morality

"Christian Martyrs Of Nagasaki" (detail) by unknown Japanese painter

From Silent Night to Silence

The most abrupt and shocking transition in the Church’s liturgical calendar occurs from December 25th to 26th, when the Church pivots from celebrating the birth of Jesus and with it “joy to the world” and “peace on earth to those of good will” to marking the brutal stoning of St. Stephen and, at least at first glance, the ugly and unsettling […]

C.S. Lewis

Daily Catholic Quote — from C. S. Lewis

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a […]

“Do Not Impose Your Morality on Me!”

When teaching about virtues and the moral life, I often think of a discussion I had with a college friend. He was taking an ethics class with a professor who promoted moral relativism—the notion that there is no objective moral truth, no right or wrong. According to a relativist, all truth claims are subjective, merely reflecting one’s own feelings, opinions, […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

When Truth is Abandoned

Merchants of Death — Alfred C. Kinsey I recently came across an article on Mercatornet.com which introduced me to an interview of Camille Paglia in Spiked, a British publication. Ms. Paglia is a radical feminist and lesbian who isn’t afraid to go counter to the “mainstream” politically correct views dictated for acceptance today. In the course of the interview she said […]

When Science is not…

Merchants of Death Series — Margaret Mead In the course of teaching philosophy to my students I try to lay out the development of the world they live in by showing them the ideas that shaped it, much as I have done in this series. Juxtaposed with true philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas), they see that the world they live […]

Sigmund Freud, Diversity Training and Gender Identity

“…but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6) For those of us who work in the field of education, it is not possible to avoid the every […]

Where did all the large families go?

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it” (Margaret Sanger). [i] Teachers, especially philosophy teachers, often try to shake up the pre-conceived ideas of their students so […]

The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima — October 13, 1917

Mary Warns Her Children of Danger

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.” (Second Secret of Our Lay of Fatima) The Merchants of Death — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin October 1917 was a momentous month in the history of the twentieth century. On the […]

Hell Unleashed

God is Dead Morality — Friedrich Nietzsche and Hell Unleashed With today’s philosopher in our series, we have arrived at the end of the road on our journey through the ideas that have led to the moral (or lack thereof) world in which we live. It all culminates here. To this point we have examined the “thinkers,” those who engaged in […]