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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.

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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.

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.

Carl's Cuts: Francis & China, Catholic education, Obama & Islam, insanity in the ivory tower, more | Carl E. Olson | Observations on current events, recent commentary, and related matters from the editor of Catholic World Report.

Anger and citizenship | George Weigel | I hope that, as the 2016 campaign unfolds, the electorate will begin to understand that anger is not a particularly healthy metric of public life.

Feminist celebrity on trial in Canada for sex assault | Dorothy Cummings McLean | The Ghomeshi scandal has Canadians asking if Jian Ghomeshi used his liberal credentials as a front to abuse women.

Cdl. Müller discusses mercy, stresses continuity between Benedict and Francis | Catherine Harmon | During a visit to the US, the prefect of the CDF offered a reflection on "Deus Caritas Est" and dismissed attempts to pit one pope against another.

Lent, Conversion, and Vocation | Russell Shaw | For good people in particular, Lent is a time to take a closer look at whether some Satanic solicitation--call it the temptation to be too pleased with themselves-has begun whispering to them.

Confusing Panda, Syncretistic Dragon | Nick Olszyk | "Kung Fu Panda 3" features some beautiful animation but is otherwise unbearably flat, with recycled jokes, dull characters, and a contradictory approach to its own universe.

Fatima at 100: The message of Our Lady for today | Jim Graves | An interview with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., author of Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope.

Who are the Real Anti-Semites? | William Kilpatrick | It's odd how when a Muslim mob attacks a landmark cathedral in Europe and assaults women, that somehow means that it's time to issue warnings about the new nationalists.

The Pillars of Lent | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | During the purifying Season of Lent we are enabled to do something that lower creatures cannot, and higher creatures need not.

The motive and mission of the true prophet | Carl E. Olson | Old Testament prophets spoke about future events but prophetic utterances were often exhortations to holiness, worship, and love for God and neighbor.

Why Hard Cases Make Bad Law: A Satire | Dr. Randall B. Smith | Former World War II German soldier complains: "Why does everyone think it's okay to lie to me?"

"Partakers in the Suffering": Recent events in China's hopeful Church | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | The situation in China is far more complex than a simple chronicle of antagonism, suspicion, and persecution; progress and hope also punctuate the narrative.

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.

Bishop Doerfler of Marquette lays foundation for reform of sacred music | Brendon Ford | New instruction, which applies to all parishes and schools, requires all to learn the English chants from a Mass setting found in the Roman Missal, as well as Latin chants from the Missa Jubilate Deo.

The Catholic Novelist As Peddler in Bleak Midwinter | James Casper | For today's writer of novels with Catholic content, refuge may be found in a distant past and a faraway time and place, but almost nowhere close to home.

A Bishop Speaks to the Men of His Flock | Jim Graves | Bishop Thomas Olmsted discusses his recently released exhortation to Catholic men and the particular challenges he sees facing men of faith today.

Adventures in Logic: Are believers more rational than non-believers? | Thomas M. Doran | The man on the street often insists that non-believers are more rational than believers, but is this a logical conclusion on the evidence?

The Story of Kullervo and the origins of Tolkien's legendarium | Bradley J. Birzer | A newly-published book by the young J.R.R. Tolkien gives insight into what he was--and wasn't--trying to create in his later masterpieces.

AP report: Houston grand jury didn't vote on charges against Planned Parenthood | Carl E. Olson | Houston, you have a problem. And it has the odor of corruption, cronyism, and political careerism.

If I were running the Eastern Orthodox Council | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | The Orthodox Council, if it takes place, must ask itself: Why should people care about this Council and about Orthodox Christianity itself? Why is it relevant?

China's Population Crisis: An Evangelical Opportunity? | George Weigel | Despite the Chinese communist regime's determination to control all aspects of social and cultural life, and the persecutions and martyrdom to which it leads, Chinese Christianity is growing rapidly.

Preaching to the Young Casualties of the Sexual Revolution | Neil Kane | One vexing issue in teaching theology in Catholic schools is that most students know very little about what the Church actually proclaims.

The "True" Islam | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The writings of Rémi Brague, winner of the 2012 Ratzinger Prize, about Islam offer the sort of unflinching and detailed analysis often missing from papal utterances.

"Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." | Carl E. Olson | The ministry of Christ--the anointed one--was to proclaim glad tidings to the poor, grant liberty to captives, give sight to the blind, and free the oppressed.

The hijacking of the women's movement, and the resurgence of pro-life feminism | CWR Staff | Sue Ellen Browder was there when the women's movement bound itself to pro-abortion politics. Today she sees hope in a new generation of pro-life feminists.

How the Synod of 2015 Ignored the Real Problem, 50 Years in the Making | Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap. | It's hard to believe now, but at the beginning of the year, Synod 2015 was predicted to be a possible game changer for the Church.

The First Grace of Mercy is the Grace of Conversion | Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | We must be convinced that we are sinners in need of mercy, in order to claim divine mercy. Then, having received that mercy, we must be ready and willing to impart it to others.

"A Deeper Vision" reveals the abandonment of the Catholic intellectual tradition | Russell Shaw | Catholicism, Robert Royal writes in his new book, is "no longer a significant part of the cultural dialogue, as it was in the first half of the twentieth century."

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