Grow ▪ Connect ▪ Renew
November 5, 2015 ▪ Duke University
Church, State, and the Common Good: Enemies or Allies?
November 5, 2015 ▪ North Carolina State University
The Church and the Public Square: Morality and the Public Good
October 18, 2015 ▪ Duke University
Why Do We Need Prayer: How Does it Work?
July 11, 2015 ▪ St. Joseph Catholic Church
Does Nature Need Prayer?
May 16, 2015 ▪ St. Joseph Catholic Church
Moral Conscience, Freedom, and the Natural Law
March 7, 2015 ▪ St. Joseph Catholic Church
The Church and the Sacraments
February 14, 2015 ▪ St. Joseph Catholic Church
Body, Soul and Resurrection
January 24, 2015 ▪ St. Joseph Catholic Church
Jesus, the Trinity, and the Concept of Person
November 29, 2014 ▪ St. Joseph Catholic Church
Creation and Knowledge of God
November 8, 2014 ▪ St. Joseph Catholic Church
The Act of Faith and the Motives of Credibility
The Natural Moral Law: Is it the Key to Happiness?
Thomas International Center panel gives strong message to parents
RALEIGH, NC – Parenting may be suffering death by a thousand cuts, said Deacon Brad Watkins, Headmaster at Saint Thomas More Academy, Raleigh, NC, during a Thomas International Center panel discussion Dec. 5 at North Carolina’s Tally Student Union. “Malformation is still formation.”
The panel discussion, which included His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, candidly discussed the toxic effect of a culture that has turned truth upside down.
Cardinal Burke questioned current educational wisdom, which dictates that young students aren’t developmentally ready to learn faith but can learn photosynthesis.
“We teach fairly sophisticated math and biology to sixth graders but assume they aren’t able to begin to discuss the structure of reality – philosophy and classical western civilization.”
The audience broke into applause frequently as the panel discussed the frontal attack of increasing secularization, particularly the expansion of relativism. Panel members contended public school educators and media strategists have twisted materialism and beauty, and “false compassion is the trademark of our time.”
The panel encouraged a unified pursuit of freedom with excellence and integral happiness. Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., highlighted the importance of the moral virtues and the fundamental inclination of our nature to the good and the truth. Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi, Thomas International Center’s president, reminded that the “ought” we experience in our moral conscience is a witness of the truth, and reveals, beyond the appearance of fears and pleasures, what we really desire.
Panel members indicated that the new mantra, which seems to be the absolutization of freedom to self-determination, will be confusing and wound students. After all, they contend, natural law is integrated with the peace that comes from intimacy with Christ.
“People are crying out for authenticity,” explained panel member Sandy Costra, former president of Quintiles Transnational Corp., a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services. The key, panel members agreed, is to recognize that human beings need to have the freedom to live a full life where they help each other. They also need institutions, and they need to be permitted to seek truth. Society can’t cage truth and then expect its members to achieve human happiness. Students need to learn the moral demands of being truly free.
Panel video coming soon!
Remaining in the Truth of Christ
Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi interviews Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke about pastoral ministry to couples involved in an irregular marriage.