It’s the 21st century, for crying out loud! How can we Catholics continue to insist on such old-fashioned, retrograde ethical notions?
C.S. Lewis referred to the idea that what is newer is automatically better as “chronological snobbery.” When it comes to advancements in technology and the sciences is usually true that what is newer is better! After all, who wants to sit in the chair of an 8th-century dentist? However, when it comes to questions of morality, of right and wrong, the relative “recentness” of a position is simply not an argument in its favor. Morally speaking, societies decline as well as rise.
Catholics don’t make moral decisions based on “the spirit of the times” or what the majority happen to think at any given moment in history. Rather, the moral teachings of the Church are rooted in God’s revelation of the moral law, both in the inspired Word of God, the teachings of Jesus Christ and his apostles being central, and also in the created order, what theologians refer to as the “Natural Law.”
There are many, many great resources out there for learning about the Church’s moral teaching. Here are some of our favorites.
A FEW GREAT VIDEOS
A FEW GREAT ARTICLES
A FEW GREAT TALKS
by Chris Stefanick
by Dr. Tim Gray
by Chris Stefanick
Studies have proven that few factors determine a teen’s physical, social, educational, emotional, and even financial health as profoundly as their choice for purity or promiscuity. In this dynamic talk, Chris Stefanick shows us exactly what we’re up against and how to turn the tides in the culture war for your teen’s purity.
by Bishop Joseph Perry
Are annulments just a Catholic version of divorce? Nothing could be further from the truth. The differences are profound, and much of the confusion springs from a misunderstanding about marriage itself. Bishop Perry explains the key principles of the Sacrament of Marriage and applies them to divorce and annulments, answering the most commonly asked questions on this topic.
by Jason Evert
by Peter Kreeft
To win any war, there are three things that you must know: that you are at war, who your enemy is, and what weapons or strategies can defeat him. Acknowledging that our culture is clearly in crisis, Dr. Peter Kreeft shows us that the only weapon strong enough to defeat the demons of this age is saints. As St Josemaria Escriva said, “These world crises are crises of saints.”
A FEW GREAT BOOKS
by Servais O.P. Pinckaers
“If you want to have the experience of reflecting on Catholic morality as though you were reading about it for the first time, treat yourself to Father Servais Pinckaer’s Morality: The Catholic View. He has recovered the classical view of the moral life as the quest for happiness and presented it with disarming simplicity.” Rev. Alfred McBride
by Peter Kreeft
In the dialogue style of a number of his books, Catholic philosopher and apologist Peter Kreeft has a “sassy Black feminist” reporter interview a “Muslim fundamentalist.” There are a number of laughs along the way as every conceivable argument offered in support of moral relativism is simply and clearly refuted. It’s also a fantastic education!
by Benedict Groeschel
This is simple and beautiful book on the Christian virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance, faith, hope, and charity. It’s written in the easy conversational style we expect from Fr. Groeschel. Very clear and very practical.