Category : Moral Theology

Written on Nov, 04, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Criticisms of this choice demonstrate either an appalling lack of empathy for one’s fellow citizens or an attempt to shame conservative believers to no longer pursue their own, morally legitimate, self-interest. Neither is in the service of a free and just society.

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Written on Oct, 07, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Where I wonder, is the point when, just maybe, it might be advisable for the POTUS to stop trolling world leaders like a kid living in his parents’ basement? The only way we keep liberty from degenerating into license is though the cultivation of virtue. But without self-restraint, without a sense of the dignity of one’s office, there can be …

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Written on Oct, 07, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

I generally avoid partisan issues where the Church has definitively spoken. But as the pastor of a church on the Isthmus in Madison an area with a significant homeless population, I thought this editoral was a good warning for Mad City. San Francisco, …has been conducting a three-decade experiment in what happens when society stops enforcing bourgeois norms of behavior. …

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Written on Sep, 28, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

I haven’t seen Arthur Brooks’ documentary on the free market (The Pursuit) but I have followed his work at AEI and am currently reading (and enjoying) his new book Love Your Enemies. I have some traveling to do in this next month. Hopefully, that will give me time to see Brooks’ documentary. The takeaway for me from the review at …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

…Christians and others of goodwill who care for the neighbor, especially those mired in poverty and suffering under tyrannical regimes, must challenge the Prince Harrys and Megan Markels and the Pete Buttigiegs and Sir Elton Johns of the world to rethink policies that protect their lifestyles at the expense of the poor.

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Written on Sep, 16, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Maybe it is just a poorly written letter. But as written it suggests Sanger sought to conceal her eugenic intention rather than clearly rejection it. 

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Written on Sep, 03, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

America’s problem, [economist John] Cochrane believes, is not that wealth is the primary determinant of political power, but that political power is much too often the determinant of wealth. So the way to reduce the role of money in politics is to reduce the role of politics in the distribution of money, thereby lowering the stakes of politics and the …

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Written on Sep, 03, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

If you’re organizing out of some common interest, you can have lively debates about what to do, how things work, who’s right and wrong, and even core aspects of your intellectual paradigm. But if your only standard for membership in your power coalition is detailed adherence to your ideology, as is increasingly true for membership in elite circles, then it …

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Written on Sep, 03, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

There is a significant moral difference between income inequality that is the result of differences in productivity and government intrusion in the market. Subsidies for electric cars are a clear example of the latter.

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Written on Aug, 21, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

At Acton Commentary I discuss what I see as the problem with a bill proposed by the Democrats in the state legislator. The bill would require clergy to report any cases of child sexual abuse even if we learn about this in confession. As I point out in the article: As an Orthodox priest, I cannot accept any attempt by …

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