Moral Theology

Recently Pope Francis made some impromptu remarks about weapons manufacturers at a meeting with young people in Turin. These were poorly misreported in the press and have resulted in a number of questions being asked. First we will take a look at what he said and then look at some of the questions that have […]

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Recently I heard a priest describe something that happened to him in the early days of his priesthood. From his age, I’m guessing this would have been the mid-1970s. He said that, for the first twenty-five years of his priesthood, he had really long hair (down to his waist, if he stretched it out) and […]

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Spanking is quite controversial in some quarters. Some people speak of it as if it is tantamount to child abuse. Other say, that they were spanked as children, that it didn’t do any long-term harm, and that it actually did them good. So I was interested to see Pope Francis’s remarks on spanking in a […]

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“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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