Michael Vacca

OVERCOMING POLARIZATION WITHIN THE CHURCH

Reconnecting the Sacraments with the Moral Life Sadly, our world is more divided than ever before. Even a cursory glance at politics, education, or culture suffices to give one the impression that compromise is often no longer possible.  The most essential principle to any civilization is the respect owing to every single human person, and even this …

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ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY MEANS

In assessing when there is a duty to preserve life, the Church distinguishes between ordinary and extraordinary means.[1]  Ordinary means must be taken to preserve life, and extraordinary means can be morally refused.[2]  It is, therefore, critical to properly characterize particular means of preserving human life as ordinary or extraordinary, that is, as morally obligatory …

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