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Catholic Moral Teaching

“It’s the 21st century, for crying out loud! How can you Catholics continue to insist on such old-fashioned, retrograde ethical notions?”

C.S. Lewis spoke of something he called “chronological snobbery”. It’s the idea that what is newer is automatically better. Now, this is certainly true when it comes to advancements in technology and the sciences. Usually what is newer is better!  And we can thank the progress of science that we don’t have to sit in the chairs of 8th century dentists or ride donkeys from Los Angeles to New York! On the other hand, when it comes to questions of good and evil, right and wrong, what is moral and what is immoral, the relative “recentness” of a position means absolutely nothing. What matters are the arguments one can make for the moral positions one takes.

As Catholics, in making moral decisions we look to natural law — what God has revealed to us through creation and the nature of things — and to God’s revelation in scripture, especially God’s revelation in Christ and through the New Testament apostles. We don’t decide these issues on the basis of what is most modern or what is in tune with “the spirit of the times” or what the majority happen to think at any given moment of history.

A few Good Articles

A few Good Talks

Relativism

by Chris Stefanick

 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI considered Moral Relativism to be the most dangerous dictatorship existing in the world today. in this talk, Chris Stefanick debunks the powerful and epidemic myth of relativism with honesty, humor, and logical validity, offering a much-needed perspective on the current status quo on morality.

Encountering the Poor: Biblical Roots for Catholic Social Teaching

by Dr. Tim Gray

 Dr. Timothy Gray is the president of the Augustine Institute and is a well-known scripture scholar and Catholic speaker. In this talk, he explains the teachings of the Catholic Church surrounding social justice in light of sacred scripture. Learn how social justice in regards to the poor is not one small piece in the puzzle but instead really frames the entire mosaic of scripture.

The New Sexual Revolution

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.

Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Annulments

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.

Detox

by Jason Evert

Within every heart is a battlefield between love and lust. In this presentation, Jason Evert discusses the strategies necessary to win the war and uproot the vice of pornography once and for all. Jason is an internationally known Catholic author and speaker. He has spoken to more than one million people around the world and is the author of more than a dozen books, including “Pure Manhood” and “Theology of His Body”.

Winning the Culture War

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 Good Books

Morality: The Catholic View

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

A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist

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!

A Virtue Driven Life

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.

A few Good Links

There are many, many great resources out there for learning the Catholic Faith.
Lighthouse Catholic Media is a fantastic place to start. You can also explore the solid Catholic apostolates linked below to go as far and deep as you like in your study of the Faith.

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