Tag Archives: St. Thomas Aquinas

A Promise to Love? The Possibility of the Catholic Wedding Vows

One of the fun things about being Catholic is that some of our prayers are a bit scary when one stops to ponder them. I’m not talking about prayers that only a few of us actually get around to praying, such as … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court and Christian Glory

Today the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. Church tradition tells us that both Peter and Paul suffered martyrdom. Peter was crucified; however, at his request, he was crucified upside down, since he felt unworthy … Continue reading

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What Heaven Will Be Like (If You Make It)

One of my favorite exchanges in the 1991 film Black Robe concerns the nature of the Roman Catholic understanding of heaven. Early in the film, the Jesuit missionary (i.e. the “black robe”) chides one of the Frenchmen for speaking respectfully of … Continue reading

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It’s okay to think about stuff

An important strand  in modern philosophy is the attempt to avoid error. Typically, doing so is thought to require a recognition of the limitations of our human intellect and a narrowing of our intellectual interests to what we are equipped … Continue reading

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Did you miss it? The return of the HHS Mandate battle

I know I missed it, what with Thanksgiving, dissertation revisions, end-of-the-semester grading, but the struggle against the HHS Mandate will soon return to public prominence as the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a couple of challenges against it: Conestoga Wood … Continue reading

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