The Catholic University of America

John Garvey 

Columns and Speeches by John Garvey

From the President's Desk

Messages from John Garvey to the Catholic University community.

> August 2016: The president welcomes the Class of 2020.

> May 2016: A look back on the year's biggest events and accomplishments, including a papal visit, important academic and administrative hires, a record-setting fundraising year, and more.

> April 2016: The new University website, admissions, a Supreme Court case involving the University, Research Day, and more.

> March 2016: An update on enrollment and marketing efforts and several important events coming up in March.

> February 2016: The President writes about the March for Life, MLK Day of Service, February events, Lent, and more.

> December 2015: President Garvey reflects on his recent travels, provides an update on the Strategic Plan, looks forward to the Year of Mercy, and more.

> November 2015: Catholic University has much to be thankful for.

> October 2015: Moving forward after the visit of Pope Francis to Catholic University.

> August/September 2015: As the semester begins, President John Garvey writes about Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to campus and more.

May 2015: President John Garvey writes about future plans for the University.

April 2015: President John Garvey writes about his travels out west, marketing to prospective students, the search for key positions at the University, Odyssey Day, the music school's gala concert, three Catholic media CEOs on campus, and more.

March 2015: President John Garvey previews the busy month of March.

February 2015: President John Garvey writes about the Administrative Council meeting, a visit by Australian leaders, and other noteworthy events.

December 2014: President John Garvey looks back on the semester and ahead to Christmas.

November 2014: President John Garvey recaps some successful October events and previews his upcoming travels on behalf of the University.

> October 2014: President John Garvey writes about events that took place in September, previews some of his upcoming travels and October events, and offers congratulations to two faculty members for their recent significant achievements.

> August 2014: President John Garvey welcomes new students and writes about summer projects, ongoing construction, and a new initiative for the whole University community launched by the Office of Student Affairs.

May 2014: President John Garvey writes about upcoming building and construction projects, Odyssey Day, Commencement, trends in undergraduate applications, and more.

April 2014: President John Garvey writes about upcoming events, recent achievements by student athletes, two new master's programs, and more.

March 2014: President John Garvey writes about Spring Break, International Week, Commencement, and the success of CUA's music school and drama department.

February 2014: President John Garvey writes about January events, progress at Monroe Street Market, and more.

December 2013: President John Garvey writes about his recent visit to Mexico, upcoming Christmas events, and more.

November 2013: President John Garvey writes about neighborhood safety, October events, and the annual report.

October 2013: President John Garvey writes about the Affordable Care Act, the named chairs of the University, Homecoming, and more.

August/September 2013: President John Garvey writes about World Youth Day, the solar decathlon, upcoming events, and the value of higher education.

May 2013: President John Garvey writes about the Community Pledge, the Department of Health and Human Service mandate, the Solar Decathlon, Commencement, Monroe Street Market, and more. 

April 2013: President John Garvey writes about the election of Pope Francis, the Department of Drama's 75th anniversary, and other April events.

March 2013: President John Garvey writes about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, recent athletic successes, Lent, and more.

February 2013: President John Garvey writes about the new business school, the Solar Decathlon, Lent, and more.

December 2012: President John Garvey writes about his activities in November and important events coming up in December and January.

November 2012: Reflections on the impact of Superstorm Sandy, and how the Catholic University community responded; Homecoming and Reunions weekend; emergency notices; and a reminder to vote.

October 2012: The University is getting more selective as its admit rate has dropped by more than 20 percent. At the same time, retention is up. Both are signs that bode well for the future.

August 2012: The President writes about developments over the summer as well as promoting our distinctive Catholic culture.

May 2012: President John Garvey writes about notable April events and provides a roundup of some significant events that occurred during this academic year.

April 2012: President John Garvey writes about the Cardinal Service Commitment, a sustainability pledge he signed, upcoming events, and more.

March 2012: President John Garvey writes about a recent mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services that affects Catholic University and reports on his upcoming travels in March.

February 2012: President John Garvey writes about a multi-media event to celebrate the University's 125th anniversary, the University Master Plan, the Solar Decathlon, and more.

December 2011: Updates on the Strategic Plan, the Master Plan, Hartke Week, South Campus, and the Cardinal Service Commitment. 

