Posts Tagged ‘Freedom’

Evangelium Vitae – False Freedom at the Root of Abortion

Twenty years ago, Pope Saint John Paul II denounced the moral impoverishment, particularly abortion and euthanasia, that devalues human life in his encyclical Evangelium vitae. He described Christ’s central message that we “may have life, and have it abundantly,” which is the eternal life He came to bring that also gives “full significance” to “all...

Freedom and the Law

It is most interesting to me how much information about our present culture can be packed in a single snippet of news. In March of 2013, an Oklahoma woman was arrested for trying to sell her two young children via Facebook. She claimed that she needed the money to spring her boyfriend from jail. What first struck me when I read of this incident is how the gap between technology and morality seems...

Men’s Liberation

NARAL Pro-Choice America hosted a fundraiser September 18 entitled “Men for Choice.” The purpose of the event was to make sure that any coital act, which had the undesired natural consequence of pregnancy, could be undone by abortion.

So the abortion movement has finally declared itself. Its purpose is the liberation of men, not women. Pro-lifers have known for many years that the availability of abortion made it more difficult for women...

Two Kinds of Happiness: How a New Study Confirms Old Truths

I’m always intrigued when I happen upon a clinical study that implicates important philosophical truths.[1]

The science:

Principal investigators Professor Barbara L. Fredrickson[2] and Dr. Stephen Cole[3] set out to test how feelings of happiness (good psychological health) impact the human immune system (bodily health). Their guiding referent was the hypothesis of a previous investigation in which a group of psychologically unhappy participants—all suffering from chronic stress or poor psychological health—uniformly...

On Choosing No Order: The Political and Social Dangers of Truth

Aristotle, in accordance with Plato, calls to mind why democratically ordered regimes are not advantageous to the common good:

[The conception of justice] is held to be something equal; equality requires that whatever the multitude resolves is authoritative, and freedom and equality involve doing whatever one wants. So in democracies of this sort everyone lives as he wants and toward whatever end he craves, as Euripides says…To live with a view to the regime should...

Religious Freedom Under Threat at Home

On Friday, Catholics throughout the United States will begin observing two weeks known as the Fortnight for Freedom. For a second consecutive year, the U.S. Catholic Church has set aside this time leading up to Independence Day to draw attention to the need to resist erosions of religious liberty so that faith can continue to enrich our public life.

How appropriate that the Fortnight should begin with a nationally...

How Responsibility Enlarges Freedom

There are well-known experiences we all share that have names that are not at all well-known and can rarely be shared. For example, who has heard of “Zymurgy’s First Law of Evolving System Dynamics”?

Yet it refers to something that we have all experienced. Its more prosaic description reads as follows: Once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can. This principle is...

Ever Ancient, Ever New: Seeking the Truth amidst the Fables

“Doubtless if men sought the truth with one tenth part of the zeal with which they seek to acquire wealth or secular knowledge, their differences would diminish year by year.” – Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

In a sermon entitled “Truth Hidden When Not Sought After,” Blessed John Henry Newman preaches on a text from St. Paul: “They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” From St. Paul’s...