J. Brian Benestad

J. Brian Benestad is a member of the Theology and Religious Studies faculty at the University of Scranton.

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Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

In De Moribus Ecclesiae Catholicae et de Moribus Manichaeorum, St. Augustine writes, “there is no sounder principle in the Catholic Church than that authority should precede reason.” Scripture, tradition, and the teaching authority of the Catholic Church take precedence over philosophical speculation in determining Catholic teaching on faith and morals. Fr. Curran and many other … Read more

Perspectives — The Bishop Malone Statement

In the wake of the dispute between Governor Cuomo and Archbishop O’Connor, Bishop James W. Malone, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), has issued a statement purporting to clarify the role of Catholic bishops in American politics. Malone’s statement also quite clearly criticizes Governor Cuomo’s position that he would not let his … Read more

Rights, Virtue, and the Common Good

Paper presented at a seminar on Jacques Maritain, sponsored by the American Maritain Association, at Princeton University, October 28-29, 1983. The author of a recent popular article on Maritain argued that “it was Maritain, more than anyone else, who taught the Church to speak the language of human rights . . .” The Church did … Read more

The Apostolic Mission of Catholic Bishops in the Political Order

In their 1968 pastoral letter “Human Life in Our Day,” the American bishops reiterated the teaching of the Second Vatican Council that it is a crime against God and man to use weapons that indiscriminately destroy whole cities or vast areas and their inhabitants. This statement was reaffirmed in January 1976 by Archbishop Peter Gerety … Read more

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