Entries by The Catholic Thing

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 […]

The 1621 Project

John Grondelski: Let us celebrate this quadricentennial of Thanksgiving by reclaiming its essence: that we are a people “under God” and equal because created in his image and likeness. The “holiday wars” that first only attacked Christmas have gradually also taken over Thanksgiving.  At first, the war was about time.  In a reprise of the […]

Prudent to Pray: 007’s Latest

Brad Miner reviews the last of Daniel Craig’s performances as James Bond: another rollicking adventure, in which 007’s actions probably don’t pass muster with just-war doctrine. No Time to Die is the last of the cinematic incarnations of James Bond personified by Daniel Craig. In some ways, it’s a sequel to its most immediate predecessor, Spectre (2015), and […]

Cry Havoc! Threats to Right-to-Life Groups

Randall Smith: If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, expect lawlessness. A nation so dedicated to a fundamental evil will not simply give it up without a fight. Some friends were kind enough to invite my wife and me to the Texas Right to Life banquet a few weeks ago.  For those who don’t know, Texas […]

The Parents’ Rebellion

Robert Royal: Politicians are backing Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ initiatives in schools. If you’re still sending your kids to such schools, either get them out or get involved. Terry McAuliffe, the once and (possibly) future governor of Virginia, said something during a campaign debate last week that surprised many of us who thought we […]

Catholic Seeds Planted in Afghanistan

  Ines A. Murzaku: We’ve had saintly examples of Catholic witness among Muslims before, and the results in Afghanistan may someday surprise us.  As even the military leaders of the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan are admitting their failures and after so much else has gone wrong in that perpetually troubled nation, it’s good to remember that, […]

How Homosexuality Harms The Church

David Carlin wishes the pope would re-state Church teaching about homosexuality but doubts it will happen, or that America’s bishops will do so. One of the most common defenses of homosexual behavior is: “This does no harm to you or any other third parties.”  To which my response is: “No harm?  Well, it has pretty much […]

The Pope and Civil Unions

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: Pope Francis’ renewed endorsement of same-sex civil unions is gravely scandalous and causes immense harm to souls.  In the course of the in-flight press conference after his Apostolic Journey to Hungary and Slovakia, Pope Francis was asked: “[Y]esterday arrived news of a resolution in the European Parliament which invites the member states to recognize […]

Biden’s Abortion Fig Leaves and Masks Are [Finally] Off

Abortionist: Killing black babies is a “blessing” Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas: It’s time for bishops to ban Joe Biden from Holy Communion in their dioceses in advance of his ever setting foot in their territory. “My administration is deeply committed to the constitutional right established in Roe v. Wade nearly five decades ago and will protect […]