A forum of Catholic Thought

Cops and padresJohn Garvey

It might just be a reflection of my own intellectual preoccupations, but I can't help but notice some parallels in our efforts to end both police racism and clergy sexual abuse. One concerns the way we ...

The human costs of solitary confinement John Garvey

No one foresaw the coronavirus outbreak. And now that it is upon us, we have been slow to realize how much it will affect the way we see the world. My mind has been running in some unaccustomed channels. My ...

Sense of smellJohn Garvey

In my line of work, I go to a lot of restaurants, and the company often looks to me to choose something from the wine list. This is a mistake. I can't tell red from white with my eyes closed. But I look ...

Coronavirus and 'Hollywood Squares' John Garvey

The novel coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, late last year has affected higher education like nothing I have experienced in my time as a university president. We have called students home from ...

Women and menJohn Garvey

When we first began having grandchildren, they were roughly evenly divided between boys and girls. But the past 14 in a row have been girls. What are the odds? In the general population, boys are born ...

Hold the Botox John Garvey

I get my picture taken a lot. I'm not particularly photogenic, but as president of The Catholic University of America, people expect me to be in the frame for a lot of occasions, and it would be rude ...

Synchrony and cultureJohn Garvey

Last month I paid a visit to Bar-Ilan University in Israel for a discussion about the role of faith in higher education. Bar-Ilan is distinctive among Israeli universities in its ambition to fuse a reverence ...

Be fruitful and multiply John Garvey

Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at a Gates Foundation event in New York, suggested that no well-educated woman would have a large family. "Present me the woman who decided, being ...