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Our Real Pandemic

Recovering a humility about our own silent apostasies, the need for our own deeper conversion, and clarity about the challenges for Catholic life in our country that lie ahead – these things begin the renewal of our Church and our nation.

Centesimus Annus Turns 30

Pope John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical Centesimus annus connects the theological and philosophical foundations of Catholic social teaching to the ideological challenges of our own century.

The One Necessary Thing

The vocation of Catholics, here in the real world, is always the same: Make disciples of all nations, including our own; and be leaven in society, especially our own. If we pursue that with all our hearts, we do the one necessary thing.

Go, and Die for Your People

A good shepherd does not abandon his sheep; he lays down his life for them. Bishops who are willing to give up everything – who are not afraid to go and die for their people – are the bishops the Church needs.

Not a Loaf, but Leaven

Catholics in the United States too often demonstrate a complacency of mind more characteristic of an establishment church than a distinctive minority.

What Covers a Multitude of Sins?

As welcome as the clarity of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s statement on same-sex unions may be, that clarity does not absolve any of us from the work of loving our enemies, let alone our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Gardening Animal

The garden is more than an allegory for harmony with our Creator and his creation. Gardening is, or can be, a moral enterprise.

Things Worth Dying For

The latest book by retired Archbishop Charles Chaput offers his most memorable and moving work.

The Catholic Project, Two Years On

The abuse crisis is, in some important ways, a unique challenge for the Catholic Church. In some ways, though, its remedy is the same as the remedy for all the challenges the Church faces: strive for holiness, cling to the Church, preach the Good News in word and deed.

Mercy, But About What?

One could say that Jesus’ interactions with the Pharisees were a form of true accompaniment. They are a model for “dialogue” with a certain kind of interlocutor: for how a Good Shepherd accompanies the powerful, the obstinate, and the self-righteous.