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The worst pope in historyMichael Pakaluk

St. Peter was without doubt the worst pope in history. I hope you were shocked by this opening line, since that was my intent. But I meant it only in the trivially true sense that, since Peter was the ...

'Non Fecit Taliter Omni Nationi' Michael Pakaluk

The second most popular pilgrimage site in the world for Catholics used to be San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy, the town of Padre Pio, on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, across from Rome. It's hard to measure ...

Father Murray and national unityMichael Pakaluk

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Father John Courtney Murray's great book reflecting on what he called "The American Proposition," entitled "We Hold These Truths." I've gone back to that book these ...

Secularism no basis for human fraternity Michael Pakaluk

''Fratelli Tutti," the pope's recent encyclical, presents an outlook and advocates policies to foster friendship among the entire human family. Friendship is not possible if the inequalities among us ...

The sweet name of MaryMichael Pakaluk

''May this appeal of mine not go unheard!" Thus wrote the sainted Pope John Paul II in 2002, near the end of his apostolic letter on the rosary. "I look to all of you, brothers and sisters of every state ...

Ideas for summer reading Michael Pakaluk

It is easy to tear down, hard to build. Cathedrals built over centuries were destroyed in days during the Reformation. A man nurtured lovingly from birth, educated, instructed in sports, formed in art ...

Asking pardon and the 'purification of memory'Michael Pakaluk

Many of us remember that at the turn of the Millennium St. Pope John Paul II confessed sins and requested pardon on behalf of Christians for past anti-Semitism. This took place in a remarkable ceremony ...

Spiritual communion Michael Pakaluk

The Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions "spiritual communion" in only two passages, neither of which deals with the Eucharist: 2347 "The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship. It shows the ...