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Silence and the Meaning of the Mass | Bishop Robert Barron | I will confess that during many years as a priest, and now as a bishop, I have often wondered whether our hyper-stimulated congregations know exactly what they are participating in. .

On the Readings for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord | Carl E. Olson | The Ascension, as Benedict XVI explained, is both a going away and a coming.

Education in Chaste Love After Amoris Laetitia | Dr Peter Kahn | Does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of Pope Saint John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio that parents are the ones called to give their children a clear and delicate sex education?

"The Meeting Point" Sex-Ed Program: Pernicious? Problematic? Promising? | John S. Hamlon and Veronica Pintor | A review of the controversial program, which was introduced worldwide at World Youth Day in Krakow last summer,

Benedict XVI: "With Cardinal Sarah ... the liturgy is in good hands." | Carl E. Olson | A new essay by Benedict XVI will be included in future printings of Cardinal Sarah's recent book The Power of Silence.

How Are We To Live in This Broken World? | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | No one can live in God's love, in His inner life, who does not want to be there. Such is our dignity that God only can accept us if we freely want to be there.

The Chesterton Option | Dale Ahlquist | The Incarnation is the center of reality. It is the truth that affects all other truths. We have to not be afraid of telling that truth. It's worth dying for. But more importantly, it's worth living for.

Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option" does not go far enough | Jerry Salyer | If we mean business when we talk about resisting assimilation, we must first summon the nerve to question the liberal secular order's most cherished dogmas, even at the risk of ostracism.

The Benedict Option offers realistic response to contemporary barbarism | Conor B. Dugan | Ultimately, Dreher is proposing that the Church return to her roots and give up worldliness so that she can more radically witness to and serve the world.

Legalism, Old and New | Russell Shaw | In recent decades we've seen a morality of adolescence that frequently involves acting out against authority and operating by impulse and feeling. It's the flip side of childish morality.

How do we teach beauty? | Dale Ahlquist | Chesterton says, "Wherever men are happy, they will build beautiful things." The modern world is ugly because we are unhappy.

Recent "Seeking Clarity" conference featured lay responses to "Amoris Laetitia, growing confusion | Alberto Carosa | The title of the conference was "Seeking Clarity", echoing that of the four Cardinals' dubia.

"Life is very complicated, and only God knows." | Kelly Scott Franklin, Ph.D. | José Luis Olaizola's novel General Escobar's War is a fictional memoir based on the true-life story of General Antonio Escobar Huertas.

Thomas Aquinas College announces new campus in Massachusetts | Paul Senz | After more than 40 years offering a liberal arts education in California, the Catholic school is set to expand to a second campus.

Tracey Rowland's Guide Through the Catholic Academic "Zoo" | Carl E. Olson | "Theology is important because it is all about reasoning about the highest things. It is the one thing a person doesn't want to get wrong in life because it affects one's eternal destiny."

Anthony Esolen's move is a reminder of what Catholic education should be about | Dr. Samuel Gregg | With Venezuela imploding, many wonder why Pope Francis seems slow to condemn a left-wing populist Latin American dictatorship that's brutalizing the population of an overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Pope Francis and the Doctrinal Ideologues | Carl E. Olson | There is a reason the Creed is recited every Sunday. And to defend and hold to doctrine is not only not ideological, it is part and parcel of being a Christian.

A new Vatican birth control commission? | Russell Shaw | An imaginary, but not fanciful, sketch of what such a commission's report to Pope Francis might say.

What Can Catholics and Protestants Learn From Each Other? | Paul Senz | Christ, says Peter Kreeft, "sees His beloved children fighting among themselves, and this causes Him far more agony than it causes us. His Mother too: mothers are especially sensitive to their children fighting."

Catholics in Communist Czechoslovakia: A Story of Persecution and Perseverance | Benjamin J. Vail | Reflections on living under communist rule and oppression for forty years--and what Catholics today can learn from those difficult times.

