Tag: Morality

When is it a sin to make a referral?

When is it a sin to make a referral?

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | October 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it. By laying the foundation and supervising the plumbing, electrical and duct work, he would be contributing to, or enabling, the subsequent commission of atrocities against prisoners in the concentration camp.

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Sex, Truth and the Illumination of our Guilt

Sex, Truth and the Illumination of our Guilt

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Guilt has gotten a lot of bad press recently. We live in an age where guilt is practically always something bad, something to get past with the help of a shrink. Particularly when discussing sex, people will declare that religion and morality do nothing more than make people feel guilty. Andrew Aaron, a sex and marriage therapist in New Bedford, Massachusetts seems to subscribe to this view: “Through centuries,” he writes, “religious education has associated sex with what is wrong and sinful rather than what is sacred. Instead of an expression of the divine, sex is suspiciously regarded as weakness of the flesh. The result of this influence is that sexuality, a natural part of being human, is tainted with shame, guilt, and ambivalence.”

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Saint or sinner?

Saint or sinner?

| Father Ron Rolheiser | October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

There’s a saint inside us who wants to mirror the greatness of life, even as there is someone else inside us that wants to walk a seedier path.

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The preachings of F. Scott Fitzgerald

The preachings of F. Scott Fitzgerald

| Father Robert Barron | June 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

The appearance of yet another film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” provides the occasion for reflecting on what many consider the great American novel.

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Higher education and ‘breaking good’

Higher education and ‘breaking good’

| John Garvey | May 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Breaking Bad” is a television series on AMC about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug kingpin. It has quickly become a favorite of mine. Educator Walter White puts his chemistry skills to work in his own meth lab after he learns he has advanced-stage lung cancer and just two years to live. His teaching job, he reasons, will not provide nearly enough for his pregnant wife and his son, who has cerebral palsy.

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Church has right, duty to offer witness in public square

Church has right, duty to offer witness in public square

| March 28, 2013

The Church must be free to fulfill its mission without sacrificing its fundamental teachings or moral principles

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