November 2011: President Garvey reflects on Alumni and Reunions Weekend, the installation of the new rector for Theological College, and this month dedicated to remembrance and thanks.

October 2011: An update on earthquake damage and a report on the Board of Trustees retreat in Rome.

August-September 2011: Undergraduate  education and undergraduate student life will be the focus of John Garvey's attention in his second year as president.

May 2011: President Garvey reflects on his first year as president and writes about short and long-term plans for the University.

April 2011: John Garvey reflects on the virtue of fortitude and its role in CUA athletics.

March 2011: The President reports on the strategic planning process and the master plan kickoff. He also reflects on the passing of Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean of the School of Philosophy.

February 2011: Reflections on his inauguration, information about inaugural year programs, and a shout-out to the athletic department.

December 2010: Honoring outstanding faculty, cheering on the CUA men's basketball team, and a trip to Rome to witness two CUA graduates become cardinals are among the events highlighted in the President's monthly column.

November 2010: John Garvey reports on a successful Homecoming and Reunions Weekend, the attention of five U.S. Supreme Court justices, and expanding CUA's outreach to Hispanic communities.

October 2010: Reflections on the vibrancy of the Catholic faith on campus, outstanding student leadership, homecoming and CUA's first nighttime football game under the new lights at Cardinal Stadium.

September 2010: In his first column for Inside CUA, President  Garvey writes about the largest freshman class in CUA history, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, South Campus development and more.


Magazine Columns

Columns written by John Garvey for The Catholic University of America Magazine.

Literature as Literature
Spring 2016

The Holy Father Comes to Campus
Fall 2015

On a Career Path, Surprises Can Be Part of the Plan
Summer 2015

The Importance of Place
Spring 2015

Glorious Music
Fall 2014

A Family Wedding at Home
Summer 2014

Crossing Academic Borders
Spring 2014

Inspiring Activism
Fall 2013

A Cornerstone of Academic Excellence
Summer 2013

A Win for Women
Spring 2013

Majestic Buildings, Beautiful Grounds
Fall 2012

'Home' Improvement
Summer 2012

Expanding Our Global Reach
Spring 2012
Both President Garvey and Catholic University students are strengthening international ties.

Alumni, We Hear You
Fall 2011
President Garvey reviews the results of a comprehensive survey of Catholic University alumni.

Back in the Classroom
Spring 2011
President Garvey is teaching an undergraduate course in Constitutional Law. He says it helps him stay connected to students and to the heart of academia.

Filling an Empty Nest
Fall 2010
Catholic University's students help John and Jeanne Garvey through a parental transition.


Articles by John Garvey

Essays and articles published outside of The Catholic University of America.

What should guide U.S. immigration policy: self-interest or charity?
Jan. 24, 2017, America
Advocating for an immigration policy rooted in charity and hospitality.

ObamaCare vs. Little Sisters of the Poor
March 20, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
President Garvey's op-ed in advance of the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in the landmark case challenging the Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

Religious Liberty and the Practice of Charity
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published an essay by Catholic University President John Garvey as a catechetical teaching aid in the Beliefs and Teachings section of its website. The essay provides a global outlook on challenges to religious liberty in the context of the Church's teachings on human dignity and the practice of charity.

Disagreement is not Discrimination
April 17, 2015, The Washington Post
John Garvey, University President, and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of the University, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act.

Mayor de Blasio's indecent proposal
Aug. 19, 2014, The Boston Pilot
The New York mayor wants religious schools to help the city provide universal pre-kindergarten, but he's asking the schools to cover up religious symbols and omit religious content from their instruction in exchange for payments of $10,000 per student.

Op-Ed: A bogus ‘balance’ of health rights
Feb. 24, 2013, New York Post
Recent discussion of the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive rules suggests that even fairly well educated people can longer carrying on a reasoned debate.

Why Benedict Resigned
Feb. 12, 2013, National Review Online
John Garvey reflects on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy, and invites us to consider the example of humility the pope has set.

Op-Ed: Civility in America: Looking for Our Better Angels
Sept. 20, 2012, Stamford Advocate
The Catholic University of America President offers suggestions for resetting the tone of political discourse in America.

