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Without Easter, We're History | Carl E. Olson | How different would our lives be if there had been no Redemption and no Resurrection?

The Measure of Mercy: Francis and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | The horrors of the 20th century and the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II form the backdrop to the Holy Father's recent announcement of a Holy Year of Mercy.

Indiana, Religious Freedom, and the Denial of Reality | CWR Staff | The likely result of recent clashes, says Robert R. Reilly, will "be fewer such religious freedom bills proposed in the future and ... Republican candidates for president will keep their mouths shut about this issue".

"They Killed Him": Deicide and Holy Saturday | Leroy Huizenga | Why Holy Saturday started to hit me differently a few years ago.

The Case for the Mass Conversion of Men | Matthew James Christoff | Research shows that almost 9 out of 10 Catholic men don't participate in a Catholic activity outside of attending Mass.

The Prophetic Challenge of St. John Paul II | Carl E. Olson | Pope John Paul II's rich teaching is a remarkably rich and cogent whole, a mosaic that rewards repeated study and contemplation.

Saying Farewell: The Funeral of John Paul II | K. V. Turley | Sitting on a plane bound for Rome as the funeral fast approached, and with only sketchy plans of what to do next, I knew one thing--I had to be there.

Pope Saint John Paul II's greatest gift to the Church | Joanna Bogle | The pontiff from Poland gave back to the Catholic Church a sense of confidence that the Church seemed to have lost in the immediate post-Vatican II years.

The Violence of the Crucifixion | Leroy Huizenga | Many men have suffered horrific deaths, pained in body, mind, and spirit; none have suffered the separation from God and man that Christ endured.

Praying and Fasting for Enemies of the Unborn | Matthew Rarey | A Lenten prayer campaign for three notorious abortionists: "If we don't pray for them, who will?"

On Pope Francis and Understanding Theology | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The world is like a school that the students refuse to attend because they do not want to know what they need to know to be saved.

Truth, History, and Politics | CNA | Researcher and archaeology professor Reuben Mendoza seeks to clear the record on Father Junipero Serra.

The "Other" Shroud of Christ | Mary Jo Anderson | The Sudarium of Oviedo is by most accounts the best validation of the Shroud of Turin as the true burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth.

"The devil exists and we must fight against him..." | Russell Shaw | A new edition of "Manual for Spiritual Warfare" reminds readers that the devil is real and spiritual warfare is deadly serious.

Clueless protesters in San Francisco prove Archbishop Cordileone's point | Carl E. Olson | There's no contradiction or conflict between Jesus Christ, His Church, the teachings of Pope Francis, and the actions of Abp. Cordileone.

Feminist "Logic": Misogyny's Ironic Ally | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | When feminists sacrifice common sense for "reproductive choice," they deform the feminine genius and destroy the most vulnerable among us.

Teenage War is Hell Too: A Review of "Insurgent" | Nick Olszyk | In most artistic trilogies the sequel is usually darker than the original and "Insurgent" is no exception.

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The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph | Jim Graves | "One of my favorite testimonials as to the authenticity of the Shroud actually came from my Jewish mother."

Ecclesial Surreality: Cardinal chastises priests for publicly supporting Church teaching | Carl E. Olson | Cardinal Nichols is apparently unhappy that 461 priests from England and Wales have publicly affirmed their support of "traditional doctrines regarding marriage".

Surprised by Cinderella | Michael Jameson | The most refreshing thing about this Disney film is that, at several turns, it portrays a world in which the virtuous choice is the beautiful choice.

Back in Prison, Mary Wagner Inspires Pro-Lifers World-Wide | Dorothy Cummings McLean | Imprisoned once again for witnessing to life in abortion clinics, the Canadian activist's influence is spreading to some surprising places.

The Indomitable, and Effective, Cardinal Pell | George Weigel | Under the Australian cardinal's leadership, the Vatican bank has been cleaned up and cleaned out.

Freedom, Rights, and the Cruz Announcement | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Sen. Ted Cruz seems unaware that almost all of the issues he opposes were originally argued in the name of the same nominal "freedom" he advocates.

Ideals and Norms | Russell Shaw | You can affirm the truth of a moral doctrine while at the same time undercutting it in practice--by treating the doctrine as an ideal rather than a norm.

