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The Roots of the Political Use and Abuse of the Bible | Leroy Huizenga | Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wikers' book, Politicizing the Bible, examines how the development of biblical scholarship has severed Scripture from the heart of the Church.

TIME for some media "nun-sense"! | Carl E. Olson | TIME magazine's ridiculous solution for the sister shortage: do the same stuff that led to 50,000 women leaving religious life between 1966 and 1976.

The Labor Movement, Teachers Unions, and Catholic Social Teaching | Fr. George E. Schultze, SJ | Labor Day is an opportunity to reflect on work, education, and the proper role of unions in the light of Catholic social teaching.

"The Giver" and the Fading Memory of Christianity | Fr. Robert Barron | Lois Lowry's story suggests, quite rightly, that suppression of the good news of the Incarnation is in fact what conduces to dysfunctional and dangerous totalitarianism.

The False Christs of Our Age | Carl E. Olson | The Gospel for Sunday, August 31st, reveals how the line between salvation and Satan is marked by the Cross.

"Why a silence?": On the West and Islam | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Why are so many leaders and commentators afraid to speak out and speak clearly about the evil nature of the Islamic State?

Who Am I to Judge? Redux | Anne Hendershott and Fr. Dan Pattee, TOR | Christ teaches us to avoid those judgments that marginalize others--banishing them to the sidelines without any hope of returning to God.

Chronicling the "Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium" | Dorothy Cummings McLean | William Dalrymple's 1997 travelogue From the Holy Mountain is an excellent place to start for Westerners seeking to understand the devastating decline of Christianity in the Middle East.

Outcry flares over California abortion push in Catholic colleges | CNA | "California Catholics are no longer safe to practice their faith within their own institutions."

Classical Education, Freedom, and the Ordered Soul | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Understanding is a spiritual thing, though rooted in really existing things, even ultimately in divine things

Metaphysics and the Case Against Secularism | Christopher S. Morrissey | Edward Feser's new book, Scholastic Metaphysics, makes a strong case for the contemporary relevance of St. Thomas Aquinas's philosophical reflections on Aristotle.

Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations | Carl E. Olson | Sister Maria Hanna: "The disaster is overwhelming, and we are unable to comprehend it all."

What Should the October Synod Discuss? | Fr. Cormac Burke | Implicit in most media reports is the view that the Synod will pursue a liberalization of the Church's present discipline. Why, really, has the Synod been convoked?


"Go and Call Your Husband": What Enables a Marriage to Endure?
Think the music at your parish could use some improvement?
The Scriptural Roots of St. Augustine's Spirituality
Sacred Tradition: The Forgotten Doctrine?
New books and key experts available in time for October Synod on Marriage and Family
Busy Bees! How an Ignatius Press book gets published
Now available: "Finding St. Anthony A Story of Loss and Light" (DVD)
Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: The History of Anti-Catholic Violence in the U.S.
Introducing Part 2 of "Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained"
New books and key experts available in time for October Synod on Marriage and Family



His Beatitude Sviatoslav: "Ukraine needs the effective support of the global Christian community..."
Fr. Samir: "we have now reached the most ferocious brutality in the history of Islam"
President of Aid to the Church in Need visits Iraq
New indie company, Immaculata Pictures, works to resurrect forgotten storytelling
Word on Fire launches new and "unprecedented" website
Pope Francis "deeply pained" after great nephews killed in car crash
Full text: Pope Francis' homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption
Fortune magazine praises Francis as an "elite manager" with an "elite managerial skill set"
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue condemns "Islamic State" jihadists, calls for united denunciation
And Much More!



Finding What Should Never Have Been Lost: Priests and the Extraordinary Form | Jim Graves | Four post-Vatican II priests discuss how they came to know and love celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

The Church's Essential and Ultimate Mission | Carl E. Olson | Is the greatest duty of the Church and its faithful to feed the poor and take care of the needy?

Tolkien and Beowulf | Jerry Salyer | Tolkien's newly published translation of the Old English epic beautifully demonstrates that there is more reality in folklore than in the perverse fantasies by which many live today.

Why I Love My Invisible Friend | Fr. Robert Barron | One of the most fundamental mistakes made by atheists is to suppose that God is a supreme being, an impressive item within or alongside the universe.

The Papacy and Sacred Scripture | Carl E. Olson | I used to believe the papacy was a man-made tradition that was directly contrary to the teachings of Scripture. Why did I change my mind?

An Interview with Roger B. Thomas | IPNovels.com | The author of the forthcoming novel, The Accidental Marriage, discusses same-sex marriage, the role of the arts, and what it takes to write good fiction.

Secularism, Spirituality, and Witness in a Haunted Age | Carl E. Olson | The author of the new book, How (Not) to Be Secular, explains why secularism is misunderstood and exclusive humanism is not winning.

Taking Care of the Caregivers Among Us | Russell Shaw | The overall total of caregivers in America now stands at more than 65 million, which is around 30% of the adult population.