Ryken and Garvey: An Evangelical-Catholic Stand on Liberty
July 18, 2012, The Wall Street Journal
Why Catholic University and Wheaton College are suing to stop the Obama administration's contraception mandate.

A Matter of Faith and Freedom
June 3, 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education
President Garvey likens the HHS mandate to the dilemma of Eleazar recounted in the Book of Maccabees.

For the Government, What Counts As Catholic?
May 25, 2012, The Washington Post
Garvey defends the principle of the separation of church and state.

Religious Liberty?
Feb. 19, 2012, Chicago Tribune
University President John Garvey wrote a Feb. 19 op-ed about religious liberty.

Don't Trample Religious Freedom
Dec. 7, 2011, The Baltimore Sun
Commentary on the recent statement on religious liberty issued by Maryland's Catholic bishops.

Catholic University's Same-sex Dorms Foster Friendship, Respect
Dec. 1, 2011, The Washington Post
John Garvey responds to criticism of his decision to reinstate same-sex residence halls at Catholic University.

HHS’s Birth-control Rules Intrude on Catholic Values
Sept. 30, 2011, The Washington Post
President John Garvey criticizes new federal rules that require Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage for birth control.

Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection
Aug. 1, 2011, America
The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act would prevent any new health care mandates from infringing upon the rights of conscience that Americans currently enjoy.

Why We're Going Back to Single-Sex Dorms
June 13, 2011, The Wall Street Journal
Here is one simple step colleges can take to reduce both binge drinking and hooking up: Go back to single-sex residences.

The Idea of a Catholic University
November 2010, First Things
What distinguishes a Catholic university from others is a focus on uniting intellect and virtue, where the pursuit of truth is in harmony with loving and serving God.


Interviews and Other Articles

Trump’s Executive Order Praised as Key ‘First Step’ Protecting Religious Freedom
John Garvey said in an interview with the National Catholic Register, "I don’t take the position that this is a bad thing because it doesn’t do more.”

Bishop O'Connell gathers with CUA alumni and friends
The former president of Catholic University and the current president both spoke at a Mass in Trenton about the mission of the university.

Catholic U leader says Francis is the pope the times require
An interview with University President John Garvey on the Crux website.

Serious business in the nation’s capital
Catholic University’s popular business program grew into a full-fledged business school in 2013. Now the school is taking another bold step in its offering of authentically Catholic business formation.

Catholic universities need Catholic faculty
July 14, 2016, Catholic News Service
A majority of a university’s faculty “must be Catholic” for a university to be Catholic, the president of The Catholic University of America said in a speech in Napa last week.

Rome Center Strengthens Identity
March 17, 2015
University President John Garvey and David Dawson Vasquez, director of CUA's Rome program, were interviewed by the National Catholic Register about the new Rome Center.

Common Calling, Threats to Faith-Based Schools
Feb. 6, 2015
John Garvey, University President, was interviewed for a Religion News Service article on an upcoming forum featuring three presidents of faith-based universities.

Single-Sex Residence Halls
Feb. 2, 2015
John Garvey, University President, was mentioned in a Deseret News editorial on single-sex residence halls.

First Dogs and Their Presidents
Dec. 15, 2014
University President John Garvey and his dog Gus were featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education story on presidents and their dogs.

President Garvey on EWTN Live
Nov. 12, 2014
John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America, appeared on EWTN Live to discuss religious freedom, Catholic education, and the American family.

Q-and-A with President John Garvey
Oct. 22, 2014
President John Garvey was featured in an America Q-and-A about his leadership of CUA as a lay president.

Legal Experts Divided on Hobby Lobby
June 30, 2014
University President John Garvey commented in the National Catholic Register on the Hobby Lobby decision’s implications for HHS lawsuits brought by religious nonprofits.

U.S. Bishops Seek to Match Vatican in Shifting Tone
June 12, 2014
President Garvey is quoted in this New York Times articel about the influence of Pope Francis on bishops and other Church leaders in the United States.

Pope Francis' First Year
March 14, 2014
President John Garvey wrote a reflection of Pope Francis’ first year in the papacy for the National Catholic Register.

President Garvey Quoted on Catholic Higher Ed
November 15, 2013
Catholic News Service ran a story written by the Arlington Catholic Herald summarizing President Garvey's remarks on the challenges facing Catholic higher education at the recent Eastern Regional Catholic Press Association conference.

Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths
Feb. 27, 2013
John Garvey's testimony before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

Imigration Activism as Almsgiving
Feb. 15, 2013
Catholic News Service video interview with John Garvey discussing the idea that taking action to promote immigration reform can be a form of almsgiving during Lent.

Garvey Testifies before House Committee
Feb. 16, 2012
President Garvey testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring religious institutions to cover contraceptive services.

Still Seeking Answers to Life's Deepest Questions
Aug. 25, 2011

On the Record with John Garvey
Aug. 17, 2011
National Catholic Register

A Year Later, CUA Chief Garvey Settles In

June 9, 2011
The Washington Times

Speeches by John Garvey

Transcripts of addresses given by Catholic University's 15th president.

Land O'Lakes Conference Introduction
Nov. 10, 2017
Remarks on the 50th anniversary of the Land O’Lakes Statement on the nature and mission of a Catholic university in the modern world.

127th Annual Commencement Remarks
May 14, 2016
The President spoke of the neglected virtue of repentance.

126th Annual Commencement Remarks
May 16, 2015
President Garvey spoke to graduates about the virtue of modesty, and reminded them, "The greatest immodesty is to try to live without God.

125th Annual Commencement Remarks
May 17, 2014
The University President encouraged graduate to "live courageously."

124th Annual Commencement Remarks
May 18, 2013
President Garvey offers advice to graduates on finding joy.

President Garvey Addresses Bishops
June 13, 2012
John Garvey delivered an address titled "Religious Freedom and the Love of God" at the General Assembly of the USCCB in Atlanta.

Remarks at the 2012 Columbus School of Law Commencement
May 24, 2012
President Garvey urged graduates to have faith, practice it, let it shape their work, and share it with others.

Address at CUA's 123 Annual Commencement
May 12, 2012
The president spoke to graduating students about the virtue of patience, "the seedbed of humility and justice."

125th Anniversary Founders Day Speech
April 10, 2012
President Garvey congratulated the University community on exceeding the goal of 125,000 hours of service to mark the school’s 125th anniversary.

Remarks at 9/11 Mass of Remembrance
Sept. 11, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, CUA students gathered for Mass in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. President Garvey delivered a reflection after Communion.

Remarks on 9/11 Day of Service
Sept. 10, 2011
After the president spoke about the meaning of service in remembrance of 9/11, he spent the day working with students at one of the service sites. 

Remarks at the Mass of the Holy Spirit
Sept. 1, 2011
President Garvey challenged the CUA community to perform 125,000 hours of service in honor of the University's 125th anniversary.

Address at CUA's 122nd Annual Commencement
May 14, 2011
President Garvey's first commencement speech at Catholic University focused on the virtue of mercy.

Inaugural Address – "Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University"
Jan. 25, 2011
At his inauguration as the 15th President of The Catholic University of America, John Garvey proposed that “the cultivation of virtue prepares the ground for the work of the intellect.”

Post-Communion Remarks for the Mass of the Holy Spirit
Sept. 2, 2010
In his first address to the entire CUA community, Garvey offered reflections on the role of faith in the life of the university.


Catholic News Service Columns

In the Beginning
April 2018
Hawking was playing a game that did not allow us to speak about God, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there are important questions that lie outside the physical sciences, and despite his enormous contributions, he didn’t provide much help in answering those.

As We Forgive
March 2018
We recently added the papers of Richard John Neuhaus to our University Library’s collection of important figures in American Catholic history.  Among them are a number of reviews of Death on a Friday Afternoon, a meditation on the last words of Jesus.

Good Sports
February 2018
There’s a big difference between being a good athlete and being a good sport, but there is some overlap between the two.

Repeat After Me
December 2017
Why this passion for making people swear their allegiance to modern sexual orthodoxies?  Before we had a first amendment, the Constitution of 1789 said only two things about religion.  Both were designed to prevent the government from making people subscribe to propositions they had religious scruples about.

Poetry Matters
Nov. 15,

Oct. 14, 2017
Taking vows seriously does stiffen one’s resolve.  But the odd and wonderful thing about offering God our perseverance is that he will answer our prayers by helping us live up to our promises.

