A forum of Catholic Thought

The sex abuse crisis and Church teachingMichael Pakaluk

Every one of us struggles and is weak; but what matters is how we deal with our weakness. Let's take something trivial and therefore inoffensive. Consider the principle, "Do not eat between meals." (It ...

One Catholic Church Michael Pakaluk

The headlines last week proclaimed that Pope Francis had changed the Church's teaching on the death penalty, causing consternation among some Catholics. Why? They were reacting not simply to the evident ...

Tom Evans' sonMichael Pakaluk

There is a great, old tradition in Catholicism of celebrating a Requiem Mass about one month after someone's passing, the "Month's Mind." Since Alfie Evans died on April 28, we can fittingly remember ...

He rose again from the dead Michael Pakaluk

I want to change how you think about the Resurrection by asking you to imagine it in a new way. You need to use your imagination, not in the sense of thinking of some fable which never existed, but in ...

Converting from our conversionMichael Pakaluk

When you read this column, it will be halfway through Lent. It's a good time to look back at where we began and ask whether we need to make changes. But on what basis? What should be our criteria? What ...

A higher greatness Michael Pakaluk

Kevin Dolan was laid to rest two weeks ago Friday after a funeral Mass in St. Paul's Cathedral, Worcester. His life like so many things associated with Christ was both mystery and paradox. Twenty years ...

Moral authoritiesMichael Pakaluk

There is an unavoidable circularity in ethics. We decide whether a teaching is correct, based on the life of the person who teaches it, but we also decide whether a manner of life is praiseworthy, based ...

The Wise Men teach us to kneel Michael Pakaluk

''Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen ...