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George Weigel on the "lessons in hope" he received from John Paul II | Carl E. Olson | The papal biographer's new book describes his relationship with Pope John Paul, as well as the great challenges the pope faced in the final years of his life.

The Modern Malaise and the End of the World | Dale Ahlquist | The end of the world is more real than the world. The Creator is more real than the creation. The end of time is the beginning of eternity, when time's urgencies dissolve.

A "tough guy" priest, in the gulag and beyond | Jim Graves | Father Walter Ciszek is known for his courage while imprisoned in the Soviet Union. But his spiritual writings show him to be "a saint of the ordinary life."

A Gift from Edith Stein (1891-1942) | Francis Etheredge | Why I regard Edith Stein as a Mother of the Council, and a Modern Mother of the Church.

Ave and Irma: How this small Catholic university weathered the storm | Meryl Kaleida | Ave Maria University rode out Hurricane Irma giving shelter and aid to the poor and needy from the local community.

On teaching the liberal arts | James Matthew Wilson | My maturation as a professor came when I learned to love ideas more by way of coming to love them through--in pilgrimage with, in communion with--my students.

The refined, problematic casuistry of Abp. Fernández's defense of chapter 8 of "Amoris Laetitia" | Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD | Archbishop Fernández's essay on the controversial eighth chapter has only raised more questions and created further confusion.

Cardinal Sarah, "terrorism of thought," and the fight for faith | Jerry Salyer | In certain key respects the struggle between predominantly urban revolutionaries and predominantly rural Christians during French Revolution foreshadows the current Blue-Red divide.

The "useless" doctor of Lourdes | Father Seán Connolly | "There is no other place in the Catholic world with so much suffering, and yet with so much joy, as Lourdes," says Dr. Alessandro de Franciscis.

Contemporary Tyranny and Catholic Social Doctrine | James Kalb | The current situation of growing soft totalitarianism is too recent and too disturbing for its implications for Catholic social action to have been adequately understood and articulated.

Two Englishmen whose lives were commentary on the question of conscience | Stephanie A. Mann | For Thomas More, following his conscience led him to martyrdom; for John Henry Newman, following his conscience led him to become a Catholic.

An Evangelical theologian responds to Fr. James Martin, S.J. | Robert A. J. Gagnon | A consideration of Fr. Martin's "seven ways" of responding to the Nashville Statement underscore the truncated gospel (or even anti-gospel) with which Martin operates.

When some Christians affirm traditional moral teaching, other Christians freak out | Carl E. Olson | The angry responses to the Nashville Statement reflect the sort of "moral therapeutic deism" that has increasingly dominated the public square in recent years.

A lucid, insightful tour through the principles of ecumenism | Dr. Jared Ortiz | Peter Kreeft's Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other? emphasizes that Christ's "Church will become wholly whole when it becomes wholly holy."

Honoring "the Grunt Padre" 50 years after his death | Jeanette Flood | Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno died administering the sacraments to men in combat. Fifty years later, the cause for his canonization is underway.

What, the Devil? | Dr. Anne Hendershott | A new study reveals that Catholics are among the least likely to agree that Satan is a "living being."

The Creative Catholic: Anthony Esolen | K. V. Turley | "Do not read a book, ever, just so that you can say clever things about it," advises the prolific author and translator, "Read books for instruction and delight. If you don't care for novels, read something else--but read good writers, not garbage."

Transcendent truth, not leftist hypocrisy, needed to overcome racism and other evils | Carl E. Olson | The Left always seeks to claim and re-name the moral high ground, but has no objective foundations for its radical political project

OTHER RECENT, POPULAR ARTICLES:

Fr. James Martin's weak and wobbly bridge | Janet E. Smith | Yes, a bridge must be built between the Catholic Church and those struggling with same-sex and trans-gender issues. But it cannot be built of tissue paper of "suggestions" based on rhetorical questions and sophistry.

