What’s Wrong with Communism?

When St. John Paul II reflected upon the fall of communism, he insisted that it was a mistake to view its failure simply as a matter of economic inefficiency. On the one hand, there is some truth to the following…

The Reality and Mercy of Hell

Over the years, I have found that many believing Catholics struggle with the reality of hell. First, we should be clear about what the Church teaches: Hell is real and eternal, and its chief punishment is a permanent separation from…

Highlights from a Pilgrimage to Rome

In my mind, there are three clear motivations for a pilgrimage: (1) to visit a place of some clear historical importance (to recall, relive, and reflect upon something that happened there); (2) because a certain saint is buried there (or…