Monthly Archives: September 2013


 

by on September 30th, 2013

In contemporary America, condemnation of pedophilia rests on sentiment and not on moral reasoning. Nobody can simultaneously explain why pedophilia is so vile and uphold the first commandment of the sexual revolution: Fulfill thy desires.

by on September 27th, 2013

We can only define ourselves authentically in terms of, in Charles Taylor’s words, a “backdrop of things that matter”—a set of values that transcend our arbitrary choices. The second of a two-part series.

by on September 26th, 2013

Our current jargon of “authenticity” is an affront to political friendship—it demands that others always capitulate to our claims, and makes not doing so tantamount to harm. The first of a two-part series.

by on September 25th, 2013

The Supreme Court’s decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC shows that we need a workable legal framework for self-proclaimed religious organizations to claim protection under the Free Exercise Clause.

by on September 24th, 2013

Our president’s assumption that he should punish Syria for a moral, but not legal, transgression undermines international law.

by on September 23rd, 2013

Is it wrong to study the natural sciences using a metaphysical framework that sees unity in reality?

by on September 20th, 2013

Because there is no central authority in Islam and many ambiguities exist within the Quran, the status of women in Islamic societies depends greatly on historical and cultural factors.

by on September 19th, 2013

Robert Miller’s pragmatic liberalism fails to strike a satisfactory balance between Aristotelian-Thomistic eudaimonism and American liberalism because he does not defend the universality of moral principles.

by on September 18th, 2013

Young Americans have come to believe that they can only achieve “good” marriages through professional success and economic prosperity.

by on September 17th, 2013

The political and spiritual journey of a black Catholic staffer at the Democratic National Committee who quits his job in response to the Obama administration’s aggressive pro-abortion tactics and becomes a proud Republican.

by on September 16th, 2013

We all have a moral obligation to use our surplus wealth to help those in need, but we should do so in a way that is effective, fair, and in accordance with our own vocations.

by on September 13th, 2013

Laws in Massachusetts and California requiring that sex-segregated facilities be open to both sexes will undermine equal protection for women.

by on September 12th, 2013

The late Jean Bethke Elshtain understood that human beings are inherently relational, arguing that families are essential for human flourishing.

by on September 11th, 2013

Marriage connects more than just a man and a woman: it creates and sustains the fabric of society as a whole.

by on September 10th, 2013

The president and Congressional supporters of attacking Syria suggest by their actions a strong disregard for public opinion and self-government.

by on September 9th, 2013

Without authorization from Congress, American presidents can only start unconstitutional wars, even if they are motivated by good intentions.

by on September 6th, 2013

Many Muslims do not have the financial resources or social clout to combat political and religious extremism. Such extremism is further enabled by scholars who let themselves be bought by the rich or powerful.

by on September 5th, 2013

A rant against private schools should teach all of us something about the purposes of education, and what responsible parents should seek for their children.

by and on September 4th, 2013

While many American hotel executives refuse to rid their businesses of pornography, Petter Stordalen, owner of one of Scandinavia’s largest hotel chains, is leading the way forward.

In Depth: Islam and Immigration

Agree or disagree with Donald Trump's approach to Islamic immigration, the United States must come to terms with such immigration's cultural and demographic implications.


  • by Joseph G. Trabbic on February 9, 2017

    On Thomistic principles, Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees whose lives are in danger is not morally justifiable. Bans on other travelers and immigrants, however, are not as problematic.

  • by Robert Carle on February 21, 2017

    President Trump’s executive order on immigration is deeply troubling, because it inflicts suffering on “the least of these” for political gain. This demeans the office of the President and robs the United States of its moral high ground in the War on Terror.

  • by Joseph G. Trabbic on August 22, 2016

    Is there a moral obligation for the US not to enact Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim travel into the US?

  • by Luma Simms on March 10, 2016

    Our nation faces an assimilation crisis as many Middle Eastern immigrants reject our culture, which they perceive as libertine. We could improve the situation through a renewed commitment to our founding principles, particularly the reunification of faith and reason.

  • by Robert Carle on October 29, 2015

    A best-selling new novel taps into an angst that has become an obsession in Europe.

  • by Luca Volontè on December 17, 2015

    Europe can only emerge from its downward spiral by putting religious faith and respect for history and tradition at the center of our communal and personal lives.


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