Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Church & Morality

After examining Christ as the source of our moral authority, we are now looking at the role of the Church in relaying that moral discipline to each generation.

As a case study, please examine this article on St. Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus. Majerus recently spoke at a campaign event for presidential candidate and democratic senator Hillary Clinton - particularly Majerus spoke in favor of legalized abortion.

As a coach at a Catholic university, Majerus' comments drew the attention of St. Louis archbishop, Raymond Burke, who has criticized the coach and called for him to recant.

This provides us an excellent example of the Church's role in articulating and encouraging the moral teachings of Jesus Christ, even when that means standing in conflict with American society.

Until next time,
Ad Jesum per Mariam,
Mr. B.

Sunday, January 6, 2008


From the Modern Catholic Dictionary:
A theory of knowledge. A branch of scholastic philosophy that studies the principles underlying the acquisition of knowledge, the methods of logical reasoning, and the critical evaluation of truth, certitude, and right thinking. (Etym. Greek epist_m_, knowledge + logia, science, knowledge.)

This semester is a study of Catholic Moral Tradition, and morality is essentially distinguishing good from evil, right from wrong.

The question must be asked, "how do we know what is right or wrong?" Are these terms static and unchanging - absolute, if you will? Or are right and wrong dynamic, flexible, even relative to the person or the situation?

We will explore the Church's response to these questions at lenght, but first we return our attention to the question of epistemology: What is Truth? How do we know what is True? What characterizes Truth?

For the Church's response we turn to our standard sources: Sacred Scripture & the Catechism.

Mr. B