May 19, 2020
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Renewing Catholic Respect for Reason

I recently noted that though the Catholic Church was once Reason’s greatest champion, in recent centuries the hierarchy have grown wary of it, and this has affected Catholic teaching. I documented this with reference to the...

The Catholic View of Faith and Reason

For centuries many people have considered faith and reason mutually exclusive rather than complementary. This notion has led many non-religious people to dismiss faith as blind, irrational, and superstitious. The same notion has led many...

The Holy Alliance: Faith & Reason

The opening refrain to one of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits in the 1950s was Love and Marriage! They go together like a horse and carriage. The same thought may apply to the inner relationship between Faith and Reason. One cannot legitimately have...

When Feelings Take Control

I recently examined three false notions promoted by Carl Rogers (and Abraham Maslow) that are well on the way to destroying America. In this essay I will expand on one of them—the idea that feelings and emotions are a better guide than reason and...

When We Fail to Use Reason

If we knew that there was a deadly strain of Ebola coming to the United States from a country in West Africa, I wonder how many people would say, “let it come, we are the United States.” I venture that not many people would be that arrogant or...

Naked Moments

At a local restaurant before the end of 2013, we met a young server, a 24-year old woman who had spent the last few years living in New York City. She had gone there to write the great American novel.  She proceeded to tell me about her story, set...

The Requirements of Love

The two greatest commandments, Jesus emphasized, are love of God and love of neighbor. (Matt 22:36-40 and Mark 12: 28-31) And the way we are to love one another is as He himself has loved us. (John 15:12-17) In the Sermon on the Mount, He was even...

O’Reilly’s “Potential Human Being”

When Bill O’Reilly used the term “potential human being” to describe a human fetus in 2011, Catholic Online (among other journals) quickly corrected him. However, he evidently didn’t get the message, because he continued to use the term. Four years...