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What we take to be good

What we think is good and what is actually good are not necessarily the same thing. An obvious way to see this distinction is in the way that children choose when given a choice between candy and turnips for supper.

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Posted in Catechism, Council of Trent, Veritatis Splendor

Chesterton quote of the day

A patriotism that does not allow other people to be patriots is not a morality but an immorality. [The Catholic Church and Conversion, chapter 3] This is a frustrating thing to me about US foreign policy. We behave as though

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Posted in Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor

Benedict XVI quote of the day

If technical progress is not matched by corresponding progress in man’s ethical formation, in man’s inner growth (cf. Eph 3:16; 2 Cor 4:16), then it is not progress at all, but a threat for man and for the world. [Spe

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Hope, Veritatis Splendor

We must be righteous

Contrary to what Protestants think, God does not simply pretend that we are just but wants us to be actually righteous. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of

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Posted in Charity, Veritatis Splendor

Overheard at Mass

During the homily today our pastor quoted the following from the majority opinion of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas: At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of

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Posted in Fides et Ratio, Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor

Everyone has problems

The Fall of Adam has done more than simply leave us prone to sin. There is conflict within all of us. “Man is divided in himself. As a result, the whole life of men, both individual and social, shows itself

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Object lesson

An advocate of the prenatal slaughter of children – sorry, abortion supporter – is reported to have said this (I am not making this up): Pregnancy is not natural. <cough> This from a woman who calls herself Catholic (<cough> again).

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Posted in Etc, Fides et Ratio, Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor


Is it permissible to do evil when we think that good may be the result? No. To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church, and for

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Posted in Sacraments, Veritatis Splendor

Know and Do

The Catechism is not intended to be a theological workbook. It’s intended, as we saw previously, for the bishops and for the creators of local catechetical materials. In short, it’s intended for the sake of helping them teach us. This

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Why we are here

I like what the CCC says about why God made us. God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at

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Posted in Catechism, Charity, Faith Seeking Understanding, Veritatis Splendor

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