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Christian Unity Cannot Be Built on Lies | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | The Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev not only misrepresents Catholic practice and history, he also misrepresents Orthodox practice and history.

Will Progressive Catholics Finally Admit the Truth about Obamacare? | Anne Hendershott | Catholics were repeatedly assured that the Affordable Care Act would not pay for abortion. That falsehood has now been exposed many times over.

We must fear God from love, not love God from fear | Carl E. Olson | The "fear of the Lord," rightly understood, is closely intertwined with love and wisdom.

An Interview with T. M. Doran | IPNovels.com | Doran discusses his third novel, Iota, the story of a man imprisoned by the Communist Russian "liberators" of Prague following World War II.

The Roots of Catholicism: Pagan or Jewish? | Mark P. Shea | As we near Advent and Christmas, the tired claim that Christianity is warmed-over paganism will be trotted out yet again.

A Community of Continuity: Five Days at St. Albert's Dominican Priory | Dr. Anthony E. Clark | "We Dominicans want to be the white blood cells that go into the world and the Church to heal and to bring Christ."

Light for the Nations: Themes of "Lumen gentium", Fifty Years Later | Douglas Bushman | A retrospective on Vatican II's "Dogmatic Constitution on the Church" ought to place the primacy on the Church as end, and particularly on holiness.

The Legacy of the Vision of Pope John Paul II for Marriage and Family | Dr. William Newton | At the heart of Familiaris Consortio is a presentation of the four tasks given to the Christian family in the modern world.

Ezekiel in Iowa | Br. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. | The tone of Marilynne Robinson's new novel, Lila, is a haunting mixture of elegy and praise, as the old life dies and a new one comes to birth.

Russia and Ukraine: A Violent Past, A Cloudy Future | Dorothy Cummings McLean | An interview with Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, historian of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

The Catholic Difference | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | We just happen to be Catholics, right? Does it make any difference what we are? Does being Catholic really, ultimately, mean much of anything?

Helen Hull Hitchcock: A Light in the Darkness | Sherry Tyree | I met the founder of Women for Faith & Family thirty years ago, and my life was changed forever.

The Recovery of Human Nature | James Kalb | A basic reason people today don't accept nature as a guide is that they see it as essentially mindless.

Is Pope Francis an Evangelical, Charismatic Catholic? | Fr. Dwight Longenecker | Experts in Evangelical Christianity and the Charismatic Movement discuss the roots and focus of the Holy Father's ecumenical dialogue and interaction.

Jesuit Philosopher Works to Demonstrate Compatibility of Faith and Science | Jim Graves | An interview with Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, president of the Magis Center, about faith, reason, atheism, and Stephen Hawking's "hogwash".

"Big Hero 6" and Healing the Hurt "You Can't Touch" | Nick Olszyk | The new box office hit from Walt Disney Animation Studios is an exceptionally crafted, animated take on "The Avengers" with an extra helping heart.


Streamlining Annulments
Announcing a new book by Peter Kreeft
New: Trust: In Saint Faustina's Footsteps"
In Praise of the (practically defunct) Short Mystery Story
New: Remade for Happiness: Achieving Life's Purpose through Spiritual Transformation by Abp. Fulton Sheen
Mary comes to life in photographic images
Former atheist Jennifer Fulwiler on the the witness of C.S. Lewis, praying for Tupac Shakur, and...
Dr. Holly Ordway: "What I couldn't do, as an atheist, was to give a compelling reason why ..."
J.R.R. Tolkien's Vision of Just War



What Cardinal O'Malley should have said about "women priests" on "60 Minutes"
Watch: Beautiful short films on marriage premiere at Humanum colloquium
"Marriage and the family are in crisis": Pope Francis addresses Humanum colloquium [Full text]
Report: Cardinal Kasper insists there was no intention of changing doctrine at Synod
German police crack down on Salafist extremists
Where are our young people going?
Motherhood: The Ultimate Makeover
Spurning abortion in Italy
Post-Election Musings: The Short Shelf Life of First World Problems
A Vatican Mulligan?
Card. Burke addresses relationship with Pope Francis; says "the integrity of marriage is under attack"
And Much More!



Cardinal Newman, the Synod, and the "Kasper Proposal" | Rev. Juan R. Vélez | If Blessed Newman had intervened at the Synod, how would he have applied his seven tests for gauging authentic development of doctrine?

The Political Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien | CWR Staff | The author of The Hobbit, says Dr. Jay W. Richards, "didn't like concentrated political power, even when it could seem to be justified for noble purposes."

Are We Losing the Apologetics War with Islam? | William Kilpatrick | Unbeknownst to many Christians, anti-Christian apologetics and propaganda are prominent fixtures of Islamist recruiting sites and social media.

In This Place: In Praise of the Music of Frank La Rocca | R.J. Stove | The sacred music of the American composer is remarkable and unaffected, breathing the atmosphere of mystical devotion.

The Suffering of Christians in Syria | Michael Coren | The persecution of Christians by radical Islamic groups in Syria over the past two years has been appalling--and largely ignored.

