"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.
New: "All That Remains", the inspiring film about a Nagasaki Atomic bomb survivor and Catholic convert
New from Ignatius Press: Definitive biography of the family of Saint Therese of Lisieux
"'Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?' contains a wealth of apologetic information...."
New: Life Lessons: Fifty Things I Learned in My First Fifty Years by Patrick Madrid
Robert Reilly offers a guide to discovering the beautiful music of our times
Carl E. Olson on the Catholic theology of human deification
"God became a human, so humans could become God"? Catholic scholars explain human deification in new book
Why everyone should oppose surrogacy
Is there anything more shallow and predictable than the women's ordination movement?
New saint credited with healing a young boy with a brain tumor
The boring Third Secret of Fatima
A small film with a sad villain and boring story
"Amoris laetitia", conscience, and discernment
His Beatitude Sviatoslav on the "silent" war in Ukraine, Pope Francis, Pan Orthodox council
The Blessed Sacrament: It's either All or nothing
Rediscovering Russell Kirk
Traveling with Walker Percy
Signs of the Apocalypse: Dan Brown dumbs down an already dumb novel
English summers and Catholic pilgrims
Why "Last Days in the Desert" is so boring
Duncan Stroik wins national award for architecture
And Much More!
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
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
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 | 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.