attended church, and appeared to be perfect Christians. Then, their pastor switched. Not only could the new pastor see right through the brothers’ deception, but he also spoke well and true, …

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May 06

Jesus or a Moral Code?

Is this the law?

“Make sure Johnny learns how to respect his parents.” “Suzie needs to know about chastity since I worry about her.” “I don’t care what you do as long as Bobby is good boy.” How often do we get these phrases from parents in youth ministry? Are morals the goal of youth ministry, then? It seems …

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