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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?

How Saint John Paul II Conquered Communism | Filip Mazurczak | The documentary "Liberating a Continent" is a subtly provocative refutation of what our secularized elites believe about what truly drives history and how Christianity impacts the world.

12 thoughts on the papacy and life in the Church today | Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | If you want a reformed and holier Church, you must commit to becoming a reformed and holier member yourself.

Back to the Land, Back to the Lord | CWR Staff | Property, prosperity, prestige, success, power, popularity--none of this lasts, emphasizes Marcus Grodi, author of "Life from Our Land". In fact, they can all be distractions from attaining that which is most important.

New from Ignatius Press: The Heart of Holiness: Friendship with God and Others
Coming soon from Ignatius Press: Peter Kreeft's new book on St. Augustine's "Confessions"
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Carl E. Olson on the Catholic theology of human deification
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"Christ is risen!": The Big Bang within Time and Space | Carl E. Olson | The movie Risen, now out on DVD, captures, in cinematic and artistic form, some key points I make in Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?

Catholicism and Citizenship | Christopher White | "I can't be a good citizen if I don't love my country," says Stephen White. "That doesn't mean ignoring the country's flaws and failings."

Vatican II and Eastern Orthodoxy's Approaching Council | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | There are stylistic and substantial differences between the upcoming Great and Holy Council of Orthodoxy and the Second Vatican Council, but also three important similarities.

A Bright Star in Ireland's Sad Religious Prognosis | John P. McCarthy | Recent political developments definitely suggests a changed Ireland from the 1980s.

Pope Francis: Newly canonized saints were "deeply united to the passion of Jesus" | CNA | The Holy Father on the canonization of St. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad, the first to be proclaimed Saints during the Jubilee of Mercy.

Amoris Laetitia: A Deceptive Joy | Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap | A careful reading of the Exhortation suggests that a number of statements contradict St. John Paul II's moral decisions on marriage which are based on solid Church doctrine.

Love & Friendship and the Holy Folly of the Twelve Commandments | Dr. Christopher S. Morrissey | The holy foolishness of Whit Stillman sharpens the wit of Jane Austen's "Lady Susan" into wisdom

Amoris Laetitia and Vatican II's Project of Inculturation | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | Vatican II sought to initiate a dialogue with the modern world, meant to be an extension of the Church's evangelizing mission. But things have not gone as hoped and planned.

Walker Percy at 100 | Amy Welborn | When you look at Walker Percy's life, it's hard not to see his interest in the question of the self as having some connection to the tragic experiences that shaped his early years.

The "La Croix" Interview: On Clericalism and the Tango | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The Holy Father's interviews are almost always provocative. But we do not always find a lot of answers, at least answers we think we can use.

Out of the Ashes: The Passion of Joan of Arc | K. V. Turley | The strange and mysterious history of the classic silent film about the Maid of Orleans.

The Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage of Christendom | Dorothy Cummings McLean | My account, as one of 10,000 pilgrims, of the 70 mile journey on foot from the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris to the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Chartres--the largest annual pilgrimage in Western Europe.

Modesty in America and the Great Bathroom War | Russell Shaw | Modesty is a necessary support of chastity, and chastity is essential to the moral and psychological integrity of the person.

Cardinal Sarah: In facing liturgical East, we experience "the primacy of God and of adoration" | Carl E. Olson | In a recent interview the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments explains how God can be put "back at the center" of the liturgy.

Bishop Barron and the Vibrant Paradoxes of the Catholic Faith | Gregory J. Sullivan | The newest book by Bishop Robert Barron presents an accessible, popular, but uncompromisingly orthodox vision of Catholicism that brings to mind the writings of Sheen and Chesterton.

Blackrobes on the Quad | James Casper | In the Catholic world I grew up in, no words loom larger than post-Vatican II. You have to have lived then to know what it was like before all that happened. Pope Francis, Populism, and the Agony of Latin America | Dr. Samuel Gregg | As populist regimes implode across Latin America, it's unclear that the Catholic Church in the age of Francis is well-equipped to cope with whatever comes next.

The Trinity: A Mystery For Eternity | Carl E. Olson | Dorothy Sayers once dryly noted that for many people the doctrine of the Trinity is, "The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the whole thing incomprehensible."

Reading Flannery O'Connor for the first time | Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin | She gleefully maimed and killed off her characters in a million disturbing ways--and she was a devout, daily mass Catholic who read St. Thomas Aquinas in her spare time and made a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Baby Bison and the Danger of "Misplaced Concern" | Carrie Gress, PhD | As the emotional trumps the rational, people increasingly act on sentiment and subjective desires, often making bad situations even worse.

The man behind Catholic U's largest donation ever | Jim Graves | Tim Busch discusses faith and the business world, and his efforts to educate the next generation of business leaders in Catholic social teaching.

Five observations on Francis' recent interview about France, Europe, and Islam | Carl E. Olson | The Pope, in a recent interview with the French newspaper "La Croix" compares Islam's inherent drive for conquest to Christ's Great Commission.

Fr. Alexis Toth, Bishop John Ireland, and the Grace of Reconciliation | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | The history of the "two lungs" of the Catholic Church in the United States has been marked, at times, by acrimony, misunderstanding, and controversy.

A Recurring Problem at Georgetown University | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | As a member of the Society of Jesus, it was embarrassing. As a member of the Society of Jesus, it was distressing, to say the least.

Lord, Not Legend: A Review of Brant Pitre's The Case for Jesus | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | The new book by a notable young Scripture scholar addresses both the dominant paradigm in academic biblical studies and the more popular errors about Jesus and the New Testament.

The End of Political Christian Humanism in Europe? | Fr. Mark A. Pilon | Catholic leaders in Europe once shared a deep seated Christian humanism that guided their political activity as they worked to rebuild their own countries. What happened?

Olson's Resurrection | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Catholicism has no problem with people objecting to what has been handed down to it. What it objects to is the ease with which one refuses to face the evidence for what in fact happened.

Joe Biden and the Laetare Muddle | Michael J. Nader | While much has been written about Vice President Biden's pro-choice position, it is actually a symptom of a larger problem.

The History, Enemies, and Importance of Natural Law | CWR Staff | "I think," says Dr. John Lawrence Hill, "most non-Christians--at least if they are thoughtful about these matters--really haven't confronted themselves with the contradictions of their own worldview."

Sometimes It's Best to Cover Your Eyes | Roseanne T. Sullivan | Some thoughts on how Rod Dreher might have avoided his loss of faith in Catholicism by emulating Dante's response to the scandals of his own day.

Daniel Berrigan, S.J. 1921-2016: Underground in America | Roger Kimball | The activist priest, who died on April 30 at the age of 94, specialized in sanctimonious antics and rancid radicalism during the Vietnam War era.

Farewell, Social Media | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | The technology of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media is fundamentally Gnostic. Here's why I am no longer going to use them--or be used by them.

Politics, Religion, and the Ruling Class | CWR Staff | Religion," says Dr. Angelo M. Codevilla, "is the greatest of the divides between the ruling class and those it deems its inferiors."

The Suffering and Faith of Saint Damien of Molokai | Jim Graves | The famous priest, who was canonized by Benedict XVI in October 2009 and whose feast day is May 10th, "saw contracting leprosy as a stepping stone to his own holiness."

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
Accompanying, Discerning, and Integrating—in the Way of the Master | David Paul Deavel
"Amoris Laetitia': The Good, the Disturbing, and the Torturous | Dorothy Cummings McLean
First thoughts 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
Watch: Ignatius Press editorial staff members discuss "Amoris Laetitia" 

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.

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 | | 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.

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