New: By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment by Edward Feser and Joseph Bessette
New, updated editions of classic works by mystic Adrienne von Speyr now available
New, updated editions of classic works by mystic Adrienne von Speyr now available
New: The Priest Barracks: Dachau, 1938-1945 by Guillaume Zeller
New: Father Brown and the Ten Commandments: Selected Mystery Stories
New: Slaves in Paradise: A Priest Stands Up for Exploited Sugarcane Workers by Jesús García
New: Fatima Mysteries: Mary's Message to the Modern Age by Grzegorz Gorny and Janusz Rosikon
New: Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other? by Peter Kreeft
New: That Nothing May Be Lost by Rev. Paul D. Scalia
New: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J.: With an Undivided Heart by Silas Henderson
New: The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography by Matthew Fradd
New: Sons of Saint Patrick: A History of the Archbishops of New York, from Dagger John to Timmytown by George Marlin & Brad Miner
First novel in series of post-WWII murder mysteries debuts detective priest "Father Gabriel"

Seeking holiness and wholeness in an age of technology
Revisiting the horrors of the infamous Moors Murders
The Fall of Constantinople on May 29, 1453: A Cautionary Tale
Cardinal Müller discusses Islam, "Amoris Laetitia", liturgy, secularism on "The World Over"
The Promise is a flawed but moving portrayal of the Armenian Genocide
Why is Kentucky becoming a synonym for "Active Latin"?
Trump, the Media, and the Church
The Ascension and the Christian's mission today
Catholic Lite and Europe's demographic suicide
"A Word to Those Being Confirmed
Two Presidents and Two Popes
The right to "non-free" speech and the rise of one party universities
Padre Pio and the Miracle Man of Belfast
The most mysterious and enigmatic Person in the Bible
Our Lady of Fatima and a Theological Reading of History
Abp. Carlson reflects on Catholic education, secular media, Girl Scouts, "Amoris Laetitia"
No Christ, No Church; Know Christ, Know the Church
And Much More!

Settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and infinite delight | Carl E. Olson | The recent March for Science was a sad and sorry exercise in a view of reality that is flattened, dreary, and ultimately inhuman.

But What Exactly is Easter? | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "Christ, the Son of God, rose from the dead." In that brief sentence, if we look carefully enough, we can discover the whole order of being and our place within it.

Six things people get wrong about the Resurrection | Carl E. Olson | Put simply, the Resurrection of the Christ is an event that divides. It is also a belief that challenges, confuses and confounds.

To Glory in the Cross of Christ | Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | Every cross borne by any believer gains meaning and becomes life-giving when it is brought into a relationship with the Cross.

Benedict XVI at 90: A rare glimpse into his joy-filled life | Catholic News Agency | An interview with Archbishop Gänswein, who has been Benedict's personal secretary since 2003.

Cardinal Sarah's Address on the 10th Anniversary of "Summorum Pontificum" | Cardinal Robert Sarah | Message sent by the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the Colloquium "The Source of the Future".

The Raqqa Diaries is a unique, harrowing account of life under ISIS in Syria | Fiorella Nash | Samer's story drags the reader into the heart of an otherwise distant conflict, forcing us to walk those streets, witness those atrocities, feel that fear.

"Sacred art is always traditional": An interview with Daniel Mitsui | Carl E. Olson | "We are living in a time comparable to the iconoclastic crises of the seventh and eighth centuries," says the talented artist from Chicago.

How to Respond to Relativism with Logic and Love | Paul Senz | An interview with Dr. Edward Sri, professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute and author of Who Am I to Judge?

The Radical Grace documentary is dissenting, misleading propaganda | Ann Carey | The award-winning film about "three fearless nuns" pursuing social justice, sponsored by several notorious "reform" groups, is full of distortions, misrepresentations, and manipulations.

Fighting the Porn Myth with Science | Catholic News Agency | Even though he's Catholic, Matt Fradd's new anti-porn book, "The Porn Myth," won't quote the saints or the Bible or recommend a regimen of rosaries. Here's why.

"Always forward": Inside the work of the Word on Fire apostolate | Paul Senz | Word on Fire, says Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of the apostolate, is "a concretization of Vatican II's vision of a complementary and cooperative rapport between clergy and laity..."

Prospects of a Catholic Literary Revival | David Paul Deavel | Can a Catholic literary revival take place and again take part in challenging and perhaps transforming our culture?

"The Devil wins if we don't show up for the debate": Fr. Spitzer on reclaiming the transcendentals | Connor Malloy | Philosophy professor and Jesuit Fr. Robert Spitzer discusses rekindling a love for truth, goodness, and beauty among young people--before it is "drummed out of them by materialists and physicalists."

Fighting the Ideologies of Contraception, Divorce, and Gender | Jim Graves | "So much of society suppresses the harm that the Sexual Revolution has had on individuals, covering it up with what I call 'happy talk,'" says Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute.

