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The Guidelines are Void

This rubbish has no legal or judicial or administrative force in the real world where we all live. Like last summer’s vacuous, vapid, and vacant SCOTUS decision, these so-called guidelines were a dead letter upon issuance. Like I said about

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Western Civilization

Habemus Episcopum

That did not take as long as I feared! Our dear Bishop Johnston was transferred to Kansas City last November by Pope Francis. We were very sorry to see him go, but in a certain way it seemed inevitable; he

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Etc, Francis I

Abandoned

Abandoned is the daily prompt. So here are a few thoughts I have that are related to the idea of abandonment somehow. St. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle were abandoned by Descartes. This was a colossal blunder in the history of

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Etc

Music

Music is the WordPress daily prompt. I don’t remember a thing about Aquinas or Aristotle’s views of music, so I will have to go “off topic” (that never happens!) for this. 😃 At the moment I am listening to The

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Posted in Etc, Uncategorized

St. Augustine on the Veneration of the Saints

As part of his critique of paganism St. Augustine in City of God condemns the tradition of making “gods” out of dead heroes and great men of the past; this is one theory as to how Rome came to have

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Posted in Apologetics, Augustine, Books, city of God, Saints, Western Civilization

Ancient Quotation of the Day

I like this aphorism from Horace (quoted by St. Augustine in City of God, I.3 online here; I quote from this edition): New vessels will for long retain the taste Of what is first poured into them.

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Posted in Augustine, Books, Western Civilization

American Capitalism is Broken

American Capitalism is just plain broken. Why do I say that? Because American Capitalism has in essence declared that its god is the Almighty Dollar. And in such circumstances as these, the problem identified by Pope St. John Paul II

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Posted in America, Charity, John Paul II, Natural Law, Rerum Novarum

Maritain on Epistemology

Maritain is a valuable antidote for the skepticism and subjectivism that is so prevalent today. Conclusion IX – The truth of knowledge consists in the conformity of the mind with the thing. It is absurd to doubt the reliability of

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Books

Huddled Masses

In today’s Gospel (Luke 4:16-30) the Lord Jesus demolishes the expectations of those who (not without reason) called themselves God’s chosen people. Just as Elijah was sent not to a widow of Israel but to a Sidonian woman, and just

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Posted in America, Charity, Natural Law

No longer strangers

This post is inspired by this and this. Jesus said that what is outside a man cannot make him impure or unclean. Instead, it is what comes out of a man — out of his heart — that makes him

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Posted in Charity, Veritatis Splendor, Western Civilization
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