Many people claim to not know what truth is. Or they claim to be following their consciences. Or they claim there is no such thing as truth or a conscience either. I run into these people on Twitter and other places and the conversations are always stunning. Not stunningly beautiful but stunning to my mind. They make my brain hurt. So I’m posting this video below by Dr. J. Budziszewski at the Acton Institute, Natural Law and the Revenge of Conscience. J. Bud, as he’s often known (understandably) is the author of The Revenge of Conscience and also What We Can’t Not Know. See links at the end of this post.

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There’s been talk on the internet and in some of the media recently about the tactics being used by Lila Rose and her group, LiveAction, “a new-media movement for life!” As glad as I am to see Planned Parenthood exposed for the morally bankrupt organization they are, I’m not proud to see anyone on the pro-life side use morally questionable tactics to achieve this much-desired goal. After all, the ends do not justify the means. I am also loathe to see anyone using tactics recommended by the reprehensible Saul Alinsky in his Rules for Radicals, which is one long diatribe against morality if ever there was one. But perhaps this is not surprising given that until just a few months ago, LiveAction was recommending Alinsky’s book on their website. Continue reading

50 Questions on the Natural Law by Dr. Charles RiceI was listening to Fr. Mitch Pacwa on Open Line this afternoon and a caller was asking him about something he (Fr. Mitch) had said about lust and about how we don’t want people to lust after us. Now I don’t have the podcast downloaded yet and I’m paraphrasing from memory, but I think the caller said that he and his friends decided that oh, yes, uh huh, they certainly do want girls to lust after them. Continue reading

I’ve changed the banner on the blog yet again. It’s an obsession. I feel a need to update the look (or at least, the banner) with every change of my focus or interest, no matter how slight. The latest shift of focus is not really a shift in kind but in degree. I’ve been watching the rising tide of atheism and the accompanying tide of immoral “morality” for many years. Continue reading

I have a friend who is beginning RCIA (taking “convert classes”) soon. A few days ago she thrust a magazine in my face, exclaiming, Have you heard about this? Is this right? The story before me was about the little nine-year old in Brazil who had been sexually abused by her stepfather, resulting in her pregnancy with twins. The bishop excommunicated the girl’s mother and also her doctor after they aborted the babies who were a few months old. My friend, who is just beginning to learn about the Church’s moral teachings, was frankly disturbed, confronting me with a barrage of questions. Wouldn’t giving birth to these babies kill the girl? Wasn’t abortion the right thing to do? And how would she raise them if she and they survived? Wasn’t the bishop wrong to excommunicate the mother and the doctor? Continue reading