The Mysterious, Surprising, and Joyful Work of the Novelist | K. V. Turley | "As with all Christian art, the writer's calling is to make visible what is invisible," says novelist and iconographer Michael O'Brien.

Diversity Is Not a Cult--But What is It? | Anthony Esolen | Chesterton had it right: the man who ceases to believe in God does not then believe in nothing. He will believe in anything, and shower upon that object the devotion that is due only to the divine.

As Europe Declines, the Church Dithers | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Six decades after the Treaty of Rome, the European Union is in deep trouble. But is the Catholic Church capable of helping Europe change course?

Beware the Fundamentalist, my brothers! ... and shun the fractious Fomenters | John S. Hamlon | How Pope Francis sees moral history vis-à-vis marriage and family reveals much about which direction he wants the Church to take and at what destination he wants her to arrive.

Martin Luther: True Reformer or Defender of Erroneous Conscience? | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | The key issue in debating Luther's legacy on conscience in the Catholic Church entails whether the teachings of the Church are subordinate to one's own conscience or whether conscience is bound by the teaching of the Church.

Ideology Is poisoning storytelling and rattling readers | Thomas M. Doran | Writers are often seduced by cultural genies to make characters into sock puppets and plot lines into bullhorns that parrot "smart" thinking or ridicule "regressive" perspectives and values.

A Nun's Story is occasionally compelling but deeply flawed | Fiorella Nash | The account of Shirley Leach's sudden decision to become a nun is charming in places, but suffers from poor editing and failure to engage with deeper questions.

Space is scary: "Life" and Walker Percy's angels and beasts | Andrew Svenning | The Catholic novelist's account of modern man's Cartesian divide is remarkably applicable to contemporary sci-fi movies.

True forgiveness is greater than false tolerance | Nicholas Senz | Why one of the great weaknesses of the current cult of tolerance is one of the great strengths of Christianity.

CRUX author says Pope Francis not easily labeled. But then labels him. Accurately. | Carl E. Olson | Attempts to distinguish the populist approach of the Pope from those employed by Donald Trump and others is understandable, but end up demonstrating how much those approaches have in common.

Fr. Gabriel is the newest "knight of God" in the pantheon of literary detectives | Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin | Fiorella de Maria's new novel "The Sleeping Witness" is written in a restrained but beautiful style, offering suspense, a satisfying conclusion, and a clear-eyed depiction of sin.

A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 1--The Men | K.V. Turley | Each of these five friars in London have stories that are similar to the extent that each was in the world earning a living, and, in their quieter moments, had sensed something missing.

A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 2--The Mission | K.V. Turley | The friars witness to their faith every time they step out of the friary. They walk the city streets as naturally as anyone else. They are as much part of Canning Town as their neighbors.

The rich treasure of the monastic life | Jim Graves | "Even though we are contemplatives," says Sister Scholastica Radel of Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, "we don't always see the result of our prayers. In the next life we'll see the fruit that our sufferings and prayers have produced."

"Facts" and "values" and darkness at noon | Abp Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. | An exclusive excerpt from the new book Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World.

The Call to Holiness, the Challenge of Perfection | Carl E. Olson | "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Those words are among the most challenging in the Bible, and I suspect they are among the most avoided and ignored.

The End of the Catholic State? | Joseph G. Trabbic | It is widely accepted that Vatican II rejected Catholic states as the normative ideal, and that this rejection was at the level of an unchanging doctrine. Here are arguments against both propositions.

The "dark heart" of human-robot companionship | Sister Renée Mirkes | The time to carefully examine the ethics of human-robot interaction is now--before it becomes "the new normal."

Environmental Dogma, Domination, and Dominion | Thomas M. Doran | Why the Church is better served by staying out of the political and ideological weeds, focusing instead on forming societies in relation to the meaning and responsibilities of dominion.

The End of the Road for SNAP? | David F. Pierre, Jr. | After a recent lawsuit from a former SNAP employee alleged kickback schemes with plaintiffs' lawyers, the leadership of SNAP has abandoned ship

New film portrays dramatic life, inspiring conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | Parishes, schools, and organizations can host their own theatrical screening of "Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint", which is distributed by Ignatius Press.

The Hysterical Media Attacks on Cardinal Burke | Carl E. Olson | Far too many reporters and pundits confirm the observation of G.K. Chesterton in the early 1900s that much journalism is simply "bad journalism" and is "shapeless, careless, and colorless..."

Freemasons and Their Craft: What Catholics Should Know | Sandra Miesel | To see why the Catholic Church has strongly and repeatedly condemned membership in Freemasonry or any of its allied movements requires a glance at Masonic teachings and history.

