A forum of Catholic Thought

Getting beyond DarwinGeorge Weigel

Bishop Robert Barron and others working hard to evangelize the "Nones" -- young adults without religious conviction -- tell us that a major obstacle to a None embracing Christianity is the cultural assumption ...

Holy days of obligationJohn Garvey

We have just begun the four-and-a-half month span -- between the solemnities of the Assumption (Aug. 15) and Mary, mother of God (Jan. 1) -- into which all our holy days of obligation are now compressed. Canon ...

Do we really believe in the Real Presence?Greg Erlandson

When Pope Francis recently said that every time we receive Communion, it should be like our first time, it reminded me of a friend's story. He had left his then-youngest son in the pew while the rest ...

The Teen Center at St. Peter's -- an oasis for Dorchester youthDebbie Rambo

As the summer sun beats down upon the Boston blacktop, bright and energetic middle and high school students from our Teen Center at St. Peter's get a break from their studies to experience some of the ...

A walk is as good as a hitDick Flavin

"A walk is as good as a hit." That's a baseball axiom with which I became very familiar as a kid, having heard it called out to me by my teammates virtually every time I stepped into the batter's box. ...

Heroism and priesthood, Dachau and AmazoniaGeorge Weigel

In late June, I visited the concentration camp at Dachau, located in a wooded suburb a few miles from downtown Munich. The camp site struck me as rather too neat: virtually all of the huts in which hundreds ...

The real presenceRussell Shaw

Back in 1995, the American theologian Germain Grisez and I published an article noting with dismay poll data showing that a very large number of self-identified Catholics in the United States believed ...

The establishment of Mission ChurchThomas Lester

Within Archbishop John J. William's papers resides a document dating to Aug. 15, 1869, outlining the terms agreed upon with Father Joseph Helmpraecht, provincial superior of the Redemptorists, permitting ...

Computer: the death of me and maybe of baseballDick Flavin

Baseball has been through gambling scandals, strikes, and steroids, and still it has survived as the best of all games. But can baseball survive computers? The explosion of information we now have at ...

Sharpen your pencils for the school of loveLaura Kelly Fanucci

Did you know the family is a school of love? The Second Vatican Council declared this teaching, St. John Paul II deepened it and Pope Francis affirmed it. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church spells ...