Move over, Dan Brown; here come Spadaro and Figueroa! | Carl E. Olson | Spadaro and Figueroa attack the "integralist" church, even though it hardly exists in any influential form in the U.S., while apparently embracing the "liberationalist" church approach.

On that strange, disturbing, and anti-American "Civiltà Cattolica" article | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Fr. Spadaro and Rev. Figueroa make numerous assertions about specific political and religious trends in the United States: claims which are, at best, tenuous and certainly badly informed.

Sacred Liturgy Conference in southern Oregon highlights the beauty, truth of Church's worship | Paul Senz | Speakers and celebrants included Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Sample, Archbishop Cordileone, and Bishop Vasa.

The Church, Society, and Sex | Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | Fifty years into the sexual revolution, are we any happier, more fulfilled and better off than we were before?

Former Anglican bishop finds a home in the Catholic Church | Jim Graves | The leader of the UK ordinariate discusses ecumenism, priestly celibacy, and future prospects for former Anglicans joining the Church.

The Centrality of Love to the Teaching of Humanae Vitae | Dr. Maria Fedoryka | A philosopher's meditation on the centrality of love in this new vision reflected in recent Church instruction on human generation.

Saturday night "Fever" with the Sisters of Life | K. V. Turley | This young and thriving order of religious women made their presence felt during a recent Eucharistic service in London's Soho Square.

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.

Cardinal Ernest Simoni, the "Living Martyr" of Albania | Fr. Seán Connolly | His story of persecution moved Pope Francis to tears, and inspired the Pontiff to raise this simple priest to the College of Cardinals.

Intelligent Design: On the Poetry of Catherine Chandler | James Matthew Wilson | Chandler's work exemplifies a Catholic literature at once devout without being of merely devotional interest and profound in its concern for the created order of things without lapsing into the existential anguish.

Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation--and G. K. Chesterton | Dale Ahlquist | Martin Luther had the opportunity to become one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. But he did not believe he was reforming a Church simply because it needed some house cleaning.

Re-Building a Bridge: The connection between contraception and the "LGBT community" | Dn. Jim Russell | We've arrived at the end of the road--and we stare into a massive, rippled fun-house mirror that shows us in its own twisted reflection the extent of the monumental destruction our journey really caused.

Eamon Duffy's "Reformation Divided" revises assumptions, offers deep historical insights | Dr. Michael B. Kelly | Among the very significant contributions in Reformation Divided are the three chapters devoted to Thomas More, who has suffered from much hagiographical treatment, both good and ill.

The growing secular totalitarianism--and our Catholic response | Alan L. Anderson | It will take great spiritual strength, utilizing the grace of the sacraments and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, much prayer, and much fasting, to bear holy witness to the timeless Truth of the Magisterium.

Salt and Light, or Confusion and Obscuration? | Dn. Jim Russell | Fr. Thomas Rosica's recent commentary on Fr. James Martin's book seems to imply that the Church's doctrine that the homosexual inclination is "objectively disordered" actually misses the mark and doesn't reflect reality.

Europe is dying--but don't be alarmed | William Kilpatrick | Many in the West remain complacent about Islam's rising tide because they rely on the assurances of people who have been consistently wrong about Islam and immigration.

Bishop Paprocki responds to controversy, criticisms over decree on same-sex "marriage" | Jim Graves | Interview with the Bishop of Springfield, Illinois about his decree regarding same-sex "marriage" and "related pastoral issues".

Authority, anthropology, and the bourgeois morality of Fr. James Martin | Carl E. Olson | Catholics need to reject bourgeois values, pursue Christian virtues, and reject ambiguity and falsehood.

Fr. James Martin, "bridges", and the triumph of the therapeutic mentality | Dr. Eduardo Echeverria | A review of Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.

Understanding the subtext of LGBTQ "welcome" | Deacon Jim Russell | The welcome required by people who claim false sexual identities for themselves is not as much welcome as it is a kind of blinking contest, a game of "chicken."

Why the label "gay" impoverishes and harms our view of the human person | Jim Graves | An interview with Daniel Mattson, author of Why I Don't Call Myself Gay.

