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  IGNATIUS PRESS DISCUSSION ABOUT "LAUDOTO SI'": Ignatius Press president Mark Brumley is joined by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder of Ignatius Press, editor Vivian Dudro, and John Herreid for a discussion of the new encyclical Laudato Si'. Watch the video below. You can also listen to and/or download [right click] the audio of the discussion.

"Laudato Si'" focuses on the heart of man and the disorders of our age | William L. Patenaude | The central thesis is that the fallen nature of the human heart and the resulting brokenness of human relations is the cause of the crises in our lives, families, nations, and now the life-sustaining ecosystems that form our common home.

Watch: Ignatius Press editorial staff members discuss "Laudato Si" | CWR Staff | Ignatius Press president Mark Brumley is joined by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder of Ignatius Press, editor Vivian Dudro, and John Herreid for a discussion of the new encyclical.

Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical | CNA | "At times we see an obsession with denying any pre-eminence to the human person; more zeal is shown in protecting other species than in defending the dignity which all human beings share in equal measure."

Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues | CNA | "Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years," Pope Francis says in his new encyclical.

Providence, Prosperity, and Purpose | Carl E. Olson | "If the providence of God does not preside over human affairs," wrote St. Augustine, "there is no point in busying oneself about religion."

The Real Costs of the Infertility Industry | Anne Hendershott & Joseph Cavello | Despite Church sanctions against such practices, it is likely that IVF and other forms of assisted reproduction technology will continue to grow.

Silent Action of the Heart | Cardinal Robert Sarah | A message from the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to participants of "Sacra Liturgia 2015".

"Benedicta": Chant to Make the Heart Glad | Christopher S. Morrissey | "Benedicta", the debut Gregorian chant CD from the Benedictine Monks of Norcia, takes the form of a concept album about the life of Mary. And it is a perfect soundtrack to prepare you for the practice of prayer.

Now, the Kasper theory of democracy? | George Weigel | The distinguished theologian-bishop has apparently seriously misunderstood the nature of democracy and the Church's teaching about just political communities.

Failing to Make the Moral Case for Marriage | Robert R. Reilly | The retreat to the position of defending religious freedom means that the issue of the immorality of sodomy and other homosexual acts has been abandoned--both in and out of court.

The Actor, the Author, and the Real 'Father Brown' | K. V. Turley | The priest who was the inspiration for Chesterton's great detective also played a central role in the conversion of Chesterton and many others.

What Prospects for Thought? | James Kalb | Complex thought requires a balance between the particular and the universal, the changing and the changeless, and it cannot survive too much diversity or uniformity.

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations | Jim Graves | With priests serving 200 locations in 120 dioceses worldwide--and another 150 men currently in formation--the FSSP's director of development reflects on the order's unique apostolate.

German Idealism and Cardinal Kasper's Theological Project | Prof. Thomas Heinrich Stark | In order to understand the positions taken by Cardinal Kasper at the Synod, it is necessary to familiarize oneself with the basic themes of his theology and the principles upon which it is based.

Back to Nature | Andrew Svenning | "Jurassic World" returns us to the roots of the original film, but it is not without flaws, including some cartoonish moments.

Love, Tolerance, and the Making of Distinctions | Fr. Robert Barron | To criticize someone for engaging in immoral activity is not to "hate" that person; in point of fact, it is an act of love.

Fraternal Correction By and For Bishops | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | Pope Francis' establishment of a new tribunal within the CD to discipline bishops over handling of sexual offenses is both surprising and welcome.

Fr. Robert Spitzer, author of "Finding True Happiness", warns of "cultural implosion"
Christopher Lee and Morally Serious Horror
First Chapter: Looking for the King
A Man Called Dad
Praise Be for Art and Craft
Theology of the Body: Insights for the Synod on the Family
Read the Prologue to A Postcard from the Volcano

Jurassic Family
Some barrel-of-the-Bottom quotes from Francis' new encyclical
How do we tackle popular myths about marriage?
Beer, Chant, and the New Evangelization!
Sacra Liturgia 2015: A "few days of heaven on earth"
The Words of the Lineamenta: A Layman's Perspective
The way forward: Accommodation or proclamation?
Youth ministry today: Its strengths and limitations
And Much More!

Journeying with Abraham, the Father of Faith | CWR Staff | Author and filmmaker Stephen Ray discusses his ambitious video series, traveling in Iraq, filming in the Holy Land, and delving into the incredible life of Abraham.

Gnosticism vs. The Incarnation: The Ancient Battle Renewed | John B. Buescher | The contemporary sexual revolution is thoroughly Gnostic, attacking the institution of marriage, thwarting the conception of children, and denying the differences between men and women

Message from Cardinal Sarah to participants of "Sacra Liturgia 2015" event in NYC | CWR Staff | "One cannot encounter God, my brothers and sisters, without trembling, without awe, without profound respect and holy fear."

