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How St. John Paul II changed the Church and the world | Filip Mazurczak | In celebrating the feast day of the Polish pope, it is fitting to consider the profound and multifaceted impact of his papacy.

The Prophetic Challenge of St. John Paul II | Carl E. Olson | Pope John Paul II's rich teaching is a remarkably rich and cogent whole, a mosaic that rewards repeated study and contemplation

Fake Catholic Groups and the "Catholic Spring" Emails | Dr. Anne Hendershott | It is now impossible to deny that Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United have worked for years to undermine and manipulate Catholic leadership

Mercy is a Serious Matter | Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap | We need to call attention to aspects of this Holy Year of Mercy which represent the "tough" side of God's mercy which is easily overlooked and often misunderstood.

God, Money, and Catholicism | CWR Staff | Those wishing to equip lay Catholics to think through economic issues should spend more time explaining principles of Catholic social teaching and how they relate to each other.

Faith in Putinism: A Church-State Symbiosis | Joseph Kremers | Putin is building political power around vertical state power, central control of the economy, and reinvigoration of the military, relying on the support of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Abp. Alexander Sample Discusses His Pastoral Letter about Amoris Laetitia | Carl E. Olson | "As difficult as it can be," says the Archbishop of Portland, Oregon, "and as much of a cross it might be for us at a time in our life, God's grace enables us to overcome our struggles, even with sin."

A cradle of early Christianity, Turkey is often unwelcoming to today's Christians | Derya M. Little | How a land that still hosts hundreds of ancient churches became a country where less than 0.5 percent of the population is Christian.

Re-assessing the Role of the Pharisees in the New Testament | Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, SSL, STD | It is very important to emphasize that the relationship between Jesus and the Pharisees was not always characterized by hate, controversy, and antagonism.

Crazy clericalism at Houston's University of St. Thomas | Dr. Randall B. Smith | Some clerics in leadership at Catholic universities give lip service to "empowering the laity"--when their real agenda is enforcing their own ideology.

Serving the Divorced and Remarried Well | Thomas J. Nash | The perils of using subjective standards in interpreting disputed sections of Amoris Laetitia indicates the pressing need for a new Vademecum to help guide confessors

Padre Pio: The Second Pillar of the Jubilee of Mercy | Fr Nicholas Gregoris | Padre Pio was misunderstood and even maligned during his lifetime, but ultimately his authentic sanctity and heroic virtue prevailed over any forms of cynicism and skepticism in his regard.

Scientist, Theologian, Mother | Nicholas Senz | "Science is a love affair with Creation," says Dr. Stacy Trasancos, author of Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science, "and therefore a love affair with Christ."

Christians in Syria: "Help us pull our country back from the brink of the abyss" | Alessandra Nucci | Many Christian leaders of Syria are speaking out, asking world leaders to preserve their ancient, war-torn homeland.

Evangelization in Modern Ireland | Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan | The creative minority is the way in which God has throughout history brought about reform. He depends on the few. That has always been the way change occurred in the Church.

"I Think I am a ___, Therefore I am a ___." | John Lawrence Hill | Thoughts on Descartes, gender identity and the demise of the Reality Principle.

William Byrd and the beckoning of beauty | Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | Style and class have been banished from most Catholic sanctuaries in our land; the transient, the ephemeral, the cheap have replaced the beautiful, the uplifting, the inspiring.

Harry Potter and the Magical Gravy Train | Fiorella Nash | The temptation to milk the lucrative Harry Potter franchise for all it's worth appears to be nearly irresistible.

Pope Francis, new cardinals, and European bishops' leaders | Filip Mazurczak | It's been decades since the world's Catholic episcopate has been so polarized, a byproduct of the Francis pontificate.

Pope Francis and Martin Luther | Russell Shaw | At a time when sentimentality sometimes undermines ecumenical thinking, what difference does doctrinal differences among Christians make--isn't God pleased with all of us?

New: The Wise Man from the West: Matteo Ricci and His Mission to China
New: Workbook & DVD for "Happiness, Suffering, and the Love of God" by Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ
Second volume of Fr. Henri de Lubac's Vatican Council Notebooks now available
New: Three Kings, Ten Mysteries: The Secrets of Christmas and Epiphany
FANFARE magazine Interviews Robert Reilly about the recovery of beautiful music in the 20th century
New: Night's Bright Darkness: A Modern Conversion Story by Sally Read

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Knowing Who We Are; Knowing What We Are Supposed to Do
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More Catholic schools are making the switch to classical curricula | Leslie Fain | Most schools today are geared toward college and career-readiness. But are these schools forming children to be saints?

