Quick hits from the goodness trail.
Bloggers at The Washington Post’s On Faith site discuss whether the environmental crisis of the Gulf oil spill is also a moral crisis.
Today’s college students appear to be suffering from an empathy deficit, according to new research. No one cause is cited, but:
(The) study speculates that one likely contributor may be that “people simply might not have time to reach out to others and express empathy in a world filled with rampant technology revolving around personal needs and self expression.”
Gonzaga University Professor and U.S. Catholic blogger Patrick McCormick wonders whether the excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride and others at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Phoenix hurts the church more than helps it. The sister and others at the hospital allowed an abortion to save the life of the mother.
(I)t suggests that the bishop and the Vatican do not have clear, cogent, and persuasive answers to tough moral questions. That is not “good news.” It is a scandal.
Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, tells new graduates that entering the workforce in a recession is a test of ethics and courage. Several times he notes that bosses may tell new employees that fudging test results is standard operating procedure. His comments leave me wishing that Hanson had advised the folks on that Gulf oil rig.