The Church: Corrupt from the Start? by Michael Pakaluk

Saint of the Day for April 27: St. Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort
April 27, 2022
Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: God so Loved the World That He Gave Us His Only Son
April 27, 2022

*Image: The Taking of Christ by (Michelangelo Merisi da) Caravaggio, 1602 [National Gallery of Ireland]. Thought for several centuries to be lost, the painting was “rediscovered” in a Jesuit residence in Dublin in 1990, where it was thought to be a copy of the Caravaggio by Gerard van Honthorst. After cleaning, conservators were able to definitively identify it as the original.

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, April 27, 2022

Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. …


Michael PakalukIf the Catholic Church was ever corrupt, it was corrupt from the beginning.  But as it was not corrupt from the beginning. It never was and never will be corrupt.

Such was my thought while listening recently to a podcast on ancient Rome.  The city of Rome – the podcaster was arguing – can claim to be the greatest city in the history of the world: from its great population; the geographical extent of its influence; its centuries of primacy; the organization of its society; its rule of law; its ingenious constructions built to last; and its ability to assimilate and take the best from its neighbors. …

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