Census Fidelium

Stephen White of Catholic University looks at the data from a recent Pew research survey: “The portion of Catholics who say that their religion is ‘very important’ in their life… Read More

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Before proceeding into Mass, the priest and altar servers gather in the narthex of Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish in Syracuse, New York. [Photo by Ryan Brady, National Geographic] Stephen… Read More

Incrementalism and Abortion

Stephen P. White of Catholic University reflects on the pro-life strategy of incrementalism. “Catholics, of course, have a great deal to contribute to that work. One issue of particular importance… Read More

Creation and the Order of Love

Requievit Dominus Die Septimo ab Omni Opere Quod Patrarat, c. 12th century, Monreale Cathedral, Sicily. Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the upcoming release of a document on human… Read More

Gratitude in the Midst of Grief

Stephen P. White of Catholic University reflects on gratitude and grief after the death of his father-in-law Deacon John H. Purk: “John and Patty, his wife of 43 years, gave… Read More

How to Build a Healthy Culture

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the meaning of culture and asks how either side in the culture wars defines “winning”: “In culture, as in the Church, growth and… Read More

A Long Way to Go

Stephen P. White of Catholic University writes five years after the 2019 summit in Rome on clergy abuse: “Surveying these three cases – Barros, Zanchetta, and Rupnik – raises concerns… Read More

Lows and Highs of Good Citizenship

Stephen P. White of Catholic University writes on the responsibilities of citizenship. “The good citizen worships God because that is what the creature owes his Creator in justice. In worshiping… Read More

Nature, Grace, and Plum Brandy

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the lessons of the Tertio Millennio Seminar: “Our seminar does nothing to teach Catholic social doctrine more effectively than by giving our young… Read More

Some Hopeful, Tentative, New Year Predictions

Stephen White of Catholic University makes predictions about 2024 in the Church and the U.S.: “For all this, January is also a good time for prognostications. Now is as good… Read More

The Holy Innocents

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the feast of the Holy Innocents, held during the octave of Christmas. “Jesus was born into a dangerous and troubled world, but His… Read More

Remembering to Forget

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on memory: “Forgetfulness, too, is part of God’s Providence. Forgetfulness can even be liberating, as when mercy drowns out regret. Maybe our culture, in… Read More