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QuinquagesimaMichael 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 ...

Pro-life Christians: Now is the time to shout from the rooftopsBishop Robert Barron

Tom Holland's magnificent book "Dominion" develops in detail what amounts to a very simple proposition -- namely, that Christianity is responsible for many of the central values that we take for granted ...

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 ...

It's not your life, it's not your death, it's not your choiceBishop Robert Barron

When I was an auxiliary bishop in the Los Angeles Archdiocese some years ago, the state of California was militating in favor of physician-assisted suicide. During the campaign, while driving through ...

Ivy League presidents and the collapse of moral reasoningBishop Robert Barron

Last week, the presidents of three Ivy League universities -- Harvard, MIT, and Penn -- appeared before Congress to address the issue of anti-Semitism on their campuses, in the wake of the conflict between ...

In honor of MaryMichael 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 ...

My experience of the synodBishop Robert Barron

Now that I've had a bit of time to readjust to my normal rhythm and to think through the rather extraordinary experience of the last month in Rome, I would like to share some impressions of the Synod ...

Eleven top reasons in favor of abortionMichael Pakaluk

I will give what I think are the top motives for why people favor abortion rights, in what I think is the order, from the most to the least influential. 1. One motive is the sensed disproportion between ...

A day at the synodBishop Robert Barron

As some of you probably know, I've been in Rome for the past three weeks participating as a delegate at the Synod on Synodality. You might also have heard that in order to ensure the confidentiality ...

Inclined toward oneself but not 'curved inward'Michael Pakaluk

Samuel Beckett is reputed to have said, "God created the universe out of nothing, and it shows." I don't know whether he really said this. But the quip is theologically very deep, because it echoes ...