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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.

Catholic Charities’ Role in the Border Crisis

In late July, 2021, the La Joya TX Police Department issued a “Public Health Announcement” to the community that included this information: The Texas Inn Hotel in that city told police officers that “Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley had...

The Failure of American Leadership

Given all the difficulties America has experienced during the Covid19 Pandemic, the last thing we needed was a failure of leadership. Alas, that is what we have gotten. That failure has been mainly in government, but also in journalism, social...

A Special Way of Praying for America

It is hard to imagine a greater need for prayer in our country than the need that exists today. In the past we have faced illness, famine, and attacks from without, but today we face graver assaults from within. At stake are the institutions and...

America’s Flawed View of Truth, Part 2

Part 1 discussed the error of believing that truth is within us so we don’t need to search outside our minds, apply reason, and form judgments. Instead we can just consult our feelings and regard them as our personal “truth.” I also gave examples of...

America’s Flawed View of Truth

A discussion of truth may seem too academic to have any practical value, but it really isn’t. In fact, our understanding of truth is crucial to the proper functioning of our minds. It therefore profoundly impacts our attitudes and thinking habits...

How America Has Changed

We are all immersed in our culture, and that immersion alters our beliefs and values to some extent over time, often so slowly that we are unaware that change has occurred. A generation or two later, we may no longer remember our original...

UFOs and Catholic Faith

We’ve heard about UFOs for more than half a century but they were always depicted as being explainable things like weather balloons or products of people’s overactive imaginations. But now there is evidence that they were and are very real phenomena...

Anatomy of a Pastoral Letter

On May 1, 2021 San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone issued a pastoral letter on Catholic teaching concerning abortion. Soon afterward, Lauretta Brown interviewed him. The letter is interesting for its expression of the Catholic...