Camping Anyone? Gender Theory, Personhood, and Catholicism | Michael G. | We are witnessing one of the greatest social engineering feats of our time.

Confusion in Ireland as 'Marriage Equality' Referendum Approaches | Michael Kelly | Changes in ambiguous wording, tepid warnings from Catholic bishops, and deep concerns about children are part of the tense lead-up to May 22nd vote.

Stephen King: Best-Selling Author, Horror Novelist--and Christian Moralist? | Anne Hendershott & Daniel Kempton | In some important ways, King provides the last bastion of biblical morality in popular fiction.

Fulton Sheen's Intense Life of Holiness Worthy of Sainthood, Biographer Writes | Joseph M. Hanneman | Thomas C. Reeves, author of "America's Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen", has written a final chapter, now available for free online.

Catholicism and the Ideological Temptation | James Kalb | The Church's mission is to proclaim the truth about man and the world--a mission which comes ahead of political alliances for limited goods that are quite obviously intertwined with intrinsic evils.

To Be, Or Not Be (Human) | Jerry Salyer | Charles Rubin's "Eclipse of Man" demonstrates the right way for scholars to grapple with the multi-faceted questions raised by advances in biotechnology, robotics, and computing.

Pope Francis says the death penalty is "inadmissible". Is he right? | Carl E. Olson | Some thoughts on the Holy Father's recent remarks to a delegation from the International Commission against the Death Penalty.

Kenneth Branagh's Very Christian Cinderella | Fr. Robert Barron | This Cinderella is not only free of ideological agendas, it reflects a deeply Christian vision of sin, love, and salvation.

The Priest vs. The Blogger: A Case in Canadian Conflict | Dorothy Cummings McLean | A four-year-long battle of accusatory e-mails between blogger David Domet and Fr. Thomas Rosica appears to be settled--for now.

A Mission of Love | George Weigel | The months leading up to the World Meeting of Families this September should be a time when Catholics ponder the full, rich meaning of marriage and the family.

"Beloved": The Mystery and Meaning of Marriage, Explained | Bill Maguire | From the creators of Symbolon comes a visually beautiful and theologically profound series on the joys and challenges of marriage.

Conflict and confusion over capital punishment | Carl E. Olson | A joint editorial demanding that "capital punishment must end" ignores a wealth of Church teaching and fails to address some foundational issues.

Keeping Catholic schools Catholic | George Weigel | We should be grateful for the courageous leadership shown by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, whose San Francisco archdiocese is arguably ground zero of the culture war.

From Atheism to Catholicism, By Way of Truth and Beauty | CWR Staff | "All the different threads of my inquiries," says Dr. Holly Ordway, "when followed up, led me to the same place: the Catholic Church."

A "Down Under" Perspective on the International Theological Commission | John Paul Shimek | The Australian theologian and author Tracey Rowland discusses synods, cardinals, popes, theological issues--and being called a "strawberry" by Pope Francis.

Bishops in Brussels: A Rear-view Mirror Vision of the World | William Kilpatrick | Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions's outdated warnings on the dangers of nationalism miss the larger threat of Islamic internationalism.

Foundless Francis Fantasies | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | Young leftist Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig is the latest breathless fan cheering madly at the 2015 running of the Ultramontane Sweeps.

"War in Heaven": A review of "The Drop Box" | Nick Olszyk | "I adopt others because God adopted me," says pastor Lee Jong-rak, whose work on behalf of abandoned babies in Seoul is depicted in this powerful film.

Catholicism and Secular Media: 10 Questions for Bill Donohue | Sean Salai, S.J. | "I am a civil rights leader who is expected to combat injustice," says the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, "so being sensitive to bigots is not a priority."

Ideas and Actions | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The wars of the world are first fought in the minds and hearts of the wise before they ever reach visible reality; when they do arrive, the ones who suffer most are the weak.

Holy Mass in the Abortuary | K. V. Turley | How a battle between the forces of good and evil was waged in an ordinary London square, and the surprising declaration of victory at the struggle's end.

True Worship and the Cleansing of the Temple | Carl E. Olson | Just as God had created everything out of love, he also created a people of his own out of love and with a distinct purpose.

