Entries by The Catholic Thing

Abortion and the Genocide of the Black Community

Randall Smith: 16,000,000 dead black babies and counting. All those demonstrating to protect the abortion industry are not only on the wrong side of history, they’re also racist. There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the upcoming Dobbs decision, in which the Supreme Court might finally overturn the Court’s deadly earlier decisions in Roe v. Wade and its companion […]

May Is Mary’s Month

Brad Miner: Of all the poisonous aspects of the Reformation, none is more tragic, saving the disunity it caused, than the elimination of Mary from the heart of Christianity. I admire the work of the late Irish-Canadian-American novelist, Brian [bree-Ahn] Moore. Three of his books in particular: Catholics (1972); Cold Heaven (1983); and Black Robe (1985 – and made into […]

Our Disastrous Failure to Follow the Science

Anthony Esolen: The Church might join her voice to our cultural madness, except that her divine Founder will not permit her to, despite prelates who worship at the altar of Belial. Consider these statements: “The earth revolves around the sun.” “Women, as a group, do not possess the physical strength to make good soldiers.” “The […]

The Beacons Are Lit: “Unraveling Gender”

Brad Miner reviews a new book about views of human sexuality (especially transgenderism) that undermine the natural-law basis of Catholic moral theology. John S. Grabowski is a professor of moral theology and ethics at Catholic University of America, and the epigram to the first chapter of his new book, Unraveling Gender: The Battle over Sexual Difference comes from Tolkien’s The […]

Selling Murder

Francis X. Maier reflects on Nazi outrages that could never happen here. Physician-assisted suicide? Sixty million abortions? Catholic public officials endorsing such things? This is a naked commercial, but the product is worthwhile.  If you haven’t yet seen the Netflix short film Forgive Us Our Trespasses, released on February 17, find a way to do so soon.  Barely […]

Remembrance and Foreboding

Brad Miner: God willing, international and domestic pressure – economic and diplomatic – will escalate to an unbearable degree and force Russia from Ukraine. It was a night of elegance – a benefit this past Thursday for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra held at New York’s Knickerbocker Club, among the most-exclusive gentlemen’s clubs in the world. Allowing […]

Canada, Fortis et Liber

David Warren: An unexpected event, whether or not it’s a miracle, emerges in a world of right and wrong, of beauty and vileness, of truth and lying. Truck drivers may master it. “The true north strong and free” comes from one of the (several) English-language recensions of Canada’s official patriotic song. The French original was a […]

Papal Indulgence and the ‘Style of God’

Robert Royal: Is it helpful to counsel sinners that they are fine just as they are? Some, marginalized for good reasons, should remain so unless those reasons are removed. Future Church historians, looking back at our time, will encounter multiple mysteries. They won’t be puzzled by the essential mysteries of the Faith such as the Incarnation and Real Presence, which […]

What Are We Waiting For?

Joseph R. Wood: We wait for the Lord, and argue about justice. We wait for what we will have completely and endlessly only in His Kingdom, the Kingdom which is not of this world. We know the season of Advent is one of waiting. Having heard November’s liturgy readings of the end times and closed […]

A Masterpiece on the Immaculate Conception

Michael Pakaluk on John Henry Newman’s brief, brilliant, logical defense of the Catholic doctrine that the Virgin was born without the taint of Original Sin. Is it possible for a memorandum to be a masterpiece? A few paragraphs long, dashed off ex tempore, for a friend, not polished?  Various columns in TCT have appreciated masterpieces – a poem, a painting, a musical […]

Rubens’ “Elevation”

Brad Miner: Peter Paul Rubens’ greatest painting calls us to ask ourselves: How weighty are our sins? How backbreakingly heavy are the sins of the world? And how does evil cooperate in our redemption? Some think of the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) as mostly images of voluptuous (sometimes nude) women. (His The Judgment of Paris is […]