Rev. Thomas V. Berg, PhD

About Rev. Thomas V. Berg, PhD

Fr. Thomas Berg, PhD is a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New York and holds a PhD in moral philosophy from Rome's Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum. He currently serves as professor of moral theology at St. Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie), as well as being vice rector, and director of admissions.

In addition to moral theology, his areas of specialization include natural law theory, medical ethics, and philosophical and theological anthropology. In 1998 he founded the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, a Catholic think-tank dedicated to fundamental research on the Western moral tradition. He has published or been quoted in Crisis Magazine, the National Catholic Register, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He has also co-edited a volume of essays on the topic of human embryo adoption entitled: Human Embryo Adoption: Biotechnology, Marriage, and the Right to Life. In 2007 he was appointed by Governor Elliot Spitzer to the ethics committee of New York's Empire State Stem Cell Board, and in 2010 he was named by Governor David Paterson to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.

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Conscience, Freedom, and the “Law of Graduality” at the Synod on the Family

Ideas have consequences—we well know. My concern here is a series of problematic and closely related conceptions of conscience, human freedom, the moral qualification of human acts, and progress in moral living that might be operative in … [Read more...]

What is Moral Conscience?

Refuting four mistaken ideas about conscience in light of the natural law tradition. My experience as a teacher, counselor and confessor has repeatedly confirmed that there is a tremendous amount of confusion, especially among Catholics, … [Read more...]