A Different Kind of Football Movie | Andrew Svenning | When the Game Stands Tall turns the usual formula for sports movies on its head, making for a thoughtful and inspiring film.

Slain journalist James Foley on praying the rosary in captivity | Catherine Harmon | "I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed."

The Ultimate Protestant: Wendell Berry, Same-Sex Marriage, and the New State Religion | Jerry Salyer | The famous agrarian writer thinks homophobia is a more pressing problem for communities than homosexual activism.

Way Too Close | Nick Olszyk | The Giver is often dark and disturbing, but also refreshingly frank about serious moral, social, and cultural ills.

God's Love for Us | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | The opening line of our Catechism teaches that God has created us simply to make us "sharers in his own blessed life ... his adopted children and, thus, heirs of his blessed life".

The LCWR Doubles Down on Dissent | Ann Carey | Sister Nancy Schreck's keynote address to the LCWR 2014 annual assembly was equally confused and defiant.

At the heart of the papal trip to Korea: the witness of martyrdom | Catherine Harmon | Pope Francis: "The victory of the martyrs, their witness to the power of God's love, continues to bear fruit today in Korea, in the Church which received growth from their sacrifice."

The Canaanite woman, silver spoons, and Pharisees | Carl E. Olson | Many of Jesus' fellow Jews believed that because they were Jewish, they had it made--that is, they were right with God, while Gentiles were not.

Play the Game, Learn the Virtues | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | Actor Jim Caviezel talks about his new movie, When the Game Stands Tall, how sports can transform lives, and why winning isn't everything.

Toxins and Human Life | William L. Patenaude | A culture seeking to protect the unborn from deliberate death should also accept the responsibility to protect innocent human life from all other harms.

The present, future, and quality of Catholic online education | CWR Staff | An interview with Patrick Carmack, President of the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program, about Catholic online education, technology, and Great Books.

The Problem with "Not" Having a Personal Relationship with Jesus | Dr. Carole Brown | Jesus revealed that the One True God also has an inner life that is not only personal, but Tri-Personal, and therefore, social.

Way Too Close | Nicholas Olszyk | The Giver is often dark and disturbing, but also refreshingly frank about serious moral, social, and cultural ills.

Villa-Lobos: The Clown Turned Devout | R.J. Stove | One of 20th-century music's most industrious enfants-terribles understood, in his sacred works, Dr. Johnson's advice: "time to be in earnest."

Dialogue With Hamas and ISIS is Pointless and Impossible | William Kilpatrick | Some wars can be ended through peace negotiations, but some wars can only be ended by the decisive victory of one side over the other.

Sauce and Spice | Nicholas Olszyk | The Hundred Foot Journey is like a very nice glass of local wine: it's not fancy and flashy, but it's from home and tastes right.

Monasticism, Clericalism, and the Priesthood of All Believers | Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis and Benjamin Mann | The essence of monasticism is not clerical service--which is possible only for some--but a radically converted way of life, available to all.

The Proletarian Snobbery of CNN | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | Wealth is not necessarily cruel, and poverty is not necessarily humble. Let us be done with demonizing the former and romanticizing the latter.

Archbishop Kurtz: Synod can be "a catalyst" for renewal | Jim Graves | USCCB president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will represent the US at the upcoming Synod of Bishops. The urgent challenges facing families--and how the Church can serve families better--will be the synod's top priorities, he says.

St. Peter Walks on Water: Rebuke, Revelation, and Redemption | Carl E. Olson | The story of St. Peter walking on water is not only about real faith but also real love.

The Drama of Faith: Priestly Sub-Creation | Mark P. Shea | The gamble that God took in becoming human was the willingness to risk that we would approach creation sacramentally.

Democracy, Tyranny, and the Current Situation | James V. Schall, S.J. | To describe a regime accurately is often a dangerous enterprise. Yet it is a necessary endeavor to accurately describe the regime in which we live.

Moral Feelings and the Moral World | James Kalb | Progressives and traditionalists tend to approach moral decisions with differences in basic understandings of man, society, and the world.

The Anniversary of Hiroshima: John Paul II and Fulton Sheen on the Bomb and Conversion | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | Some reflections from two spiritual giants on the bombing of Hiroshima and the new, deadly era it ushered in.

The Drama of Faith: Growing Into the Part | Mark P. Shea | Liturgy and the sacraments ask us to trust that God will bring to completion what he has promised through Christ.

Deep Black Noir: "Double Indemnity" | Patrick Coffin | "Murder sometimes can smell like honeysuckle..."

Russell Kirk: Conservative, Convert, Catholic | Dr. Bradley J. Birzer | A great American thinker ready to be rediscovered.

Ten Tales of a World on the Edge | Ann Applegarth | Kaye Park Hinckley's new collection, Birds of a Feather, is filled with richly imagined tales full of finely drawn characters.

