Angelo Stagnaro

What Makes a Just War Just?

In Roger Vadim’s 1968 French-Italian science fiction film Barbarella, while Dr. Duran Duran, the film’s over-the-top archvillain, tortured the film’s title character, he admitted in a moment of amoral clarity, “I would hate it if anyone treated...

The Pathology of Reason

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by Scripture.” ― Thomas...

Epiphany Blessing: Chalk It Up to the Three Wise Men

During one of my forays into Bavaria, deep in the Black Forest, a friend introduced me to one of the most magnificent Catholic customs on the books. Epiphany morning came around and I asked my hosts when Mass would be. They replied that we had...

A Lesson Learned From Washing Lepers in Burma

I’ve often written in the past about my experiences in Burma and have received many questions over the years from people who want to be lay missionaries in far-off lands. As for my part, I eagerly tell them the truth. It was mostly hot, humid,...

Quid Pro Joe is One Lucky Duck

A good friend told me a very funny story about his experience with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. After not seeing him after many months, we met and caught up. I immediately noticed something different about his behavior — or should I rather...

23 More Reasons Why Men and Women Alike Should Fight Abortion

Following Part One of this two-part series, here are 23 more reasons why men and women alike should be allowed to voice an opinion about abortion: 1. Do extremist feminists allow other people to think for themselves? Do other people make choices...

Why Men Should be Allowed to Voice an Opinion About Abortion

Men are frequently told that abortion is a women’s issue and therefore they should have no opinion on the topic. This is such a silly argument — one wonders why it keeps popping up. It’s rhetoric rather than logic. It’s a lovely talking point but...

Bangkok Cathedral Makes a Proud Man Humble

Everyone has a favorite church. Those fortunate enough to travel have a great number more churches from which to choose. But, for me, it’s hard to beat Assumption Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Bangkok, Thailand. In the heart of this city ―...

Why Moral Relativists Hate Moral Relativism

This is Part 4 of a series. See also Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.   There could be no greater argument against moral relativism than the moral relativist himself. Ayn Rand insisted that she was justif

Yet More Problems with Moral Relativism

This is Part 3 of a series on moral relativism. The previous articles can be found here and here.   Moral relativism is just dressed-up narcissism. While Prof. Durand-Durand was torturing astronaut/special agent Barbarella of the eponymously...