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.
A Nun's Story is occasionally compelling but deeply flawed | Fiorella
Nash | The account of Shirley Leach's sudden decision to become a nun is charming in places, but suffers from poor editing and failure to engage with deeper questions.
Space is scary: "Life" and Walker Percy's angels and beasts | Andrew
Svenning | The Catholic novelist's account of modern man's Cartesian divide is remarkably applicable to contemporary sci-fi movies.
True forgiveness is greater than false tolerance | Nicholas
Senz | Why one of the great weaknesses of the current cult of tolerance is one of the great strengths of Christianity.
CRUX author says Pope Francis not easily labeled. But then labels him. Accurately. | Carl E.
Olson | Attempts to distinguish the populist approach of the Pope from those employed by Donald Trump and others is understandable, but end up demonstrating how much those approaches have in common.
Fr. Gabriel is the newest "knight of God" in the pantheon of literary detectives | Dr. Kelly Scott
Franklin | Fiorella de Maria's new novel "The Sleeping Witness" is written in a restrained but beautiful style, offering suspense, a satisfying conclusion, and a clear-eyed depiction of sin.
A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 1--The Men | K.V.
Turley | Each of these five friars in London have stories that are similar to the extent that each was in the world earning a living, and, in their quieter moments, had sensed something missing.
A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 2--The Mission | K.V.
Turley | The friars witness to their faith every time they step out of the friary. They walk the city streets as naturally as anyone else. They are as much part of Canning Town as their neighbors.
New: Fatima Mysteries: Mary's Message to the Modern Age by Grzegorz Gorny and Janusz Rosikon
New: Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other? by Peter Kreeft
New: That Nothing May Be Lost by Rev. Paul D. Scalia
New: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J.: With an Undivided Heart by Silas Henderson
New: The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography by Matthew Fradd
New: Sons of Saint Patrick: A History of the Archbishops of New York, from Dagger John to Timmytown by George Marlin & Brad Miner
First novel in series of post-WWII murder mysteries debuts detective priest "Father Gabriel"
New: Saint Mary Magdalene: Prophetess of Eucharistic Love by Fr. Sean Davidson
"The New Pagans and the Church" by Joseph Ratzinger (1958)
New: Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love by Edward Sri
Coming soon! The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah
New: The Holy Spirit, Fire of Divine Love by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen
Mary was no ordinary woman: An anthropologist unearths the life of Jesus' mother
Sever 'canon law' from 'pastoral practice' and lots of things make sense
How shall we respond to an increasingly hostile, secular culture?
Walking the "Extreme Way of the Cross" in Poland
Catholic Composers: Hildegard von Bingen
Humanitarian Empire and the Pornography of Compassion
Imprisonment of Christian pastor in Turkey signals President Erdogan's hard shift
Making a cinematic case for Christ
Melissa Ohden's memoir is a tribute to love and a defense of innocent life
A bishop of consequence
Jackie and the Priest
Science and the Transcendence of God
The Creative Catholic: Fr. James V. Schall S.J. on the art and vocation of writing
Death comes like a thief in the night
Pope Francis, the Anti-Populist Populist
And Much More!
The rich treasure of the monastic life | Jim
Graves | "Even though we are contemplatives," says Sister Scholastica Radel of Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, "we don't always see the result of our prayers. In the next life we'll see the fruit that our sufferings and prayers have produced."
"Facts" and "values" and darkness at noon | Abp Charles J.
Chaput, OFM Cap. | An exclusive excerpt from the new book Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World.
The Call to Holiness, the Challenge of Perfection | Carl E.
Olson | "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Those words are among the most challenging in the Bible, and I suspect they are among the most avoided and ignored.
The End of the Catholic State? | Joseph G.
Trabbic | It is widely accepted that Vatican II rejected Catholic states as the normative ideal, and that this rejection was at the level of an unchanging doctrine. Here are arguments against both propositions.
The "dark heart" of human-robot companionship | Sister
Renée Mirkes | The time to carefully examine the ethics of human-robot interaction is now--before it becomes "the new normal."
Environmental Dogma, Domination, and Dominion | Thomas M.
Doran | Why the Church is better served by staying out of the political and ideological weeds, focusing instead on forming societies in relation to the meaning and responsibilities of dominion.
The End of the Road for SNAP? | David F.
Pierre, Jr. | After a recent lawsuit from a former SNAP employee alleged kickback schemes with plaintiffs' lawyers, the leadership of SNAP has abandoned ship
New film portrays dramatic life, inspiring conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola | Donna-Marie
Cooper O'Boyle | Parishes, schools, and organizations can host their own theatrical screening of "Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint", which is distributed by Ignatius Press.
The Hysterical Media Attacks on Cardinal Burke | Carl E.
