A forum of Catholic Thought

Babes and almsMichael Pakaluk

"I was hungry, and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in." "As long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me." The ...

In the last days Michael Pakaluk

''But understand this," says St. Paul, "in the last days, there will come times of stress" (RSVCE). Other translations have "grievous times," "terrifying times," and "dangerous times." (2 Tim ...

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, ...