Amoris Laetitia: A CWR Symposium | CWR
Staff and Contributors | Essays about Pope Francis' much anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, "On love in the family":
Francis' sprawling Exhortation a marriage of
profound and muddled | Carl E. Olson
Five Serious Problems with Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia | Dr. E. Christian Brugger
In Amoris Laetitia, who is admonishing
whom? | James V. Schall, SJ
The Joy of Love in the Hands of
the Clergy | Dr. Leroy Huizenga
The Difficult Way
of Mercy | Dr. Randall B. Smith
The Mystery of Matrimony
and Amoris Laetitia | Michael J. Miller
Chapter 8 of Amoris
Laetitia and St. John Paul II | Eduardo Echeverria
In Amoris Laetitia, the
family is an opportunity, not a problem | Stephan Kampowski
Make sure you read these
passages from Amoris Laetitia, too | Catherine Harmon
The Trending of the Pope | Mark Brumley
The Two Synods and the Exhortation that
Followed Them | Mary Jo Anderson
The Shape of Repentance:
Reflections on Amoris Laetitia | Adam G. Cooper
Amoris Laetitia: Another
Nail in the "Overpopulation" Coffin | Dr. Samuel Gregg
and Integrating—in the Way of the Master | David Paul Deavel
"Amoris Laetitia': The Good, the Disturbing,
and the Torturous | Dorothy Cummings McLean
on the English version of Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia | Edward N. Peters
The law before ‘Amoris’ is the
law after | Edward N. Peters
First thoughts on Amoris
Laetitia | Bishop Robert Barron
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The Catholic and the Church: Relationship? "Rule-lationship"? Or Both? | Carl E.
Olson | Among the criticisms I once had, as an Evangelical, was that Catholics were too concerned with "The Church." Here's why I was wrong.
Are Pope Leo XIII and Pope Saint John Paul II "feeling the Bern"? | Michael Severance &
Alvino-Mario Fantini | Two recent conferences in Rome expressed and explored similar concerns for the poor while holding markedly different anthropological
understandings of man and the state.
The Church in Crisis: Roots and Realities | Carl E.
Olson | The crisis in Catholicism today, argues Fr. Martin R. Tripole, S.J., is "a crisis of abandonment of fidelity to Christ's Church and its teachings".
Building bridges through filmmaking | Jim
Graves | Dustin Kahia hopes his new production company--which has just released its first film--will engage the culture through "a different form of evangelism."
Realism and Islam | Fr. James V.
Schall, S.J. | Our leaders cannot comprehend what is going on, either when a whole Western civilization loses its faith and moral standards or when Islam
reawakens to the implications of its own faith and its vision of world conquest.
"The Red Shoes" and the Artistic Vocation: A Cautionary, Cinematic Tale | K. V.
Turley | The 1948 film is a decidedly dark fairy tale that poses all sorts of questions about the artistic vocation.
My Unforgettable Hour with Mother Angelica | Dale
Ahlquist | I only visited with the founder of EWTN one time, but it was unusual because several million people were watching and listening to our conversation.
Retrograde, Intransigent Catholics are in Good Company | Carl E.
Olson | Damon Linker says he no longer believes in the "lie" of the Catholic Church. His reasons are both confused and self-serving.
Dreams, Ideals, and Living Better Naturally | James
Kalb | The "American dream" has increasingly been shaped by technocratic elites, and modern life--especially since the 60s--has made a great many people losers in more comprehensive ways.
Vatican liturgist: "We are administrators, and not the masters, of the sacraments" | Alberto
Carosa | Msgr. Nicola Bux has a new book out in Italian on the sacraments, and several prominent churchmen were present for its official release.
Max Reger, 100 years after his death | R.J.
Stove | An excommunicate Bavarian Catholic obsessed with the Lutheran Bach, Reger was long considered Richard Strauss's sole Teutonic rival, and warrants
greater fame among music-lovers today.
"The Jungle Book": Exquisite animation co-exists with dissonant tone | Lauren Enk
Mann | The new Disney film is jaw-droppingly vivid but suffers at times from a disorienting clash of the real and the cartoonish.
