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Dcn. James Toner, PhD

The Grand Impostor

Proverbs tells us: “What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion” (15:23). So it is with the word imposturous, which ideally captures the essence of the deceit which characterizes what currently masquerades as social ethics. If an impostor is someone who pretends to be someone else to deceive…

Vanquishing the “Magisterium of the Mirror”: On Knowing and Doing the Right Thing

“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” -The Evil Queen in Snow White   “Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way” -Proverbs 3:6   Precis: The right thing to do is to conform our wishes to God’s will. Here, though, we will…

Study Truth, Not Bias: Recalling the Purpose of Catholic Education

Background:  A few years ago, a friend graciously asked me for permission to nominate me for a one-year visiting professorship at a Catholic College which was beginning a study of bias (as the focus for that professor’s teaching and research). I thanked my colleague but declined the nomination.  I then wrote to the President of…

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