August 18, 2022
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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.

The Befuddling Concept of Infallibility

Catholicism is the only religion that formally claims infallibility for its leaders. Infallibility is defined as being “exempt from error in judgment, knowledge, or opinion.” The term derives from Medieval Latin, dates from the early fifteenth...

Restoring Social Harmony

I ended my recent essay, Revisiting Ancient Wisdom, by recalling Confucius’ view that getting beyond self-adulation improves ourselves, our communities, “and ultimately the world.” This essay expands on that idea. The Anglican lay theologian C. S...

The Culture of Absurdity

The battle for social dominance is over and the results are clear—common sense has been routed and absurdity is savoring the victory. The signs are everywhere. Here are some of them: Shutting down American fuel industries to help the climate, then...

Revisiting Ancient Wisdom

Recently, as I was browsing through my bookshelves, I came across a little book I had bought in Singapore in the 1980s titled A Gentleman’s Code: According to Confucius, Mencius and Others.* Confucius was born over five hundred years before...

Misrepresenting Catholic Teaching

I recently expressed concern about the Catholic hierarchy’s troubling stance on homosexuality. Another statement by Pope Francis unfortunately increases rather than diminishes that concern. The statement was written in support of...

Changing Perceptions of God and Self

If members of my generation were asked the following questions when they were in their 20s, here is how I believe most of them would have answered: Do you believe in God...

The Catholic Hierarchy’s Embrace of Homosexuality

On the matter of homosexuality or, LBGTI+ as it is fashionably known, the Catholic hierarchy have been at least disingenuous and at most dishonest. The troubling result has been confusion and concern among the people they have been anointed to guide...

America Magazine’s Strange View of Elon Musk

When the world’s richest person, Elon Musk, bought Twitter, conservatives expressed hope, the mainstream media were apoplectic, and the staff of America Magazine offered a roundtable discussion addressing the question, “Should...