Moral Theology

“The image of the ‘seamless garment’ has been used by some theologians and Catholic politicians, in an intellectually dishonest manner.” That’s a sentiment that many Catholics, particularly in the pro-life movement, have expressed. What’s significant about this expression of the sentiment is the person who uttered it: the pope’s own doctrinal watchdog. Here are 11 things […]

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Recently, I appeared on the local PBS radio and television affiliate (KPBS) to discuss a new assisted suicide bill that has been introduced in the California legislature. Although the station representatives weren’t initially aware of it, both I and the gentleman taking the opposing view were widowers who lost our wives to cancer. They were […]

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Since Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy and began his retirement in seclusion, he has said nothing publicly. There’s a very good reason for that, and that’s why the most recent thing he’s written is so amazing. He’s just publicly weighed in on Cardinal Kasper’s proposal to give Holy Communion to divorced and civilly remarried […]

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There is a persistent claim that the early Christians were pacifists—in the strong sense of being opposed to all use of violence—and that it was not until the time of the Emperor Constantine that this began to change. After Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the Church embraced the use of military force, […]

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Suicide is a delicate and disturbing subject. After the recent suicide of Brittany Maynard, many people are discussing it, and some are asking perennial questions, like whether those who commit suicide are automatically lost. While suicide can be a mortal sin, it is not always one, and the Church both prays for those who have […]

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The last couple of days have brought some good news from the current synod of bishops on the family. Where things are going is still far from certain and there is still reason for concern, but there have been a number of welcoming signs. Here are 12 things to know and share . . . […]

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Most Catholics have never even heard of the “law of gradualness,” but it became big news this week at the Synod on the Family. What is the law of gradualness, and what role does it play in Catholic thought? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What is the […]

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There is a great deal of confusion about what celibacy, chastity, and continence are. Each one of these concepts is subject to common misunderstandings, but the differences between them are easy to sort out. A reader from the Asian country of Myanmar writes: Please, may I ask your help to explain the similarities and differences […]

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Jesus famously said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Today, some people use this to shut down conversations when the subject turns to sexual morality. “Didn’t Jesus say not to judge others?” they ask. “Who are you to judge?” Did Jesus mean his words to be used this way? If not, what did he mean? […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court has just dealt a pair of blows to the fight to defend the reality of marriage as being between a man and a woman. There will be time for analysis later. For now, let’s try to understand the basic facts of what just happened. Here are 12 things you need to […]

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