Monasticism, Clericalism, and the Priesthood of All Believers | Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis and Benjamin Mann | The essence of monasticism is not clerical service--which is possible only for some--but a radically converted way of life, available to all.

Same-Sex Attraction and the Universal Desires of the Human Heart | Carrie Gress | Fr. Paul Check, executive director of Courage, says the film "Desire of the Everlasting Hills" portrays a "special blend of humility, courage, and charity."

Dating in a Throwaway Culture | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | Christian singles today are finding new places to meet and get to know potential mates--from the Internet to reality TV.

Obama's Executive Order and What it Means for Catholic Organizations | John Paul Shimek | Without exemptions for religious organizations, the new federal policy may hinder the work of Catholic social service providers and educational institutions.

Obama's Executive Order and What it Means for Catholic Organizations | John Paul Shimek | Without exemptions for religious organizations, the new federal policy may hinder the work of Catholic social service providers and educational institutions.

The Pope, Persecution, and Religious Freedom | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The bluntness of Francis' speaking of actual persecution of Christians on the scale that it is occurring is most encouraging.

Weeds, Seeds, and the Kingdom of Heaven | Carl E. Olson | The parables uttered by Jesus help us ponder key questions: What is the Kingdom of God? How does it come about? And how will it grow?

"Too Late Have I Loved Thee": On the Genius of Franz Joseph Haydn | R. J. Stove | He seems to need rediscovering with each new generation. And by the way, let's lose the fatuous "Papa Haydn" tag.

Catholic Seminarians Boycott Graduation from Beijing Seminary | Anthony E. Clark | Conflict over excommunicated bishop may result in suspensions of seminary students and a loss of vocations.

The West Was Wrong in Iraq--and Christians are Paying the Price | Michael Coren | Like it or not, the venomous persecution of Iraqi Christians is a direct consequence of western foreign policy.

What's Behind Attempts to Block Canada's Only Christian Law School? | Steve Weatherbe | The campaign against the proposed law school at Trinity Western University reveals intolerance posing as tolerance.

Social Justice and the Witness of the Saints | Christopher White | An interview with Brandon Vogt, whose new book examines Catholic social teaching through the lives and witness of fourteen Blesseds and Saints.

It's Time To Rethink the Constant Papal Interviews | Dr. Adam A.J. DeVille | If we are going to see high-profile papal interviews continue, permit me to suggest three changes that could benefit the Church.

Unveiling the Tactics (and Tantrums) of Tyrannical Feminists | Carrie Gress | The concocted "war on women" is sheer marketing genius; it is also angry, irrational, and dishonest.

Dragon, Empire, Soldier, Lord | David Paul Deavel | Michael Lotti's new novel of St. George fits the needs of girls and boys ... of all ages.

Cardinal George laments the loss of our "vaunted American liberties" | Carl E. Olson | The head of the Archdiocese of Chicago says that being on the wrong side of what nature teaches leads to social ruin and historical failure.

Exhibit at Vatican Featured One of World's Largest Collections of Rare Biblical Texts | Alberto Carosa | "Verbum Domini II" is an initiative of the Green family, founders and owners of Hobby Lobby

Monkey See, Monkey Do | Nick Olszyk | A review of the blockbuster movie, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".

Hope Dies Hard: The Ballad of LeBron James | James Day | "I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown."

Skeptics and the Claims of the Catholic Church | Thomas M. Doran | Seventeen reasons scoffers ought to rethink Catholicism, if they really thought about it.

Skeptics and the Claims of the Catholic Church | Thomas M. Doran | Seventeen reasons scoffers ought to rethink Catholicism, if they really thought about it.

Dragon, Empire, Soldier, Lord | David Paul Deavel | Michael Lotti's new novel of St. George fits the needs of girls and boys ... of all ages.

The parables of Christ are not secret codes but calls to conversion | Carl E. Olson | There are about 40 parables in the Synoptic Gospels, and each expresses some truth about the mystery of the Kingdom of God.

Cardinal Kasper and the Church Fathers | Adam G. Cooper | In seeking pastoral solutions for divorced and remarried Catholics, Kasper misrepresents the position of the Church Fathers.

Canada's Pro-Life Convict is Free Again--But Not For Long | Steve Weatherbe | Mary Wagner's mission takes her into abortion clinics and behind bars.

Chapter One of Citadel of God: A Novel About Saint Benedict | Louis de Wohl | The opening chapter of the novelist's de Wohl account of the dramatic life of St. Benedict, the father of Western monasticism.

Alice von Hildebrand: Reflecting on a Life of Teaching, Scholarship, and Prayer | Jim Graves | With her memoirs due out later this summer, the prolific writer and scholar looks back over decades of service to the Gospel and to truth.

Chaldean Patriarch Fears Iraqi Christian Exodus | Michael J. Miller | Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako remarks on ISIS, the future of Iraq, and the responsibility of the West.



   




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