Archive for November, 2014

Strategies for Overcoming Porn

As we saw in the first part of this article, the porn addict has a terrible secret. But who can he tell? He fears telling his wife and he’s ashamed to confess it to a priest. He has all of the shame, guilt, and paranoia that go with leading...

Men & Pornography: Are Males “Born to Watch Porn”? A Moral Reflection

Men – even good and faithful Christian ones – can struggle mightily in our sex-saturated secular culture against the temptation of pornography. Porn is not only pervasive – said to be over a $13 billion industry – with the Internet it’s as easily accessible as tap water. The battle to conquer porn is, for many men, whether married or single, young or old, like climbing Mount Everest: the task seems overwhelming, one thinks...

The Ugliness of Evil and the Banality of Death

The classical world depicted the deformity and monstrosity of evil with revolting images: the Gorgon Medusa with serpents for coils of hair; the Chimaera with a boa constrictor for a tail and the heads of a lion, goat, and serpent, their mouths breathing fire; Centaurs half human and half horse; and Minotaurs part human and part bull. In the Inferno Dante also portrays evil in lurid forms in which human souls transform into the...

The Ramifications of Gender Inclusivity on Single-sex Education

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). This fundamental aspect of our nature has been under attack more in recent history than ever before. A YouTube video about a transgender 5-year-old named Ryland, which went viral earlier this year, brought to light just how prominent this issue is. This video, which was made by Ryland’s parents, described how Ryland was born a girl and, at...

Catholic Identity & Our Moral Life: “The Two Ways”

Our baptism gives us an identity that is thicker than blood: we are now adopted sons and daughters of God the Father and brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ – members of God’s divine family and members of His Body, the Catholic Church, the new covenantal community.

With this new identity comes a new way of life. This life involves a new way of thinking and acting. We see this taught...

A New Word for the Family

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, may have coined a new word when he described contemporary American society as “defamilied”. While some participants in the Synod of Bishops may think that the Church should make things easier for Christian spouses, the archbishop contends that “We have to ask more of families”.

His position is well taken. Contraception, sterilization, abortion, same-sex marriage, certain forms of reproductive technology, the negative...

The Freedom of the Home

In defending the home and family as “something as wild and elemental as a cabbage”, Chesterton acknowledges the sovereign freedoms that govern life in a family: “the home is the only place of liberty” where men and women reign like kings and queens. The home transcends narrow rules and oppressive regulations:

Nay, it is the only place of anarchy. It is the only spot on earth where a man can alter arrangements suddenly, make...

Change: Revolution, Evolution or Devolution, Development?

During the last Synod on the family, readers found the word “change” used a number of times by the Bishops and the Pope himself. What is involved here? The history of the Church’s teaching on faith and morals became deeper when she was challenged by heresy and error, because general councils and the popes themselves intervened and, like referees at a game, declared certain teachings not in conformity with revealed truth. Notwithstanding the...