The 2016 Vote: What is an Informed Catholic to Do? | Fr. Richard Gribble, CSC | The US bishops, in "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," can give Catholic voters some helpful guidelines.

The Loser Letters, Adapted for Stage | Aurora C. Griffin | Author Mary Eberstadt discusses how a theatrical production of her 2010 book raises important questions about belief, atheism, and spiritual dangers.

Catholics in an Age of Secular Moralism | Dr. Samuel Gregg | How do Catholics avoid reducing the faith to the pursuit of fundamentally secularist causes?

Lazarus, the Rich Man, and the Sin of Pride | Carl E. Olson | The famous parable of Lazarus and the rich man is surely a renunciation of greed, but it is primarily focused on the evil of pride.

The Catholic Conscience, the Argentine Bishops, and "Amoris Laetitia" | E. Christian Brugger | Chapter 8 of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation is characterized by a false dichotomy between the objective and subjective realms of morality.

A Different Perspective on Amoris Laetitia | Richard P. Maggi, Esq. | From the perspective of the Church, the deeper and primordial significance of marriage is revealed--the family is an imitation of the Trinitarian communion of persons.

New chaos and confusion over Amoris Laetitia | Mary Jo Anderson | If the Church does not uphold the teachings of Christ and the sacredness of the sacraments, what then is the purpose of the Church?

New film about James Foley isn't without controversy | K. V. Turley | "Jim: The James Foley Story" is deliberately ambiguous on questions of the murdered photojournalist's faith.

An Unlikely Hero | Thomas M. Doran | He is flawed, and many of his flaws persist throughout his life. He can be petty and petulant. Nonetheless, he is a hero.

Oklahoma City's archbishop on Satanists, vocations, and a unique canonization case | Jim Graves | Abp. Paul Coakley received international attention after high-profile clashes with Satanists, but that's not the whole story of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City today.

On the Poetry of Kathleen Hart: Everything that Rises Must Converge | James Matthew Wilson | Like Marianne Moore and Gerard Manley Hopkins before her, Hart is one of our literature's great eccentrics.

For Catholics, Trump's and Clinton's family policies leave much to be desired | David R. Upham | Both candidates' proposals seem at odds with Catholic teaching in various ways.

My Two Years as a Catholic in Oxford | Aurora C. Griffin | Catholic life and faith is alive and well in Oxford.

A conversation with Fr. George Rutler | Paul Senz | "In my experience," says the accomplished and prolific priest and author, "there are few things less common than common knowledge."

The Technocratic War on Traditional Identities | James Kalb | What makes identity a problem today is that influential people now think about society in a way that breaks the link between traditional identities and legitimate social functioning.

The Gender Identity Mandate: The latest threat to health care rights of conscience | Sister Renée Mirkes | US citizens must unite on behalf of conscience protection in all public services, including health care.

Benedict the Brave: The Regensburg Address Ten Years Later | James Day | On September 12, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI offered a few "memories and reflections" at the University of Regensburg. Contrary to the resulting rebukes, the 79-year-old pontiff knew exactly what he was doing.

Showing Mercy to Creation? | Mark Brumley | Is Pope Francis correct in saying we extend mercy to the earth by linking human life to the planet?

War, Hospitality, and the Current Refugee Crisis | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Home once meant a place exclusively for one's family and occasionally guests. It is becoming conceptually a place where everyone belongs except what is meant by a family.

Time for Catholics to Reconsider Islam and the "Prophet" Muhammad? | William Kilpatrick | Islam is inseparable from Muhammad. If Muhammad was a false prophet who presented a false picture of Jesus, then Islam, despite whatever truths it contains, is a false religion.

Pope Francis, Henri de Lubac, and the Decentralizing of Church Authority | Dr. Samuel Gregg | The Holy Father wants to enhance the authority of episcopal conferences. But one of his theological lodestones warned of the dangers of such an approach--dangers come to fruition in countries such as Germany.

