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Walk for Life West Coast: "Bigger, younger, and more energetic every year" | Gibbons J. Cooney | The annual pro-life event, which drew an estimated 50,000 Marchers this past Saturday, is one of the five largest public events in San Francisco.

Walking for Beauty | John Herreid | Growing larger every year, the Walk for Life West Coast is anchored in a sense of fruitfulness, responsibility, and joy.

Brew Evangelization: The Ongoing Renaissance of Monastic Beer | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | As craft beer continues to rise in popularity in the United States, those responsible for creating western brewing practices are reclaiming their own.

Jonah and the Call to Constant Conversion | Carl E. Olson | "Let us show ourselves people of Nineveh, not of Sodom", wrote St. Gregory of Nazianzus, commenting on the story of the prophet Jonah.

The pro-life movement is youthful and strong, abortion rates are falling | Catherine Harmon | But House Republicans don't seem to get it.

"His primary identity was as a priest" | Jim Graves | Historian and author Dr. Robert Senkewicz on the life, work, and holiness of Bl. Junípero Serra, who will be canonized this year by Pope Francis.

Will a Future Pope Be Forced to Flee Rome? | William Kilpatrick | The current arc of history seems to be drawing us back into a very dark past--a time when Islam ruled half the civilized world and threatened the rest of it.

Religious Freedom, Slavery, and Usury | Dr. William Newton | Three challenges to the hermeneutic of continuity

Breaking Free of Our Metaphysical Winter | Brian Jones | Catholics must be more willing and ready to study philosophy in order to see its inner openness to the transcendent order.

"I can't wait to get to San Francisco" | Gibbons J. Cooney | Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins is gearing up for the Walk for Life West Coast and the second Students for Life West Coast Annual Conference. proclaims supposed death of pro-life Catholicism | Anne Hendershott | Essay by Patricia Miller, a longtime editor for Catholics for Choice, relies on discredited data and dissenting assumptions.

Is Catholic teaching on marriage an ideal or a norm? | Russell Shaw | The key to understanding the struggle that surfaced at last October's Synod of Bishops.

"Avoid immortality"?! | David F. Pierre, Jr. | How a simple error is an opportunity for lectors (and listeners) to deepen their understanding of Scripture and the need for better preparation.

A Good Ending Is Hard to Find | Roger Thomas | My admission: I'm not a big fan of what many consider the exemplary Catholic authors of our time, especially Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh.

First Communion book based on the words of Pope Francis and beautiful children's Bible now available from Ignatius Press
It's arrived: The Didache Bible, with commentaries based on the CCC
New: Following Jesus Every Day: How Believing Transforms Living by Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn
G. K. Chesterton: The Tame Oracle?
New von Balthasar site, new edition of "Dare We Hope", new interview with Fr. Barron
Available through Ignatius Press: "Priest, Prophet, King" by Fr. Robert Barron

Head of the UGCC expresses sympathy to relatives and friends of victims in Mariupol
"Ecumenism is a gift": Interview with Cardinal Koch
C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism
Illegal Immigration: Is Europe Losing Control of its Borders?
Catholic institute at USC to host conference on "The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination"
Malawi bishop, two young Zimbabwe priests die in car accidents
Supreme Court will rule on "same-sex marriage" by late summer
And Much More!

Should We Hope "That All Men Be Saved"? | Mark Brumley | Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar's soteriology has often been misunderstood or misrepresented. Here is a short primer on what he actually wrote.

Someone is getting lost in all this talk about Francis and rabbits | Catherine Harmon | While the headlines are misleading in this case, I think many Catholics still are justified in their concern about Francis' comments.

On Obsolescence | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | We must rethink the nature of work, technology, leisure, and government in such a way that wealth is abundant, and that gift, care, and service are our most important occupations.

CRUX's "spirituality columnist" is "devastated" the Pope upholds Catholic teaching | Carl E. Olson | Three descriptives come to mind regarding this sort of arrogant posturing: stupid, slanderous, and sad.

Stalking Horses and the Next Synod | Bill Maguire | If the bishops wish to uphold the true definition of marriage, they also need to stand their ground on denying communion to the divorced and civilly remarried.

Why Fighting Against ISIL is Not Murder | Sister Renée Mirkes | A firm grasp of just war principles protects against both war-mongering and irresponsible inaction.

Gay, Catholic, and Called to Love | John Paul Shimek | An interview with author Eve Tushnet about her new book, Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith.

The Paris Attacks and Home-Grown Terror | Michael Coren | Hatred is not the answer to the complicated problem of Islamic attacks on the West. But neither is indifference.

