The Easter Triduum: Entering into the Paschal Mystery | Carl
E. Olson | The Easter Triduum holds a special place in the liturgical year because it marks the culmination of the yearly celebration in proclaiming the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Welcome to The Reign of "Gay" | Carl E.
Olson | Make no mistake, it has nothing to do with fun and games, and everything to do with the forced rationalization of grave depravity.
Christ in an Age of Technique | James
Kalb | The emphasis on speaking to modern man using modern language has meant far less emphasis on speaking Catholic language to Catholics.
The Introduction to Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything | Robert
R. Reilly | My thesis is very simple. There are two fundamental views of reality.
Mysticism, Monasticism, and the New Evangelization | Benjamin Mann & Abbot
Nicholas Zachariadis | The New Evangelization requires a rediscovery of Christian mysticism, and a revival of the monastic setting which is its natural home.
Noah: A Post-Modern
Midrash | Fr. Robert Barron | Darren Aronofsky's cinematic re-telling of the story of Noah has certainly stirred people up.
Staring Death in the Face | Carl E.
Olson | "Lazarus, come out!" With that simple, dramatic command, the Incarnate Word spoke words that demonstrated his power over death.
John XXIII and the Jews | Thomas L.
McDonald | How the personal experience of Angelo Roncalli during World War II changed the course of Catholic-Jewish relations.
Delving into the Protestant's Dilemma | Christopher
White | An interview with author and apologist Devin Rose about how the Reformation's consequences point to the truth of Catholicism.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk: "Educate Christians for honest politics" | Michael J.
Miller | The Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church speaks frankly about Russia, Ukraine, and the role of the Church in a time of crisis.
The Politics of St. Paul | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson | To what extent should Christians "turn the
other cheek" and "suffer it to be so now" by accepting the status quo? When is challenging and changing laws and government justified?
Pius XII: The Pope of Charity | Alberto
Carosa | Pope Pius XII was in the spotlight during a recent symposium in Rome, "Pius XII, the Pope of Charity."
Crash Meets Mere Christianity | Nick
O | God's Not Dead succeeds in ways that most overtly Christian movies have not, both in cinematic quality and meaningful content
Factions in the Church | Russell
Shaw | We can stand to learn a lesson or two from St. Paul's difficulties with the Christians in Corinth.
Catholicism, atheism, and self-esteem | Brian
Jones | Being able to say that "I am lovable" or "I am worthwhile" is, ultimately, a free gift that we receive from God.
The Introduction to Making Gay Okay by Robert R. Reilly
Country Star Turns Catholic
New: The Leaves Are Falling: A Novel by Lucy Beckett
"Anti-Blog?" | An interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
New: Tobit's Dog: A Novel by Michael N. Richard
Searching for Clarity in Vocational Discernment
New: The Rising: A Novel by Robert Ovies
Available soon: Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything
The Sometimes Unseemly Art of Self-Promotion
Celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph
Dickens, Ratty, and Middle Earth
Now available: Mother Teresa, starring Olivia Hussey
Dutch Jesuit killed in Syria
Pope Francis canonizes three new saints of the Americas
Vienna Cathedral and three other Catholic churches vandalized
Pope Francis: the Sacrament of marriage "is the icon of God's love for us"
Abp. Cordileone: Those dissenting or in mortal sin shouldn't receive Holy Communion
Obama, Pope Francis discuss religious freedom, immigration UPDATE: Obama says social issues "really not a topic of conversation" with Pope
Bishops Conley and Loverde issue letters on contraception and pornography
Michael Coren on present controversies and future challenges for the Church
And Much More!
Noah: A Theological Reflection | Steven D.
Greydanus | Darren Aronofsky's controversial film is sometimes divisive and divided, but is also deeply serious about Scripture and essential questions.
Crisis and Need in the Central African Republic | Allen
Ottaro | An interview with Father Paterne Mombe, SJ, coordinator of the African Jesuit AIDS Network, about the situation in the troubled African country.
Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, starts
"anti-blog" | Carl E. Olson | Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, founder and editor of Ignatius Press, has started a blog.
The Pope and the
POTUS | Carl E. Olson | The meeting between Francis and Obama accentuated differences as much or more than it did similarities.
Symbolon: Teaching for Conversion | CWR
Staff | A new catechetical program from the Augustine Institute provides a comprehensive, systematic presentation of the faith, while highlighting its organic unity.
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos: Filling in the Intellectual Gaps | Fr. Robert
J. Spitzer, SJ | The narrative of a supposed antagonism between the Church and science often relies on errors of omission.