What Is Culture War? | James Kalb | The need for a sacred focus makes culture war inevitable when there are enough people who disagree strongly on the exact nature of that focus.

All Souls and Our Mortal End | Carl E. Olson | "I've always had a hard time explaining purgatory," the man said. "Didn't the Second Vatican Council say that Catholics no longer have to believe in purgatory?"

Evil, Jihadists, and the Just War Theory | Russell Shaw | Statements out of Rome reflect the tension between two schools of thought regarding war.

John Henry Newman at the Synod on the Family | Fr. Robert Barron | The arguments around the synod compel us to look at Newman's work regarding the evolution of doctrine.

40 Years Fighting Abortion, Building a Pro-Life Culture | Christopher White | An interview with Maria McFadden Maffucci, president of the Human Life Foundation and editor of Human Life Review.

John Paul II's Vision of Family and Marriage for the New Evangelization | Rolando Moreno | The late pontiff taught that the family is an active, vital agent in establishing a civilization of love and the renewal of Christian culture.

A Tale of Two Synods | Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD | In a sense, there were two synods taking place earlier this month, one inside the Synod Hall and the other in the media.

Abp. Kurtz: Synod was "Characterized by Discernment and Unanimity" | Jim Graves | The president of the USCCB discusses the synod, the "relatio," and the work that lies ahead.

Gone Girl and Two Film Masters in Contrast | Andrew Svenning | Is David Fincher a modern-day Hitchcock? Gone Girl demonstrates the comparison's strengths and weaknesses.

A Model of Humility: The Beatification of Álvaro del Portillo | Alvino-Mario Fantini & Ellen K. Fantini | A report from the beatification ceremony held in Madrid on Saturday, September 27th.

The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naïveté or Shrewd Calculation? | Russell Shaw | The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One.

An Extraordinary Synod--In More Ways Than One | Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD | There is nothing very courageous about offering "pastoral" recommendations that fail to challenge a world that still bears the scars of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

"I Hate Divorce" | Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ | The prayers and readings of the Divine Office offer some clear messages appropriate to issues being discussed at the Synod.

Cardinal Burke: The "Relatio Synodi" is "a significant improvement over the text of the 'Relatio post Disceptationem'" | Carl E. Olson | The last of three exclusive Catholic World Report interviews with Cardinal Burke.

Questioning Cardinal Kasper: Five Points | Mark Brumley | The German prelate claims, "Those are not respectable journalistic methods." Does he have grounds for such a statement?

Development of Doctrine or Change in Teaching? | Eduardo Echeverria | Can Church doctrine change over time? Could so-called "same-sex unions" one day be seen as a legitimate development of the Church's teaching on marriage?

The Tyranny of "Mercy" | Michael Matheson Miller | How Cardinal Walter Kasper's pastoralism would harm women and children.

After the Synod: Questions remain, looking ahead to next year | Mary Jo Anderson | As I prepare to depart from Rome after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family there are dozens of emails yet unanswered from friends and family. "What did it all mean?"

Complete Coverage of the The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 5-19 | CWR | Over 40 articles, essays, interviews, and reports.

John Paul II's Vision of Family and Marriage for the New Evangelization | Rolando Moreno | The late pontiff taught that the family is an active, vital agent in establishing a civilization of love and the renewal of Christian culture.

John Paul II and the Death of the Faith | K. V. Turley | The "wisdom" of the second half of the 20th century answered by the wisdom of a sainted pope, an American friar, and a British genius.

Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos | Carrie Gress | We can look to the saints for examples of grace and peace in troubled times.

When the Communists Murdered a Priest | Paul Kengor | The killing of Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko on October 19, 1984, marked the mid-point between two cataclysmic events that put nails in the coffin of communism.

John Paul II, Women, and the Catholic Contemplative Tradition | Christopher S. Morrissey | An interview with the editor of the comprehensive collection, John Paul II Speaks on Women.

Taxes, Tricks, and the Roman Coin | Carl E. Olson | Few questions asked of Jesus were as cunning and devious as this one: "Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"

Cardinal Burke: Christ's truth is at the heart of marriage | Vatican Radio | "It is only in the family that the true sense of who we are as man and woman is taught effectively both by the example of the father and mother."

President of Ignatius Press: "It's time for the full Gospel of the Family" | "The New Evangelists of the JP2 Generation," says Mark Brumley, "will tell you that with all due respect to Cardinal Walter Kasper, he isn't the only one who can speak about the situation 'on the ground.'"

The Midterm Report: The Divorce Over Divorce | Mary Jo Anderson | The just published "Relatio" includes some troubling language that will likely be misused or bludgeoned by many in the media.

Moderate Muslims and Cafeteria Catholics | William Kilpatrick | The notion that Islam is a religion of peace is becoming less credible by the day.

My Question for the Synod: Where's the Sacrifice? | Alan L. Anderson | Sacrifice. It is the central word, in a real sense the Logos, of the Catholic Faith. Sacrifice is also a central word for the family.

The Wedding Feast, the Lamb, and the Kingdom | Carl E. Olson | It is impossible to overstate the importance of marriage as both an institution and a metaphor in the Bible.

