Interpreting the Constitution to Uphold the Common Good

     From May 25th to September 17th 1787, the 55 delegates of the Constitutional Convention met to draft what would become the Constitution of the United States. When the Constitution of the United States took effect on March 4, 1779, it became the supreme law of the land. For the past 238 years, the Constitution… Continue reading Interpreting the Constitution to Uphold the Common Good

Futility, Autonomy, and the Respect Due to Human Life

This paper explores the intricate questions surrounding medical futility. It demonstrates that while personal agency and appropriate respect for life require a patient to pursue ordinary/proportionate medical interventions and entitles the patient to pursue extraordinary/disproportionate treatment options, it does not grant the patient the right to demand any treatment they want.  This paper reaches the conclusion… Continue reading Futility, Autonomy, and the Respect Due to Human Life

Cryopreserved Embryos: In Search of a Moral Solution to an Absurd Fate

Below is a copy of my Masters Thesis, which explored the question of a moral solution to cryopreserved embryos. This thesis was submitted to the Faculty of Kenrick School of Theology in partial fulfillment for the degree of Master of Arts in Theology and defended on December 9th, 2014 before Fr. James Knapp, SJ. S.T.D. and… Continue reading Cryopreserved Embryos: In Search of a Moral Solution to an Absurd Fate

Holiness, the Lapis Angularis of the Conspiratio of the Sensus Fidelium

Holiness, the Lapis Angularis of the Conspiratio of the Sensus Fidelium: A Response to Dr. Finucane’s paper Reading Lumen Gentium through Evangelii Gaudium On the occasion of the 5th Annual Newman Convocation in St. Louis,Missouri      In calling for the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII, called for a “new Pentecost.”[1] Fifty-two years later… Continue reading Holiness, the Lapis Angularis of the Conspiratio of the Sensus Fidelium

Jesus as Christ, Teacher and Son of God In the Gospel of St. Mark

     Each of the four Gospels is a part of the Divine Revelation of God. Through Divine Revelation contained in Sacred Scripture “God chose to show forth and communicate Himself and the eternal decisions of His will regarding the salvation of men.”[1] Each of the four Gospel writers selected for the content of their Gospels… Continue reading Jesus as Christ, Teacher and Son of God In the Gospel of St. Mark