Vincent Ryan Ruggiero

VINCENT RYAN RUGGIERO, M.A., is Professor of Humanities Emeritus, State University of New York, Delhi College. Prior to his twenty-nine year career in education, he was a social caseworker and an industrial engineer. The author of twenty-one books, his trade books include Warning: Nonsense Is Destroying America and The Practice of Loving Kindness. His textbooks include The Art of Thinking and Beyond Feelings, both in 10th editions and available in Chinese as well as English, Thinking Critically About Ethical Issues, and A Guide to Sociological Thinking. His latest book, Corrupted Culture: Rediscovering America's Enduring Principles, Values, and Common Sense, is available at Amazon and in bookstores. Professor Ruggiero is internationally recognized as one of the pioneers of the Critical Thinking movement in education. Earlier in his career, he published essays in a variety of magazines and journals, including America, Catholic Mind, The Sign, The Lamp, and Catholic World.

Pope Francis Offers Guidance

On November 22 five staff from America Magazine, two Jesuits and three laypeople, interviewed Pope Francis on topics ranging from polarization in the U.S. church to racism, the war in Ukraine, the Vatican’s relations with China, and...

The Gift of Truth

We humans are wonderful creatures, yet we have significant limitations. We can be either in this location or that one, but not in both at once; go up or down the stairs but not in opposite directions at the same time; see as far as our vision...

Catholic Bishops and Leadership

A recent study revealed that half the diocesan priests in the U.S. are experiencing significant burnout. The researchers found that the “major factor” for this is the low “level of trust between a priest and his bishop.“ When asked whom...

Reconsidering Trump

The word sanctimonious means “making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness.” Its synonyms include phony, insincere, deceitful, fake. Simply said, to be sanctimonious is to lack genuineness, honesty...

What Would Satan Do?

I know, I know . . . Modern “with-it” people don’t believe that Satan exists, let alone has any influence on our lives. But let’s pretend he does, just as a mental exercise. This kind of exercise won’t lower our blood pressure or reduce our body...

How to Contribute to Social Harmony

The great majority of Americans agree that overcoming the division among us is imperative. We have to learn to speak with one another in a more respectful, positive way. In doing so, we may find the disagreement between us is not as great as we...

Seeing Our Human Nature More Clearly

The Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759–1796) wrote the following verse, expressed here in English prose: “O, would some Power give us the gift to see ourselves as others see us! It would free us from many a blunder and foolish notion.” The gift he was...

Jesuits’ View on Immigration Morality

At the end of the summer of 2022, Governors Abbott of Texas and DeSantis of Florida transported migrants to New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Martha’s Vineyard, and other locations. This action prompted spirited and often angry discussion...