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Further Thoughts On Veritatis Splendor

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

See Part I here.

Because of the unity of human nature, the natural moral law has a certain and clear universality about what is the true good of the human person in any age. Yet “…This universality does not ignore the individuality of human beings, nor is it opposed to the absolute uniqueness of each person” (51c).

It is prohibited–to everyone and in every case–to violate these precepts. They oblige...

A Short Primer on Veritatis Splendor: Part I

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

When Pope St. John Paul illuminated the Church with his encyclical on fundamental moral theology (Veritatis Splendor, 1993), written for bishops and theologians, it  was easily forgotten. Unlike Humanae Vitae, which was also addressed to the laity and persons of good will, St. John Paul was addressing bishops, clergy and especially theologians because he was rectifying a number of errors dealing with fundamental moral theology as it was taught in many seminaries. Being...

The push and pull between a true and false conscience

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

When it comes to speaking of the Incarnation of Jesus, theologians and the authority of the Church are very careful not to speak loosely or confusedly about the very being of the Lord Jesus. He is both the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity and possesses in a union with the essence of a human nature. Catholics acclaim at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, “Blessed be Jesus Christ, True God and True man.”...

Is it a sin to be judgmental?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is quoted as saying: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn and will not be condemned.” Is our Lord demanding that his followers become naive? And while he is not a “Thomist” who makes distinctions but a divine-human who expressed himself with a Semitic mind frame of reference, further distinctions have to be made in light of revelation to understand the Lord correctly.


Why is confession sometimes a torture chamber?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

When Pope Francis said in a footnote of Amoris laetitia (351), “The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better,” what did he mean?

From the point of view of the faithful, he was trying to say to priests that we need to be kind and benevolent to sinners who come to Confession lest overly severe priests make the sacrament odious, and thereby...

Why does Catholic Social Teaching often fail?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Behind the social encyclicals of the Popes, there is a deep concern for all humans and their ultimate end. There is a connection between what people do now and what they will be at the end of their lives. Further, social teaching has been a massive effort to see in marginal people, weak people, a dignity and beauty which must be respected. It is not by accident that the Church preaches an option for...

What happened to the phrase “Soldier of Christ?”

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

There are many titles of a Christian to describe one’s relationship to Christ. We are servants, disciples, friends, brothers and sisters, priests, prophets and kings, the Christian faithful, members of his mystical body by baptism and by the presence of the Holy spirit and sanctifying grace. For religious women, it is customary to call them “brides of Christ.” The Pope is often called the servant of the servants of Christ and, more popularly, the...

A pro-life attitude towards fasting and food

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Often when Lent comes around during the liturgical year, many Catholics try to use it as a time to lose weight by fasting from a lot of their favorite foods, rather than looking upon this time to grow in prayer and works of mercy. Cutting down on our favorite foods to lose of few pounds often means, quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, “restraining food that weakens strength for prayer and preaching while trying to stifle...