authority

Origins of today’s “God is Dead” Morality: Machiavelli

Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito

Finally, it is over, and about time too! Canadians last week elected a new Prime Minister after a historically long eleven week campaign, or seventy-eight days to be exact. This campaign, initiated by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, was twice as long as the usual thirty-seven-day campaign. Unfortunately for him it was probably too long as he and his […]

So Many Voices… Who Should I Listen To?

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

There are so many voices in our day claiming to speak to us with authority, it is no wonder that so many are confused and misled. These voices come to us through our news and talk-show media, our entertainment industry, our government, our schools and universities, our religion and even from our friends and associates. And even from the Blogosphere! […]

Encountering the Word — Matthew 16:17-19

Photography © by Andy Coan

Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys […]

Daily Catholic Quote from G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton

“So far as a man may be proud of a religion rooted in humility, I am very proud of my religion; I am especially proud of those parts of it that are most commonly called superstition. I am proud of being fettered by antiquated dogmas and enslaved by dead creeds (as my journalistic friends repeat with so much pertinacity), for […]

Who’s in authority here?

All the beliefs that divide Catholics from fundamentalists are derived from the teaching authority of the Church. Because Catholics believe in the Church, they believe a fuller, more complex and mysterious set of things than the narrowed down fundamentalist. Thus, the Church is the essential point of divergence. In the fundamentalist view, the Catholic Church exalts itself over the Bible, […]

The Street Preacher’s Dilemma

Street Preacher

It was the perfect day for a trip to the farmers market by the beach. Middle of January and 80 degrees: California at its best. Unfortunately, the farmers market was a huge disappointment.  It took my husband and I about five minutes to walk through the whole thing, leaving us feeling like the trip was rather wasted, especially considering the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton

“So far as a man may be proud of a religion rooted in humility, I am very proud of my religion; I am especially proud of those parts of it that are most commonly called superstition. I am proud of being fettered by antiquated dogmas and enslaved by dead creeds (as my journalistic friends repeat with so much pertinacity), for […]

So Many Voices… Who Speaks the Truth?

"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch

There are so many voices claiming to speak to us with authority in our day, it is no wonder that so many are confused and misled. These voices come to us through our news and talk media, our entertainment industry, our government, our schools and universities, our religion and even from our friends and associates. Sometimes, the cacophony is so […]

The Awkwardness of Free-Thinking

A “freethinker” is defined as one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority, especially one who denies religious dogma. Perhaps unbridled intellectual freedom sounds seductive at first, but is this really a good idea? Consider children. Truth is basically simple and if an idea wouldn’t make sense at a fundamental level to a child, then the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from G. K. Chesterton

  “The modern mind will accept nothing on authority, but will accept anything on no authority. Say that the Bible or the Pope says so and it will be dismissed without further examination. But preface your remark with ‘I think I heard somewhere,’ or, try but fail to remember the name of some professor who might have said ‘such-and-such,’ and […]