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Reviewing Dignitatis Humanae

Posted: Friday, May 25th, 2007 @ 6:52 am in Church Issues, Culture, Philosophy, Theology | 1 Comment »

Dignitatis Humanae (english | latin) is the Vatican II document on religious liberty. It is one that radical traditionalist general take as a slam dunk against Vatican II. I read it a few years ago and I didn’t notice any heresy in it then, but that was before I knew anything about the traditionalist movement […]

Thought for the Day

Posted: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm in Philosophy | Comments Off on Thought for the Day

“No man who believes in God can deny assent to the proposition that if a thing ought to be done, it can be done.” From Harold Robbins’ essay “The Line of Approach” in “Flee To The Fields, The Founding Papers of the Catholic Land Movement.“

The Anti-Christ

Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm in Culture, Personal, Philosophy | 2 Comments »

This is one of several posts I have been thinking about for awhile. With the news last week about Cardinal Biffi talking to the Curia about the Anti-Christ I thought it was an appropriate time to present my own theory about that. First I want to be clear that I am no end-times enthusiast. I […]

Freedom Continued

Posted: Friday, December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:16 pm in Philosophy | Comments Off on Freedom Continued

It seems to me that many, if not most people today see only this minimalist definition of freedom. And when your definition of freedom is limited to a lack of restriction, you loose sight of the freedom for excellence. This skews your world view then because no person of good will wants to take away […]

Freedom

Posted: Friday, December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:16 pm in Philosophy | Comments Off on Freedom

In one chapter of the Cube and the Cathedral George Weigel writes about the nature of Freedom. He gives Aquinas’ view of what it means for a person to be free. According to Weigel, Aquinas’ view is that “freedom is a means to human excellence and happiness. Freedom is the capacity to choose wisely and […]

Four Philosophers, Four Sentences

Posted: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 @ 7:20 am in Philosophy | Comments Off on Four Philosophers, Four Sentences

I am reading George Weigle’s The Cube and the Cathedral. In making a point about Henri De Lubac‘s work, The Drama of Atheistic Humanism, Weigle gives a one sentence summary about the thought of four Enlightenment philosophers. The philosophers in question are Comte, Feuerbach, Marx, and Nietzsche. Granted, one sentance doesn’t get you very far […]

No Means Yes

Posted: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 @ 1:26 pm in Philosophy | Comments Off on No Means Yes

From the Pope’s address in Verona: From this concern for the human person and his formation come our “no’s” to weak or distorted forms of love, or to counterfeits of freedom, as also to the reduction of reason only to what is calculable and manipulable. In truth, these “no’s” are rather “yes’s” to authentic love, […]

Deus Caritas Est – Part I

Posted: Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 @ 9:50 pm in Culture, Philosophy | 2 Comments »

I recently had the chance to re-read Pope Benedict’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est. I read it when it first came out. I had been thinking a lot about my own role in helping the poor before it came out. When I read it, it seemed like a confirmation of my recent thoughts that I need […]

Pope Takes Jackhammer to Secular Rationalism

Posted: Friday, September 15th, 2006 @ 2:13 pm in Philosophy | 1 Comment »

See? You can have strong headline about the Pope without completely missing the point of his address. Anyway, without jumping into that foray, I want to post about the Popes incredible address to the faculty of the University of Regensburg. The lecture was actually a critique of modern secular rationalism. He makes an outstanding case […]

The Pope In Bavaria

Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 @ 2:21 pm in Culture, Philosophy, Theology | Comments Off on The Pope In Bavaria

The Pope is really pushing for a revitalization of the German church (and the whole church for that matter). In all his addresses he is admonishing the German people to take their faith more seriously, and to live it more fully. You can see from his words that his desperately trying to break through the […]


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