Our Debt to Modernity

Given the nature of a great number of the recent postings, it is clear that the present blog is clearly taking a direction that has as one of its central concerns the philosophico-theological notion of the “person.” In fact, it has been noted that the diverse constituents composing Vox Nova are united, despite their significant differences, in their “pro-person” attitude. Aware of the centrality of the notion of “personhood,” we are led to ask: what is entailed in our notion… Read more

Excommunications on the Fly

Fourth Question (from La Repubblica, Italy):Thank you, your Holiness. In your speech upon arrival, you say that the church forms Christians, provides moral indications, so that people will make free decisions in conscience. Do you agree with the excommunication given to legislators in Mexico City on the question of abortion?Pope Benedict XVI:Yes, this excommunication is not something arbitrary, but it’s part of the Code [of Canon Law]. It’s based simply on the principle that the killing of an innocent human… Read more

The Making of the Modern Social Mind

I love teaching humanities classes at a local college here in Texas. This semester, In addition to our departmentally mandated text book, I assigned Sophocles’ Theban Plays, Plato’s Euthyphro, Crito, Meno and Phaedrus, and Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. In the past, I have assigned Plato’s Symposium, Anselm’s Proslogion and selections from Thomas Aquinas’ opera. In short, I try to complement our historical survey, which covers prehistory to the fourteenth century, with primary sources penned during the very era we are… Read more

Our Banner

The top row is composed of images of Catholic saints, leaders and thinkers who have shaped the Church’s attitude toward the social, political and cultural spheres: (L to R) – Pope John XXIII, St. Thomas Aquinas, Oscar Romero, Pope Pius XI, St. Thomas More, Pope Paul VI, G.K. Chesterton, Pope Innocent III, St. Augustine, Pope John Paul II, St. Basil the Great, Pope Benedict XVI, Dorothy Day, Pope Leo XIII, Michael Novak, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Maximus… Read more

The Purpose of Vox Nova

Vox nova in terra viventium Christians must be conscious of their specific and proper role in the political community: they should be a shining example by their sense of responsibility and their dedication to the common good; they should show in practice how authority can be reconciled with freedom, personal initiative and with the solidarity and the needs of the whole social framework, and the advantages of unity with profitable diversity. -Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 75 On the national… Read more

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