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Judge notMichael Pakaluk

We have all heard that "Catholic" means, literally, "according to the whole." That one idea has many consequences. A Catholic university, for example, looks at the world "according to the whole" -- not ...

Overturning Roe v Wade Michael Pakaluk

(The following are edited remarks by Michael Pakaluk to the Massachusetts Caucus at the March for Life, Jan. 27, 2017. -- Ed.) My first car was an AMC Matador made in 1973. Perhaps because Matador means ...

'The holiest priest I ever knew'Michael Pakaluk

St. Lawrence was martyred by being roasted on a gridiron over an open flame. "This side is well done," he joked, "You may turn me over now." But perhaps we forget why he was martyred so gruesomely. A ...

Lessons of a Catholic Rhodes Scholar Michael Pakaluk

Aurora Griffin, the author of "How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard" (Ignatius Press, 2016), studied classics at Harvard, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where she studied theology, and has accepted a ...

Abortion, the debates, and truthMichael Pakaluk

I wish to analyze with you the exchange between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on abortion at the Vice Presidential debate this week. Let us first recognize how extraordinary it was that that portion of the ...

Nothing truly different from Chicago Michael Pakaluk

Last week the internet community of social conservatives and libertarians was abuzz over a letter from a Dean at the University of Chicago, Jay Ellison, to incoming students. "Members of our community ...

Impoverished without ContemplationMichael Pakaluk

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in one of his Gulag books tells of how he and other prisoners were kept in buildings without any windows, yet each day, when they were being marched from one prison bloc to another, ...

Exercises in Summer Reading Michael Pakaluk

Tweets are generally 40 characters, despite the generous allowance of 140. The average word in a tweet has 5 characters: thus, about 7 words per tweet. It follows that the average reader, at 200 words ...