"The blind man is the human race" | Carl E.
Olson | The man who is blind from birth knows little, but upon encountering the healing Savior he learns much.
China's Modern Martyrs: From Mao to Now (Part 3) | Dr. Anthony E.
Clark | The Maoist era marks one of the darkest hours of the Church's history in China.
What to Do About Sex Abuse in the Church? | Dr. Adam A. J.
DeVille | I confess that I really don't want to talk about sex abuse in the Church again. But Pope Francis does.
"The Pink Flier" and the first 15 years of the World Youth Alliance | Vincenzina
Santoro | Founded by Anna Halpine in 1999, the WYA offers a defense of life and promotes human dignity at the United Nations.
Why I'll Be Seeing Noah | Leroy
Huizenga | My suspicion is that suspicious viewers will find the film stimulating, helping them see fascinating facets of the story they've not seen before
We Are All Time Travelers | Thomas M.
Doran | The nature of time (and eternity) is far more mysterious and elusive than we usually acknowledge and admit.
How To Get Published | Dorothy Cummings
McLean | Ten important things every writer should consider when trying to get their writing published, posted, and appreciated.
Who Is Pope Francis to Judge Not? | Leroy
Huizenga | The modern world cannot comprehend mercy because it cannot comprehend sin.
The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace | Joseph Cardinal
Ratzinger | The mystery of the annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence. It is above and beyond all that a mystery of grace.
Lent: a journey, an encounter, and a time of purification | Carl E.
Olson | Lent can reveal to us the fragility of our faith, the frailty of our hope, the feebleness of our love.
Catholic Social Teaching, Work, and a Jobless Recovery | Fr. George E.
Schultze, SJ | Catholic social doctrine supports both justice for workers and the promotion of marriage and the family; they are not separate concerns.
Justice and Fresh Water | William L.
Patenaude | The issues surrounding clean water and its availability have their place in the New Evangelization and in the advancement of Benedict XVI's "human ecology."
Some thoughts on being flooded with news about Noah | Carl E.
Olson | The story of Noah is a very challenging one, but is too often presented in a cartoonish, tidy, and two-dimensional fashion.
The Sexual Revolution and the Breakdown of Marriage | Russell
Shaw | The nature of the crisis can be glimpsed in two sets of U.S. figures.
Why College? | Fr. James V. Schall,
S.J. | There are many reasons given for higher education, but how many of them take seriously ultimate questions and the permanent things?
"Our schools exist to evangelize" | Jim
Graves | The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia emphasize love of Christ and truth, personal holiness, and academic excellence.
The Spellbinding House of Brede | Dorothy Cummings
McLean | Rumer Godden's 1969 novel, In This House of Brede, remains a rich and edifying excursion into the religious life.
A Tale of Jumbled Cosmologies | Michael
Jameson | While taking on some of the trappings of Judeo-Christianity, Winter's Tale is really selling an incoherent optimism.
Finding Jesus in the Catholic Church | Dr. R. Thomas
Richard | Our mission is to bring about that meeting that can change lives, that can make disciples, then guide those disciples into fruitful holiness in Christ.
Why the Church Has
So Much to Say about Contraception | Dr. William
Newton | So many of the modern errors in moral theology converge in the particular question of conjugal morality.
How To Write a Story | Dorothy Cummings
McLean | Writing is a compulsion, a habit that goes out of control. And like compulsive sketching, the more you do it, the better you get.
How to Sell Death | John
Burger | Compassion & Choices engages in "war of words" with Connecticut opponents of assisted suicide.
Cosmos and One More Telling of the Tired Myth | Fr. Robert
Barron | Catholicism and the modern sciences are not implacable foes--quite the contrary!
The Cross is the doorway to communion with God | Carl E.
Olson | "Life is short; death is certain," wrote Blessed John Henry Newman, "and the world to come is everlasting."
The Fragile Promise of the Pan-Orthodox Council | Fr. Cyril
Hovorun | The announced 2016 council of Eastern Orthodox Churches is historical, but expectations should be modest.
Some Thoughts and (Unsought) Advice on Holding Church Councils | Dr. Adam A. J.
DeVille | How the Eastern Orthodox can benefit from the lessons of Vatican II and other Councils.
Conflict and Unity: The Paradox of Catholic Vietnam | Sr. Maria Thuan
Nguyen | Charles Keith's recent book on Catholicism in Vietnam offers many important insights while pointing the way for further studies.
