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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.

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.

Secularists show true colors in reaction to SCOTUS ruling | Russell Shaw | The long expected showdown between faith and secularism has begun.


The Giver and the Gift
Memory: Wired for God in the Eucharist
Defending Devotion to the Sacred Heart
New from Ignatius Press: The Book of Job: Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
Now available: The Seven Sorrows of Mary by Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Bring Mary of Nazareth to your parish or school and get the DVD before its released to the public
Making Gay Okay is a "very important" and "searingly effective book"
Believing in the Justice of the Cross: Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega of Faith



Supreme Court Slows Obamacare's Abortion Agenda
For the first time in a 1600 years, no Masses said in Mosul
Pope Francis' homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul [Full text]
The sister who stood up to Billy the Kid
Instrumentum Laboris for Synod Assembly in October presented at Vatican
A rare and meaningful ordination at Saint Henry's Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland
Abp. Cordileone's speech at the March for Marriage [Full text]
Francis reflects on the Motherhood of the Church
And Much More!



10 Things You Should Know About the American Founding | Bradley J. Birzer | On this Fourth of July, 238 years after Congress declared independence, it's well worth remembering a number of things about the Founding era.

Talking About Nature in an Unnatural Age | James Kalb | We're stuck preaching the word out of season, because the basic assumptions on which discussion is carried on are radically anti-Christian.

Transformers, Dinosaurs, and Angels | Christopher S. Morrissey | Transformers: Age of Extinction offers a surprisingly interesting grand-scale speculative mythology to match the size of the battles between its robot aliens.

An Archbishop and the Politicians: When Hope Meets Cynicism | Alan L. Anderson | Abp. Salvatore Cordileone's recent letter should serve as a template for all those engaged in evangelizing our ever-increasingly hostile culture.

Books, NOW's "Dirty 100", History, Insults, Sentimentality, Tunes, and Pet Peeves | Carl E. Olson | Thoughts on the passing scened from the Editor of Catholic World Report.

Cricket and Diplomacy | Joanna Bogle | Australia celebrates 40 years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

Tasteless "Tammy": Or, "When Louise Had a Granddaughter" | Nick Olszyk | Melissa McCarthy's new film contains a few small comedic morsels drowning in a lethal concoction of booze, adultery, and stupidity.

The Instrumentum Laboris: Some highlights and what they will mean for the synod | Tracey Rowland | Excerpts likely to be of particular interest to people in developed western countries and scholars in the field of sacramental and moral theology.

The Incarnation and Three Metaphysical Paradoxes | Carl E. Olson | There are truths revealed to man by God that strain at the limits of human language.

"Deliver Us from Evil" Delivers Too Much and Too Little | Michael Jameson | Scott Derrickson's new film is spooky and startling, but struggles to please disparate audiences.

Cahill's Self-Serving History of Heretics and Heroes | Dr. Michael B. Kelly | Outrage-free history has never been easy to write, and Thomas Cahill is not up to the task in his new book on the Renaissance and Reformation.

Captain Francis: The Pope and Sports | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | We learn much about life by winning and striving to win, but we also learn much by losing according to the rules.

Saints Peter and Paul: Key witnesses to the reality and veracity of Jesus Christ | Carl E. Olson | Both men were flawed; both were transformed by encountering Christ. Both were martyred for their faith in Christ.

Non-believers Make the Best Saint Movies: Monsieur Vincent | Patrick Coffin | "It is only because of your love that the poor will forgive you the bread that you give them."

USCCB on Hobby Lobby ruling: "Justice has prevailed" | Catherine Harmon | The bishops praised the Supreme Court for "[recognizing] that Americans can continue to follow their faith when they run a family business."

Politicians and Bishops in an Age of Absurdity and Bumper Stickers | Carl E. Olson | Nancy Pelosi's attempt to stop Archbishop Cordileone from being Catholic and a bishop indicates we are living in a confused, insane time.

Skewing Scalia | Gregory J. Sullivan | Bruce Allen Murphy's biography, Scalia: A Court of One, relies too much on a problematic thesis and too little on good research.