The Prerogative Power
Sept. 13, 2017
Congress can make DACA permanent, and it should.  For too long, its members have preferred controversy over compromise, refusing to do what most Americans want in order to please their bases.

Taking the Dog for a Walk
Aug. 15, 2017
I wonder if this is how God feels about accompanying us along the road.  We strain at the leash, eager to chase whatever distraction draws our attention.  We imagine we are doing important things, maybe even for Him, in writing books and running universities.  But His thoughts are not our thoughts.

The Company of Good People
July 15, 2017
Friends are part of what we mean by the Church.  Our communion with them helps us fulfill our vocation as Christians.  We learn from them the example of holiness.

Our Father
June 15, 2017

Good Examples
May 13, 2017
Universities shouldn’t cause scandal by honoring or giving public signals of agreement with people who promote grave injustice. But I wish we would view our annual commencement exercises as something more than an opportunity to avoid causing scandal. At The Catholic University of America we try to invite people who offer our graduates examples of what they should aspire to in life.

Sarin and the Congress
April 9, 2017
Restoring the appropriate balance of power in these decisions requires the cooperation of both elected branches.  It is wrong for the president to act without involving Congress, as President Trump did. Congress needs to accept its responsibility in these cases.  And the President needs to recognize it.

Form and Chaos
March 15, 2017

The Johnson Amendment
Feb, 21, 2017
Political endorsements really aren’t the mission of the Church – not of our church, anyway.   When it comes to voting, better she remind us at all times what the gospel requires, and leave it to us to figure out how to comply.

Apostolate to the Fourth World
Jan. 15, 2017

Holy Ground
Dec. 15, 2016
When we ask if Christianity will survive in the Middle East, we are asking not only about its future, but about the things of its very beginnings.

We can’t count on a functioning democracy to protect our faith
November 18, 2016

How the presidential election is like a runaway trolley
October 19, 2016

Don’t Mess With Mother Nature
September 15, 2016

Mother Teresa of Calcutta — A Saint for Our Time
August 15, 2016

How the Supreme Court’s work became politics by another name
July 22, 2016

Instructing the Ignorant, a Work of Mercy
June 24, 2016

Mary in Our Increasingly Secular World
May 27, 2016

Questionable Use of Scare Quotes
April 27, 2016

A Parade for St. Patrick
March 23, 2016

Justice Scalia: Man of the People
Feb. 16, 2016

You Shall Not Oppress an Alien
Jan. 26, 2016

'Ex Corde Ecclesiae' after 25 years
Dec. 18, 2015
What a student should find at a Catholic university that he or she could not find somewhere else.

Learning from Mom's Humility
Nov. 11, 2015
She often couldn't find the word she wanted to say, but she always found the grace to be able to laugh at her predicament.

The Shoes of the Fisherman on the Feet of Francis
Sept. 29, 2015
Similarities seen between the simplicity of "Pope Kiril," the character played by Anthony Quinn in a 1968 film, and Pope Francis.

Using Technology to Humanize Unborn Life
Aug. 2, 2015
Seeing ultrasound pictures of unborn children, knowing their sex, naming them, and making them part of the family while still in the womb are all good pro-life practices.

The Consequences of the Pill and Same-Sex Marriage
Aug. 3, 2015
The pill has led us to reframe same-sex marriage as an issue of equality and discrimination, not of children and societal health.

Setting Out on a Moral Life, Even while Driving
June 29, 2105
Like student drivers who learn that good driving habits are the best way to avoid accidents, we should focus on cultivating virtue, rather than on doing or avoiding particular acts.

A Migrant Crisis over Abortion
May 4, 2015
A proposed HHS rule would make it impossible for the U.S. bishops' Migration and Refugee Services to continue aiding Central American migrant children.

In a World of Brotherly Love
April 6, 2015
The proliferation of the one-child household is surely changing society, not just economically but also socially as well.

Confession for What Ails Us
March 2, 2015
Frequent confession is good for us. God has made his mercy available. Who would not take advantage?

'Je suis Charlie?'
Jan. 26, 2015
In defending tasteless and offensive speech, we honor a bigger principle.

Policing Is Not War
Dec. 29, 2014
Policing is not war. It is harder, because it entails a similar risk of death but demands more deliberation and prudence.

