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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 -- ...

The strife is o'er Michael 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" ...

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 ...

The seven non-deadly non-sins Michael Pakaluk

The Russian war against Ukraine has led many of us (not simply Pakaluks and others of Ukrainian descent) to consider that this Lent we need to go deeper. May I suggest finding an hour in front of the ...

Four classical ideas about scienceMichael Pakaluk

I'd like to share with you four ideas about natural science from classical authors, which may be of relevance today. All of these ideas have been embraced by Catholic thinkers of note, such as St. Thomas ...

Personal and impersonal propagation of the faith Michael Pakaluk

The Wall Street Journal's commentator for Catholic affairs, Francis X. Rocca, penned a disturbing essay last week entitled "Why the Catholic Church is Losing Latin America." Within a few months, he reports, ...

See civilization getting madeMichael Pakaluk

In the old calendar, Dec. 13 occurred one week later, almost exactly at the time of the winter solstice, when the days start getting longer. It turns out that in 304 A.D. the solstice was the "dies natalis" ...

Usury, a concealed evil snake, even today Michael Pakaluk

Here's something that happens in the development of science all the time. A general law is set down and regarded as universal, without exception. But then it is discovered that what used to be thought ...