Posts Tagged ‘United States of America’

Impending Canonization Invites JPII Generation to Strengthen Faith

Who could forget the thrill of being one of thousands, even millions, of young Catholics awaiting the arrival of Pope John Paul II to one of the many World Youth Days he attended? It was, as the media portrayed it, like waiting for a rock star. This pope had been pontiff for most of our young lives, he had contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union, and when he spoke to multitudes it felt...

The Freedom of the Family

There are a number of philosophical theories about the origin of human society. There are two extreme positions.

One is the Social Contract theory dear to Hobbes and Rousseau which maintains that in the beginning there was no society. Man was totally free. Because of evil, human beings banded together to form social contracts which like a plank to a shipwrecked man saves people from the evil tendencies of others. Society...

Contemporary Contradictions, Cultural and Political

Never before have we lived in an age where music is so readily and easily available, and yet so lousy (of course, there are many exceptions to be grateful for). There seems to be an inverse relationship at work. As we produce more and more music and create more and more gadgets for playing it, the worse it becomes. I have overheard many raunchy lyrics on the iPods of others while working out...

After the Fortnight: A Reflection and a Call to Prayer

We recently completed our second nationwide observance of the “Fortnight for Freedom” — a very beautiful two-week period of prayer, education, and advocacy, initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It began on the vigil of the Feasts of the martyrs St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, and concluded on Independence Day.

During this time, Catholics, along with our many brothers and sisters in Christ and people of good will throughout...

Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.

The man wrote: “Speak both to the powerful and to every man—whoever he may be—appropriately and without affectation. Use plain language. Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go. Order your life well in every single...

On Choosing No Order: The Political and Social Dangers of Truth

Aristotle, in accordance with Plato, calls to mind why democratically ordered regimes are not advantageous to the common good:

[The conception of justice] is held to be something equal; equality requires that whatever the multitude resolves is authoritative, and freedom and equality involve doing whatever one wants. So in democracies of this sort everyone lives as he wants and toward whatever end he craves, as Euripides says…To live with a view to the regime should...

Something Borrowed, Nothing New: The Assaults on Marriage

In light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision that enabled the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples, it is helpful to consider the words of the Holy Father:

These many and glorious fruits were ever the product of marriage, so long as it retained those gifts of holiness, unity, and indissolubility from which proceeded all its fertile and saving power; nor can anyone doubt but that it would always have brought...

On Legislating Morality

Words should have an agreed upon meaning. No one should be without a dictionary. Yet, in common practice, some words are far more often misused than properly used. “Disinterested” (impartial), “gorgeous” (multi-colored), “plethora” (excessive fullness), “decimate” (reduced by 1/10) are almost never used correctly. People use the word “oxymoron” with an air of highbrow satisfaction not realizing that it does not refer to a contradiction. Nonetheless, not much harm is done when these...