Labor Day Lessons from St. Teresa of Calcutta | Michael J. Nadar | The newly canonized Saint teaches us that work must be based in love in order to be truly fruitful. This truth applies to all work, whether one is building a Manhattan skyscraper or serving the destitute in Calcutta.

A thriving Midwestern diocese's secrets to success | Jim Graves | Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln discusses religious freedom, Catholic education, and what has made his diocese a powerhouse for priestly vocations.

Cardinal Raymond Burke on Life, Truth, Mother Teresa, Islam, and Cardinal Sarah | Carl E. Olson | The American prelate goes on record about Christians and Muslims (they don't worship the same God) and Cardinal Sarah ("I agree with him completely...").

After devastating earthquake, Norcia Monks begin to rebuild | Dorothy Cummings McLean | Monks who originally took shelter in Rome following the August 24th earthquake have returned, and a makeshift chapel and a tent-monastery have been completed.

Being the "poorest of the poor" with Mother Teresa | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | How Mother Teresa taught this wife and mother to see and to serve Jesus in everyone she meets.

Jesuit university hires infamous, fired Mizzou prof Melissa Click | Carl E. Olson | Is Click's "scholarship" the sort of amoral swill that students at a Catholic university should be enduring while paying top dollar?

Modern "Rights" and the Loss of Freedoms | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Real generosity implies some area of reality beyond the right and just; it is this latter area that the current practice of rights is quickly closing off.

"Mother changed my life": Friends remember Mother Teresa | Jim Graves | Three Americans who knew and worked with Mother Teresa discuss her life and legacy.

World Youth Day: A witness to the joy of the Church | Wills Rooney | From beginning to end, the week was filled with a profound and persistent experience of joy, writes an American pilgrim.

Surprised by the Beauty of 20th-Century Music | Paul Senz | While avant-garde art dominated the past century, notes Robert R. Reilly, glorious and melodic music was being written all along, even if often suppressed or neglected.

Poverty, Politics, and the Church in Pope Francis's Argentina | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Argentina is trying to break with 70 years of populism, corruption, and general economic decline. But in the age of the Argentine pope, what role will the Church play in this process?

Jesus was not a pop psychologist | Carl E. Olson | The Readings for Sunday, September 4th, indicate that Jesus was not concerned with talking about feelings, but with responding rightly to truth.

He's not "turning his back to the people" | George Weigel | Five reasons why Cardinal Robert Sarah was correct in proposing that the Catholic Church return to the practice of priest and people praying in the same direction during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Peter Kreeft: "It is obvious why we all need to learn how to be holy." | Paul Senz | The prolific and popular author discusses his new book How to Be Holy: First Steps in Becoming a Saint, which he describes as a "festooning" of "the main points" of a great classic.

Gossamer threads of grace and the magic of hope: The Fool of New York City | Michael Nicholas Richard | Michael O'Brien's latest novel is a fascinating paradox of a tale, both gritty and idyllic.

Pope Francis vs. Gender Ideology | Robert R. Reilly | In the end, reality always wins. An old saying has it that: God always forgives; man sometimes; Nature never.

Francis and Fundamentalism | Carl E. Olson | Why should we equate Christianity to Islam in terms of its inner dynamic--that is, its core beliefs about God, man, the temporal order, and so forth? Why must we think that Islam and Christianity are equal in terms of moral teachings?

The Pope and Perón | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Does a long-deceased Latin American populist provide us with insight into Pope Francis?

Islam, ISIS, and Turkey | Derya M. Little | A brief history of Islam in Turkey, and what it means for the rise of ISIS.

Franciscan Beat | James Matthew Wilson | David Craig's verse is a poetry of what Robert Lowell, that most refined, or "cooked," high modernist of Catholic poetry, called "the raw."

Ben-Hur, 2016: A classic tale for a new generation | Jim Graves | An interview with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, executive producers of the new big-screen adaptation of Ben-Hur.

Brexit, Trump, and Identity | James Kalb | People recognize on some level that the current situation is bizarre, and that an accepted system of identities rather like the inherited one is basic to human life.

China and Vatican Make Preliminary Agreement on the Election of Bishops | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | Pope Francis is not the first pope to turn his pastoral gaze toward China, and in the long scope of the Middle Kingdom's history, the Vatican's overtures to China are not so unusual.

