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1968: The Year of Revolution in American Catholic Education | CWR Staff | Since the successful coup at CUA in the late Sixties, says Fr. Peter Mitchell, "the theology of dissent against Church teaching has remained normative and prevalent in American Catholic institutions of higher education..."

True Love Starts at the Foot of the Cross | Carl E. Olson | Jesus speaks of love, but also of commandments. This is befuddling to modern man, for he considers love to be freedom from stricture, liberation from directives.

Six Ways the Catholic Church Is Like an Italian Mamma | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | Like mamma's lap, Holy Mother Church is where truth, solace, guidance, peace and love are found, come what may.

The Destruction of Thought | James Kalb | Abolishing stable and determinable meanings results in power in the service of desire becoming the source of what must be treated as reality.

"Created for Greatness": The Emerging Catholic Men's Movement | Joseph M. Hanneman | Conferences and faith-based groups are helping men know, defend, and live their Catholic faith.

Catholicism's Man-Sized Crisis | Joseph M. Hanneman | An interview with Matthew James Christoff about the "New Emangelization".

Do I Have to Draw You a Picture? The Cartoon Wars Come to America | William Kilpatrick | Western citizens only respond when Muslim reaction is of a spectacular nature, ignoring the slow and steady erosion of our freedoms that occurs when the wish to be inoffensive becomes paramount.

The Pope, the Poet, and the Year of Mercy | Lauren Enk Mann | Dante is, as Pope Francis explained, "a prophet of hope, herald of the possibility of redemption, liberation and the profound transformation of every man and woman, of all humanity."

FLUX columnist: It's time for the Church to change its anti-porn stance | Nick Bottom | The Church, insists Vagary Eaton, has been prudish and judgmental toward the adult film industry for too long--and it's embarrassing.

Seeking Stakeholders to Save a Byzantine Catholic Monastery | Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis & Benjamin Mann | Holy Resurrection Monastery is in the midst of a fundraising campaign that may determine whether our community can survive in its current form.

"Sacra Liturgia" Is Coming to New York City in June | CWR Staff | Dom Alcuin Reid discusses Sacra Liturgia USA 2015, hosted in New York City from June 1-4 and with a keynote address by Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Equal Treatment and the State's Interest in Marriage | Patrick Lee | The state is not in the business of promoting and regulating every sexual-romantic relationship; nor should it categorize all child-raising arrangements as marriages.

Between the Synods: Testing the Catholicity of our Faith | Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD | What will be the outcome of the Synod? There are signs both positive and disquieting.

John Paul II and 'America' | George Weigel | A new documentary from the Knights of Columbus focuses on John Paul II's evangelistic vision for the western hemisphere.

"The Avengers" and Friedrich Nietzsche | Fr. Robert Barron | Joss Whedon's "Avenger" films work as a sort of antidote to Tolkien and Lewis, shaping the imaginations of young people so as to receive a distinctly different message.

Michael Coren goes Anglican, denounces Catholic moral teaching | Carl E. Olson | "I could not remain in a church that effectively excluded gay people," says the Canadian author and apologist, "I felt that the circle of love had to be broadened, not reduced."


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Attacks on San Francisco Priest Aim to Test Abp. Cordileone | Jim Graves & CWR Staff | Recent reports about accusations made 10 years ago against Fr. Joseph Illo leave out key facts and misrepresent the subsequent court case.

Two Approaches To Culture: Evangelistic & Diagnostic | Carl E. Olson | New books by Fr. Robert Barron and Dr. James A. Patrick are exceptional guides to the confused and confounding dominant culture.

Beauty and Tradition in the "Church of the Poor" | Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis & Benjamin Mann | It would be a mistake to identify Pope Francis with a stripped-down, secularized style of worship--and a still-greater mistake, to see Christian humility and liturgical beauty as opposites rather than harmonious counterparts.

Can Islam be Reformed? | William Kilpatrick | A real reformation of the Islamic religion would require a repudiation of large parts of Muhammad's legacy, which is akin to reforming Christianity by repudiating Christ.

The Faith to Move Mountains--And to Make Movies About Faith | CWR Staff | "At the end of the day," says Eduardo Verástegui of Metanoia Films, which produced "Bella" and "Little Boy", "if you take faith out of the equation, you collapse."

"Little Boy" and the Search for Faith in a Broken World | Lauren Enk Mann | A new film explores prejudice and faith through the eyes of a child, offering a corrective to the more hardened perspective of typical Hollywood fare.

One Christ, One Savior, One Shepherd | Carl E. Olson | Fifteen years ago, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a document titled, "Dominus Iesus", on the "unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the Church".

Dominican sisters walk out of class over LGBT "Day of Silence" | Catherine Harmon | "We went home because the Catholic school and faith that we love was being compromised."

Screwtape and the Marketing of Suicidism | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | Temptation wouldn't be as tempting if it wasn't disguised in so many brilliant and attractive ways.

The Legacy of Cardinal Francis George | Matthew A. Rarey | As Chicago's shepherd, Cardinal George formed a new generation of priests, emphasized orthodox catechesis, and defended marriage and life.

A Lion of the American Church: Thoughts on the Passing of Cardinal George | Fr. Robert Barron | Cardinal George was a spiritual father to me.

Bishop Daly prepares to take the helm in Spokane | Jim Graves | Vocations and renewal are on the agenda for the Diocese of Spokane's new leader.