Cardinal Francis Arinze on Radical Discipleship and the Consecrated Life | CWR Staff | The Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments discusses the origin, nature, and purpose of the consecrated life

Chesterton the Poet | Michael J. Lichens | Although often overlooked today, G. K. Chesterton's wide-ranging poetry has been praised by atheist Christopher Hitchens, novelist Graham Greene, and poet W. H. Auden.

It's a sin to kill a mockingbird | Thomas M. Doran | News that Harper Lee, at 88, is publishing a newly discovered manuscript raises a number of difficult and troubling questions.

No fighting God | George Weigel | It is Job who, in the end, refuses to cram the divine will and purpose onto the procrustean bed of human wisdom.

A Postscript on the Virtue of Chastity | Bill Maguire | Further remarks on Eve Tushnet's Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith.

From Atheism to Catholicism, By Way of Truth and Beauty | CWR Staff | "All the different threads of my inquiries," says Dr. Holly Ordway, "when followed up, led me to the same place: the Catholic Church."

St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic? | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome.

Attacks on Abp. Cordileone Led by San Francisco PR Firm | CNA | "Everyone is praying that the Pope will remove the San Francisco Archbishop and these priests," says communications strategist Sam Singer.

Reports: Card. Baldisseri ordered interception of copies of book mailed to Synod participants | Carl E. Olson | The head of secretariat of the synod of bishops was reportedly "furious" about the book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ.

A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross | Fr. Robert Barron | When Christians boldly hold up an image of the humiliated, tortured Jesus to the world, they are saying: "We are not afraid."

"The Drop Box": Saving Unwanted Babies, Changing Hearts | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | "What I didn't know then," says filmmaker Brian Ivie, "was that God was planning to save me through the making of this film."

The Pope In the Air | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Some thoughts on remarks made by Francis in interviews while traveling to and from the Philippines in January.

Fathers, Sons, and Sacrifices: On the Second Sunday of Lent | Carl E. Olson | "God put Abraham to the test." Why? What, exactly, was God trying to show Abraham?

"Gay" Catholics and an Adequate Anthropology | Bill Maguire | Eve Tushnet's laudable goals in Gay and Catholic are undermined by a flawed understanding of theological anthropology.

World Christianity, By the Numbers | George Weigel | While Christianity continues to grow in Africa and other non-Western areas, globally it seems stuck in something of a rut.

"Conversion & Coexistence Pilgrimage": An Interview with Dr. Edmund Mazza | Jim Graves | A May pilgrimage to Turin and Rome will feature a viewing of the Shroud of Turin, anniversaries of key historical events, and a keynote address by Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Making Sense of Pope Francis | Carl E. Olson | Austen Ivereigh's The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope offers many insights into Francis, but does have a serious weakness.

Where to Go with Social Teaching? | James Kalb | The thing most needed for independence from an all-pervasive this-worldly system based on career, consumption, and electronic distraction is a concrete transcendent focus of loyalty.

Will the Other Sleeping Giant Awake? | William Kilpatrick | Despite widespread slaughter of Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim lands, the Church currently seems unable to mount any kind of resistance to Islamic ideology.

Obama's fight against the Ideology-With-No-Name | Robert R. Reilly | Egyptian President al-Sisi knows its name and has courageously denounced it.

Stephen Fry, Job, and the Cross of Jesus | Fr. Robert Barron | The objection to God's existence and goodness uttered recently by the British writer, actor, and comedian is nothing new to Christians.

Sports and Solidarity: A Review of McFarland, U.S.A. | Michael Jameson | Kevin Costner stars in a remarkably good film that mashes up the sports and fish-out-of-water genres and ends up feeling like a Christian allegory.

Conversations with the Catechists | Edward Short | Teaching the Faith at the Church of St. Rita in Astoria, New York.

Reading Sacred Scripture and the Catechism Together | Liam Ford | An interview with Rev. James Socias of the Midwest Theological Forum about The Didache Bible: Ignatius Bible Edition.

St. Augustine's Wisdom: Adam, Eve, Christ, and the Church | Dr. Randall B. Smith | As Lent begins, there is wisdom to be gained if we listen to Augustine's insights on the biblical story of the Fall.

Franciscans, Boxers, and Heavenly Battles | Dr. Eric Cunningham | Dr. Anthony E. Clark's book, Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi, turns the conventional interpretation of the Boxer Rebellion on its head.

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