Regensburg Revisited: Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial | Dr. Samuel
Gregg | Irrationality not only manifests itself in violence but also in an inability to apply authentic reason to the many pressing challenges of our age.
From the classroom to the courtroom: God's Not Dead 2 | Nick
Olszyk | The new sequel to 2014's God's Not Dead raises the stakes.
New: Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification
And the Two Become One Flesh
Fr. C.J. McCloskey: Behold the Man is timely, readable, practical, sobering, and recommended
"Miracles from Heaven" and the Problem of Theodicy
Pre-order: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? by Carl E. Olson
Read the first chapter of Barely a Crime
New: The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories by Abby Johnson
New: After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Views
Should Catholics Evangelize?
New: Barely a Crime: A Novel by Robert Ovies
New: The Ultimate Catholic Quiz: 100 Questions Most Catholics Can't Answer by Karl Keating
The best Nuncio we've had thus far
A Christian Statesman in Ireland
Porn and the Curse of Total Sexual Freedom
Pope Francis: "Amoris Laetitia" opens up "many" new possibilities for divorced, remarried Catholics
Catholic Voters and the Dilemma of 2016
In Britain, the name of a courageous Christian is smeared
Yes, the Eucharist is 'powerful medicine', which means...
And Much More!
In His Rising is Our Hope | Sandra
Miesel | A short history of how Christians throughout the ages have depicted the mysterious and transforming event of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Incarnation and the Resurrection | Dale
Ahlquist | The philosophy of Salvation, as G.K. Chesterton pointed out often, is utterly different from the philosophy of Progress.
The Spiritual Legacy of Mother Angelica | Bishop Robert
Barron | While the critics of the founder of Eternal Word Television Network have largely faded away, the impact and influence of the nun from Canton, Ohio are incontestable.
Mother Angelica: America's Nun | Dr. Paul
Kengor | If we're looking for the most influential American Catholic at the turn of the century, and at least into the young 21st century, male or female, I would vote for Mother Angelica.
In Hollywood, God's still not dead | Nick
Olszyk | The Catholic screenwriters behind God's Not Dead discuss the sequel, which opens in theaters April 1.
"Do This in Remembrance of Me" | Fr. James
Swetnam, S.J. | The Most Holy Eucharist is the heart of Catholic Christianity because the Eucharist generates the Mystical Body of Christ and the Mystical Body of Christ is the Church.
Good Friday, Death, and Christian Life | Dr. Randall B.
Smith | Mary weeps at the foot of the cross, and we weep with her. But we also must not stop there. For beyond the cross of Good Friday is Christ's Resurrection on Easter morning.
Catholic Questions from the Man Who Brought
You "Catholic Answers" | CWR Staff | Karl Keating answers questions about his new book of questions and the most difficult and strange questions he's ever been asked as an apologist.
Easter is not a question mark | George
Weigel | The grittiness of Lent, and the "intransigent historical claims" without which Easter makes no sense at all, should remind us that Christianity does not rest on myths or "narratives".
"Shrouded" in Mystery: A Theology of Holy Saturday | Dr. Robert P.
Miller | What is the significance of Holy Saturday? What is so holy about it? What can be so holy about a day that has no specific liturgy and, seemingly, nothing to celebrate?
Three gifts offered by Jesus on His way to the Cross | Carl E.
Olson | "It is done. We have judged our God and have ordered Him slain. We will not have Christ with us more--He is in the way."
The Magisterium and the Human Knowledge of Christ | Jimmy
Akin | A new movie has stirred up controversy about Jesus' human knowledge. What has the Church traditionally taught on the subject, and how is the teaching expressed today?
Sacred Music and the Vocation of the Composer | Carl E.
Olson | "Music in the liturgy takes on the role of a sacramental," says composer Frank La Rocca in this CWR interview, "it must prepare the faithful to receive grace and dispose them to cooperate with it."
On sex abuse, has the pendulum swung too far? | Enza
Ferreri | Attitudes about how the Church is handling cases of clerical sex abuse are frequently rooted in a misunderstanding of rule of law and evidentiary standards.
