A forum of Catholic Thought

Whose bourgeois morality?George Weigel

In the latest round of debate over Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, a fervent defender of the document sniffed at some of its critics that "the Magisterium ...

Making and renewing vowsJohn Garvey

Last week a friend invited my wife and me to join her in celebrating the 50th anniversary of her perpetual vows. It was a simple but moving ceremony. There was a Mass with guests and members of her religious ...

Digitization progressingThomas Lester

It has been over one year since the Archdiocese of Boston entered into a partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to digitize our sacramental record collection. Since it began in ...

When is it a sin to make a referral?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it. By laying ...

One DayClark Booth

It was only one day but it ought to be enshrined in the annals of epic New England sporting festivals, or at least accorded a footnote. The day was Thursday, the seventh of October 2017, when in a gluttonous ...

The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25George Weigel

John Paul II called the Extraordinary Synod of 1985 to assess what had gone right and what had gone wrong in two decades of implementing the Second Vatican Council. In Vaticanese, it was styled "extraordinary" ...

Talking past each otherRussell Shaw

The challenge of finding language in which believers and non-believers can communicate is unintentionally illustrated in a bestselling new book which predicts that human beings will soon reinvent themselves ...

The hollow manGreg Erlandson

What savagery lies in the breast of man? Two recent television epics ask us to contemplate this question. The first is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's magnificent documentary, "The Vietnam War." The ...

The 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the SunThomas Lester

On May 13, 1917, the feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, three shepherd children lead their flock to the fields and, after lunch, began praying the Rosary together. Shortly afterward, Lucia dos ...

Post-season handicapClark Booth

And so here we go again! After six grueling months, plus a couple more for tune-ups, with a total expenditure for performers alone exceeding five BILLION bucks, featuring roughly 6,000 homers and over ...