Articles tagged: justice

La Mort de César (ca. 1859–1867) by Jean-Léon Gérôme, depicting the aftermath of the attack with Caesar's body abandoned in the foreground as the senators exult.

Great Books: 15 Lessons from Cicero's On Duties

Philosophy

SPL Staff • August 17th, 2017

Listers, "few of those who have sought to present a systematic account of the development of political philosophy have attached great importance to Cicero's political thought."1 Marcus Tullius Cicero, born January 3, 106 BC, was a Roman politician, lawyer, and an incredible rhetorician whose... Read More →

May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? - 9 Comments by Aquinas

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • May 11th, 2015

Listers, may Catholics overthrow or even kill a tyrant? The answer to this question is one St. Thomas Aquinas pondered over his lifetime. In contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar, a young Aquinas seemed to state that not only can a Catholic kill a tyrant, there are times he should be... Read More →

4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 16th, 2015

Listers, at an academic seminar studying the differences between ancient and modern thought, the concept of individual rights was presented. It was stated that the modern notion of individual rights (and even the natural right concepts of early modernity) was in direct contradiction to the... Read More →

The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • November 1st, 2014

Listers, what does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous... Read More →

15 Catholic Quotes on ISIS, Islam, War, & the Persecuted Church

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SPL Staff • October 9th, 2014

1. Christians are Peace-Loving Citizens "Excellency, we Christians are peace-loving citizens caught up in the middle of a clash between Sunnis and Shiites, as well as attacks from Military groups. Our community has suffered a disproportionate share of hardship caused by sectarian conflicts,... Read More →

13 Political Cartoons on Pope Francis & the Economy of Inequality

Life & Leisure

SPL Staff • July 7th, 2014

Listers, Pope Francis' comments on the economy have generated a lot of attention. Political parties have been quick to judge his comments and either claim him as their own or dismiss him as a socialist/marxist. What has not happened, however, is a holistic digestion of the Holy Father's words.... Read More →

Commentary on the 4 Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance

Theology

SPL Staff • February 1st, 2014

Listers, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there are sins that cry out to heaven. "The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are 'sins that cry to heaven': the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner,... Read More →

A Catholic Guide to Thomas Hobbes: 12 Things You Should Know

Philosophy

SPL Staff • October 19th, 2013

Listers, the Leviathan offers man salvation in a world where the state of nature is war and chaos. Peace is simply an interlude to more war. The very equality of humanity rests upon the belief that even the weakest may devise a way to murder the strongest; thus, through violence and murder, all... Read More →

Serving the Underserved: 22 Holy Scriptures on the Poor and Poverty

Theology

SPL Staff • September 30th, 2013

Listers, Archbishop Chaput once said, "If we don't love the poor, and do all we can to improve their lot, we're going to go to Hell." The following verses are only a sampling of the Holy Scriptures that speak on the Lord's predilection toward the poor and the Catholic's mandate to serve the... Read More →

10 Thoughts on Euthanasia within the Ancients & Moderns Dialogue

Philosophy

SPL Staff • September 9th, 2013

Listers, the concept of a "right to become dead" by the assistance of another is non-sensical. Neither in the ancient world's focus on natural law nor in modernity's obsession with individual rights is a right to become dead a tenable position. The following is the Part III of our discussion on... Read More →

15 Catholic Quotes in Response to the SCOTUS Rulings on DOMA and Prop 8

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SPL Staff • June 27th, 2013

Recommended Reading Full PDF Text: U.S. v. Windsor (DOMA Case) Full PDF Text: Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8) Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins Homosexuality: 4 Teachings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 5 Catholic Documents on Family, Sex, and... Read More →

The 2 Books by Cardinal Ratzinger that Will Change Your Life

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 9th, 2013

Listers, if Catholics are to live a life of virtue then there are two primary sciences - bodies of knowledge - all Catholics should study: the "Noble Science" and the "Queen of the Sciences." The corpus of writings from Cardinal Ratzinger is as vast and as it is impressive. An excellent survey of... Read More →

Catholic Countdown: The Top 20 Lists of 2012

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SPL Staff • January 28th, 2013

Listers, in little over a year St. Peter's List has become a rapidly growing community of faithful Catholics. Our I Stand with the Catholic Church graphics have been used in religious liberty rallies around the nation and listers have sent fantastic photos of themselves and their loved ones... Read More →

7 Quotes from Benedict XVI's 2013 "State of the World" Address

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SPL Staff • January 14th, 2013

Listers, the following quotes are taken from what has come to be known as the "State of the World" address. Right on the heels of his excellent Christmas Eve homily, His Holiness' address to the Diplomatic Corps touched on Syria, Iraq, North Africa, and many other nations and their turmoils.... Read More →

The Educated Catholic Voter: 10 Lists on the Catholic Citizen

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • October 29th, 2012

Listers in lieu of some comparison of fleeting political platforms and promises, SPL presents a collection of lists that articulates the Church's timeless political principles. The following lists pull from USCCB documents that address particular American politics, Vatican documents that address... Read More →

3 Prayers by St. Thomas More for Catholic Lawyers

history Theology

SPL Staff • October 22nd, 2012

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." Listers, this hackneyed quote is taken from a minor character in Shakespeare's Henry VI. Often quoted in glee and with a smirk, it raises the question of why society enjoys a "good" lawyer joke. "The answer is simple," states Strickland and... Read More →

Forest of Suicides: 6 Comments on Dante's Punishment for the Self-Violent

literature Theology

SPL Staff • October 4th, 2012

Listers, for a study of Dante's Divine Comedy Volume One: The Inferno we turn to the translation and commentary crafted by Mark Musa. Musa's translation is marked by a clear and understandable translation that allows the story to unfold and escape being bogged down in rhetorical flourishing, cf.... Read More →

Fear Not Little Flock: "All 12 Texts from the Holy Father''s Apostolic Journey to Lebanon

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SPL Staff • September 17th, 2012

Apostolic Journey to Lebanon (14-16 September 2012) On the occasion of the signing and publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops. All quotes are by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI unless otherwise cited.   1.... Read More →

24 Points from His Beatitude Patriarch Gregory III on the Crisis in Syria (2012)

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SPL Staff • July 25th, 2012

Listers, the crisis in Syria has escalated to a civil war standards and has claimed the lives of thousands. Amongst those most marginalized by the conflict are our Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters. The spiritual leader for many of those Catholics is His Beatitude Patriarch Gregory III... Read More →

The Enchanted Forest: 6 Political Teachings from St. Augustine

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • July 16th, 2012

Listers, the science of politics is the "noble science," because it is the highest practical science. Theology- more specifically the Sacred Doctrine of the Catholic Church - is the "Queen of the Sciences." Understanding her queenly role alongside politics has been the endeavor of many great... Read More →
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