Author: Nathan Turowsky

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All Souls’ Day: The Faithful Departed and Us

Death is inevitable. For the bulk of human history, this has been a universally acknowledged and widely emphasized truism. Victorious Roman generals, as they paraded through the city in triumph, would be accompanied by someone whose job it was to...

All Souls’ Day: The Faithful Departed and Us
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Fraternity: A Christological Virtue

Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, Fratelli tutti, presents fraternity as  a necessary, Christocentric ingredient of and precondition for the betterment and advancement of society. Though the language of “fraternity” has not made many appearances in previous social encyclicals, and struck many...

Fraternity: A Christological Virtue
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The Appeal and Danger of Integralism

In the past five years or so, discussion of Catholic political currents, especially online, has increasingly included an ideology called integralism. Prominent and influential jurists and law professors such as Harvard’s Adrian Vermeule have increasingly begun describing themselves as integralists;...

The Appeal and Danger of Integralism
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What We Can Learn from Chronically Ill Leaders

Last Friday Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, announced that he is resigning due to a flare-up of chronic illness. Abe, a hawkish nationalist and close international ally of US President Donald Trump, is Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister. He had...

What We Can Learn from Chronically Ill Leaders
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Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Quest for Peace

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski are infamous examples of mass destruction of human life during wartime. Two dates this month—August 6 and August 9—mark the 75th anniversaries of the bombings. On the first of the two anniversaries I...

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Quest for Peace

Pelagianism: A Heresy for All Seasons

In the late fourth and early fifth centuries AD, a monk and theologian known to history as Pelagius advanced a novel understanding of the relationship between free will and grace. Pelagius, who hailed from somewhere in the British Isles and...

Pelagianism: A Heresy for All Seasons

The Mad World of Conspiracy-Theory Catholicism

The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he...

The Mad World of Conspiracy-Theory Catholicism

Realities Are More Important Than Ideas

There is a possibly apocryphal, but persistent, story that when Galileo was forced to recant his position on heliocentrism and a rotating Earth, he left the room muttering “and yet, it moves!” Questions of historicity aside, the meaning of the...

Realities Are More Important Than Ideas

“On the occasion of the current world epidemic”

On March 20, the Holy See Press Office announced that the Apostolic Penitentiary had established a series of plenary indulgences during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These indulgences include: Plenary indulgences for COVID-19 patients who watch Mass online during the ongoing...

“On the occasion of the current world epidemic”

Loneliness Today, Part V: The Uncoupled

When Pope Francis promulgated the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in 2016, much of its teaching was widely ignored in favor of what would become years of arguing over a single footnote that potentially opens the sacraments to some Catholics who...

Loneliness Today, Part V: The Uncoupled