Posts Tagged ‘Ethics’

Ethics: knowing who we are and what to do Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

This fall I am giving presentations to all of the high school teachers, staff and administrators in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. These talks take place on an annual basis, and they are dedicated to a regular cycle of topics. This year, the theme is morality. Lucky me! My guess is that disquisitions on doctrine Read more

Teach seminarians to live in the real world – Pope Francis Comments 14

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Pope Francis has asked his fellow Jesuits involved in priestly formation to help seminarians understand that in the real world. “Decisions Catholics make in their everyday lives are rarely ethically clear-cut, but rather exist on a spectrum between good and evil,” the pope said. “We need to form future priests not to general and abstract ideas, Read more

When religion makes people worse Comments 0

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Religion can do a great job helping believers discern right from wrong. Religion can help believers relate kindly and justly to other people. And religion can stiffen the will of believers when they face unjust suffering for their faith. I was taught these things when I studied Christian ethics, and they continue to motivate me in my work Read more

Questions about pastoral implications of assisted suicide continue Comments 0

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Questions about the pastoral implications of assisted suicide continue to arise as Canada gets ready to legalize it in June while in the United States several states are poised to discuss the issue later this year. Catholic health and ethics experts, however, said there is no definite answer as to its implication on pastoral care. Read more

Thinking ethically in the face of mass migration Comments 0

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

In debates about refugees, asylum seekers and mass migration, a crucial issue is the moral and political status of borders. Do we think borders are good or bad, a necessary evil or a moral necessity? My contention is that those who argue for open borders under-value a sense of place and the integrity of the Read more

Evangelium Vitae — the Gospel of Life — twenty years on Comments 0

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Last week, a young friend of mine attempted to defend the truth about marriage among a group of peers at a secular university. She presented a meaningful argument about families, social stability, and gender complementarity. None of her classmates refuted her arguments. Instead, they accused her of being a bigot and a homophobe, called her Read more

Euthanasia campaign rides surge of support Comments 0

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand president Jack Havill, says an Auckland University study published in December showed 82 per cent support for legalising physician-assisted dying. “Unfortunately, even with over 80 per cent of New Zealanders wanting legalisation, politicians still sit on their hands, agonising and arguing about much less important issues.” Read More Read more

No Christianity, no foundation for morality Comments 0

Friday, December 5th, 2014

In their attempt to argue that effective and binding codes can be developed without a deity, atheists often mistake inferior codes – “common decency” – for absolute moral systems. The Golden Rule, or doing as you would be done by, is such a code. But the fact that men can arrive at the Golden Rule Read more

Pope condemns right to die, anti-life ethos Comments 0

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement on Saturday, saying that euthanasia is a sin against God and creation. The Latin American pontiff said it was a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity. He classified as equally false the belief that abortion helps women. Rather, the image of Read more

1000 cheats sign up for ‘marriage saving’ site Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

More than 1000 cheating Northlanders have signed up to a dating website designed especially for married or attached people. The operators of European-based Victoria Milan claims it has 15,000 Kiwi members and 1020 registered as being from Northland. The founder, Norwegian Sigurd Vedal, claimed the cheater’s portal did not ruin marriages, but saved them. Continue Read more