"My coworker is very negative and often angry at other people, making offensive comments. I often wonder: should I speak up, or just put up with him?” F. M.
ethics in action
“Choosing the right thing to do can be very confusing amid a pandemic! We should be present to love others and worship as one body, but being physically together is deemed dangerous to public health. How do we sort through all this to make good decisions?”
“In the U.S. we are in an election year, and often people speak of voting for the ‘lesser of two evils.’ What could be a guideline as a voter?” C. L.
“I once made an insensitive comment at work that hurt a colleague, who comes from a different ethnic background. How can I start over after such a mishap? Should I address it directly?” A. L.
“What can you do about difficult family relationships that cause hurt in you and other family members? Is it always necessary to maintain these relationships?” C. E.
“Should you give to charities that help the poor, or does it keep people from taking their situation in hand and changing their life?” M.Y.
“How can you explain the value of life to someone who doesn’t believe in God?” A. R.
“I was greatly wronged by a close friend. Why do I have to try to forgive?” S. L.
“A lot of people love their pets very much, and St. Francis saw God in every creature. However, for some people these pets end up as a child substitute, and people spend a lot of money for them. How should our relationship with animals be?” – A.F.
“How important is it to always tell the truth? Sometimes a small lie helps people feel better. For example, if someone asks you if you like their new haircut and you really find it ugly — what do you do? Tell the hard truth, or something diplomatic?” G. F.