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Freeing up space for the love of knowledgeMichael Pakaluk

This is important: a university is a natural institution. But let's define terms. By an "institution" I mean a repeatable form of human association, with a structure that is "objective" in the sense ...

Sacramental confession as a glance at the bronze serpent Michael Pakaluk

During the last two weeks of Lent, the Church proposes to us that we meditate on the Passion of Christ. The week which has just passed is traditionally called "Passion Week," and it culminates in the ...

Judge notMichael Pakaluk

We have all heard that "Catholic" means, literally, "according to the whole." That one idea has many consequences. A Catholic university, for example, looks at the world "according to the whole" -- not ...

Overturning Roe v Wade Michael Pakaluk

(The following are edited remarks by Michael Pakaluk to the Massachusetts Caucus at the March for Life, Jan. 27, 2017. -- Ed.) My first car was an AMC Matador made in 1973. Perhaps because Matador means ...

'The holiest priest I ever knew'Michael Pakaluk

St. Lawrence was martyred by being roasted on a gridiron over an open flame. "This side is well done," he joked, "You may turn me over now." But perhaps we forget why he was martyred so gruesomely. A ...

Lessons of a Catholic Rhodes Scholar Michael Pakaluk

Aurora Griffin, the author of "How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard" (Ignatius Press, 2016), studied classics at Harvard, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where she studied theology, and has accepted a ...

Abortion, the debates, and truthMichael Pakaluk

I wish to analyze with you the exchange between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on abortion at the Vice Presidential debate this week. Let us first recognize how extraordinary it was that that portion of the ...

Nothing truly different from Chicago Michael Pakaluk

Last week the internet community of social conservatives and libertarians was abuzz over a letter from a Dean at the University of Chicago, Jay Ellison, to incoming students. "Members of our community ...