How Many Faces of Christ? | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | Philip Jenkins' The Many Faces of Christ displays plenty of scholarship and erudition, but suffers from a blurring of textual and theological lines that reveals a problematic reliance on sociology.

The Truth is Not Up for Negotiation | CWR Staff | Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on the meaning of doctrine and its relationship with personal conscience and the interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia".

A Catholic Populism? | James Kalb | Populism's rejection of institutions and experts means it can identify basic problems excluded from public discussion. It also means that it rarely understands them accurately or knows what to do about them.

Is Liberal Democracy Closer to Communism or Catholicism? | Jerry Salyer | A review of The Demon in Democracy by the Polish philosopher and longtime dissident Ryszard Legutko.

Peter, Trump, and Francis | Carl E. Olson | No pope and no body of bishops have the authority to change, revise, reverse, alter, or fundamentally rework what has been gifted to the Mystical Body of Christ in Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture.

Michael Novak, Rest in Peace | Jay Richards | Novak had an illustrious career as an author, scholar, and educator that began during Vatican II and continued until his final days.

Cardinal Coccopalmerio's blow upon a bruise | Edward N. Peters | The two highest-ranking cardinals in the areas of canonical interpretation are in public, plain, and diametric opposition with each other concerning a crucial canonico-sacramental practice.

Loving God is the key to a lasting, loving marriage | Teresa Tomeo | It took a real crisis to get me to realize that I needed to fall in love with God and reject the world's understanding of happiness so I could work on rebuilding my marriage.

Facebook: Facts or Fury? | Dr. Randall B. Smith | If I thought reading Facebook posts was a way of really listening to my neighbors, especially those who disagree with me, I wouldn't be tempted as I am to banish it to electronic limbo.

When it comes to liturgy, we're all mutually-enriching mongrels | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | One of the many problems with Latin liturgical reform over the last 40 years was being too heavily influenced by German and Swiss sources, and not enough by Byzantine ones.

Should the Mass reflect a pope's personality? | Nicholas Senz | The liturgy belongs to the whole Church, across time and space; it is not to be manipulated according to the whims of each individual pope.

Journalist Peter Seewald: Pope Benedict is "one of the most misunderstood personalities of our time" | Paul Senz | The German journalist reflects on his latest book-length interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

A Malta Laetitia | Carl E. Olson | The bishops of Malta say divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Abps. Chaput and Sample say otherwise. Welcome to Pope Francis' messy Church.

"Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church." | CWR Staff | An interview with Carlo Cardinal Caffarra about "Amoris Laetitia", the reasons for the dubia, criticisms of the 4 Cardinals, and "the division among shepherds"

The Maltese disaster | Edward N. Peters | Why I think the Maltese bishops have effectively invited the Catholics entrusted to them to commit a number of objectively gravely evil acts.

Catholics and the Present Confusion | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The divorced and the homosexuals are convinced that the Church has changed its doctrine at least implicitly, if not explicitly.

Feminist scholars reaping what they've sown in Women's March | Dr. Anne Hendershott | "Intersectionality" has created a bullying culture in which only the most oppressed women are allowed the mantle of the truly oppressed.

What is "Pro-Life"? | James Kalb | Why do "seamless garment" Catholics tend toward views like those of the soft secular left, while those who focus on core life issues are more likely to be active in the pro-life movement?

Close papal confidant: "2 + 2 in #Theology can make 5." | Carl E. Olson | Fr. Spadaro's tweet has a decidedly nominalist (or voluntarist) bent to it, for it rests on the apparent belief that God can indeed act contrary to what and who is he is.

Byzantine and Catholic in the Secular Northwest | Jim Graves | An interview with the Very Reverend Fr. Richard Janowicz, pastor of Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Springfield, Oregon.

Is the Organ Really a Sacred Instrument? | Joseph P. Swain | Those of us who believe the organ is a sacred instrument have to take the question--"is the organ really a sacred instrument?"--and make it real, a spiritual matter for pastors and parish councils.

In Kenya, bishops take a stand to curtail election-year violence | Fredrick Nzwili | Ten years ago, election-related violence tore Kenya apart. This year, the country's Catholic bishops are demanding that all involved ensure a peaceful and credible election.

Fake History | George Weigel | A British writer claims Pope Francis "steadily filling the College of Cardinals with moderate pastors rather than doctrinal ideologues."