The Sound of Music: The Last Drop of Golden Sun | Patrick
Coffin | Movie content provides a lens through which to see the shift from communitarian concord to anti-authoritarian animus.
The Media's Fictional Francis | John Paul
Shimek | In the year since his election to the papacy, Pope Francis has received many accolades and honors. But will this acclaim further his efforts in the
New Evangelization, or hinder them?
Francis and Traditionalist Catholics | Alberto
Carosa | A brief summary of some of the Holy Father's statements and gestures encouraging those devoted to the extraordinary form of the liturgy.
The Empty, Boring Atheism of Richard Dawkins | Michael
Coren | The British biologist has a flair for gaining attention, but little stomach for actual debate.
Ven. Alvaro del Portillo, Faithful Steward and Spiritual Father | Rev. Juan R.
Vélez | This past week marks the centenary of the birth of St. Josemaría Escriva's devoted successor, who is slated for beatification later this year.
Pope Francis on Knowledge, Faith, and Demons | Fr. James V.
Schall, SJ | "The demons know very well what the Creed says, and they know it is the truth."
What it really means to be a Catholic. Regardless. | Carl E.
Olson | Sometimes you can be too clever. And then you starve.
Christians in Ukraine: Ecumenism in the
Trenches | Fr. Cyril Hovorun | The conflict between the state and the society in Ukraine has led to a significant, and positive, shift in perspective
among Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants
Francis, Faith, and False Assurances | Carl E.
Olson | There are a lot of people who are going to be surprised by how Catholic the Pope really is.
Make Your Lent Beautiful with Lent at Ephesus | Christopher
S. Morrissey | A practical guide to incorporating the latest hit album from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles into your Lenten meditations.
A Mixed Rendition of The Greatest Story Ever Told | Nick
Olszyk | Son of God is a decent film that too often feels like a television movie with unobtainable ambitions.
Idolatries. Anxieties. Priorities. | Carl
E. Olson | "Idolatry" is rarely used in common conversation but, as the Catechism notes, it "remains a constant temptation to faith."
Star-Struck: The Oscars and Reality | Dr. Edmund J.
Mazza | Seventy years ago, two films attesting to the "really real" won multiple Oscars. Would they even be nominated today?
The UK Ordinariate Three Years Later: A Snapshot | Joanna
Bogle | Some former Anglican communities thrive, some still struggle to find a permanent home after crossing the Tiber.
Remembering Our Brother Before He Was a Martyr | Carrie
Gress | A closer look at Mary Ann Novak's book, The Making of a Martyr, the account of her brother's murder 50 years ago.
What Is the Right to Religious Freedom? | Fr. Dylan
Schrader | The most fundamental right in the area of religion is that which should be attributed to God, what we owe to God.
Contemplation, Action, and the Good Life | Dr. Richard
Becka | Everyone is seeking knowledge, but is the knowledge they are seeking really worth the trade-off in terms of the life's cost?
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary: For Our Lord and Our Lady | Jim
Graves | Fr. Jeremy Paulin, OMV, discusses the history of the Oblates, his journey into the order, and the challenges and blessing of religious life.
The Challenge of Perfection,
The Call to Holiness | Carl E. Olson | Whatever did Jesus mean when he said, "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect"?
Newman and the Idea of Sanctity | Edward
Short | Though writing in the 19th century, Bl. John Henry Newman anticipated the fervor of today's evangelical atheists who seek to disabuse us of what they consider the illusions of faith.
The Romance of Religion | Christopher
White | Father Dwight Longenecker on his new book and the adventure, drama, and beauty of the Christian faith.
Bishops: The First Ones Called to Preach the Gospel of Life | John
Smeaton | A pro-life leader in the UK calls on bishops worldwide to throw their support behind efforts to strengthen a Culture of Life.
Mission, Dialogue, and Difficulties | Fr. James
V. Schall, SJ | How religious freedom went from the freedom to practice and explain the Faith to permission to merely do what the State allows.
"Gay Marriage": Back to the Court | Russell
Shaw | This debate isn't ultimately about whether or not a small number of people can enter into unions that must be recognized as marriages.
Do No Harm Captures the Struggles of Catholics in the UK | Dorothy Cummings
McLean | Fiorella de Maria's most recent novel is driven by vivid characters and a tense, believable plot.
Bloodshed in Kyiv on Independence Square | Michael J.
Miller | "I emphasize that the one who has authority bears full responsibility for what is happening in this country."