Articles tagged: politics

Serpents & Doves: 30 Maxims on Worldly Wisdom by Fr. Baltasar Gracián SJ

Philosophy

SPL Staff • August 28th, 2016

Portrait of Baltasar Gracian preserved in Graus, restored. Wiki. Listers, our Lord said, "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."1 Despite the millennia, the Church appears to still lack a guide to the practicality of being both wise... Read More →

Pope Francis v. Donald Trump, and More! 13 U.S. Political Cartoons

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SPL Staff • September 28th, 2015

Listers, His Holiness Pope Francis' arrival to the United States was paved by a considerable amount of political posturing. The Roman Pontiff's focus on the poor, the immigrant, and the environment was too liberal for many, while his focus on marriage, the unborn, and religious liberty was too... Read More →

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

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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 →

When the World's Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More's Sainthood

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SPL Staff • August 14th, 2015

Listers, St. Thomas More is known as the "Man for All Seasons" - but he is also a man claimed by all ages. Exactly why Sir Thomas More became a saint is a question that seems to draw out competing philosophies. In the petition to have More declared a saint, the petitioners wrote, "He was a martyr... Read More →

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

Philosophy

SPL Staff • June 3rd, 2013

Listers, is there a right to assisted suicide - what type of right do people claim it is? To address this question, we turn to the mind of Leon Kass. Though not a Catholic, Kass' understanding of natural law and ills of modernity is better than most. His treatment of assisted suicide is... 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 →

Quotes from Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, on 7 Moral Issues

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SPL Staff • March 14th, 2013

Listers, habemus papam Franciscum. The world was stunned and the pundits proved wrong as the Argentinian Jesuit walked out on the Loggia of St. Peter's. In a soft but strong voice, Pope Francis gave his first words as the Vicar of Christ:   Brothers and sisters good evening. You all know that... 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 →

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 →
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