The Bomb That Never Detonated | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | On the 1970s, Paul Ehrlich, overpopulation, and why poverty is mostly caused by bad ideas and lack of virtue, not lack of resources.

"Silence" and Apostasy | Dr. Jared Ortiz | Two elements deserve more attention if we are to understand what Endo is doing in his novel: the times when God does speak and what life is like post-apostasy.

Judas and St. Peter in Scorsese's "Silence" | Dr. Thomas P. Harmon | The novel and the film adaptation do not valorize apostasy, but shed light on the reality that every Christian is asked, "Are you not also one of his disciples?"

City of Stars and Boulevard of Broken Dreams | Nick Olszyk | Not only is "La La Land" one of the great musical films of all time, it echoes the same starry eyed dreams of those who have pursued artistic brilliance and fell short.

On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary: A Response to Peter Leithart | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | The classic Western answer to the denial of Mary's perpetual virginity is St. Jerome's fourth-century tract "Against Helvidius", and Martin Luther echoed and affirmed it in his own day.

Jihad: Searching for a Motive | William Kilpatrick | Some Catholic leaders insist that terrorist attacks are motivated by money, selfishness, and oppression, but not by religion. Jihadists, however, disagree.

Time for a Media "Time Out" | Teresa Tomeo | If I were White House Media Queen for a day, I would make the following suggestions.

"The Best Books I Read in 2016" | CWR Staff & Contributors | CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the last year, ranging from theology to fiction, philosophy to history, and much more.

The Pastoral and Moral Crises That Lie Ahead | Fr. Mark A. Pilon | We are witnessing a radical adoption of the absolutizing principle of subjective judgments of conscience and private interpretation of all moral norms.

The End of Time | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Thoughts on two books, both published in San Francisco within a few years of each other, and both concerned with ultimate things.

The 20 most popular Catholic World Report stories and articles of 2016 | Carl E. Olson | Topics include anti-Catholic history, contraception, converts from Evangelicalism, Cardinal Sarah, "Amoris Laetitia", Islam, Benedict XVI, Fatima, millennials, liturgy, and more.

My Top Ten Movies of 2016 | Nick Olszyk | Favorites include a documentary about a "worship band", the strange story of Elvis and President Nixon, the best movie about Jesus in recent years, and, yes, the newest "Star Wars" movie.

The Saturnalia and St. John Chrysostom: A New Year's Message | Dr. Randall B. Smith | Idolatrous events like the Saturnalia (and its modern equivalents) promise a lasting joy they cannot possibly deliver.

Militant Islam and the Year of the Mass Delusion | William Kilpatrick | As Albert Einstein is reported to have once said, "insanity means doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

A Truly Catholic History of North America | Carl E. Olson | Recognizing the foundational Catholic roots of North American history, says historian Dr. Kevin Starr, author of Continental Ambitions, helps put away faulty narratives and negative stereotypes.

Cardinal Burke: "No, I am not saying that Pope Francis is in heresy." | CWR Staff | In an interview with CWR, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke discusses the current controversy over "Amoris Laetitia' and the questions he submitted with three other bishops to Pope Francis.

The Final Confrontation | Ralph Martin | It seems sometimes as if the gates of hell have opened wide, and the demons are flying out to wreak havoc wherever they can.

Scorsese's "Silence" and the Seaside Martyrs | Bishop Robert Barron | My worry is that all of the stress on complexity, multivalence, and ambiguity is in service of the cultural elite today--not that different from the Japanese cultural elite depicted in the film.

The Holiness of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. | Dr. Edward N. Peters | A review of With God in America, a new volume containing various writings and interviews with the remarkable American priest who spent 23 years in Stalinist prisons.

Postmodernity and the "Ideal" Jesus | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | St. Matthew would be surprised to find himself a postmodern Gnostic existentialist progressive, which is exactly how John Shelby Spong presents him in Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy.

G.K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens, and the Joy of Christmas | Dale Ahlquist | Why a radio broadcast from Christmas Day in 1931 still rings with the wonder of "this season of enjoyment."

Rogue One paints a grittier picture of the Star Wars universe | Andrew Svenning | Despite problems with character development, the new Star Wars movie manages to pull off the difficult task of telling a compelling story of which we essentially already know the ending.

On the Dark and the Light in Star Wars | Thomas P. Harmon | The grittiness of Rogue One doesn't place the story outside the Star Wars moral universe--it shows the contours of that universe in even greater relief.

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