Abp. Cordileone on how lay people can strengthen their local Church | Jim
Graves | The archbishop of San Francisco discusses the centrality of stewardship in education, vocations, and the Church's charitable endeavors.
The Left's War on Free Speech | William
Kilpatrick | Those who love Trump--and those who loathe him--should think more carefully about the importance of free speech.
An Elegy for the Used Book Store | John
Herreid | The days when a stroll through a local San Francisco neighborhood was sure to turn up at least one or two small used book stores are gone. And it's a shame.
An Interview with Robert
Ovies | IPNovels.com | Robert Ovies, author of The Rising, discussed his new novel, Barely a Crime.
Bill Cosby for the Laetare Medal? | Dr. Randall B.
Smith | In honoring pro-abortion politicians, an institution shows it doesn't really take the evil of abortion all that seriously.
The Present American Regime: Tyranny, Oligarchy, or Democracy? | Fr. James V.
Schall, S.J. | The most dangerous thing that anyone can do, in Aristotelian terms, is to accurately describe the existing regime that he is living under at the time.
For filmmakers, The Young Messiah was a labor of love | Jim
Graves | CWR spoke to many of the stars and crew gathered for a Los Angeles premiere on March 10th.
"The Fleshly Tables of the Heart": Newman in His Letters | Edward
Short | A new book brilliantly distills Newman's letters, giving readers a rich view of the great convert's charm, integrity, and genius.
The Modern World and the Election of 2016 | Carl E.
Olson | Lost amid the constant coverage of presidential campaigns, caucuses, speeches, debates, dramas, arguments, strategies, posturings, and platforms are historical perspective and true proportion.
Myth, Transcendence, and the "Conspiracy of Divine Providence" | Connor
Malloy | In Part 2 of a wide-ranging interview, Fr. Robert Spitzer discusses the sacred center of all human myths, and the unlooked-for consequences of opening ourselves to God's transcendence.
Immigration, Reason, and Responsibility | William
Kilpatrick | Judging by the ongoing persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa, and other parts of the Muslim world, one can't afford to be too rosy about the outlook for European Christians.
The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer | Bishop Robert
Barron | Reflections on the thought of Iris Murdoch and the familiar Gospel story of the Pharisee and the publican.
On Jesus' human knowledge and "The Young Messiah" | Steven D.
Greydanus | What did Jesus know and when did he know it?
The Jesuit, the Monk, and the Malaise of the West | Dr. Samuel
Gregg | The persistence of Joachimism over so many centuries suggests that, for all its vaunted secularism, the West remains profoundly religious in character.
New study: Increasing number of Americans consider Christianity "to be extremist" | Carl E.
Olson | "The perception that the Christian faith is extreme," says Barna Group, "is now firmly entrenched among the nation's non-Christians."
Contraception, Congo Nuns, Choosing the Lesser Evil, and Conflict of Commandments | Janet E.
Smith | The Church has never taught that if the harms are serious enough, it is permissible to use contraception.
The Scalia Funeral: A Reminder of What Life is Really About | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J. | The funeral Mass for Justice Antonin Scalia presented a true glory each of us needs to behold so that we will rejoice in the life and hope that is given to us.
Silence in the Liturgy | Cardinal Robert
Sarah | It is important to recall that silence is a necessary condition for deep, contemplative prayer, and an important component of the liturgy.
Three Reasons I Enjoyed Risen | Nick
Olszyk | Director Kevin Reynolds understands that evidence does not automatically equal faith and gives Clavius (and the audience) time to ponder what the mysterious events involving Jesus of Nazareth really mean.
Between Cuba and Crete: A Storm Ahead for the Russian Orthodox? | Fr. Cyril
Hovorun | The politics behind the meeting of Kirill and Francis in Havana will only intensify as this summer's Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete draws near.
Novels For Lent | John
Herreid | Some Catholics refrain from reading novels during the forty days of Lent. It's a discipline that I'm happy to say I have never engaged in.
