Category: David Fleischacker

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Material is not the visible, Spiritual is not the invisible.

by David Fleischacker There is a simple yet important distinction made by Lonergan regarding the meaning of the material and the spiritual.  I remember in Fr. Joseph Flanagan's class on INSIGHT at Boston College that he gave a definition of the spiritual which intrigued many of us. This definition...

Material is not the visible, Spiritual is not the invisible.

by David Fleischacker There is a simple yet important distinction made by Lonergan regarding the meaning of the material and the spiritual.  I remember in Fr. Joseph Flanagan's class on INSIGHT at Boston College that he gave a definition of the spiritual which intrigued many of us. This definition...

Embryonic Stem Cells, Adult Stem Cells, and Medical Treatments

by Dr. David Fleischacker Only adult stem cells work in adult tissues. Embryonic stem cells work in embryos, not mature organisms. The Term “Stem Cell” Unfortunately, the technical language that develops within a discipline does not always suggest what it should, especially when it is used in the general...

40 Years Since Humanae Vitae: A Metaphysical Distinction

by Dr. David Fleischacker   As with men, the organic and psychic life of women possesses an intelligibility that begins with the finality to conceive life.  And as in men, the lower levels are intrinsically oriented toward higher levels of intellectual, rational, volitional life, with an obediential potency to...

Love of the gods, of God, and the Capacity for self-transcendence.

St. Thomas Aquinas argues that sanctifying grace transforms the very essence of the human soul (Summa Theologica, I-II, Q 110, a. 4). This essence is at the basis of the powers and operations of the human soul. And with grace, those powers are elevated to a supernaturally capacity. Lonergan...