St. Anne, Grandmother of Her Savior
Nov. 24, 2014
I wonder what it would have been like to raise a child like Mary, and what St. Anne made of her precocious grandson.

Father Tolton, Pray for Us
Nov. 3, 2014
A priest of the Chicago Archdiocese could become the first African-American priest recognized as a saint.

Another Presidential War
Sept. 29, 2014
The war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria does not lack justification, but that doesn't give the president the right to circumvent the legal process for declaring war.

Mayor de Blasio's Indecent Proposal
Aug. 25, 2014
New York City has issued rules about how religious schools must conduct their business if they want to participate in its universal prekindergarten program.

A Notable Name on a 'Dirty' List
July 28, 2014
The National Organization for Women has put the Little Sisters of the Poor on a list that it calls the "Dirty 100."

Heaven and the Oenophile
June 30, 2014
Wine, weddings, grace, marriage, and the greatest known unknown, which is heaven.

The Witches' Sabbath
May 26, 2014
Outrage over "black mass" planned at Harvard was a small victory against blasphemy.

Hope in Things Unseen
April 28, 2014
Finding room in the modern soul for the virtue of hope.

Put Not Your Trust in Princes
March 31, 2014
What would John Adams think about the arbitrary expansion of executive power in recent years?

Matrimony in America
March 17, 2014
The federal government has spent millions to promote healthy marriages. It is no surprise that its program has failed.

Changing the Music, but Not the Message
Feb. 3, 2014
Pope Francis continues to win praise for what are perceived as his "progressive" style and statements, but he has not changed the Church's teaching at all.

Opting Out of the Belgian Solution
Jan. 6, 2014
Belgium's new law legalizing euthanasia for children of any age is based on a belief that suffering is pointless.

The Fog and the Mystics
Dec. 2, 2013
Why is it that saints and mystics are shrouded in fog when they approach God? 

A Partnership Between Generations
Oct. 28, 2013
Passing on debts to children because of unrealistic and false promises to older generations does not fulfill our duties of social justice.

Jean Valjean and Immigration Reform
Sept. 30, 2013
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo's story of the pursuit of justice without mercy offers lessons about how to deal with illegal immigrants.

A Different Way of Parenting
Sept. 2, 2013
Looking for the right balance between providing  necessary parental care and giving children room to breathe and grow.

Do I Look Fat in This?
July 29, 2013
The modern obsession with diet has some resonance in Christian tradition, but it goes too far when we make moral judgments about people based on what they eat.

Caring for a Family Member Is a Blessing and Benefit
June 24, 2013
Thinking of care giving as a nuisance to be outsourced misses the point about how much family members, especially parents, have to teach us.

Two Messages about Sex
May 27, 2013
Necessary emphasis on preventing abuse and assault calls for clear message about importance of sexual consent. But for Catholics, the message must also emphasize chastity.

Higher Education and 'Breaking Good'
April 29, 2013
TV show illustrates how good and bad actions build habits that form a person's moral character and why educators should teach both intellectual and moral virtues.

A Pope of Firsts and One Who Faces Challenges Ahead
April 1, 2013
No pope in 1,100 years had chosen a completely new name until Pope Francis. And no previous pope faced the same challenges as he does.

To Teach and Sanctify
Feb. 25, 2013
Bishop John M. D'Arcy's example affirms that a bishop's first duty is not to govern but to be a pastor and evangelist.

Reputation and the Hall of Fame
Jan. 28, 2013
A shutout for players at the hall of fame reminds us that reputation is just a shadow. The real thing is character.  

Who Can Stop the Killing?
Dec. 31, 2012
We have to relearn the lesson that we are our brother's keepers, and teach our children habits of virtue, not leave them to chart their own course through the moral life.

The Dark Age of Science
Nov. 26, 2012
There is an ancient human desire to pin the blame on someone – anyone – when things go wrong. Recently, it's scientists who are taking the fall.

Spending Time Outside a Linguistic Empire
October 1, 2012
How is it that the rest of the world speaks several languages, and we Americans know only our own?

Assisted Suicide and Mary's Assumption
September 3, 2012
With assisted suicide measures on the ballot in three states this November, the Assumption of Mary reminds us that eternal life is about bodies no less than souls.

