A forum of Catholic Thought

Before Roe v. WadeEffie Caldarola

I went to high school before Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's constitutional right to abortion and an absolute right during the first trimester. In early May, ...

The strife is o'erMichael Pakaluk

As a graduate student at Harvard and new convert, I remember feeling aghast and even slightly offended when I saw that the college choir had scheduled performances of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" ...

Why the culture was healthier when Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers were aroundBishop Robert Barron

When I was a kid, it was a bit of a rite of passage in my family to receive permission to stay up late enough to watch Johnny Carson's monologue on the Tonight Show. So, I followed Johnny from the ...

Providence and vocation in 'Father Stu'Bishop Robert Barron

Mark Wahlberg's new film "Father Stu" is one of the most theologically interesting films to come out in a long time. It considers some of the thorniest and most puzzling themes in the sacred science, ...

Religious liberty, the basis of all libertyMichael Pakaluk

Speaking to the United Nations, St. Pope John Paul II taught that "the fundamental rights to freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, (are) the cornerstones of the structure of human rights and ...

Why doing what is right in your own sight is such a bad ideaBishop Robert Barron

What does the Bible think about our current cultural fascination with finding our own voices, setting our own agenda, doing things according to our own lights? (By the way, if you doubt that this attitude ...

The seven non-deadly non-sinsMichael Pakaluk

The Russian war against Ukraine has led many of us (not simply Pakaluks and others of Ukrainian descent) to consider that this Lent we need to go deeper. May I suggest finding an hour in front of the ...

Lessons from Monte CassinoEffie Caldarola

The hairpin turns were gasp-inducing, especially to someone afraid of heights. As we climbed higher and higher, I alternated between covering my eyes and then peeking out at the remarkable landscape unfolding ...

Four classical ideas about scienceMichael Pakaluk

I'd like to share with you four ideas about natural science from classical authors, which may be of relevance today. All of these ideas have been embraced by Catholic thinkers of note, such as St. Thomas ...

Personal and impersonal propagation of the faithMichael Pakaluk

The Wall Street Journal's commentator for Catholic affairs, Francis X. Rocca, penned a disturbing essay last week entitled "Why the Catholic Church is Losing Latin America." Within a few months, he reports, ...

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