Francis and South Korea | John Paul Shimek | In his first international visits, the Pope looks to "the ends of the Earth" and to the young.

Blunders, Failures, and Wasted Time in Iraq | Russell Shaw | The U.S. doesn't have the answer to Iraq's problems, and it never did.

"The Fault in Our Stars" and the Sacred Heart of Jesus | Fr. Robert Barron | The question that haunts the entire movie is how can there be meaning in the universe when two wonderful young kids are dying of cancer?

Being "offended" does not constitute an "establishment" of religion | Dr. John A. Sparks | The U.S. Supreme Court is still sadly confused about what constitutes religious establishment.

The Real Scandal Behind the Tuam Home for Unwed Mothers | Michael Kelly | While the media rushed to exaggeration, misinformation, and fabrication, the real societal ills behind the deaths of 800 Irish children were largely overlooked.

The Quran and Christianity | Michael Coren | Islam's holy book is filled with intolerant, aggressive language that calls directly for violence against Christians.

The new manna, the Eucharist, is supernatural food given for supernatural life | Carl E. Olson | John 6, especially verses 51-71, was the most bothersome passage in the Bible for me as a Protestant.

On Learning From Not Having Learned | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | What I call "another sort of learning" is the finding and reading those seminal books that take us to the truth and order of things.

John Paul II's Warning and Ireland's Choice | K. V. Turley | On the Feast of the Irish Martyrs, some reflections on Catholic faith and the "New Ireland".

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Evangelizing Amid Poverty and Secularism | Jim Graves | An interview with Father Glenn Sudano, one of the religious order's founding members.

Seeing the Hand of God | John Herreid | A review of Watcher from the Shore by Catholic Japanese novelist Ayako Sono

Giving Our Grief over to the "Man Acquainted with Grief" | Dn. James Keating | The pain of loss can be so difficult that many turn away from such pain and lose themselves in a world of their own making and artificial consolation.

Live, Die, Repeat--But Don't Dissect | Andrew Svenning | Tom Cruise's new film, Edge of Tomorrow, is a solid sci-fi flick that almost succeeds in hiding its flaws.

Toward the Gleam: Making the Sausage | T. M. Doran | I've been asked by many how this story came to be. Where did the idea originate? How was the "superstructure" of the story assembled?

US Bishops Focus on Family, Religious Freedom at Spring Meeting | Helen Hull Hitchcock | Bishops present unified front on current challenges to faith, freedom, and family at recent Spring General Assembly in New Orleans.

The Catholic Culture Wars Continue--and That's a Good Thing | Anne Hendershott | Calls to end the "balkanization" of the faithful sound good, but reveal a refusal to admit why "balkanization" exists in the first place.

Abp. Cordileone responds to calls to withdraw from pro-marriage march | Catherine Harmon | "Please do not make judgments based on stereotypes, media images and comments taken out of context. Rather, get to know us first as fellow human beings."

The Ecumenical Laboratory of Ukraine | Brett R. McCaw | A conversation with His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar about the Maidan movement and relationships between Catholics and Orthodox.

The Central Mystery of the Faith, The Source of Reality | Carl E. Olson | There are a couple of mistakes that can be made when it comes to thinking about the great mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.

Growing Up Is Hard To Do | Nick Olszyk | How to Train Your Dragon 2 is pro-family, pro-stewardship, pro-responsibility--and pro-awesome dragon fights.

Catholicism and Authentic Fatherhood | Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers | Clayton C. Barbeau's The Father of the Family communicates a spirituality that truly embraces what it means to be a man of God.

Carrying on the Battle | James Kalb | To deal with the current situation we must abandon comfort, mediocrity, and the habit of blurring our views on fundamental issues.

Live, Die, Repeat--But Don't Dissect | Andrew Svenning | Tom Cruise's new film, Edge of Tomorrow, is a solid sci-fi flick that almost succeeds in hiding its flaws.

Exaggerations and Myths about Ireland Child Burials | Atheist Brendan O'Neill, editor of Spiked Online, criticizes "crazed claims" about Bons Secours Sisters' St. Mary's home for unwed mothers.

