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René Girard and the Social Media SwampBishop Robert Barron

I had the good fortune last week of conducting a conversation with Luke Burgis, the author of a splendid book called "Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life." The text is a practical and ...

What's cooking? Ingredients for lifeMaureen Pratt

Congratulations, graduates, you're on your way! Whether leaving high school, college, graduate or trade school -- you have worked hard and achieved much! Parents, friends, family, God and even strangers ...

Our Lord's amazing lack of condescensionMichael Pakaluk

Here is a puzzle that theologians grapple with. It was not necessary for the Second Person of the Trinity to die on the cross in order to save the human race. Any act whatsoever by an incarnate God -- ...

How four women shook up the philosophical establishment at Oxford -- and why this matters for usBishop Robert Barron

I have just finished a marvelous book called "The Women Are Up to Something." Written by Benjamin Lipscomb, it weaves together the biographies of four extraordinary women who arrived together as students ...

Before Roe v. WadeEffie Caldarola

I went to high school before Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's constitutional right to abortion and an absolute right during the first trimester. In early May, ...

The strife is o'erMichael Pakaluk

As a graduate student at Harvard and new convert, I remember feeling aghast and even slightly offended when I saw that the college choir had scheduled performances of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" ...

Why the culture was healthier when Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers were aroundBishop Robert Barron

When I was a kid, it was a bit of a rite of passage in my family to receive permission to stay up late enough to watch Johnny Carson's monologue on the Tonight Show. So, I followed Johnny from the ...

Providence and vocation in 'Father Stu'Bishop Robert Barron

Mark Wahlberg's new film "Father Stu" is one of the most theologically interesting films to come out in a long time. It considers some of the thorniest and most puzzling themes in the sacred science, ...

Religious liberty, the basis of all libertyMichael Pakaluk

Speaking to the United Nations, St. Pope John Paul II taught that "the fundamental rights to freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, (are) the cornerstones of the structure of human rights and ...

Why doing what is right in your own sight is such a bad ideaBishop Robert Barron

What does the Bible think about our current cultural fascination with finding our own voices, setting our own agenda, doing things according to our own lights? (By the way, if you doubt that this attitude ...