Category : Moral Theology

Written on Aug, 08, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Living in Madison has brought home to me how fragile is the American body politic. People here assume, for example, that I don’t want to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding because I hate gay people. Those on the other side, assume that people who want me to bake the cake hate Christians. Of course, I’m a priest and …

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Written on Aug, 08, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

It is more complicated than Left vs Right (as the Goldman suggests) since there are similar signs on both side, I think he is fundamentally correct when he writes that Emil Durkheim’s 1897 diagnosis of “anomic suicide” describes the Columbine perpetrators as well as the 2016 San Bernardino attack by Muslim fanatics, the “right-wing” shooter in El Paso and the …

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Written on Aug, 08, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

The State of Wisconsin is presuming to intrude on the relationship between priest and penitent by requiring priests report allegations of child abuse that are heard in confession

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

LGBTQ Virtue Signaling:

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

Trump’s presidency (rather than simply Trump himself) not only calls into question the (progressive) commitment to rule by experts, it also casts doubt on the (conservative) notion of rule by the virtuous. Neither expertise nor virtue is evidently what effective government requires. Or maybe more accurately, both conservatives and progressives have flawed notions of virtue and expertise.

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

The recent conviction of a Jehovah’s Witness of “religious extremism” by a Russian court is an opportunity for the Orthodox Church of Russia to re-affirm its commitment to religious freedom.

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Written on Feb, 05, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Like their secular counterparts, Orthodox Christians can easily be swept away by a “zealotry … fueled by … their psychological wounds.” Safe behind a computer screen, they can (and do) give vent to their angry–rage really– and attack others.

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Written on Feb, 05, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Wherein I defend the idea, the fathers are insufficient.

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Written on Feb, 01, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Thursday, January 31, 2019 (AOB) The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America affirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception. The Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that any interference in the development of life is a serious issue, and therefore it regularly participates in …

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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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