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“Promoting a Culture of Vocations in School” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

November 8, 2017

We remain privileged, despite ongoing and increasing obstacles, to still have and maintain our separate school system. One of the many blessings this affords us is a natural avenue to seize the opportunities for promoting the discernment of children’s vocations in light of God’s unique plan for them. Our schools should be ‘greenhouses‘ for vocations-… Read More ›

“Reaping the Bitter Fruits of the Sexual Revolution” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

We tend to identify the late 1960’s as the start of the sexual revolution, as most in modern culture would call that time of alleged “liberation”. However, what became one of the most damaging philosophical shifts of the 20th century was building up over time from contributing factors around the world. In this talk delivered… Read More ›

“Spiritual But Not Religious, You Say? Impossible.” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

There is an ever expanding demographic of modern, Western society that styles itself as spiritual, but not religious. In this talk delivered to the St. Michael’s DMC Young Adults Group, Fr. Cristino explores the history of religion and how, with a proper understanding of what religion entails, the claim of being strictly ‘spiritual’ while adhering to… Read More ›

“The Truth About Tolerance” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

It would seem our modern culture values only one virtue: TOLERANCE. The problem is, tolerance is not a virtue. In fact, one might say that to tolerate is the furthest thing from loving. In this talk delivered to the Youth 4 Truth Conference earlier this year, Fr. Cristino explores the themes of relativism, truth and defending… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 8” – Course by Fr. Cristino

The concluding lecture of this series takes all that has been covered regarding the foundational principles of moral decision making in our tradition, combined with last week’s emphasis on human dignity, in order to better grasp the Church’s position on sexual ethics. It is in this area that the world pays most attention to the… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 7” – Course by Fr. Cristino

With six weeks behind us covering the fundamental principles which guide the Catholic moral tradition, namely- that the Church is a loving mother which teaches us to love her Groom, Jesus Christ, in the way He wants to be loved by allowing His laws to govern our consciences so as to act virtuously- we are… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 6” – Course by Fr. Cristino

Having covered the fundamental principles of the previous five weeks, we can now bring them all together in this session covering the concrete, nuts and bolts of what has guided Catholic decision making for centuries. In a culture permeated- often ignorantly- of gravely evil methods of decision making, it is imperative that Catholics receive a… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 5” – Course by Fr. Cristino

People are generally familiar with the concept of being virtuous but this is frequently taken to be more of an adjective for “nice people” as opposed to an ethical theory. In this session, Fr. Cristino examines how, down the ages, from the Greek Philosophers to today, seeing the pursuit of virtue as a form of… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 4” – Course by Fr. Cristino

The much beloved figure of the childhoods of so many, Jiminy Cricket, played a starring role in the Disney Classic, Pinocchio- not for being a particularly cute cricket- but rather, a conscientious guide. The role of our conscience in moral decision making is indispensable but one which, with the help of the Church, revelation and law, must… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 3” – Course by Fr. Cristino

Having laid the groundwork of Catholic moral principles being the teaching authority of the Church which is at the service of fostering our friendship with Christ, we can now turn our attention to four key concepts which govern morality. The first and broadest of these four is the reality of ‘LAW’; what it is, where… Read More ›