Catholic ethics and the global War on Terror | Daniel
Kempton | President Obama promised to conduct a more ethical War on Terror. He hasn't succeeded.
Harper Lee: A Tribute | Thomas M.
Doran | The author was a person of character, integrity, and vision who produced a sublimely beautiful and terrifying novel from which everyone can learn something.
Pope Francis' Mexico Trip Ends on a Controversial Note | Matthew Cullinan
Hoffman | After discussing drugs, corruption, and immigration in Mexico, the Holy Father's in-flight press conference on his way back to Rome touched on even more hot-button issues.
Abp. Sample on the liturgy, vocations, and Synod disappointments | Jim
Graves | In a wide-ranging interview on his 10th anniversary as a bishop, the archbishop of Portland discusses the centrality of the sacred liturgy, the challenges facing the family today, and more.
Pope Francis calls Havana Joint Declaration debatable, understands Ukrainians might feel betrayed | Fr. Andriy
Chirovsky | While the Department of External Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate spins the meeting between Francis and Patriarch Kirill, the Pope expresses support for His Beatitude Sviatoslav.
Pope Francis invokes themes of liberation theology during Mexican visit | Matthew Cullinan
Hoffman | The pontiff denounces "triumphalism" and "fundamentalism" in religious practice, and emphasizes the importance of a personal familiarity with Christ on the part of bishops.
Songs In the Key of Eternal Life | Carl E.
Olson | Singer, pianist, and songwriter Audrey Assad reflects on the making and music of her new album, "Inheritance".
Addicted to Escape: A Review of Tim Power's Medusa's Web | John
Herreid | Powers' new novel is a heady mix of Hollywood ghost story--describing long-lost neighborhoods and places as well as people--and an inventive revisionist take on familiar myths.
Russian Orthodox Projections and Catholic Corrections | Dr. Adam A. J.
DeVille | In the aftermath of the Havana meeting, one can spot at least three examples of Russian projection, accusing Catholics of behaviors the Russians themselves engage in, but are too afraid to admit.
St. Giuseppe Moscati and the Vocation of the Laity | K. V.
Turley | The life of the 20th-century Italian doctor and saint was, as Antonio Tripodoro's biography demonstrates, a fusion of the secular and the spiritual, of the earthly and of that which belongs to another realm.
Why We Need Lent | Fr. George William
Rutler | Lent is a small familiarity with the inexhaustible drama of redemption in which eternity transfigures mortality.
The Islamization of America? Contemplating the Unthinkable | William
Kilpatrick | The thought of America turning into an Islamic society is difficult to entertain. But is it really so far fetched?
Make Your Hearts Firm This Lent | Maria
Cintorino | During Lent, the Church calls the faithful to conversion by calling to mind the image of Christ being drawn into the desert by the Spirit.
We are called to be fishers of men | Carl E.
Olson | God initiates. Man responds. Jesus calls. Man answers. Such is the dynamic relationship at the heart of salvation history and at the center of human existence.
O Christ, Where Are Thou? | Lauren Enk
Mann | The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" is a witty and endearing romp through the Golden Age of Hollywood, but also the story of a man who is serious about his faith.
Bridges of San Luis Rey: Early sacred music from Latin America | R.J.
Stove | The sacred music of Latin America in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries has only recently been discovered by recording labels. The results are always striking and frequently marvelous.
What Should We Do About Natural Law? | James
Kalb | Our governing institutions and the public at large have staked their authority and actions on the rejection of natural law in favor of preference satisfaction. So what can be done?
Behind the Scenes at Vatican II | Fr. Peter M.J.
Stravinskas | The first volume of Henri de Lubac's Vatican Council Notebooks is filled with detailed and often surprising accounts of conversations, disputes, and key figures at the Council.
Have we blurred the boundaries between the ordained and the laity? | Dr. Anne
Hendershott | Originally embraced as a way to offset priest shortages, pastoral associate programs can sometimes be used to push other agendas.
Ecology in Czech Republic, from a Franciscan Perspective | Benjamin J.
