Tag Archive for Catechism

Mercy Is Not Accidental

Mercy as it is here contemplated is said to be a virtue influencing one’s will to have compassion for, and, if possible, to alleviate another’s misfortune. It is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas that although mercy is as it were the spontaneous product of charity, yet it is to be reckoned a special virtue adequately distinguishable from this latter. … Its motive is the misery which one discerns in another, particularly in so far as this condition is deemed to be, in some sense at least, involuntary. Obviously the necessity which is to be succoured can be either of body

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Have We Become “Sin Eaters”?
or Catholic Answers on The Bomb

As a group, we’ve discussed more than once the morality of dropping The Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. I don’t know that we’ve ever reached consensus on the topic. In our deliberations, I have tended to speak less and listen more, since most of you are better read in both history and moral theology than I am — but I tend to think that dropping the bomb was a bad idea. Some might call it a “necessary evil,” but my basic understanding of Catholic morality suggests to me that there is no such

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Bye Bye to the Sacrament of Farewell

This week, the National Catholic Register reported that the Archdiocese of Denver has decided to re-order the Sacraments of Christian Initiation to the order set forth in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) by placing Confirmation after Baptism but before 1st Holy Communion. Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila told the Register, “The theology on the order of the sacraments of initiation is clear, and through my many experiences as both a parish pastor and a bishop, I knew that this was the right decision to make …. the decision to restore confirmation to its original place is motivated by my

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Catechetical Fading

Dr. Leonard Wong of the U.S. Army War College recently published a report entitled, “Lying to Ourselves:  Dishonesty in the Army Profession.”  After years of studying the dynamics in the Army related to the ever-growing list of various requirements (actions, audits, reports, training, tests, etc) handed down from above, Dr. Wong and his co-author interviewed over 100 officers across a range of ranks about how and whether they actually accomplished all these tasks.  They don’t, because they can’t possibly do them all. However, most reports turned in indicate near 100% compliance.  Thus, Dr. Wong’s titular conclusion that a form of

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Faking It?

As Meddlesome hinted in his most recent post, there is no shortage of articles and posts addressing the many troubling and morally offensive aspects of 50 Shades of Grey (the movie and the book). I do not share the more detailed, gut-wrenching accounts of the movie and books due to the language and content used to illustrate their points — suffice it to say the both victims of domestic abuse and “kink” enthusiasts who are “into” that sort of thing agree that the relationship portrayed in Grey is disturbing and dangerous. I’m more interested in the issue raised by our recent discussion of the

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Men Will Be Men? A Landmark Act In Ramsey

In my younger days, I used to be the sort of guy who would insist that I’d rather have a world that included pornography, obscenity, and the like, than live in a world of restricted expression. It sounded almost noble: I may disagree with what you’re saying, but I’ll fight to the death for your right to say it. In those days I also fell prey to the temptations of online pornography. People were free to “express themselves” directly into my computer, and I listened to the destructive siren song. My struggles to clean up my own act helped me to

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