Self-Legislation, Obligation, Natural Law, the State, Evil and Small ‘l’ Liberalism

February 1, 2017 Catholic Hulk 1

I herein babble and rant. In an earlier post, I wrote about freedom, God and self-legislation. I spoke about the transition of thought in how we think about freedom and moral obligation. I noted that some people think of human persons as self-legislators, free from the heteronomous standards and impositions. For them, a person is morally bound and obliged by his individual will alone, for anything else would make him unfree and deny his autonomy. [Continue reading]

There is No Such Thing as “Sexual Orientation”

January 30, 2017 Catholic Hulk 13

Robin Dembroff recently wrote an article entitled “What Is Sexual Orientation?” wherein she takes issue with how sexual orientation is typically understood. She believes that we have “good reason” to resist many of these understandings. Here are some of her reasons: Inadequate understandings of sexual orientation can reinforce heteronormative assumptions (i.e., assumptions that heterosexuality should be privileged within society) by maintaining a majority/minority divide between heterosexuality and other sexual orientations that historically has been normatively [Continue reading]

On Animals and the Pursuit of Virtue: A Rejoinder

January 24, 2017 Catholic Hulk 37

Fellow RC blogger AR-15 replied to my post about animals, vegetarianism and the pursuit of virtue. I thank him for his effort, but I regret to inform our readers that much of what he had to say, or at least how he understood my argument, was just wrong. Really wrong, in fact. Consequently, my argument remains unscathed. Here I explain why. I. Misinterpretations AR-15 depicts my argument thusly: In other words, unless one needs to [Continue reading]

Our Treatment of Animals and the Pursuit of Virtue

January 8, 2017 Catholic Hulk 29

There is a debate within the National Review regarding the ethical treatment of non-human animals. The first paper written by Scully criticizes the way we treat non-human animals, followed by a rebuttal by Cam Edwards. Take a gander at both of them. In his essay, Edwards writes: Scully’s moral argument against meat eating sounds great, as long as you don’t think about the mice, rabbits, squirrels, moles, groundhogs, and other creatures great and small killed [Continue reading]

Hey, Non-White Guys and MTV

December 31, 2016 Catholic Hulk 2

MTV recently published a video entitled Hey, White Guys. The people in the video gave white men several resolutions for the upcoming year, usually involving implications that racism and sexism are problems for white men. So since some people are in the spirit of offering cheerful advice, I thought that I’d offer my own. Hey, Black Guys: If you haven’t already, finish school. High school graduation rates for black youth are far lower than white [Continue reading]

Love Wins?

December 22, 2016 Catholic Hulk 9

I recently read an article about an 18-year-old woman and her biological father. Reportedly, both of these individuals chose to enter into a sexual and romantic relationship with each other. Upon hearing of their choice, I was left disturbed, for as I see it, the kinds of love properly ordered for a father and his daughter is rigidly storge and agape. Hence, if a father and his daughter have erotic love (eros) for each other, then [Continue reading]

Political Vaginae

November 30, 2016 Catholic Hulk 62

Earlier I was writing about God, liberty and self-legislation. I wanted to add an extension to that post, because I’m writing a series, but I was sidetracked by a case with the Human Rights Tribunal in British Columbia, Canada. I am unsure if Americans have any counterpart to the Human Rights Tribunal, but think of it as an inquisition for progressivism, but with dumber people. The case that sidetracked me is Dawson v. Vancouver Police [Continue reading]

God Matters: On Liberty, License and Liberalism

November 15, 2016 Catholic Hulk 24

It is clear to me that just about any normative proposition concerning how we should organize ourselves and our resources is dependent upon or influenced by further propositions regarding knowledge about the existence of God and His relation to us. Take western Christianity, for example. If it is true, then, as a matter of fact, each human being is created, free and of enormous intrinsic worth whose objective good is with God; and moreover, each [Continue reading]

On Freedom, Excellence, Liberals and Minorities

November 5, 2016 Catholic Hulk 58

Freedom is tricky thing to understand, for there are many different kinds. Here’s a short list: 1. Freedom from external restraint. For example, I am free in the sense that I am not imprisoned by steel bars, shackles, nor bound by rope. Those guys at Guantanamo Bay? Not so much. 2. Freedom from internal necessity—our choices are not determined by any internal necessity. 3. Freedom from moral bind. For example, if married, I am not [Continue reading]

What’s Happening with Haplin? Conservative Catholics, Subsidiarity and Gender Relations

October 27, 2016 Catholic Hulk 17

Progressivist John Haplin at the Center for American Progress had some provocative things to say about conservative Catholics and Catholicism within a recent chain of leaked emails. In these emails, Haplin said that conservative Catholics like to “throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.” Haplin also said that Catholicism has “severely backward” gender relations. Here I briefly explain the principle of subsidiarity so [Continue reading]