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Mere ChristianityMichael Pakaluk

In the 1940s, C.S. Lewis gave radio broadcasts in England called "The Case for Christianity" and "Christian Behavior." These were plain and honest titles. When the talks were put together as a book, he ...

The time that Jesus called someone a dog Michael Pakaluk

It's a difficult passage -- when Jesus in an exchange with "the Syrophoenecian woman" calls her a dog. How can we make sense of it? Both Mark (7:24-30) and Matthew (15:21-28) tell the story. Thus one ...

The desolateness, and fairness, of the moonMichael Pakaluk

As the 50 year anniversary of the first moon walk approaches, it's not too early to begin reflecting upon the moon. Hollywood, our culture's Baptist, has already sent a movie as a forerunner, "First Man." But ...

The sex abuse crisis and Church teaching Michael 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 ChurchMichael 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' son Michael 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 deadMichael 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 conversion Michael 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 ...