September 27, 2020
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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.

Jesuits Embarrassing Jesuits

There are fourteen Jesuit priests on the editorial board of America Magazine, each with 11 years of education and training plus a year of formation review. That is a combined 168 years of exposure to the most rigorous and thorough system of...

Enhancing Biden’s Image with Catholics

For many decades, Democrats have been able to count on the votes of a majority of Catholic voters, mainly because Democrat candidates have been seen as respectful of the Catholic Church and supportive of its social teachings. However, 2020 campaign...

Let Catholic Voters Beware

The article is titled  Trump or Biden? What’s a Catholic voter to do? and the author is Thomas Reese, an accomplished Jesuit priest. Depending in large part on one’s experience with Jesuit writings, one might expect either a profoundly...

The Validity of Baptism

Was your baptism valid? The question is not an idle one, as Father Matthew Hood, a young priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, will attest. After reading a statement on baptism from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (VCDF)...

Do Catholics Really Need Shorter Homilies?

I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone applied the fast food concept to religion. Well, that someone turned out to be New Mexico Archbishop John C. Wester, whose concern about COVID-19 led him to order all priests in his diocese to...

Restoring Civil Discourse

Civil discourse is defined as “a conversation intended to exchange ideas for the purpose of advancing the participants’ pursuit of the truth about the subject under discussion.” Unfortunately, contemporary discourse falls far below this standard. It...

Mayhem’s Urgent Message

George Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 with a policeman’s knee on his neck. The media showed the tape over and over for days. Protestors crowded the streets, followed by rioters, looters, and anarchists. Then, two months later, a police...

Six Sermons I’d Like to Hear

In Catholicism the Liturgy of the Eucharist has been more central to the Mass than the Liturgy of the Word. As a result, seminaries traditionally gave less attention to the Homiletics course and Catholic sermons were often lacking in quality...