Monthly Archives: January 2012


by on January 31st, 2012

From its ancient Stoic origins to its modern Kantian formulations, human dignity is an important concept for sound ethical thinking. We must distinguish dignity as attributed, dignity as intrinsic worth, and dignity as flourishing.

by on January 30th, 2012

The conjugal conception of marriage is just and coherent; the same-sex marriage proponents’ conception of marriage is unjust and incoherent.

by on January 27th, 2012

A successful account of social justice must affirm the primacy of communities, and institutions directed by communities, over both the individual and the state in promoting human flourishing.

by on January 26th, 2012

A eudaimonistic ethical theory can show, without appeal to God, that certain actions are always wrong.

by on January 25th, 2012

In order to win, do Republicans really need to stop talking about abortion and marriage?

by on January 24th, 2012

While some people resent the imperfection, the inconvenience, and the expense of persons with disabilities, others see in them an invitation to learn how to love deeply without counting the cost. God will demand an accounting. Adapted from remarks delivered at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life.

by on January 23rd, 2012

39 years ago, the Supreme Court delivered a radical, legally untenable, immoral decision. It has forfeited its entitlement to have its decisions respected, and followed, by the other branches of government, by the states, and by the people.

by on January 20th, 2012

The Obama administration’s efforts to regulate the cellular-phone service market through a decades-old trust-busting ideology is at odds with the courts’ more recent “new learning” approach to market competition. And there are lessons here for pro-lifers.

by on January 19th, 2012

Poetry establishes the polis, the ordered community, because poetry teaches men their “actual desires,” the desires that must be accommodated in any lasting and beneficial order. The second in a two-part series.

by on January 18th, 2012

Modernist poetry embodies the philosophical perspective of late liberal Western society, giving form to the conception of freedom divorced from essence, the theoretical primacy of the individual, and the broad skepticism towards any notion of a rational human nature. The first in a two-part series.

by on January 17th, 2012

The construction of an ethical theory, as a general matter, inevitably implicates philosophical theology.

by on January 16th, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr., espoused a worldview repugnant to many of those who now claim his legacy.

by on January 13th, 2012

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment provides additional and independent rights to religious organizations, beyond those to which non-religious groups are entitled.

by on January 12th, 2012

The Obama Administration’s campaign against “bullying” and “harassment” in schools is a subterfuge to exert federal control over the minutiae of daily school operations and to impose its preferred cultural attitudes.

by on January 11th, 2012

Aiding the deliberate destruction of human life has no place in the doctor’s job description.

by on January 10th, 2012

Senior citizens are less likely to support same-sex marriage than younger Americans, but that does not mean that they are anti-gay.

by on January 9th, 2012

Threats to religious freedom endanger the health of religious institutions, enfeebling rather than enlivening the moral content of our culture—a content that we all, believers and non-believers alike, rely upon to exercise our freedom.

by on January 6th, 2012

Economic, political, and ethical principles that encourage limited government must interact in our effort to secure long-term economic stability.

by on January 5th, 2012

Those who oppose judicial supremacy follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln himself.

by on January 4th, 2012

A new biography of Margaret Sanger fails to confront the Planned Parenthood founder’s ideological commitment to eugenics and population control.

In Depth: Capital Punishment

On August 2, 2018, Pope Francis announced an update to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, making a prohibition on the death penalty official Catholic teaching. Prior to this change, many scholars believed that the historic teaching of the Church did not declare capital punishment intrinsically immoral, even if the practice is, as a matter of prudence, not required in countries with modern prison systems that can safely isolate dangerous criminals. Other scholars argued that the natural law duty to respect all human life does in fact render any intentional taking of human life morally unacceptable, and that this development of doctrine does not contradict any infallible teaching. The articles below lay out this debate, with clear summaries of the arguments on both sides.

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