Fulton Sheen, Apostle of Television
July 30, 2012
Recently declared "venerable" by the Church, Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a prophet who taught that life's questions have true and false answers.

Demand Creates the Economy of Sin
July 2, 2012
Mexico's presidential election confronts drug violence and the huge sums of money Americans pay to satisfy their drug cravings.

A Father's Role in Marriage Reassures the Young that Love Is Lasting
May 28, 2012
Although dads are doing better at parenting, they are doing much worse at marriage.

A Catholic Education Helps Us to Think about God's Constant Presence
April 20, 2012
Faith transforms reason, imbuing it with the power to contemplate the highest truths.

Fasting Builds Spiritual Muscle
March 16, 2012
Voluntary sacrifices prepare us to bear, with a Christian spirit and without whining, the deprivations we will inevitably suffer in life.

Is Anybody Out There?
Jan. 30, 2012
As Catholics, we believe that God created the whole universe, visible and invisible. If there is other life out there, it would only add to God’s greatness, to our own insignificance, and to his love for us despite our insignificance.

Where Have All the Heroes Gone?
Jan. 02, 2012
Reflecting on the example of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, Garvey writes, "Boys and girls need heroes. It would be great if they picked saints, but there is no harm in admiring athletes, too, if those athletes live virtuous lives."

Muslim Students at The Catholic University of America
Nov. 28, 2011
Contrary to ideas expressed in a lawsuit against CUA by a self-appointed advocate for Muslim students, when it comes to issues of religious liberty, all faiths are on the same side.

'The Better Angels of Our Nature'
Oct. 24, 2011
It is right to punish criminals to redress the harm that they have caused. But the better understanding of the Gospel is that we should stop short of killing.

'A Fallen World'
Oct. 3, 2011
Jesus told us that we will always have the poor with us. But he also said that, when the Son of Man returns in glory to welcome the just into heaven, he will focus on their personal attempts to do what is right: "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me."

'Preventive Services'
Aug. 29, 2011
Is pregnancy a disease? Should Catholics, purchasing insurance for themselves or their employees be forced against their consciences to subsidize its prevention? These questions lie at the heart of new regulations just issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Why We Need Catholic Teachers
Aug. 1, 2011
Many people in academia have questioned the value of a requirement to recruit and appoint Catholics as professors. It is an important question, given Americans’ aversion to hiring quotas and the apparent irrelevance of religion in certain areas of study.

Is the Pope Catholic? Just Ask the National Labor Relations Board
July 4, 2011
Which schools are Catholic and which are not? And who decides? Even the church’s modern-day efforts to assert itself as the arbiter – beginning with the 1990 apostolic constitution “Ex Corde Ecclesiae” – have proven somewhat controversial.

Killing bin Laden
May 30, 2011
On the night that we learned of Osama bin Laden’s death, I was tempted to rejoice. If I had been downtown, I might have at least considered joining the flash mob that showed up a few miles from our campus at the White House to celebrate the death of the world’s most famous and feared Islamic terrorist.

The School of Virtue
May 2, 2011
Our culture has a tendency to idealize youth and downplay the importance of age and experience. As a result, young people may not realize, until they are much older, the value that their parents added to their own character and understanding.

The Doctor's Freedom of Conscience
March 28, 2011
One mark of a free society is that its government does not criminalize virtue or compel formal cooperation in evil.

Newman on Intellect and Virtue
March 7, 2011, CNS
When Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman in September, he did so to draw our eye to his example and teachings -- particularly to the vision he had for Catholic intellectual life in the modern world.

Appointing Bishops, from Henry IV to Hu Jintao
Jan. 31, 2011, CNS
Most people know that the College of Cardinals elects the pope. But most do not know the origins of the college in a heated 11th-century dispute over the powers of church and state.

The Habit and the Veil
Dec. 27, 2010
France's recently enacted ban on women wearing veils in public would never survive a challenge in American courts.

Going Postal
Nov. 29, 2010, CNS
Prolonged exposure to gratuitous violence, even the virtual violence of video games, is likely to have a bad effect on children’s formation.

Religious Liberty and American Muslims
Sept. 27, 2010, CNS
As Catholics in the public square, our integrity and our hope to be credible moral voices require us to stand up for the religious freedom of all Americans – including the Muslims at ground zero.