Tag: Morality

A World on Fire

When I was in  high school, every sophomore had to read Caesar’s Gallic Wars. The first line has stayed with me ever since. Omnes Gallia tres partes, which translates to All Gaul is divided into three parts, namely Gallia Celtica, Belgica and...

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...

The Whatever School of Morality

One of the most fundamental and ancient moral precepts is Do Good and Avoid Evil. It was expressed (in different words) in the Hippocratic Oath between the fifth and third centuries before Christ. More than a millennium later, St. Thomas...

Jesuitical Reasoning

This must be my month for thinking about my years of 11 years of Jesuit education. While I respect the Jesuits for having taught me how to reason and separate my feelings from my mind, they have used verbal legerdemain to create false impressions...

When Rights Begin

One of the major issues in bioethics continues to be when a being has “rights.” This is referred to as having “moral status.” For example, if you argue that a child in the womb has no moral status, aborting such a life has less challenges. Abortion...

Biden, Transgenderism, Women’s Sports, and Moral Order

In the flurry of executive orders in his first week in office, President Joe Biden issued an order aimed at preventing discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. As a result of this order the federal government now stands...

Our Most Important Product

It was so good to have a modicum of sports, especially baseball, to distract me from the political, medical and cultural woes that have befallen our country. Still something is not right with us and I do not mean the Wuhan-19 virus. In reading about...

Contextualizing the Coronavirus

There are moments in the life of the Church and society when public issues become the occasion for reassessing our conduct, to ensure that it lines up with Christ. Now is such a moment. Fears of this coronavirus have spread throughout the world and...