Archive for October, 2016

What does the Church teach about the political duty of Catholics concerning abortion?

In advance of the presidential election, the following is the second of three questions and answers regarding what the Catholic Church teaches about elections. See the first question here.

The Church teaches that,

It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and...

What’s the role of the Church in politics?

In advance of the presidential election, the following is the first of three questions and answers regarding what the Catholic Church teaches about elections.

The Church must not meddle in partisan politics. The Church must not tell people whom or what party to vote for, unless the party in question has an intrinsically evil ideology, such as Communism, Socialist or Nazism. The Church may neither support a particular...

Feminism Gone Awry

Radical feminism has had a major influence on contemporary society. The key to its success, however limited, lies in its appeal to a sense of righteousness. Now, as we all know, people can be wrong about what is right. We also know that righteousness, that splendid virtue of the Old Testament, can quickly degenerate into self-righteousness. Nonetheless, instilling this sense of righteousness in people can make them decisive about such important things as...

Can a Catholic Morally Vote for a Third Party Candidate in 2016?

Samuel Adams once famously stated, “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not...

Does the Apple Belong to the Apple Tree?

Wherever there is a movement, there are sure to be extremists. Environmentalism offers us a case in point. Perhaps the most outlandish of the environmentalist extremist groups is the one founded by the pseudonymous Les U. Knight. It is called, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT). The philosophical principle that undergirds this group is the notion that the earth would be better off without humans. Therefore, humans should stop breeding. Its homepage reads...

The Silence of the Cross

All of us are fully aware of the suffering in our lives—suffering, as a consequence of Adam and Eve’s fall, affects everyone, to various degrees and in different ways. While we know this to be true, we often find it hard t to explain why certain kinds of tragedies happen at all. Why do young people lose their lives? Why do babies die in their mothers’ wombs? Why do our friends and family have to...

The Lonely World of Contemporary Life

In his famous definition of man as a “political animal,” Aristotle acknowledges the social nature of human beings who seek a sense of belonging and participation in a family and in a society as an essential element of a happy life. Because man is not self-sufficient when isolated and is neither a beast nor a god, “man is thus intended by nature to be a part of a political whole.” Man is neither...

What is the difference between radical dissent and non-assent?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

When Bl. Paul VI published Humanae Vitae, which taught that any act which impedes the effect of conjugal intercourse before, during or after intercourse is immoral, theologians and laity both dissented from the teaching publically and often vociferously.

The Holy Father actually wrote:

11…..The Church, calling men back to the observance of the norms of the natural law, as interpreted by its constant doctrine, teaches that each and every marriage act (quilibet matrimonii usus)...