According to Father Thomas Joseph White, the shortage of priests in America is not one of the major sources of religious crisis. The important thing is to maintain strict standards, such as celibacy, for the priesthood in order to reinforce the sacredness of the vocation. He also tells the story of his own calling to the priesthood.
Are those content to simply have faith in God "incomplete" compared to those who try to reason about his existence? Dominican Friar Fr. Thomas Joseph White talks to Big Think about the spiritual importance of reason, and the doubts that a rational approach to spirituality may or may not lead to.
Dominican Friar Thomas Joseph White unpacks the ambiguousness of religion’s impact on American politics and explains that, though he does not consider the secularization of society a personal crisis, that the tendency of some public figures to consider religious voices "necessarily fundamentalist" impedes an important discussion about universal moral goods in public policy.
Father Thomas Joseph White, O.P. is one of the youngest professors at the Pontifical Academy of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., the seminary for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph and a center of Thomistic learning for both priests and laity. Fr. White is an expert in Thomistic metaphysics, Christology and Roman Catholic-Reformed ecumenical dialogue. Fr. White converted to Catholicism at age 22, while studying at Brown University.
Fr. White is the author of the upcoming Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Modern Thomistic Natural Theology (Sapientia Press).