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Pushed off the platformMichael Pakaluk

It is highly important to the United States that some national political leader, somewhere, affirm the principle that since all human beings are created equal and endowed by their Creator with a right ...

Advice to fathers Michael Pakaluk

I thought for this week following Father's Day I would try to remember and collect the best advice I know about fatherhood. Here it is: First, and above all, pray for each child each day. If possible, ...

The Easter Season is the fleshly seasonMichael Pakaluk

Easter is a celebration of the centrality of the body in the Christian faith, because it is a celebration of the resurrection of the Lord, and, as Christians, we confess the resurrection of the body, ...

No line-drawing Michael Pakaluk

A good way to grasp the central idea of "Infinite Dignity," the recent Declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, is to set down this rule: if we are engaged in any project of line-drawing ...

God's instrument for viewing the crucifixionMichael Pakaluk

The crucifixion is so horrible that we naturally recoil from it. Without some special reason to view it, we flee from it, just as the Apostles did at the event itself (except for John). Protest as much ...

Quinquagesima Michael Pakaluk

The word I have chosen for the title of this essay means "fiftieth" in Latin. Before Vatican II, among Catholics, the term referred to the Sunday before Lent, which is exactly 50 days before Easter. This ...

Seeking an indulgence as an act of faithMichael Pakaluk

Surely no Catholic devotion is more congenial than to pray before a creche. Perhaps with the end of the Christmas season on Jan. 8 (the Baptism of the Lord), you miss the creche already. I wonder, are ...

In honor of Mary Michael Pakaluk

In honor of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe, I invite you to ponder with me the two opening lines of Mary's song, the "Magnificat" (Luke 1:46-7). We are confronted first with ...