Here’s the thing about Catholic teaching: it is precise and has been honed over two thousand years. Rarely is there a way to improve upon the words. Catholic doctrine is the most precisely articulated system of thought in the history of mankind. It is therefore appropriate to dive into what the Church teaches about faith and obedience rather than merely question the meaning of a confusing phrase.
What is reviling? From antiquity, there is a concept for calling people out by name and correcting them in front of others. It’s called reviling, and while it may seem obvious that words can injure, it’s not clear when reviling is a sin or not. In the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas clarified theological and […]
Sure, when I lifted my son up to that statue I was being light-hearted, but the gesture was not entirely symbolic. It was my way of confirming to myself that I had truly given all I have back to Christ through Mary. Even that willful little boy.
Virtue makes us different from dogs, cats, monkeys, dogs, spiders, and worm food. Virtue is the power that forms us into who we are meant to be. It’s how to live better lives and be happy. It’s about love.
Although there are active bioethical debates around the world that use all sorts of sophisticated language, this denial of childhood to the youngest among us is at the heart of the arguments. Don’t fall for the sophistry. The academic, medical, and political debates in the international community go awry on this very simple question. Is an embryo a child?