The Bible and the Eucharist | Carl E. Olson | My recognition of the Eucharist was set in motion when I was a young boy, a Fundamentalist who knew nothing about the Eucharist or the Catholic Church.

Pretty Little Lies: On the Idolness of Bruce Jenner | Lauren Enk Mann | Both Jenner and the adoring media are falling prey to one of the oldest, gravest sins: idolatry, the worshiping of false gods which we ourselves have crafted

Turning Youth Ministry into Apprenticeship in the Christian Life | Bill Maguire | YDisciple, a new program from the Augustine Institute, takes a fresh approach toward teen ministry--one that is rooted in the parent-child relationship and in family life.

Flannery O'Connor and the Habit of Incarnational Art | Carl E. Olson | The writings of the Catholic author from Georgia were stamped with an understanding of reality that was deeply sacramental and incarnational.

John Henry Newman and Catholic Higher Education | Edward Short | An interview with Dr. Paul Shrimpton, author of The 'Making of Men': The Idea and Reality of Newman's University in Oxford and Dublin.

The Myth of Washington Gridlock | George Weigel | Today, the gridlock on the Potomac is cultural rather than structural.

A Layman Responds to Cardinal Kasper's Proposal, Part II | Dr. Josť Durand Mendioroz | An Argentine lawyer and professor of law responds in detail to the arguments and suggestions of Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Galileo was Right--But So Were His Critics | Kevin Schmiesing | An interview with Dr. Christopher M. Graney, author of Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo.

Jihad in Sheep's Clothing | William Kilpatrick | When everyone in the information business decides that the prudent thing is to pass the buck, everyone else ends up with only a passing knowledge of Islam.

Europe's War on Christian Ethics | Alessandra Nucci | Many Eastern European countries are facing increasing pressure from Western nations to abandon their traditional Christian values and religious heritage.

'Shadow council' led by European prelates plots acceptance of gay unions | CNA | A secret meeting of fifty bishops and theologians at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University featured final remarks by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany.

What It Means To Be a Leader Among the Faithful | CWR Staff | An interview with Fr. Robert Spitzer on the qualities needed to be a leader among the faithful.

"Mad Men" and the Depression of Don Draper | Fr. Robert Barron | The show is remarkably well-written, beautifully imagined and filmed, extremely well-acted--and intensely depressing.

A Holy War Against Common Sense: Russia vs. Ukraine and West | Mykhailo Cherenkov | If the war against Ukraine is a Holy War for Holy Rus', then no sanctions or diplomatic agreements will end it.

How Same-Sex Marriage Won Out in Ireland | Michael Kelly | Intense pressure from political and cultural elites, together with millions of dollars in foreign funding, resulted in a victory for gay rights activists in the majority-Catholic country.

In Ireland, the old is out and the out are in | Carl E. Olson | Current events are a reminder that there is nothing quite as hellbent--quite literally--as a grave sin unleashed, publicly encouraged, and culturally affirmed.

The New Gnosticism of the Homosexual Movement | Robert R. Reilly | Success for the homosexual dream requires the obliteration of the real and the removal of those who insist on the existence of reality.

Hundreds Stand with Cordileone at Archbishop Family Support Day | Gibbons J. Cooney | The picnic event was unusual for San Francisco: normal, multi-generational families, gathered together to honor God, the Church, and the leader who is promoting those truths in the face of virulent opposition.

Pentecost: Detonation and Fulfillment, Humility and Unity | Carl E. Olson | "The Christian Church is the detonation of that explosive for which a train had been prepared through the centuries," wrote Monsignor Ronald Knox.

Humanizing War and the Dangers of Drone Warfare | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | How can new robotic technology help save lives within warfare without overriding humanity's ability to control and limit the effects of the lethal technology it introduces?

From Lambeth to the Land of Nod | John S. Hamlon | Catholic teaching on contraception will always be a "sign of contradiction" and it will always point to an inconvenient, counter-cultural truth: more contraception means more divorce and more abortion.

The Catholic Church's German Crisis | George Weigel | One rarely finds, among German churchmen today, a sobered openness, born of the recognition that something has gone terribly wrong and that another approach to evangelization and catechesis must be found.

A Layman Responds to Cardinal Kasper's Proposal | Dr. Josť Durand Mendioroz | An Argentine lawyer and professor of law responds in detail to the arguments and suggestions of Cardinal Walter Kasper.

On Graduations, Universities, and What Is "Practically Useless" | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | We need trade, technology, and engineering schools. But universities are for something beyond trade, technology, and engineering.

The Culture of Grievance and the Necessity of Gratitude | James Patrick | For a nation to exist in relative peace there must be a common history, and our most accessible commonality is human nature with its sins and its nobility as its story is told in good books.

A Cromwell in Our Image and Likeness | Thomas S. Hibbs | In certain respects, the Thomas Cromwell of "Wolf Hall" is akin to the sort of conflicted characters so popular in contemporary cable drama, from "The Sopranos" to "Breaking Bad."