Marriage and Social Justice | John Burger | "Rebuilding a marriage culture is an imperative of social justice," says Bill May, founder and president of Catholics for the Common Good.

Bill Maher, False Faith, and the Bible | Fr. Robert Barron | What Maher characterizes as "faith" is nothing but superstition or credulity or intellectual irresponsibility.

Keeping Prayer in Summer: A Mother's Strategy | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | Summer doesn't automatically translate into bliss, but the traffic jams, whiny children, bug bites, sunburn, or unexpected delays and mishaps can be turned around and used for good.

An Iconic Screen Presence | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | Actress Olivia Hussey discusses starring in Mother Teresa: "I had always wanted to play her...She was one of the saints that I revered--absolutely!"

Pentecost Sunday: Unafraid of the Flame that Does Not Burn | Carl E. Olson | "Spirit and fire are united--a true miracle, air and fire are joined together--awesome sight!"

Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting: Four Big Myths Debunked | Sister Renée Mirkes | A rising chorus of voices is rejecting the supposedly settled matter of same-sex marriage and parenting.

An Interview with Novelist Lucy Beckett | IPNovels.com | "I love to imagine what it must have been like to live through periods and events quite different from my own quiet and orderly life."

Contraception, Rights, and Total State Control | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Charles E. Rice's new book argues that once absolute relativism is established as the state "religion" there is no limit to what the state can and will do.

When Postwar France Came to Love Bach | R. J. Stove | How the greatest-ever Catholic organist championed the greatest-ever Lutheran composer.

An (Almost) Faultless Masterpiece | Nick Olszyk | The Fault in Our Stars is a theodicy of sorts, a film about how to find love and meaning amid so much pain and suffering.

Grill The Priests! | William L. Patenaude | An annual outreach by the Diocese of Providence features food, fun and frank questions with several priests.

Cardinal Kasper, Communion, and Divorce--Again | Dr. Samuel Gregg | The German prelate continues to make unconvincing arguments for his tolerate-but-not-accept propositions.

How To Sell Your Catholic Novel | Dorothy Cummings McLean | Ten tips to help Catholic novelists promote and sell their fiction.

The Story of the West: Who, Why, and How | Gregory J. Sullivan | Rodney Stark's new book, How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity, relates history that most Westerners have never heard.

Holy Communion as a Matter of Life and Death | Leroy Huizenga | Canon law and the Church's eucharistic discipline aren't exercises in authoritarian concoction but are rooted deeply in sustained reflection on divine revelation.

The Mixed State of the Changing Media | Russell Shaw | The old news media had lots of faults, but at their best they made an honorable effort to get the facts and tell the story straight.

The Ascension: Continuing Closeness and Source of Lasting Joy | Carl E. Olson | "The joy of the disciples after the 'Ascension' corrects our image of this event."

The Isla Vista Killer and the Seven Deadly Sins | Dorothy Cummings McLean | Sin creates a proclivity to further sin, and then leads to hell on earth.

The Holy Land, Israel, and Palestine: A Pilgrim's Perspective | Vincenzina Santoro | "If you are not confused you don't understand!" is the common refrain.

Because the Shepherds Need Joy | Jim Graves | Father Joseph Illo discusses plans to open the San Francisco Oratory of St. Philip Neri.

Enough Happy Talk--Let's Have Some Cross-Carrying Cheerfulness | Russell Shaw | Refusing to face facts isn't genuine cheerfulness, it's frivolity or denial.

The Past You've Always Wanted | Nick Olszyk | At its best, X-Men: Days of Future Past shows that while the past is set and cannot be changed, the future is open, and will be shaped by our choices.

The Virgin Birth, Perpetual Virginity, and NFP | Dn. W. Patrick Cunningham | Why Mary was the lifelong Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and Joseph was her protector, but not her sexual partner.

Beauty and Biblical Interpretation: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Response to Modern Biblical Studies | Luke Murray | Key to Balthasar's response to modern biblical studies is his concept of beauty.



   




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