We have inherited the Enlightenment dichotomy of the head and the heart, which brings with it a skepticism about any means of persuasion other than pure logic. Aristotle, however, had a fuller understanding of human nature. He taught that to be effective in speaking the truth, a speaker must appeal to both the head and the heart—and having good character is critical.
Aye carumba! Bart Simpson is perhaps the most recognizable cultural icon since Mickey Mouse. But beyond its astonishing popularity and brilliant humor, The Simpsons may reflect a very serious reality: a generation’s loss of faith. A closer look at the long-running show’s treatment of religion reveals much about the Baby Boomers’ spiritual heritage.
"Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another," G.K. Chesterton quipped. Today the news media are in the midst of a profound crisis, yet they remain hugely influential in shaping a free and just society. As citizens and as Catholics, we must do more than simply point out the problem. Here’s how.
Do unbaptized babies go to heaven? A recent document by a panel of theologians causes a stir, as media outlets report—erroneously—that the Church has dismissed Limbo from its official teachings. In fact, the "Hope of Salvation" document merely reinforces the Catholic tradition that although we do not know for certain the fate of unbaptized infants, we always have reason to hope in God’s mercy.
"Meg, I have borne a long time with thy husband; I have reasoned and argued with him in these points of religion, and still given to him my poor fatherly counsel, but I perceive none of all this able to call him home; and therefore, Meg, I will no longer dispute with him, but will clean give him over and get me to God and pray for him."
~ Sir Thomas More, Knight, Lord Chancellor of England, author and martyr; to his daughter Meg, regarding her husband, William Roper. To these prayers Roper attributed his return to the Faith; thereafter he was an ardent Catholic.