Old Liberals, Young Liberals, and the Breakdown of the Family | Dr. James Hitchcock | Why and how the rejection of "Humanae Vitae" made all the difference among Catholics.

Non-Negotiables in a Relativistic, Media-Driven Age | CWR Staff | Veteran journalist Sheila Liaugminas' new book tackles the roots and meaning of hot button issues from abortion to social justice.

Four Suggestions for Those Following the Synod | Bill Maguire | The central task of the Synod on the Family is to evangelize and proclaim the truth and beauty of her teachings concerning the human person, human sexuality, marriage, and family.

Theosis and Eros, Celibacy and Marriage | Carl E. Olson | "The cross to me is everything," explains Dr. Adam G. Cooper in remarking on his two recent books, "It's the defining centre of God and human history."

The Killer and the Saint: Pranzini and Thérèse | K. V. Turley | The sensational story of the murderous Pranzini would inspire the young saint to adopt her "first sinner."

The Worst Rapture Movie Ever Made | Carl E. Olson | The "Left Behind" reboot starring Nicholas Cage continues a dubious tradition of Fundamentalist "end times" movies that are unbearable, unbelievable, and unbiblical.

Four Suggestions For Those Following the Synod | Bill Maguire | The central task of the Synod on the Family is to evangelize and proclaim the truth and beauty of her teachings concerning the human person, human sexuality, marriage, and family.

True Mercy and the Indissolubility of Marriage | Cardinal George Pell | In his foreword to a new book, Cardinal George Pell argues that "one cannot maintain the indissolubility of marriage by allowing the 'remarried' to receive Holy Communion."

Theosis and Eros, Celibacy and Marriage | Carl E. Olson | "The cross to me is everything," explains Dr. Adam G. Cooper in remarking on his two recent books, "It's the defining centre of God and human history."

An American Couple Prepares for the Synod | Jim Graves | Alice and Jeff Heinzen of Wisconsin are the only American couple attending the upcoming Synod of Bishops as auditors.

Five Myths About the "Rapture" and the "Left Behind" Industry | Carl E. Olson | On the (short) history, (bad) theology, and (continuing) appeal of premillennial dispensationalism.

An American Couple Prepares for the Synod | Jim Graves | Alice and Jeff Heinzen of Wisconsin are the only American couple attending the upcoming Synod of Bishops as auditors.

Emma Watson's Empty Performance at the U.N. | Tessa Bowman | A sweet, unassuming delivery from the young actress cannot hide the unoriginal and problematic themes within her September 20th address.

Kings and Popes Playing with Fire | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | The mere expectation of a change to Church teaching is damaging because it creates, or reinforces, the idea that doctrine is a political plaything.

What is Love? | Fr. Dan Pattee, TOR | The question that has guided Church discussions for decades will likely guide discussions at the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

Justice and the Kingdom | Carl E. Olson | How often do we think that God is being unfair to us, even unjust? Are we occasionally tempted to mutter, "It's not fair that God is putting me through this difficult situation"?

Welcoming the Light of Dogma | Brian Jones | The authoritative teaching of the Church is liberating because truth is not something we create, but a divine gift we receive.

The Liberal Religion of "Tolerance" | Dr. Paul Kengor | Just 11% of people with "consistently liberal views" think teaching of religious faith is among the "most important child-rearing qualities."

Shusako Endo's The Golden Country and "the full symphony" of Catholicism | Jerry Salyer | When threatened with petty political correctness, Catholics should bear in mind Endo's depiction of heroic Christian witness.

Marriage, Communion, and the Teachings of the Church | CWR Staff | An interview with two of the contributors to the book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.

Spinning the Synod | Carl E. Olson | Here are five misleading claims and skewed statements about the upcoming Synod of Bishops.

The Catholic Church and Global Climate Change | William L. Patenaude | What can the Church bring to the table in discussions of climate change?

Celebrating 30 Years of Project Rachel | Carrie Gress | An interview with Vicki Thorn, founder of the pro-life ministry helping women and men find healing after abortion.

The Magical, Timeless Popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien | Michael Coren | The support for all things Tolkien is fascinating not only because of its size but because of its surreal diversity.

Is Pope Francis upset about an Ignatius Press book? | Catholic News Agency | Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, responds to claims and complaints made by Cardinal Walter Kasper.

God's Goodness and the Laborers in the Vineyard | Carl E. Olson | If any man--whether Jew or Gentile--was judged by God on his own merits, he would fail to receive the wage of eternal life.

The Synod and the Real Crisis of Marriage | Russell Shaw | The debates over divorce, remarriage, and receiving Communion must not distract from other formidable challenges

See You at the Movies: On the Life and Death of Roger Ebert | Nick Olszyk | Steve James's Life Itself is a very compelling, but incomplete, documentary of the life, work, and death of movie critic Roger Ebert.

Reports: Cardinal Burke to be demoted, removed as prefect of the supreme tribunal | Carl E. Olson | Is the American Cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke, going to be removed from his post as prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura?

Faith, Love, and Music Come Together in The Song | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | A conversation with Alan Powell, star of the upcoming movie The Song, which is inspired by the Song of Solomon.



   




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