January 23, 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 Catholic Church and Contraception, Part I

At a time when relativism has undermined the idea of objective truth, both philosophy and religion are challenged more than ever to defend the insights of reason and faith. Yet at the same time prudence continues to require examining, with courage...

What Informed Catholics Expect of Prelates

As I noted in “Overcoming Our Social Chaos”  and “A Layman’s Memo to Catholic Prelates” the future of both Catholic Church and Western Civilization will largely depend on the prelates’ willingness to meet their leadership responsibilities. The...

A Layman’s Memo to Catholic Prelates

It seems that the more social problems have multiplied in America in recent years, the less helpful the leadership of Catholic prelates has become. They still offer moral guidance but more often than not it skims the surface of moral issues and...

Overcoming Our Social Chaos

As I explained in my last essay, several generations of individuals have grown up believing that they are never responsible for what they say and do. According to this belief, their parents mistreated them, their teachers failed them, their fellow...

The Consequence of Ignoring Consequences

An idea prompts an action, which in turn suggests another idea, which leads to yet another action, and so on. That has been the pattern for as long as human beings have existed. The results of the pattern are known as consequences—some good...

Are “Your” Opinions Really Yours?

Some time ago I asked a friend what she thought of the 3000 migrants who for several days had been moving in a caravan toward our southern border. She replied, “Caravan of migrants? I haven’t heard anything about that.” I then said, “I don’t know...

One Man’s Powerful Example

Many ideas that used to be considered absurd are now considered wise. For example, the idea that disbanding police departments will make people safer. Or that increased government spending will reduce inflation. Or that persuading groups of citizens...

U.S. Bishops Should Heed Chesterton’s Advice

One of G.K. Chesterton’s most profound statements was this: “A thinking man must always attack the strongest thing in his time. For the strongest thing is always too strong.” The insight it offers is as relevant and valuable today as it...