Olson | Far too many reporters and pundits confirm the observation of G.K. Chesterton in the early 1900s that much journalism is simply "bad journalism" and is "shapeless, careless, and colorless..."
Freemasons and Their Craft: What Catholics Should Know | Sandra
Miesel | To see why the Catholic Church has strongly and repeatedly condemned membership in Freemasonry or any of its allied movements requires a glance at Masonic teachings and history.
How Many Faces of Christ? | Dr. Leroy
Huizenga | Philip Jenkins' The Many Faces of Christ displays plenty of scholarship and erudition, but suffers from a blurring of textual and theological lines that reveals a problematic reliance on sociology.
The Truth is Not Up for Negotiation | CWR
Staff | Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on the meaning of doctrine and its relationship with personal conscience and the interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia".
A Catholic Populism? | James
Kalb | Populism's rejection of institutions and experts means it can identify basic problems excluded from public discussion. It also means that it rarely understands them accurately or knows what to do about them.
Is Liberal Democracy Closer to Communism or Catholicism? | Jerry
Salyer | A review of The Demon in Democracy by the Polish philosopher and longtime dissident Ryszard Legutko.
Peter, Trump, and Francis | Carl E.
Olson | No pope and no body of bishops have the authority to change, revise, reverse, alter, or fundamentally rework what has been gifted to the Mystical Body of Christ in Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture.
Michael Novak, Rest in Peace | Jay
Richards | Novak had an illustrious career as an author, scholar, and educator that began during Vatican II and continued until his final days.
Cardinal Coccopalmerio's blow upon a bruise | Edward N.
Peters | The two highest-ranking cardinals in the areas of canonical interpretation are in public, plain, and diametric opposition with each other concerning a crucial canonico-sacramental practice.
Loving God is the key to a lasting, loving marriage | Teresa
Tomeo | It took a real crisis to get me to realize that I needed to fall in love with God and reject the world's understanding of happiness so I could work on rebuilding my marriage.
Facebook: Facts or Fury? | Dr. Randall B.
Smith | If I thought reading Facebook posts was a way of really listening to my neighbors, especially those who disagree with me, I wouldn't be tempted as I am to banish it to electronic limbo.
When it comes to liturgy, we're all mutually-enriching mongrels | Dr. Adam A. J.
DeVille | One of the many problems with Latin liturgical reform over the last 40 years was being too heavily influenced by German and Swiss sources, and not enough by Byzantine ones.
Should the Mass reflect a pope's personality? | Nicholas
Senz | The liturgy belongs to the whole Church, across time and space; it is not to be manipulated according to the whims of each individual pope.
Journalist Peter Seewald: Pope Benedict is "one of the most misunderstood
personalities of our time" | Paul Senz | The German journalist reflects on his latest book-length interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
A Malta Laetitia | Carl E.
Olson | The bishops of Malta say divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Abps. Chaput and Sample say otherwise. Welcome to Pope Francis' messy Church.
"Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church." | CWR
Staff | An interview with Carlo Cardinal Caffarra about "Amoris Laetitia", the reasons for the dubia, criticisms of the 4 Cardinals, and "the division among shepherds"
The Maltese disaster | Edward N.
Peters | Why I think the Maltese bishops have effectively invited the Catholics entrusted to them to commit a number of objectively gravely evil acts.
Catholics and the Present Confusion | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J. | The divorced and the homosexuals are convinced that the Church has changed its doctrine at least implicitly, if not explicitly.
Feminist scholars reaping what they've sown in Women's March | Dr.
Anne Hendershott | "Intersectionality" has created a bullying culture in which only the most oppressed women are allowed the mantle of the truly oppressed.
What is "Pro-Life"? | James
Kalb | Why do "seamless garment" Catholics tend toward views like those of the soft secular left, while those who focus on core life issues are more likely to be active in the pro-life movement?
Close papal confidant: "2 + 2 in #Theology can make 5." | Carl E.
Olson | Fr. Spadaro's tweet has a decidedly nominalist (or voluntarist) bent to it, for it rests on the apparent belief that God can indeed act contrary to what and who is he is.
Byzantine and Catholic in the Secular Northwest | Jim
Graves | An interview with the Very Reverend Fr. Richard Janowicz, pastor of Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Springfield, Oregon.
Is the Organ Really a Sacred Instrument? | Joseph P.
Swain | Those of us who believe the organ is a sacred instrument have to take the question--"is the organ really a sacred instrument?"--and make it real, a spiritual matter for pastors and parish councils.
In Kenya, bishops take a stand to curtail election-year violence | Fredrick
Nzwili | Ten years ago, election-related violence tore Kenya apart. This year, the country's Catholic bishops are demanding that all involved ensure a peaceful and credible election.
