Entries by The Catholic Thing

Pope Francis Oversteps the Papal Office

Fr. Gerald Murray on the pope’s endorsement of civil unions for same-sex couples. Pope Francis must repent of this disastrous declaration, which inflicts grave harm upon the Church. The endorsement of civil unions for same-sex couples by Pope Francis in the film Francesco, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, is a true scandal in both the technical and popular meaning […]

On the Nature of Complicity

Randall Smith: In the future, will America’s bishops renounce their failure to condemn politicians who support abortion as German bishops have recently done for their former support of Nazism? In a column last year titled “Politicizing the Eucharist?” I pointed out that no one now claims that when Archbishop Rummel of New Orleans excommunicated three Catholics […]

Amy Barrett: What’s Really at Stake

Randall Smith: Why will Democrats attempt to publicly humiliate a talented, extremely qualified, perfectly decent mother of seven? One word: abortion. The vilification has begun.  Amy Coney Barrett is a “white colonizer,” a “Handmaid’s Tale” puppet of the patriarchy, and/or a “**ing nut.”  And the attempts to torpedo Judge Barrett’s nomination will only get worse. […]

President Trump and His Executive Order

Hadley Arkes: The President has taken constructive action to reinforce the 2002 Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act, but a loss in November will surely negate it. The calls starting come in just after President Trump appeared at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in September.  The president had taken the moment to announce an Executive Order meant […]

How Bad Are Things?

David Warren: You bottle up young people, and then an ideologue lights a match. They become “Molotov people,” filled with nothing except natural fuel. Some have argued, this could turn out well. From my information, homeschooling has grown explosively across the U.S.A., and this doesn’t seem to be receding much, as the Batflu lockdowns ease. Whether […]

Lifestyle Liberalism Takes Money – Lots of It

Randall Smith: Too many Americans, both “liberals” and “conservatives,” believe America is great because individuals get to choose their own idea of the good. Many people assume that a society “progressive” in its moral views would naturally be “progressive” in its economy, that someone who believes in a more equal distribution of goods would also be […]

Banish Sin, Transform the Church

David G. Bonagura, Jr.: Detractors say trivializing sin was part of Vatican II’s spirit and is still in the post-conciliar Church. But the perennial problem is really sin itself. The Second Vatican Council is back in the news lately, with two prominent, tradition-minded bishops revisiting well-known arguments of conciliar interpretation in light two recent Vatican documents, Amoris […]

Flannery O’Connor Was Not a Racist

Lorraine C. Murray: One of our greatest Southern writers knew we can’t pass laws requiring people to love each other as Christ loves them. Flannery O’Connor is the latest cultural figure to be canceled. The very title of Paul Elie’s recent article in The New Yorker, “How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor?” assumes her guilt. Jumping upon the cancellation […]

On the Uses and Misuses of Crowds

Hadley Arkes: American mayors and governors lack the common sense to see when “peaceful protests” turn into seditious assaults on the rule of law. The philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), a learned, buoyant man, sustained all his life by a network of family and friends, nevertheless took the grimmest view of that biped who conjugated verbs.  Left […]