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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

Individual responsibility and the common good

In Ezekiel 18 God refutes the unjust idea of the Jews that children and parents should be punished each for the other’s sins, so that innocent children would be put to death (for example) if their parents deserve death for

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Posted in Justice, Justification, Scripture, Sin

Personal good and the common good

St. Thomas has an interesting thing to say about a certain hierarchy of values that seems like a real poke in the ribs. But a man’s will is not right in willing a particular good, unless he refer it to

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Charity, Rerum Novarum

Caritatis in Veritate Post 4 – Profit and the Common Good

Once profit becomes the exclusive goal, if it is produced by improper means and without the common good as its ultimate end, it risks destroying wealth and creating poverty. [Caritatis in Veritate §21] It seems to me that Pope Benedict

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Posted in Benedict XVI, Magisterium, Rerum Novarum

Caritatis in Veritate Post 3 – Justice, Charity, and the Common Good

This is the third post in my series drawn from Pope Benedict XVI’s final encyclical, Caritatis in Veritate. As I mentioned before this is my favorite of Benedict’s encyclicals, and if we are willing to learn I believe that he

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