Dear Catholic Torture Defender: Here is what you are struggling to defend

BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS: Sir, did the ends justify the means? FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: Absolutely. BRET BAIER: No doubt in your mind? DICK CHENEY: No doubt in my mind, I’m totally comfortable with it. Meanwhile, back in the Church: 1789 Some rules apply in every case: – One may never do evil so that good may result [Read More...]

The Difference between Dick Cheney and Lakechia Schonta Stanley

…is that when he authorizes drowning somebody and calls it “dunking” or a “splash of water”, or authorizes beating somebody and calls it “enhanced interrogation”, conservatives hail him as a hero and repeat his Orwellian BS word for word as though it were gospel.  When a black woman tries these “harmless” tactics on her children, she [Read More...]

You Shall Not Do Evil That Good May Come of It

Medill Innocence Project railroaded Alstory Simon into prison for 15 years with lies and deception in their zeal to end the death penalty. The ray of light in this story is Bob Braun, the prolife activist who stuck with Simon through thick and thin. That is being fully prolife. [Read more...]

On This Feast of Holy Consequentialism

…here is my essay on the most popular moral heresy in the world. [Read more...]

Today’s Theological Term in the News: Scandal

Respect for the souls of others: scandal 2284Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately [Read More...]

Bombing Civilian Populations

Both evil *and* stupid. As is often the case, the Faustian bargain of doing evil that good may come of it takes your soul and gives you *nothing* in return. The devil is, after all, a liar. Just because he promises you gold, guns and girls in return for your soul doesn’t mean he’s gonna [Read More...]

Strangely, Pewsitter never linked this

The Most Popular Moral Heresy in the World Consequentialism is only a sin when the baby to be aborted does not affect the dogma of the goodness of nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the chances of a Republican victory. Tom Kreitzberg is right: To be anti-abortion-in-most-cases is to hold a morally evil position. To be [Read More...]

Thank God for Consistent Moral Theologians Like Fr. Ford

John Herreid at Ignatius sends this along: An excerpt from Russell Shaw’s book “American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America”: As they’d done in every other American war, U.S. Catholics in large numbers fought in World War II. The Church vigorously supported the war effort. The habits of [Read More...]

Pewsitter Celebrates Crime Against God and Man

with a link to the annual conservative festivities in honor of Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Not with a link to the actual teaching of the Catholic Church which says: 2312 The Church and human reason both assert the permanent validity of the moral law during armed conflict. “The mere fact that war has regrettably broken out does not [Read More...]

50% of Catholics as Consequentialist…

…about abortion as they are about torture. Or, to be brief, consequentialism remains the absolute number 1 favorite moral heresy among Catholics. The theme song for all these guys, whether it’s nuking babies in the womb or in their beds in Hiroshima, is “If Killing You is Wrong, I Don’t Wanna Be Right.” [Read more...]


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