Catholic Culture

The Source of Art and Beauty

By John Horvat II, Catholic Thing, December 26, 2020 Paris is the City of Light, full of spectacle, beauty, and art. Yet in these dreary times of coronavirus lockdown, the theaters and concert halls are silent and dark. Artistic beauty finds no refuge from the draconian restrictions that... read more

Christmas Trees: Where & When Did They Originate?

By Dave Armstrong, Patheos, December 12, 2020 Catholic Encyclopedia (“Christmas”, 1908, C. C. Martindale): [T]he tradition that trees and flowers blossomed on this night is first quoted from an Arab geographer of the tenth century, and extended to England. In a thirteenth-century French... read more

Bishop Schneider on Covid Vaccines: ‘The Ends Cannot Justify the Means’

On the moral illicitness of the use of vaccinesmade from cells derived from aborted human fetuses In recent weeks, news agencies and various information sources have reported that, in response to the Covid-19 emergency, some countries have produced vaccines using cell lines from aborted human... read more

SSPX Statement on the Morality of Proposed COVID Vaccines

By Steve Skojec, One-Peter Five, November 20, 2020 Much of the 1P5 audience, I suspect is quite wary of taking any of the proposed COVID vaccines. There are any number of pragmatic concerns, not least of which are the potential side effects of any vaccine that is rushed to market. There... read more

The ethics of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine

Catholic News Agency Staff, November 17, 2020 While the Bishop of Tyler asserted Monday that the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moderna “is not morally produced”, the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Charlotte Lozier Institute have indicated it is ethical. Bishop Joseph... read more

Pope Francis Marks 500th Anniversary of First Mass in Chile

Pope Francis said that the 500th anniversary was a momentous event not only for Puntas Arenas diocese, but also for the whole Chilean Church. Catholic News Agency, November 9, 2020 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged Catholics in Chile Monday to renew their gratitude for the gift of the... read more
Loyola University Chicago

On What Foundation is the University Built?

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing, November 9, 2020 Not long ago, you could attend conferences with titles like “Is a Christian University Possible?” By that was meant, “Can a modern ‘pluralistic’ university be Christian?” Or would the Christian convictions of the institution... read more
A man prays in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice, France,

Can We Please Get Serious about Protecting Religious Freedom?

By Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, November 2, 2020 The attack on a church in France and the foster-care case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday are rallying cries. ‘Blessed is the Righteous Judge.” Someone had painted an icon on the side of a building in lower Manhattan. It wasn’t... read more

Catholic Colleges Should Fight Pornography

For young people at home and in campus residences, the temptation to view online pornography has probably never been higher. In response to a student petition, The Catholic University of America began blocking nearly 200 porn websites in 2019. Patrick Reilly Blog, October 13, 2020 To... read more

Judging by the Record

A NOTE FROM OUR PUBLISHER: It is one thing to judge someone’s heart or motivation. It is another thing entirely to take them at their word and judge their very public actions and positions. By Michael Warsaw, Sepetember 5, 2020 Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz addressed the... read more

Archbishop Paglia buries the abortion issue…again

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Aug 28, 2020 Since Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia was named President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, it seems to have become impossible for the Academy to shed light on any particular threat to life in our world. One need look no further to establish the Academy’s vacuity... read more