A forum of Catholic Thought

The Boston Catholic Observer launched 175 years agoThomas Lester

On Jan. 16, 1847, exactly 175 years ago next week, the first issue of the Boston Catholic Observer appeared in print, intended to serve as the official voice of the Diocese of Boston. The Pilot was initially ...

Eugenics, forced sterilization, and protecting the mentally challengedFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Although most Americans today are unaware of it, the United States has a sad and extensive history of forced sterilizations, especially within the past century. In 1907, Indiana legalized forced sterilizations ...

The sad tale of Steve DalkowskiDick Flavin

Back in the days when I was freshly out of college and trying to figure what to do with my life, my fascination with baseball flagged somewhat, if only temporarily. The Red Sox stunk and had for some ...

Who invented the individual?George Weigel

A common misconception holds that early "modernity" invented the "individual": the idea that everyone is a someone with a unique identity independent of family, tribe, racial group, or nation. And from ...

Solving our race problemRussell Shaw

Here is today's quiz: What 19th century novel points the way to a lasting solution to the racial tensions afflicting America today? If you said "Uncle Tom's Cabin," you're wrong. As President Lincoln ...

Bridging divides shoulder to shoulderGreg Erlandson

The anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot that humiliated Congress and horrified a good portion of our nation has gone more or less as one might have predicted during these divided times. The two political ...

'Strange Rites' and the promise of natural religionBishop Robert Barron

Along with many other cultural commentators, I have been tracing for the past many years the phenomenon of religious disaffiliation, the sobering fact that armies of people, especially the young, are ...

'How long, Lord?'Mary Marrocco

''My soul too is shuddering greatly -- and you, Lord, how long?" (Ps 6:4) "The Lord has heard the sound of my weeping ... they will turn back in sudden disgrace." (Ps 6:9,11) This new year, perhaps ...

Remembering Jerry ColonnaDick Flavin

Are you old enough to remember Jerry Colonna? I'll give you a hint; he was not a utility infielder for the Red Sox. Unless you've been kicking around this planet for 75 years or more, you probably have ...

No optimism, much hopeGeorge Weigel

While history is always full of surprises, including happy ones, I must confess that I'm not full of Pentecostal joy as I consider the next 12 months. World politics are likely to be grim. The Russian ...