"What are you looking for?" | Carl E. Olson | It is a question meant for all men of every time and in all places and situations.

A Week with the Dominicans in Poland | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | The long history of the Dominican priests and brothers who live in Krakow is punctuated with some of the world's most turbulent events.

Does Religion Really Have a "Smart-People Problem"? | Fr. Robert Barron | Philosophy, so marked today by nihilism and postmodern relativism, is passing through a particularly corrupt period.

Fighting the Culture of Death--and Planned Parenthood--in California | Jim Graves | An interview with Kathleen Eaton Bravo, whose pro-life medical clinics are taking on Planned Parenthood in the country's most populous state.

"What is Islam?" Revisited | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Within Islam, the world is divided into a zone of war and a zone of peace. Those who are in the zone of war or sympathize with it are enemies who deserve death.

Quo Vadis Matrimonium? | Benjamin J. Vail | Where things stand, and where they may be headed, in the same-sex marriage debate.

Humble Suggestions for the Pope's Ecology Encyclical | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | Politics, overvalued green initiatives, and sensationalism shouldn't have the last word.

Angry, irony-challenged feminist mocks Cardinal Burke--and merely proves his point | Carl E. Olson | Or, how to get everything wrong due to ideological blinders.

"The Best Books I Read in 2014" | CWR Staff and Contributors | Twenty four CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the past year.

The Fundamental Good of Complementarity | John Paul Shimek | Dr. Helen Alvaré on why understanding the complementary relationship between man and woman is vital to understanding God and true love.

Cardinal Burke on the "man crisis," radical feminism, pornography, liturgical abuse | Carl E. Olson | Excerpts from a recent interview with the American prelate on the New Emangelization website.

The Journeying of Humanity toward Christ | William L. Patenaude | The Feast of the Epiphany highlights a scandalous message of hope that cries out in our days' dark news.

Mary, true Seat of Wisdom and true Mother of the King, presents the Redeemer of all peoples | Carl E. Olson | Mary's presentation of her Son to the wise men was a demonstration of her role in salvation history.

The Church in Africa in 2014: A Year in Review | Allen Ottaro | Ebola outbreaks and violent conflicts have affected millions and dominated headlines, but there have also been many moments of consolation.

The Holy See Commemorated a Trio of Anniversaries in 2014 | Vincenzina Santoro | This past year witnessed the 85th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts, the 50th anniversary of the Holy See presence at the UN, and the 30th anniversary of the restoration of full diplomatic recognition by the US.

Catholicism and Environmentalism | Thomas M. Doran | Catholics with an interest in the environment should attempt to separate legitimate science from ideological noise and organizational self-interest.

Catholicism in New York City | Jim Graves | An interview with Fr. George Rutler, pastor of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, and noted author and commentator.

On Violence | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | To talk of "violence" as if it is always and necessarily bad or irrational is itself irresponsible.

Nick Olszyk's Best Movies of 2014 | Nick Olszyk | Ten films from the past year that inspired, moved, challenged, and entertained.

Christmas Season and Gender Theory | Bill Maguire | The pernicious ideology of so-called "gender theory" is a rejection of the gift of our bodies and, ultimately, a rejection of the Giver.

If Pope Francis is a "radical" environmentalist, what was Pope Benedict XVI? | Carl E. Olson | How "radical", really, is Francis's environmental radicalism?

2014: The Year the Culture War Divide Became Deeper, Darker, and Weirder | Carrie Gress | If further proof was needed that secularism is bankrupt, this past year provided it. But there are signs of hope.

Pontifical Council for Culture stumbles with clueless video aimed at women | Mary Jo Anderson | A two-minute video for the February 2015 assembly, "Women's Cultures: Equality and Difference", is raising eyebrows--and not just because of the fake eyelashes involved.

Polls, Sociology, and Loss of Faith | James Hitchcock | Attempts by some sociologists to explain why younger Catholics reject Church teaching reveal methodological limits and ideological bias.

Venite adoremus, Dominum! | Carl E. Olson | The real problem, for most people, is not an outright denial of Jesus, but a refusal to worship Jesus--the Son of God, the Incarnate Word.

The Spirit of Christmas and the Spirit of Islam | William Kilpatrick | How much do Christians and Muslims have in common? Plenty of clues can be found in the celebration of Christmas.

"The Mystery of His Nativity" | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | While secular courts deny what is obviously true and call it "law," Christianity joyfully proclaims that Truth can be both known and never exhausted.

When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas and Marriage | Paul Kengor | For countless Americans, marriage is no longer the goal, and so the America of "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life" is long gone.

