A forum of Catholic Thought

Vermont's first resident priestThomas Lester

On June 23, 1847, Father Jeremiah O'Callaghan wrote Bishop John Bernard Fitzpatrick of Boston, describing a terrible epidemic afflicting his congregation in Burlington, Vermont. The culprit was what he ...

Calling God our FatherJohn Garvey

Our last 11 grandchildren in a row have been girls, so I've gotten careful about asserting claims of male prerogative. But this Father's Day got me thinking about how we talk to God. Pope Francis recently ...

Scouting Scooter and baseball alterationsClark Booth

Earlier this month an obscure and undistinguished spare part of the Cincinnati Reds named Scooter Gennett took an illustrious seat in baseball history right alongside the fabled likes of Lou Gehrig, Chuck ...

It's Howdy Doody Time!George Weigel

Three or four times each month, Father X (as I'll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I'm grateful for his homilies, which are almost always thoughtful. Thus in a recent ...

A new strategy to fight addiction crisisRussell Shaw

It would be too simple to say that temperance is the sole solution to America's multifaceted crisis of addiction, but it's entirely realistic to think there will be no solution that leaves out temperance. ...

Making the summer months brighter for families in needDebbie Rambo

As the warm weather returns to the Commonwealth, and schools across the state let out for the summer; new challenges arise for Massachusetts families living on the margins. Parents in low-income families ...

A time for leisureKathy Mears

Growing up on a farm, I learned about work. I was taught, from a very young age, that all work is good and that you should always work hard. I also learned that work was seasonal in nature. You had months ...

End of winter, finallyClark Booth

On the eve of summer, winter finally ends. The skates are hung up, sneakers stashed away. Seasons that once routinely ended around Easter now drag on to the ides of June. But all good things come to an ...

Can I donate my body to science?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Some people may wish to "donate their body to science" after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided that their body would contribute to meaningful research ...

A myth of neutralityRichard Doerflinger

Once upon a time, we were told to allow dissent from time-honored legal and moral norms in the name of "freedom of choice." Politicians assured us they were "personally opposed" to abortion but couldn't ...