Archive for the ‘Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D.’ Category

Nietzsche’s Self-Conqueror and Procreative Self-Sacrifice

Friedrich Nietzsche is a notoriously anti-Christian author, and, while in rhetoric he is second to none, he is pathetically weak when it comes to metaphysics and religion. Still, his writings feature fiery insights that admit of a Christian re-reading, as tranposing a score from minor to major and changing the tempo and dynamics could give you...

The Personalist and Sacramental Meaning of “Paying the Debt”

Certain moral virtues regulate activities internal to the agent, such as his own passions and the motions that are bound up with them (e.g., temperance and fortitude, dealing with how much I should eat, or how much I should get angry). But the moral virtue of justice perfects the agent’s rectitude in his dealings with others: our acts towards another are right...

The Cosmic and Eucharistic Meaning of Openness to Life, Part II

The Incarnation expresses an infinitely fertile virginity. The Virgin Mother is herself the pure image of the Incarnation in this respect: she who “never knew man” is the mother of Him who is Man in fullness. As virgin, she images the utterly simple divinity of her Son, who, as God, is “unmixed” with creation, infinitely superior to it; as mother, she images the total self-giving...

The Cosmic and Eucharistic Meaning of Openness to Life, Part I

Adam spoke “up” when he spoke with God, and “down” in the naming of the animals, but it was not until the creation of Eve, “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh” (Gen 2:23), that he had a dialogue with an equal. Adam and Eve had no proper names of their own before they met each other (cf. Gen 3:20). The animals were altogether other; he was himself; but Eve was, in...

Love for Life and Contempt for Children

One day in New Jersey, years ago, I was standing on a train platform waiting to catch a train into New York City. Seeing beautiful and well-dressed young women waiting at the platform, on their way to work, I thought: How many of these women are committing themselves to a life of singlehearted devotion to Mammon, the god of the world, without reaping any of the benefits that would arise from a life dedicated...

Blasphemy Against Mercy

Back in 1997, I was browsing a bookshop and came upon a book that truly shocked and horrified me. A feminist theologian had written a book wherein she argued that the two greatest “crosses” Catholic women must bear are the Catholic Church’s opposition to women’s ordination and its opposition to abortion. I could hardly believe that blasphemy had reached this level, but there was no denying my senses, as much as I might have...

Media Spin, Human Nature, and Speaking the Truth

Why is it that the New York Times, Time magazine, and all the other tawdry publications simply bash the Catholic Church and never run positive articles?

Could you imagine the following headline: “Amidst Abuse Woes, Pope Offers Compelling Defense of Priestly Celibacy.” Or: “Statistics Show that Homosexuality Plays Major Role in Catholic Abuse Crisis.” No. They only run articles that pre-conform to their worldview and they suppress all other perspectives. How’s that for a...

Four Surreal Scenes

How is it that someone cannot see that abortion is wrong—wickedly wrong, horribly wrong, gruesomely wrong? How can there be anyone who does not know that a woman pregnant is a woman “with child,” and that abortion, by “terminating the pregnancy,” has destroyed a human life, an innocent baby human? Modern men and women are so accustomed to wielding a perverse power over nature that they just shrug their shoulders: “Yeah, and so what?...