Dialogue with a Relativist ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

Dialogue with a Relativist ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

By: Paul Murano – Oct. 2019 A Moral Relativist (a), and Natural Law theorist (b), Discuss Homosexuality a) Homosexuality is something you’re born with. There is no moral issue with homosexuality. b) Some people may experience same-sex attraction from an early age, but this isn’t relevant to the ethical question, which is whether one ought […]

Ethics and Reason – the Forgotten Bridge Between Politics & Religion ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

Ethics and Reason – the Forgotten Bridge Between Politics & Religion ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

By: Paul Murano – August, 2019 The following two questions are related – the first was priority in premodern philosophy, the second is in modern philosophy: 1. How should people behave? 2. What behaviors ought to be allowed? The first question is ethical – the science of self governance. The second is political – the […]

The Meaning of Liberty ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

The Meaning of Liberty ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

By: Paul Murano – July 2019 As another Independence Day has come and gone, Americans had an opportunity again to reflect on the meaning of July 4th. Traditionally, we have self-identified as a nation of freedom and liberty. Yet, as we move further and further in time from the writing of the Declaration of Independence, […]

What’s Wrong with In-Vitro Fertilization? ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

What’s Wrong with  In-Vitro Fertilization? ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

By: Paul Murano – June, 2019 We all know the reasons and motives couples seek procreative technologies when fertility seems to fail. But despite the good intentions, is it moral? Let us go beneath the surface to look at this question from various angles. The following are short elaborations: 3 moral underlying principles, 3 things […]

Are Most Young People a Lost Cause, or Just Lost? ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

Are Most Young People a Lost Cause, or Just Lost? ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

By: Paul Murano – May, 2019 Although my social media posts, website blurbs, and newspaper articles pull no punches in articulating my personal take on important issues, my teaching style is very different. My approach in the college classroom is objective and Socratic, allowing for students to think for themselves by following reason wherever it […]

Kraft, Sex, and Cultural Confusion ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE

Kraft, Sex, and Cultural Confusion ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE

By: Paul Murano – March, 2019 We Americans tend to bask in the humiliation of others. This is especially true if they’re famous. Much of mainstream journalism has joined the tabloid industry in commonly breaking the eighth commandment by unnecessarily causing scandal and humiliation to individuals for the sake of ratings. Ratings means money, and […]

Abortion Up to Birth: Does it Matter? ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAULMURANO

Abortion Up to Birth: Does it Matter? ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAULMURANO

In order to prepare for the possibility that Roe vs. Wade be overturned within this presidency, the states of New York, Virginia, Vermont, and others have been attempting to legalize abortion up until birth. The governor of New York publicly celebrated their new bill while the governor of Virginia stated proudly that their legislation would […]

The Smoke of Satan Has Entered ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

The Smoke of Satan  Has Entered ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

  In his homily in 1972 on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Paul VI made this ominous statement: “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” A few years prior, the pope wrote Humanae Vitae (1968), reaffirming the Church’s constant teaching against contraception. This should have been the dam to […]

The Church and the Death Penalty ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

The Church and the  Death Penalty ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

  By: Paul Murano – August, 2018 Pope Francis has altered one section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) to include the ‘inadmissibility’ of the death penalty. Many faithful Catholics are in a state of disorientation and confusion because it appears to them that the pope may have changed an essential doctrine of […]