Like most people, probably, I wonder rather often whether or not praying for particular goods (besides the salvation of souls) is worth the effort. After all, so many of my own prayers, as well as those of others, seem very much to have gone unanswered. And yet, we are encouraged to pray for the things … More In Face of (Apparently) Unanswered Prayers
I should note here at the outset that a full-length paper – if not much, much more – would have to be written in order to do the subject of this blog post anything approaching complete justice. Much ink was spilt over the course of the first half or so of the twentieth century on … More Does Aquinas’ Understanding of Man’s Final End Run Afoul of the Condemnations of Humani Generis?
Being fully alive usually implies a certain possession of oneself. This postulates that one knows where he’s coming from and what is his aim and ; however, although usually people are present to their actions, yet every now and then , especially in cases of an unexpected nature, one reacts spontaneously , and the result … More Sitcoms and Ethics
There are those who claim that it is; I just had a conversation with such a person the other day. Their reasoning went something like this. Of course, one may not attend such a ceremony, as this would be to affirm by your presence a perversion of things, a strictly immoral act; but it is … More Is it Permissible to Attend the Reception after a Same-Sex Pseudo-Marriage?
Although in different respects, in light of what reason can discover, what has been Divinely revealed, and the teaching of the magisterium of the Church, one must hold that man in some way has two ends. As a being of a certain kind, man has a natural fulfilment proper to himself as this kind of … More Does Man’s Natural End as Understood by Aquinas Involve Essentially an Endless Becoming?
In his Grundriss der katholischen Dogmatik (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, in English), within the section on controversies surrounding the mystery of Predestination that developed during the 16th-17th centuries, Ludwig Ott points out that there were two distinct understandings of one aspect of the mystery of Predestination, namely, the (logical) moment in which God predestines some … More The Notion of (Absolute) Absolute Predestination: A Bad Joke?