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Secularism no basis for human fraternityMichael Pakaluk

''Fratelli Tutti," the pope's recent encyclical, presents an outlook and advocates policies to foster friendship among the entire human family. Friendship is not possible if the inequalities among us ...

The sweet name of Mary Michael Pakaluk

''May this appeal of mine not go unheard!" Thus wrote the sainted Pope John Paul II in 2002, near the end of his apostolic letter on the rosary. "I look to all of you, brothers and sisters of every state ...

Ideas for summer readingMichael Pakaluk

It is easy to tear down, hard to build. Cathedrals built over centuries were destroyed in days during the Reformation. A man nurtured lovingly from birth, educated, instructed in sports, formed in art ...

Asking pardon and the 'purification of memory' Michael Pakaluk

Many of us remember that at the turn of the Millennium St. Pope John Paul II confessed sins and requested pardon on behalf of Christians for past anti-Semitism. This took place in a remarkable ceremony ...

Spiritual communionMichael Pakaluk

The Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions "spiritual communion" in only two passages, neither of which deals with the Eucharist: 2347 "The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship. It shows the ...

The last pilgrim Michael Pakaluk

''A man doesn't know what he has until he loses it," sings Joe Boyd, the middle-aged real estate salesman in the musical "Damn Yankees." Transformed into a young, superstar athlete -- "Shoeless Joe from ...

The Church as a householdMichael Pakaluk

What seems an accidental confluence of books can be providential, which is perhaps the best reason for reading several books at the same time. Gregory of Tours, the late sixth-century bishop, perhaps ...

Mysteries in our faith Michael Pakaluk

There seem to be two basic approaches that we can take to reality and our place within it. These approaches are exclusive, and we need to choose between them. Either (1) we are set on accepting reality ...