Meghan Clark has another thoughtful article, Part II in her series, on Thomas Aquinas and how his approach to ethical judgment requires the kind of careful analysis that some bishops - Morlino, Paprocki, Boyea come to mind - wish to ignore, preferring a kind of moral relativism that permits them to sweep all the moral failings of Mr. Ryan's budget under the rug of prudential judgment. As Clark indicates, Thomas is more demanding.
Clark is fast distinguishing herself as one of a crop of young theologians whose commitment to the tradition reveals just how liberating our Catholic intellectual tradition can be. She does not have recourse to Marxist or neo-Marxist or neo-Anything. She just looks at what the Angelic Doctor plainly said and plainly applies it to the circumstances of today. Brava!