Secularism and Modernity

'A Faith that Could Be Our Own'

I must confess: I am a twenty-something practicing Catholic. Yes, I am young. And yes, I have plenty of friends who are Mass-going Catholics, too. And if you must...

'The Freedom to Love It'

When I was eight, I imagined that purgatory was something like a large hotel. Some distinguished guests, like my grandfather or my Aunt Annie, would check in only...

'Hiking Down Another Path'

As a 22-year old with a college degree, I am far more likely to have been a “none” than the invested Catholic that I am, but it’s hard for me to...

'The Habit of Gratitude and Hopefulness'

To put it in Vatican II terms, our vocation is to help our children discern their vocation.

'Grace Helps Them Through'

We are that family, the one with the very young, very active children who decided to come to your quiet, even somnolent Mass. We did not sit in the crying room.

'Now and Then I Feel It's Working'

J. Peter Nixon in the first in our series: "I have tried to live my faith in a way that would make it attractive to my children. Now and then I feel it’s working."

A House Divided

Studies reveal a deeply divided America in which members of different “tribes” live separately from one another. Religious affiliation also separates them.

Forgiven Sinner

My old friend and graduate school classmate, the distinguished Catholic theologian Germain Grisez, made the news recently with a sharp criticism of Pope Francis...

Darwin’s Nagging Doubt

Nagel’s writings about mind have long provoked controversy, but his latest book is, to many of his fellow intellectuals, outrageous. I think he's on to something.

Francis the Liberal?

Does it make sense to call Francis a liberal? For that matter, can any faithful Catholic—a word that means “universal”—be described as “conservative” or "liberal"?

A Scourge of Secularism

Do the essays by Leszek Kolakowski collected in 'Is God Happy?' have anything to say to twenty-first-century America?

Looking Away

Why have final rituals, some of which go back two millennia, changed so markedly in the past fifty years?
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