Vail | Their efforts to follow the Franciscan principle of poverty lead many to pursue a relatively simple lifestyle, which has direct benefits for the environment.
Carl's Cuts: Francis & China, Catholic education, Obama & Islam, insanity in the ivory tower, more | Carl
E. Olson | Observations on current events, recent commentary, and related matters from the editor of Catholic World Report.
Anger and citizenship | George
Weigel | I hope that, as the 2016 campaign unfolds, the electorate will begin to understand that anger is not a particularly healthy metric of public life.
Feminist celebrity on trial in Canada for sex assault | Dorothy Cummings
McLean | The Ghomeshi scandal has Canadians asking if Jian Ghomeshi used his liberal credentials as a front to abuse women.
Cdl. Müller discusses mercy, stresses continuity between Benedict and Francis | Catherine
Harmon | During a visit to the US, the prefect of the CDF offered a reflection on "Deus Caritas Est" and dismissed attempts to pit one pope against another.
Lent, Conversion, and Vocation | Russell
Shaw | For good people in particular, Lent is a time to take a closer look at whether some Satanic solicitation--call it the temptation to be too pleased with themselves-has begun whispering to them.
Confusing Panda, Syncretistic Dragon | Nick
Olszyk | "Kung Fu Panda 3" features some beautiful animation but is otherwise unbearably flat, with recycled jokes, dull characters, and a contradictory approach to its own universe.
Fatima at 100: The message of Our Lady for today | Jim
Graves | An interview with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., author of Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope.
Who are the Real Anti-Semites? | William
Kilpatrick | It's odd how when a Muslim mob attacks a landmark cathedral in Europe and assaults women, that somehow means that it's time to issue warnings about the new nationalists.
The Pillars of Lent | Fr. David
Vincent Meconi, SJ | During the purifying Season of Lent we are enabled to do something that lower creatures cannot, and higher creatures need not.
The motive and mission of the true prophet | Carl E.
Olson | Old Testament prophets spoke about future events but prophetic utterances were often exhortations to holiness, worship, and love for God and neighbor.
Why Hard Cases Make Bad Law: A Satire | Dr. Randall B.
Smith | Former World War II German soldier complains: "Why does everyone think it's okay to lie to me?"
"Partakers in the Suffering": Recent events in China's hopeful Church | Anthony E.
Clark, Ph.D. | The situation in China is far more complex than a simple chronicle of antagonism, suspicion, and persecution; progress and hope also punctuate the narrative.
Make Your Hearts Firm This Lent | Maria
Cintorino | During Lent, the Church calls the faithful to conversion by calling to mind the image of Christ being drawn into the desert by the Spirit.
Bishop Doerfler of Marquette lays foundation for reform of sacred music | Brendon
Ford | New instruction, which applies to all parishes and schools, requires all to learn the English chants from a Mass setting found in the Roman Missal, as well as Latin chants from the Missa Jubilate Deo.
The Catholic Novelist As Peddler in Bleak Midwinter | James
Casper | For today's writer of novels with Catholic content, refuge may be found in a distant past and a faraway time and place, but almost nowhere close to home.
A Bishop Speaks to the Men of His Flock | Jim
Graves | Bishop Thomas Olmsted discusses his recently released exhortation to Catholic men and the particular challenges he sees facing men of faith today.
Adventures in Logic: Are believers more rational than non-believers? | Thomas M.
Doran | The man on the street often insists that non-believers are more rational than believers, but is this a logical conclusion on the evidence?
The Story of Kullervo and the origins of Tolkien's legendarium | Bradley
J. Birzer | A newly-published book by the young J.R.R. Tolkien gives insight into what he was--and wasn't--trying to create in his later masterpieces.
AP report: Houston grand jury didn't vote on charges
against Planned Parenthood | Carl E. Olson | Houston, you have a problem. And it has the odor of corruption, cronyism, and political careerism.
If I were running the Eastern Orthodox Council | Dr. Adam A. J.
DeVille | The Orthodox Council, if it takes place, must ask itself: Why should people care about this Council and about Orthodox Christianity itself? Why is it relevant?