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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

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

The Decision is Void

Just so that we are all clear with respect to the SCOTUS ruling yesterday: the decision is contrary to reason, contrary to the laws of men throughout history, and contrary to the law of God. Consequently the decision is entirely

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Posted in America, Charity, Creation, Justice, Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor, Western Civilization

While I am on the subject

Here is a quotation from CS Lewis that I think relates well to my previous post. If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilized morality to savage

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Catechism, Natural Law

Reply to a Reader

Recently a gentleman left a couple comments in response to a post here, and I don’t think I did justice to his remarks. In this post I would like to rectify that situation. He begins with this: Unfortunately, it seems

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Natural Law, Summa Contra Gentiles, Summa Theologiae

Musings on Nature

There are two ways in which living creatures have powers for preservation: preservation of self, and preservation of their kind or species. Just as suicide is a moral evil (destruction of self is contrary to nature), in the same way

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Posted in Aquinas - Theology, Aristotle, Natural Law

Puppetry?

The Catechism has this to say about Providence and the natural powers of the creatures that God has made: God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Augustine, Calvinism, Free Will, Natural Law, Sin

Another Aristotle QOTD

Love for others comes of love for oneself. — Aristotle Yes, I know that I wrote about this not too long ago. But I just found this in my notes and I decided to repeat myself. At first blush this

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Posted in Aristotle, Charity, Faith Seeking Understanding, Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor

Romans 2 and sola fide

It is a tad ironic that Luther built essentially the entire edifice of his idea of sola fide on a short bit of Romans 4, but inexplicably seems to have ignored the impact of Romans 2 on any conversation about

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Aristotle Quote of the Day

Aristotle QOTD to love is to wish good to someone. (Rhetoric, ii.4) The only thing I would add is that love includes actually doing good for someone that is proportionate to the circumstances. As St. James points out it is

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