Articles tagged: natural-law

26 Quotes from Pope Francis' Visit to Washington D.C. and New York City

History Theology

SPL Staff • September 26th, 2015

Listers, Pope Francis' visit to the United States is one marked with historic firsts. His Holiness Pope Francis was the first Roman Pontiff to address a full joint session of the U.S. Congress. Second, Pope Francis was the first Vicar of Christ to address the United Nations at the opening of a... Read More →

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Literature Philosophy

SPL Staff • May 15th, 2015

Listers, certain "Great Books" have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered "great," he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems... Read More →

The 6 Step Guide to Aquinas' Natural Law in a Modern World

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 16th, 2014

Brief Outline of the Four Laws Eternal Law – A type of the Divine Wisdom of God that moves all things to their end. Divine Law – The historical laws of Scripture given to man through God's self-revelation. The Old Law – Extrinsic focus, fear, and earthly rewards – foreshadows the NT The New... Read More →

3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 8th, 2014

The Four Laws Eternal Law – A type of Divine Wisdom of God that moves all things to their end. Divine Law – The historical laws of Scripture given to man through God's self-revelation. The Old Law – Extrinsic focus, fear, and earthly rewards – foreshadows the NT The New Law – Intrinsic focus,... Read More →

Divine Government: 6 Questions by Aquinas on the Eternal Law

Theology

SPL Staff • February 25th, 2014

SPL on Aquinas' Treatment of Law - Summa Theologica Reference Law and the Common Good: 9 Introductory Catholic Questions - I-II.90 Think Like a Catholic: 7 Questions on the Four Laws - I-II.91 4 Reasons God Gave Us Scripture (Divine Law) by Aquinas - I-II.91.4 Does the Law Exist to Make Men... 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 →

6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity's Own Philosophy

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 27th, 2013

Listers, this is Part II of an ongoing in depth discussion on euthanasia - "the right to become dead." The list relies on the wisdom of Leon Kass and his discussion of how the right to become dead isn't even compatible with the modernity's own philosophy. It should be noted that the article... Read More →

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

History

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 →

5 Catholic Documents on Family, Sex, and Homosexuality

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • May 28th, 2013

Listers, though not an exhaustive list, we want to bring several Catholic documents to the forefront 0f the discussion of family and marriage. One of the many reasons our society cannot have a thoughtful conversation on homosexuality is because we've lost our vocabulary to even discuss the... Read More →

Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins

History Theology

SPL Staff • April 7th, 2013

1. The Didache "You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one that has been... 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 →

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

History Philosophy

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 →

Modern Man Has Lost His Way: 13 Comments on the Western Heritage of Christ and Socrates

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • January 7th, 2013

Listers, Father James V. Schall S.J. is one of the preeminent Catholic political thinkers of our time. Fr. Schall's "The Point of Medieval Political Philosophy" is found within his collection of excellent essays entitled The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays__ (p.... 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 →

Think Animals and Plants Do Not Have Souls? - 3 Lists to Make You Think Again

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 29th, 2012

Listers, it is my experience that two immediate thoughts occur when a Catholic reads about Sacred Tradition holding animals and plants to have souls. The first is the thought of heresy or some modernist revision of a classic teaching is being submitted. Normally the quick acknowledgment that... 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 →

Political Animals: 5 Lessons from the Opening Pages of Aristotle's Politics

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 5th, 2012

Listers, Aristotelian political thought is at the cornerstone of Western Civilization. It is especially important in its articulation of the importance of the family or household, of natural justice, and of humans as naturally political animals. In the development of political philosophy, few... Read More →

Patriotism Is Not Enough: 7 Comments On Being a Good Man and a Good Citizen

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 4th, 2012

1. Regime: The Spirit of Laws Listers, the term "regime" is often used as a pejorative to describe dictators and oppressive governments; however, the true and historical use of the term regime reveals a longstanding inquiry into how humans - as political animals - organize politically. Unlike... Read More →

6 Books for a Proper Introduction to Catholic Political Thought

Philosophy

SPL Staff • June 14th, 2012

**Listers, the following texts provide an in depth introduction to Catholic political thought. **The works are arranged in a sapiential order, i.e., the prescribed order has an intentional didactic development, which should help the reader be introduced to the great depth of the Catholic... Read More →

Our Guide Through Modernism: 12 Teachings from Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas

Theology

SPL Staff • June 4th, 2012

Listers in his second lesson on the Angelic Doctor, Pope Benedict XVI moves past the basic biography of Aquinas and into the more fundamental theological and philosophical changes the saint brought to Holy Mother Church. The Vicars of Christ beg us to study Aquinas: Patrimony of Wisdom: St. Pius... Read More →
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