Archive for February, 2013

The Theological Wisdom of Benedict

As shock has given way to acceptance, we hear more and more affirmations of the humility and courage of Pope Benedict XVI, who announced that he would renounce his office as the Supreme Pontiff today at 8:00 p.m. Rome time (2:00 p.m. EST). The 8-year papacy of Benedict is coming to an end, yet we cannot underestimate the gifts that the Church has been given through the wisdom of this seemingly short pontificate.

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Touching the Hand of God in the Darkness of the World

Pope Benedict XVI has written and spoken countless words of wisdom during his eight years as Pope as well as during the prior decades when he served as a priest, a bishop, and a cardinal. His keen intellect repeatedly elucidates the reasonableness of faith. True to his scholarly roots, he always proclaims the faith down a path of logic. For years I have devoured this clear and unambiguous teaching.

Yet, while speaking at the...

Anti-Life: Russian Adoption Ban

At the March for Life, Speaker of the House John Boehner reminded us that “human life is not an economic or political commodity.” Tragically, too many treat it as such, seen most recently by the ban on American adoptions of Russian children put into place by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ban was instated as political retaliation against the United States. Yet, it is not the United States government that suffers, but the innocent Russian...

Birth Control and the Love of Life

Plato saw fertility as the expression sought by beauty, Proclus saw fertility as the metaphysical property of goodness, Aristotle saw it as the way in which all things strive to partake of the divine fullness of life. Ancient religions were characterized by cults, goddesses, rites, and offerings focused on fertility.

The central theme of wedding ceremonies was always fertility, begetting and bearing new life.  Traditional initiation rites always centered around the new and mysterious...

Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D.

Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D. is a founding professor of Wyoming Catholic College and a widely-published author on liturgy, sacred music, Thomistic theology, and Catholic social teaching. His most recent books are Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014) and Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014). He lives with his wife...

Forgiveness and the Gospel of Life

Not seven, I tell you, but seventy times seven(Matthew 18:22).

These words come from the Lord in response to the question: “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” On the third Tuesday of Lent, the Church will hear this passage from the Gospel of Matthew and its challenging message of unlimited forgiveness.

Undoubtedly, one of Christ’s most difficult teachings is the need to...

Blindness to God (Part I of II)

As we grapple with the sad reality of forty years of nationwide abortion on demand it is necessary to identify the roots of the poisonous vine that is the abortion regime and culture of death. If we will free our nation from the strangling vine, we must identify and properly uproot the whole plant – roots and all.

Blessed Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical, Evangelium vitae, identifies three distinct but interrelated roots:...

Death’s Masquerade: Sentimentalism and Moral Blindness

In these days of darkness, prudence demands a sober look at the stratagems and deceits of the culture of death. One of these deceptions is sentimentalism – its tentacles choking clear thought, courage, and genuine love.

Take a recent example, Ada Calhoun’s New Republic story on Jennie Linn McCormack and “The Rise of DIY Abortions.” Pregnant as a young teenager, McCormack kept the baby, now an adult and in jail. At...