Entries by The Catholic Thing

Jordan Peterson and the Search for a Meaningful Life [+Video]

Christopher Kaczor: Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson’s profound thinking about life and suffering has brought him to the very vestibule of the Catholic Church.  Jordan Peterson’s work has not only provoked powerful reactions from defenders of woke orthodoxy, but also reconsiderations by atheists, agnostics, and religious “Nones” about the wisdom of Biblical stories. In our book Jordan […]

A Christian Response to a Defeat

Michele McAloon: When we remember the sacrifices of our military in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must not despair. Remember too Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and hope. Withdrawal or defeat? Armchair quarterbacks and history books will debate the question for decades to come. For the majority of Americans watching the debacle of Afghanistan, this question is […]

Plow that Field

Randall Smith: God has asked us to plant this field, the field we have before us now in the United States of America.  And we do. . .what?  We grumble. I’ve been watching The Chosen with friends, a show about Jesus and his disciples. I’m not going to comment on it, but you can read Brad Miner’s review here.  […]

How We Lost the Bible

Casey Chalk: The promotion of Biblical interpretations serving secular, liberal political agendas of sex and race is only the latest manifestation of a centuries-old trend. The Bible makes no explicit condemnations of transgenderism. It makes no claims as to the morality of abortion. It encourages racial reparations. Such claims can be found virtually everywhere in […]

Race, Covenant, and Forgiveness

James F. Keating: Today’s racial “illuminati” see only guilt (whites) and innocence (blacks). Redemption and reconciliation through forgiveness are missing. Sixty years after the Civil Rights Movement and ten years after the triumphant election of the first African-American president, the question of race has returned with urgency and fury. There is, alas, a group of Catholic intellectuals who […]

A Little Clarity on Some Big Questions

Robert Royal: Many of our social problems – notoriously including easy abortion – stem from the breakdown of the family, which became supercharged with the advent of the sexual revolution. The Pew Research Center, a reliable source on American attitudes about religion, found in 2019 that 43 percent of American Catholics were “unaware” of Church teaching […]

This Day

Brad Miner: We remember those who gave their lives in battle. As President Lincoln said in 1863, “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.” The Catholic Thing was founded the week after Memorial Day in 2008, but in eight of the following dozen years, we’ve published a column, either by Robert Royal […]