May 17, 2007

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

May 16, 2007

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

May 16, 2007

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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