New documentary shows Franciscan friars among the world's "outcasts" | K. V. Turley | The new project from Grassroots Films is a powerful and beautiful depiction of the work of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal with the impoverished and the desperate.

Vladimir the Inevitable? Understanding the rise of Putin | Joseph Kremers | At each stage of his rise to power, Vladimir Putin demonstrated an understanding of both the Russian psyche and the tactical conditions of the post-Soviet world.

"Ad orientem" and the problems of modern church architecture | Erik Bootsma | Even if every priest were to suddenly have the desire to celebrate the Mass in the ancient and traditional orientation, there remains a major obstacle--the architecture of the churches themselves.

WYD shows Poland can help the West rediscover its roots | Filip Mazurczak | Larger than expected and on fire for the faith, the crowds at World Youth Day prove that Poland still is a Christian powerhouse.

A Christian Future or a Pagan One? | Gregory J. Sullivan | R.R. Reno's new book argues that progressivism is waging a war on the weak, and that "putting an end to that war is the most important social justice issue of our time."

Catholic street evangelization and getting "back to basics" | Paul Senz | Steve Dawson spends his days talking to strangers about Jesus--and rejects the idea that street evangelization is a "Protestant thing."

Some thoughts on the Pope's remarks returning from Krakow | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The return flight interview from Poland followed the usual pattern that popes have now accustomed us to in such occasions. The Pope invites questions and reflects leisurely on the experience of the visit.

A noteworthy (but little noted) revolution at World Youth Day 2016 | Carl E. Olson | A recent blog post by Fr. David Friel highlights something I'd not seen in other coverage of the recent events in Kraków.

Who watches the watchers? | Sandra Miesel | Human freedom, mercy, and friendship are some of the core concerns of the recently-concluded hit TV series "Person of Interest."

The willful, deadly logic behind the slaughter of Fr. Jacques Hamel | John Paul Meenan | Chaotic as they may appear, there is a reason to the Islamist madness, for Man can never be purely voluntaristic.

Evangelical Exodus: The Protestant seminary that produced dozens of Catholic converts | Paul Senz | An interview with Douglas M. Beaumont, editor of a new book about faculty members and students of a North Carolina Evangelical seminary who became Catholic.

Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment | Edward Feser and Joseph M. Bessette | If Pope Francis were to teach that capital punishment is "absolutely" immoral, he would be contradicting the teaching of scripture, the Fathers, and all previous popes, and substituting for it "some new doctrine."

Why the Death Penalty is Still Necessary | Joseph M. Bessette and Edward Feser | Given the Church's longstanding and irreformable teaching that death may in principle be a legitimate punishment for grievous crimes, the key issue for Catholics is an empirical and practical question.

The Godless Confusion and the God of Justice | Carl E. Olson | The intimacy between the Creator and the recipient of the Abrahamic covenant foreshadowed the unique revelation about the Father given by the Son.

Europe, Islam, and Saint James the Moor-slayer | Mary Jo Anderson | Despite the appalling specter of Islamic terrorism now gripping Europe--the attacks and slaughter in Munich, Nice, Brussels, Paris--Europeans, while once united in faith, aren't likely to seek the intercession of St. James today.

On making the world safe for Jesuits | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A new book explores the Jesuit connection to world Catholicism and world problems in the 19th and 20th centuries.

With new ordinations, the Jesuits see hope for the future | Anne Hendershott | In many respects, reports of the death of the Society of Jesus are greatly exaggerated.

Reason, Authority, and the Roman Rite | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | Catholics are often finding themselves in a situation in which Church authorities sometimes seem to set themselves against the Church's own teaching and rites.

Political Pragmatism and Catholic Public Action | James Kalb | What does a Catholic do when he finds his outlook radically at odds with the direction of politics and public life?

The adventurous life of radical dependence on God | Jim Graves | The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal serve the inner-city poor, and depend on Divine Providence to provide for their every need.

Cardinal Sarah has challenged "the prejudices" behind "certain modern liturgical practices" | CWR Staff | An interview with Sacra Liturgia's international coordinator, Dom Alcuin Reid, about the recent London conference and the reactions to Robert Cardinal Sarah's Address.