Fake History | George
Weigel | A British writer claims Pope Francis "steadily filling the College of Cardinals with moderate pastors rather than doctrinal ideologues."
The Bomb That Never Detonated | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J. | On the 1970s, Paul Ehrlich, overpopulation, and why poverty is mostly caused by bad ideas and lack of virtue, not lack of resources.
"Silence" and Apostasy | Dr. Jared
Ortiz | Two elements deserve more attention if we are to understand what Endo is doing in his novel: the times when God does speak and what life is like post-apostasy.
Judas and St. Peter in Scorsese's "Silence" | Dr. Thomas P.
Harmon | The novel and the film adaptation do not valorize apostasy, but shed light on the reality that every Christian is asked, "Are you not also one of his disciples?"
City of Stars and Boulevard of Broken Dreams | Nick
Olszyk | Not only is "La La Land" one of the great musical films of all time, it echoes the same starry eyed dreams of those who have pursued artistic brilliance and fell short.
On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary: A Response to Peter Leithart | Dr. Leroy
Huizenga | The classic Western answer to the denial of Mary's perpetual virginity is St. Jerome's fourth-century tract "Against Helvidius", and Martin Luther echoed and affirmed it in his own day.
Jihad: Searching for a Motive | William
Kilpatrick | Some Catholic leaders insist that terrorist attacks are motivated by money, selfishness, and oppression, but not by religion. Jihadists, however, disagree.
Time for a Media "Time Out" | Teresa
Tomeo | If I were White House Media Queen for a day, I would make the following suggestions.
"The Best Books I Read in 2016" | CWR Staff &
Contributors | CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the last year, ranging from theology to fiction, philosophy to history, and much more.
The Pastoral and Moral Crises That Lie Ahead | Fr. Mark A.
Pilon | We are witnessing a radical adoption of the absolutizing principle of subjective judgments of conscience and private interpretation of all moral norms.
The End of Time | Fr. James V.
Schall, S.J. | Thoughts on two books, both published in San Francisco within a few years of each other, and both concerned with ultimate things.
The 20 most popular Catholic World Report stories and articles of 2016 | Carl E.
Olson | Topics include anti-Catholic history, contraception, converts from Evangelicalism, Cardinal Sarah, "Amoris Laetitia", Islam, Benedict XVI, Fatima, millennials, liturgy, and more.
My Top Ten Movies of 2016 | Nick
Olszyk | Favorites include a documentary about a "worship band", the strange story of Elvis and President Nixon, the best movie about Jesus in recent years, and, yes, the newest "Star Wars" movie.
The Saturnalia and St. John Chrysostom: A New Year's Message | Dr. Randall B.
Smith | Idolatrous events like the Saturnalia (and its modern equivalents) promise a lasting joy they cannot possibly deliver.
Militant Islam and the Year of the Mass Delusion | William
Kilpatrick | As Albert Einstein is reported to have once said, "insanity means doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
A Truly Catholic History of North America | Carl E.
Olson | Recognizing the foundational Catholic roots of North American history, says historian Dr. Kevin Starr, author of Continental Ambitions, helps put away faulty narratives and negative stereotypes.
Cardinal Burke: "No, I am not saying that Pope Francis is in heresy." | CWR
Staff | In an interview with CWR, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke discusses the current controversy over "Amoris Laetitia' and the questions he submitted with three other bishops to Pope Francis.
The Final Confrontation | Ralph
Martin | It seems sometimes as if the gates of hell have opened wide, and the demons are flying out to wreak havoc wherever they can.
Scorsese's "Silence" and the Seaside Martyrs | Bishop Robert
Barron | My worry is that all of the stress on complexity, multivalence, and ambiguity is in service of the cultural elite today--not that different from the Japanese cultural elite depicted in the film.
The Holiness of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. | Dr. Edward N.
Peters | A review of With God in America, a new volume containing various writings and interviews with the remarkable American priest who spent 23 years in Stalinist prisons.
Postmodernity and the "Ideal" Jesus | Dr. Leroy
Huizenga | St. Matthew would be surprised to find himself a postmodern Gnostic existentialist progressive, which is exactly how John Shelby Spong presents him in Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy.
G.K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens, and the Joy of Christmas | Dale
Ahlquist | Why a radio broadcast from Christmas Day in 1931 still rings with the wonder of "this season of enjoyment."
Rogue One paints a grittier picture of the Star Wars universe | Andrew
Svenning | Despite problems with character development, the new Star Wars movie manages to pull off the difficult task of telling a compelling story of which we essentially already know the ending.
On the Dark and the Light in Star Wars | Thomas P.
Harmon | The grittiness of Rogue One doesn't place the story outside the Star Wars moral universe--it shows the contours of that universe in even greater relief.