This is a really good piece from Brandon McGinley at First Things

…rejecting the “dirty hands” thesis Jean Bethke Elshtain put forward a decade ago in defense of doing evil that good may come of it. It has placed Christian in the current bind they find themselves in and, like all Faustian Bargains, given them nothing in return. Bravo! Elshtain’s thesis was that strong-minded leadership sometimes requires [Read More…]

Nothing says “prolife” like love of torture and murder

Mike Pence greatly admires Dick Cheney and would model his Vice Presidency on his. That would be the Dick Cheney who dodged the draft five times (like Pence’s running mate) and who boasted that he had no problem with the fact that he oversaw torturing an innocent man to death. The Dick Cheney who helped [Read More…]

Groundbreaking Work in Consequentialist Moral Theology

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There was a time when conservative prolife Catholics opposed the deliberate murder of children

Back when they had principles beyond “victory at any cost” and “You shall hate Obama with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” and “You shall hate those who do not hate Obama as you hate Obama”. But now their enslavement to the Party of God, Family, Life and The Babies has compelled a huge [Read More…]

Good Ends Do Not Justify Evil Means

Consequentialism is the most popular heresy on the planet.  We discuss it over at the Register. [Read more…]

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…]