Catholicism and Global Institutions: It's Time for a Rethink | Dr. Samuel Gregg | "Brexit" underscores that the Catholic Church's present approach to international political organizations requires modification, if not a complete overhaul.

The Panorthodox Council: A Fragile Hope for Aggiornamento? | Fr. Cyril Hovorun | Despite serious difficulties, the recent Holy and Great Council became a truly conciliar event which reflected the complexities of the Orthodox commonwealth while demonstrating its relevance to the modern world.

Homelessness, party-style | George Weigel | Declaring myself a Democrat became impossible in principle after the 1992 Democratic National Convention. But I cannot bring myself to cast a vote for Donald Trump for president.

The Problem of Europe's Weak Christianity | CWR Staff | In Part 1 of an interview with Cardinal Kurt Koch, the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, discusses the presence of Islam in Europe.

The Greatness of Benedict XVI | CWR Staff | In Part 2 of an interview, Cardinal Kurt Koch explains why he thinks the "lecture of Pope Benedict XVI in Regensburg was in fact prophetic..."

Five Facts About the Coup in Turkey | Derya M. Little | Erdogan's goal is to become the sultan caliph who brings back the glorious days of the Ottoman Empire. For him, democracy is a street car to ride to his destination and then discard.

Quick thoughts on the ultimate purpose of canon law and social doctrine | Carl E. Olson | And what is real social justice? The Book of Revelation answers that important question. In vibrantly Catholic Poland, growing secularism produces new challenges | Filip Mazurczak | The land of St. John Paul II continues to be strongly Catholic, but signs of decline suggest that a boost from Pope Francis' visit later this month will be welcome.

The fearless wit and wisdom of Fr. George William Rutler | K.V. Turley | Fr. Rutler's writing is filled with fearlessness, and it is the best type of fearlessness: a willingness to perceive the truth of matters.

A Different Kind of Papal Press Conference | Nick Bottom | What if the Holy Father applied chapter 8 of "Amoris Laetitia" to situations involving exploitative employers?

A Flawed Search for Japan's Hidden Christianity | Dr. Eric Cunningham | While fascinating and well-written, John Dougill's In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians is not likely to satisfy serious researchers into the history of Japanese Catholicism.

Martyrs on the Fourth of July | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | Ultimately, two things are effective in defeating ideologies: guns or the witness of martyrdom. With Jesus, we ought to go with martyrdom, the fruit of profound love of God and neighbor.

The Joys and Challenges of Filming the Story of Salvation History | CWR Staff | Steve Ray, who has been working for 16 years on the ambitious "Footprints of God" series, discusses his vision, describes the difficulties, and asks for assistance as the project nears the finish line.

The Panorthodox Council: A Fragile Hope for Aggiornamento? | Fr. Cyril Hovorun | Despite serious difficulties, the recent Holy and Great Council became a truly conciliar event which reflected the complexities of the Orthodox commonwealth while demonstrating its relevance to the modern world.

10 things Michael Cook gets wrong in his criticism of papal critics | Carl E. Olson | Yes, Francis is often misquoted. Yes, Francis sometimes trips over his own rhetorical toes. But there are deeper problems.

Mich. diocese opts for liberal arts over Common Core | Paul Senz |The new classical curriculum in the Diocese of Marquette aims at an active engagement with Catholic tradition, the great works of western culture, and moral and intellectual formation of the whole person.

Justice Hugo Black's warnings become reality | Dr. John A. Sparks | The Supreme Court's Texas-Abortion ruling continued the SCOTUS's unrelenting march away from the actual language of the Constitution, creating confusion and uncertainty in its wake.

"Brexit" and the Failure of Europe | Dr. Samuel Gregg | The continent that once ruled the world seems adrift as its soul is consumed by bureaucracy and political correctness.

Catholics in America: A Tale of Two Flags | Russell Shaw | Yes, assimilation has been the preferred strategy of Catholic leadership since the days of John Carroll. But should it always be? There is good reason to think it shouldn't.

"No summer progress": T.S. Eliot and the defense of Christian civilization | Edward Short | The great Christian poet's prose writings demonstrate his fascination not only with the question of what constitutes Christian civilization, but of how best to understand, protect, and revitalize it.

The Metaphysics of the Bathroom | Robert R. Reilly | What accounts for the prominence of the issue of transgenderism and the passions that it ignites?

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