A Tuneful, Off-Beat Christmas Music List | R. J. Stove | Salvation is at hand for those despairing of Yuletide's musical schlock.

Pope Francis the Economist | Michael Severance | The Pope is not interested in validating the right or left on any specific policy, but rather reminding us of more transcendent principles.

Is Catholicism the "Babylon Mystery Religion"? | Mark P. Shea | How the story of the Magi sheds plenty of light on the historical soundness of the Gospel of Matthew and how early Christians viewed paganism.

The Catholic Con Regroups | Anne Hendershott | Gearing up for 2016, left-leaning Catholic political organizations prepare to make the case for the Democratic platform.

Vatican Report on US Sisters Largely Positive, But Concerns Remain | Ann Carey | The six-year apostolic visitation process closes with praise and gratitude for the sisters' work, while encouraging continual renewal and self-evaluation.

Resisting Torture Logic | Michael Coren | As Catholics, we cannot condone torture, even of terrorists.

ISIS, Assad, and What the West is Missing About Syria | Alessandra Nucci | Syria, once home to a unique, multireligious society, is being destroyed. The West is turning a blind eye to the real cause of the tragedy.

The Bishops and the Catholic "man-crisis" | Matthew James Christoff | The Extraordinary Synod held in October failed to adequately mention, address, and encourage two groups of Catholics.

Ridley Scott and Missing the Point of the Book of Exodus | Fr. Robert Barron | Exodus is not telling a story primarily of political liberation (though that is part of it), but rather a story of spiritual liberation from false gods.

An "Exodus" Plagued by Extravagant Mediocrity | Nick Olszyk | Ridley Scott's telling of the story of Moses has numerous flaws. Better to read the Good Book instead.

Polls, Sociology, and Loss of Faith | James Hitchcock | Attempts by some sociologists to explain why younger Catholics reject Church teaching reveal methodological limits and ideological bias.

The Poet, the Great War, and "The Break" | Gerald J. Russello | David Jones' great poem, "In Parenthesis," is a modernist masterpiece, a war poem, and a guide to the story of salvation.

Catholic "Women Priests": Can There Be a Discussion? | Fr. Dwight Longenecker | Those Catholics who are seeking and hoping to "ordain" women are working within a hermeneutic of revolution.

Did Pope Francis really say all dogs go to heaven? | Christopher S. Morrissey | The media's latest feeble attempt to pit Francis against Benedict.

You Better Watch Out--St. Nicholas is Coming to Town | Christopher B. Warner | The seldom-told stories of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

Francis, women, and Candida Moss' truth problem | Carl E. Olson | A professor of New Testament at Notre Dame apparently values self-promotion and sensationalism over facts and orthodoxy.

Catholic Radio Launches in Los Angeles | Jim Graves | After a long absence, Catholic programming enters the country's largest radio market.

Catholicism's Latin American Problem | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Those interested in reviving Catholicism's saliency in everyday life in Latin America should consider how they can make Christ front-and-center of their social outreach.

"Behold Your Mother!": Meeting the Virgin Mary in D.C. | Br. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. | A new exhibit at The National Museum of Women in the Arts draws together a stunning collection of Renaissance and Baroque artwork.

Normality Is Not Hatred | James Kalb | Today's politics has no place for legitimate authority based on higher standards, so power must base itself on Choice, otherwise known as the Triumph of the Will.

From Anglican Bishop to Catholic Monsignor | Jim Graves | An interview with Msgr. Peter Wilkinson, a former Anglican bishop who realized the "dream" of full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Revisiting Pope Leo XIII and Reclaiming Catholic Social Doctrine | Gregory J. Sullivan | Anthony Esolen's new book is a lively defense and erudite explanation of "first principles and human realities".

What Replaces Christianity? | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | A general outline of what is replacing Christianity as the public order of the old Christendom and its overseas enclaves.

Adding Catholic Color to Monochromatic US History | Carrie Gress | An interview with Emily Stimpson, co-author of The American Catholic Almanac.

"Life for Life" is an "Essential Saint Film" | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | An interview with Anthony Ryan of Ignatius Press about an acclaimed film depicting the life and death of St. Maximillian Kolbe.

Final report on Vatican's Apostolic Visitation of U.S. women religious to be released on Dec. 16 | Ann Carey | The report from the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life is the culmination of six years of information gathering and study.

Men without roots turn into looters; men without purpose turn into predators | Carl E. Olson | All of the constant talk about "racial tensions" in Ferguson (and other communities) is distracting from the biggest elephant in the family room.

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