Understanding Bishop Paprocki's norms on 'same-sex marriage' | Edward N. Peters | While I can't quite say that Paprocki "wrote the book" on the defense of rights in the Church, he certainly wrote a book on it.

From Street to Sanctuary: The LGBT Take On the Church | Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap | The "LGBT" movement, now largely accepted into secular society, is setting its sights on the Catholic Church.

Conflicts, campuses, and the return to Catholic commitments | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | Theology (and its "handmaid" philosophy), must return from the peripheries to become once more the "queen of the sciences" in Catholic universities.

The Creative Catholic: John C. Wright | K.V. Turley | "The writer's vocation," says the award-winning science fiction author, "is to write for some one person--a person he will never meet in this life--his favorite book."

Biography of Michael O'Brien details a creative life full of joys and sorrows | Richard Bastien | On The Edge of Infinity is an intimate portrait of the artist, writer, and family man.

Sacraments in Brideshead Revisited | Sister Albert Marie Surmanski, O.P. | Although not a theological treatise, Evelyn Waugh's famous novel contains an arresting presentation of the power of the sacraments.

Fiction and murder most foul: A morbid topic for Catholics? | John Herreid | Two Catholic novelists discuss reading and writing detective fiction.

The Benedict Compulsion | James Kalb | The "Benedict Option" now receiving so much attention is rather different from anything pursued by Benedict of Nursia. Even so, there's a family resemblance.

An evening with a monk of Norcia and the author of The Benedict Option | Thomas S. Hibbs | Fr. Benedict described the life of the monk as one that sets aside all secondary matters in order to focus on our ultimate end, "our telos, union with God."

Manchester, London, and the goals of Islam | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | In its own terms, Islam has a noble mission; namely, to submit the world to Allah. Yet, nothing can be found in philosophy, revelation, or natural religion that can justify it.

Beauty, goodness, and why the intellectual life is intrinsically conservative | Carl E. Olson | An interview with Dr. James Matthew Wilson, author of The Vision of the Soul.

The 400-year-old Marian apparition that is particularly relevant today | Jim Graves | The little-known apparition of Our Lady of Good Success includes some dire prophecies--but its fundamental message is one of hope, says apologist Matthew Arnold.

Fr. Paul Scalia's new book addresses sentimentality, relativism, and need for conversion | Paul Senz | An interview with the author of That Nothing May Be Lost, a book that consists of incisive reflections on the tenets of the Catholic Faith.


New: The Immortal in You: How Human Nature Is More Than Science Can Say by Michael Augros
New: From Islam to Christ: One Woman's Path through the Riddles of God by Derya Little
New: The Flying Inn: A Novel by G.K. Chesterton
New: The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc, with Foreword by Karl Keating
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



Joseph Pearce reflects on his "dramatic verse tapestry" about two "war poets"
The Creative Catholic: Dale Ahlquist
Weeds, Seeds, and the Kingdom of Heaven
Anti-American projections and trendy scapegoating
From a Lutheran playground to a path through anti-Catholic bigotry
Has the Church repealed the Law of Non-Contradiction?
Veronica Roth's Carve the Mark ruined by excessive violence, appeal to passions
"The Writers" offers engaging sketches of eight entertaining writers
Why mysticism is not an "Option"
The Creative Catholic: Vivian Dudro
Character and story save the day in "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
Why are more women choosing to put fertility "on ice"?
Beatitude and the ongoing debate over "Amoris Laetitia"
And Much More!



Four cardinals to Pope Francis: "Faced with this grave situation..." | Carl E. Olson | "...[we] ask humbly and respectfully for an Audience." But they likely aren't going to receive an audience or an answer.

The Bible, the Reformation, and G.K. Chesterton | Dale Ahlquist | "I suppose it will take centuries to unwind the coil of confusion and stupidity, which began when the Reformers quite irrationally separated the Bible from the Church."

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. .

"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.

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.

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.

"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.

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."

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."

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.

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.



   




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