If sexual action is a genuinely inevitable result of one’s non-volitional desires, then discrimination on the basis of sexual activity becomes as bigoted as discrimination based on skin color.
We tend to think that various forms of moral consequentialism are the particular plagues of this age, but that isn’t true. Plato spends most of the Republic combating it, and his reasons for doing so are as valid today as they were in his own time.
The simple reason for the government shutdown is that America has gotten too big, and no longer enjoys the organic political bonds that give rise to healthy communities.
How we worship impacts what we believe and how we evangelize. American Catholics need to enter into the spirit of the liturgy as a call and a challenge, rather than crafting it to fit their own preferences, thereby subordinating it to their own comfort.
Our Holy Father is not a negative person, and that’s good. Still, I wonder if a positive approach to abortion is incapable at times of capturing the gravity and import of mass murder—which is what abortion is.
In his speech to Italian gynecologists last Friday, the Pope articulated a beautiful principle of Christian bioethics: The face of the unborn child is the face of Christ.
I ultimately suspect that Pope Francis falls more into the Cavadini camp than he does the Weigel camp with respect to the nature and essence of what it means to be a Catholic.
At the heart of the disagreement between Weigel and Cavadini is the question of what really makes us Catholic and how—or whether—the Church needs to reform that.
Our problem is not that too many Americans are so-called “rugged individuals.” The reality is far worse—America is now peopled with unrugged individuals.
The contemporary American mythos of the “rugged individual” doesn’t actually describe the alleged examples of that individualism. Were these men rugged? Yes. Individuals? No.