"Tomorrowland" is an uneven journey into the future via nostalgia for the past | Nick Olszyk | The question "How do we fix it?" is asked constantly but the film completely misses the answer.

Digging deeper into the Pew data about nones, millennials, and Christians | Anne Hendershott | The recent and much-referenced Pew Study reveals as much or more about shifts than it does declines.

Christianity's Revolutionary Recognition of Women as Equals | David J. Theroux | The progressive historical narrative upon which contemporary, anti-family policies rest is false.

Bishop Thomas A. Daly installed as the seventh Bishop of Spokane, Washington | Anthony E. Clark | In homily, emphasizes the importance of vocations to the priesthood, the necessity of silence and contemplation, and recommends Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Processing with the Blessed Virgin Mary in England | Joanna Bogle | The annual May Procession is just one of many public expressions of Catholic devotion and belief in and around London.

1968: The Year of Revolution in American Catholic Education | CWR Staff | Since the successful coup at CUA in the late Sixties, says Fr. Peter Mitchell, "the theology of dissent against Church teaching has remained normative and prevalent in American Catholic institutions of higher education..."

True Love Starts at the Foot of the Cross | Carl E. Olson | Jesus speaks of love, but also of commandments. This is befuddling to modern man, for he considers love to be freedom from stricture, liberation from directives.

Six Ways the Catholic Church Is Like an Italian Mamma | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | Like mamma's lap, Holy Mother Church is where truth, solace, guidance, peace and love are found, come what may.

The Destruction of Thought | James Kalb | Abolishing stable and determinable meanings results in power in the service of desire becoming the source of what must be treated as reality.

"Created for Greatness": The Emerging Catholic Men's Movement | Joseph M. Hanneman | Conferences and faith-based groups are helping men know, defend, and live their Catholic faith.

Catholicism's Man-Sized Crisis | Joseph M. Hanneman | An interview with Matthew James Christoff about the "New Emangelization".

Do I Have to Draw You a Picture? The Cartoon Wars Come to America | William Kilpatrick | Western citizens only respond when Muslim reaction is of a spectacular nature, ignoring the slow and steady erosion of our freedoms that occurs when the wish to be inoffensive becomes paramount.

The Pope, the Poet, and the Year of Mercy | Lauren Enk Mann | Dante is, as Pope Francis explained, "a prophet of hope, herald of the possibility of redemption, liberation and the profound transformation of every man and woman, of all humanity."

FLUX columnist: It's time for the Church to change its anti-porn stance | Nick Bottom | The Church, insists Vagary Eaton, has been prudish and judgmental toward the adult film industry for too long--and it's embarrassing.

Seeking Stakeholders to Save a Byzantine Catholic Monastery | Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis & Benjamin Mann | Holy Resurrection Monastery is in the midst of a fundraising campaign that may determine whether our community can survive in its current form.

"Sacra Liturgia" Is Coming to New York City in June | CWR Staff | Dom Alcuin Reid discusses Sacra Liturgia USA 2015, hosted in New York City from June 1-4 and with a keynote address by Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Equal Treatment and the State's Interest in Marriage | Patrick Lee | The state is not in the business of promoting and regulating every sexual-romantic relationship; nor should it categorize all child-raising arrangements as marriages.

Between the Synods: Testing the Catholicity of our Faith | Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD | What will be the outcome of the Synod? There are signs both positive and disquieting.

John Paul II and 'America' | George Weigel | A new documentary from the Knights of Columbus focuses on John Paul II's evangelistic vision for the western hemisphere.

"The Avengers" and Friedrich Nietzsche | Fr. Robert Barron | Joss Whedon's "Avenger" films work as a sort of antidote to Tolkien and Lewis, shaping the imaginations of young people so as to receive a distinctly different message.

Michael Coren goes Anglican, denounces Catholic moral teaching | Carl E. Olson | "I could not remain in a church that effectively excluded gay people," says the Canadian author and apologist, "I felt that the circle of love had to be broadened, not reduced."

Attacks on San Francisco Priest Aim to Test Abp. Cordileone | Jim Graves & CWR Staff | Recent reports about accusations made 10 years ago against Fr. Joseph Illo leave out key facts and misrepresent the subsequent court case.

Two Approaches To Culture: Evangelistic & Diagnostic | Carl E. Olson | New books by Fr. Robert Barron and Dr. James A. Patrick are exceptional guides to the confused and confounding dominant culture.

Beauty and Tradition in the "Church of the Poor" | Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis & Benjamin Mann | It would be a mistake to identify Pope Francis with a stripped-down, secularized style of worship--and a still-greater mistake, to see Christian humility and liturgical beauty as opposites rather than harmonious counterparts.

Can Islam be Reformed? | William Kilpatrick | A real reformation of the Islamic religion would require a repudiation of large parts of Muhammad's legacy, which is akin to reforming Christianity by repudiating Christ.

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