Category : Moral Theology

Written on Oct, 30, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

There is no clearer manifestation of respect for the human dignity of a person with whom one disagrees than to reason with him – and no clearer insult to that dignity than to try to shout him down, intimidate him, or otherwise treat him as something incapable or unworthy of rational engagement.  Such are the Orwellian times we live in …

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Written on Oct, 16, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…the Church must continually call market actors (but especially innovators and entrepreneurs) to faithful uphold in all their economic activities the real moral goodness of their efforts as not only stewards of human wealth but icons of human creativity.

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Written on Oct, 13, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

While there’s more work to do, here’s some good economic news from the Brookings Institute: Something of enormous global significance is happening almost without notice. For the first time since agriculture-based civilization began 10,000 years ago, the majority of humankind is no longer poor or vulnerable to falling into poverty. By our calculations, as of this month, just over 50 …

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Written on Oct, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

My article about the Hogar Rafael Ayu and Holy Trinity Orthodox Monastery in Guatemala was just published by the Acton Institute.

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We usually think about chastity in narrowly sexual terms, I often suggest to people that we think of it in a broader, more anthropological sense.

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… some interesting insights for Orthodox Christians interested in political theology and the Church’s witness in the Public Square.

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Written on Oct, 01, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal (Russia Wages a Religious War Against Ukraine), Loyola University Chicago is history professor (and author of “Russia’s 20th Century: A Journey in 100 Histories,” forthcoming from Bloomsbury), Michael Khodarkovsky writes about the conflict between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Throne over the latter’s establishment of an autocephalous (self-governing) Church in Ukraine. Khodarkovsky briefly sketches out the history …

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Written on Sep, 28, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In other words, it’s not the case that market capitalism requires or generates loveless people. More like the contrary. Markets and even the much-maligned corporations encourage friendships wider and deeper than the atomism of a full-blow socialist regime or the claustrophobic, murderous atmosphere of a “traditional” village. Modern capitalist life is love-saturated. Olden life was not loving; communitarian life was …

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Written on Aug, 06, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Sometimes along with the good we intend, we end up doing harm we don’t intend but nevertheless do.

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Written on Jun, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In Masterpiece Justice Kennedy wrote: “It hardly requires restating that government has no role in deciding or even suggesting whether the religious ground for” the baker’s “conscience-based objection is legitimate or illegitimate.” Religious minorities should appreciate that Justice Kennedy took the time to restate it nonetheless. Governmental entities have a nasty habit of refusing to protect religious practices that are, …

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