Chesterton once said that the difference between a sinner and saint is not that the saint doesn’t sin. The difference is that the saint knows they’re a sinner. This is what strikes me with St. Vincent de Paul. You might expect, and certainly you will get to some degree, a listing of all the amazing charitable works this grand saint of seventeenth century France undertook. However, what is seldom mentioned in the popular accounts about St. Vincent is his bad temper. Read More
Just after the inauguration for President Barack Obama, Robert George and several of his friends, Hadley Arkes, Michael New, Teresa Collett and Gerard Bradley to name just a few, started a website called Moral Accountability that was designed to track the moral calculus of the Obama administration. They founded it because they wanted to show the Catholics and Evangelicals who voted for Obama that there are consequences to their actions.
Sometimes listening pays off, and it can pay off in various ways. Let me share two revelations I received recently by way of listening. The first is that community organizers are not the Devil. The second is another reason why the liberal Catholic thing is dying. Read More
The interview below with Dr. David Berlinski from Peter Robinson’s Uncommon Knowledge represents for me one of those great moments when one can revel in hearing someone much smarter than you agree with the reasonableness of your position. Read More
Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the promulgation of Laborem exercens or “On Human Work” by John Paul II. There is a lot to recommend this document, but the best part of it is the end which talks about a “spirituality of labor.” Read More
After some disturbing news I received at the end of last week, I thought I would share some thoughts on the question of orthodoxy and obedience. I think given all the recent scandals, we ought to learn a deep lesson. It is the same lesson that Fr. Neuhaus taught during that long Lent so many years ago. It is that fidelity to authority is what is lacking in our time. We need both orthodoxy and obedience my friends. Read More
Today the Feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great provides for a very important lesson taught by the social doctrine of the Church. That lesson is that there is a grand difference between justice and charity and that what you might think is mercy is actually justice. Read More
Imagine a slaughter of over 1,200 people in two days, almost 200 hundred of them Catholic priests. Imagine a slaughter performed by a maddened mob, a slaughter justified by the hope for a godless future where only the mind was of import. Well, this is what is commemorated on this day for the Feast of the Martyrs of September.