The De-Christianization and Gradual Islamization of France | Charles Adhémar | Islamist networks in France and across Europe are increasingly organized and well-armed, but it is France that is sitting on a powder keg.

'Wolf Hall' and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism | George Weigel | The PBS series, based on Hillary Mantel's novel, is brilliant television--and a serious distortion of history, rooted in the last acceptable bigotry.

Changing of the Catholic Votes in Northern Ireland? | Michael Kelly | Social issues and common causes are making some Catholics reconsider cultural and political alliances leading up to crucial May 6th election.

The Mystery and the Mask of Alfred Hitchcock | K. V. Turley | Peter Ackroyd's new biography of the legendary director is pleasant enough but offers nothing new by way of content or analysis.

Ads and judgments in the City by the Bay | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | How will Pope Francis respond to judgmental claims against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone?

From SF's "Gay Mecca" to Healing in Christ | Jim Graves | Feeling trapped and miserable in the gay lifestyle, Joseph Sciambra found freedom in the love of Christ. Now he helps others to find it, too.

A Catholic Patriotism | James Kalb | America is not a system of beliefs but millions of people living together, so rejecting some beliefs now treated as official is not rejecting America.

The Battle Over the Sexes: Catholic Perspectives on the Gender Debate | Benjamin J. Vail | In debates over gender we see competing views of the human person--what it means to be human--in stark contrast.

What's Up With Wes? | Savanna Buckner & Lauren Enk Mann | Wes Anderson's films are certainly unique, but is his artistic vision truly complete and whole?

After Garissa Killings, Kenyan Catholics Seek Answers, Offer Solace | Allen Ottaro | The problem of the radicalization of young people is the most challenging battle as Kenya responds to radical Islamic violence.

The Return of the Exorcists | Alessandra Nucci | With papal recognition of an international group of exorcists comes a renewed interest in their ministry and role in the pastoral work of the Church.

The Rise and Fall of Catholic Communities | Kevin Schmiesing | Every age is at once a story of corruption and decay, renewal and growth.

The Measure of Mercy: Francis and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | The horrors of the 20th century and the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II form the backdrop to the Holy Father's recent announcement of a Holy Year of Mercy.

Catholic History: The "High Drama" of the Faith | Kevin Schmiesing | Interview with the authors of "The Past As Pilgrimage: Narrative, Tradition and the Renewal of Catholic History".

"Diocese of San Francisco: When the thugs get beaten up" | CWR Staff | Italian journalist Sandro Magister: "As for Pope Francis, it is simply unthinkable that he remove Cordileone."

"Who really won? The sisters or the Vatican?" | Ann Carey | The various "LCWR vs. The Vatican" news stories have misunderstood or misrepresented many of the basic facts

San Francisco Catholics speak out for--and against--Abp. Cordileone | Catherine Harmon | One group of local Catholics calls on Pope Francis to oust their archbishop. Another praises the archbishop for defending Catholic moral teaching.

Making sense of nun-sensical, controversial headlines | Carl E. Olson | Did you read the news? The Vatican caved in! No, wait, the sisters caved in! Or did they both win? Well, something happened!

Newman and Vatican II | George Weigel | What influence did Blessed John Henry Newman have on a Council that opened 72 years after his death?

Pope Paul VI Makes a Horror Movie | Nick Olszyk | From start to finish, "It Follows" is a nerve-wrenching masterpiece that will follow you long after you leave the theater.

Sufjan Stevens' new album is a guide to what grief demands of us | Amy Messenger | "Carrie & Lowell", made in the wake of the death of the singer-songwriter's mother, is marked by deep grief, minimal production, and brilliant songwriting.

Experience the Rosary with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | The Dominican community has released its second collection of sacred music.

Without Easter, We're History | Carl E. Olson | How different would our lives be if there had been no Redemption and no Resurrection?

The Measure of Mercy: Francis and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | The horrors of the 20th century and the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II form the backdrop to the Holy Father's recent announcement of a Holy Year of Mercy.

Indiana, Religious Freedom, and the Denial of Reality | CWR Staff | The likely result of recent clashes, says Robert R. Reilly, will "be fewer such religious freedom bills proposed in the future and ... Republican candidates for president will keep their mouths shut about this issue".

"They Killed Him": Deicide and Holy Saturday | Leroy Huizenga | Why Holy Saturday started to hit me differently a few years ago.

The Case for the Mass Conversion of Men | Matthew James Christoff | Research shows that almost 9 out of 10 Catholic men don't participate in a Catholic activity outside of attending Mass.

The Prophetic Challenge of St. John Paul II | Carl E. Olson | Pope John Paul II's rich teaching is a remarkably rich and cogent whole, a mosaic that rewards repeated study and contemplation.

Saying Farewell: The Funeral of John Paul II | K. V. Turley | Sitting on a plane bound for Rome as the funeral fast approached, and with only sketchy plans of what to do next, I knew one thing--I had to be there.

Pope Saint John Paul II's greatest gift to the Church | Joanna Bogle | The pontiff from Poland gave back to the Catholic Church a sense of confidence that the Church seemed to have lost in the immediate post-Vatican II years.

The Violence of the Crucifixion | Leroy Huizenga | Many men have suffered horrific deaths, pained in body, mind, and spirit; none have suffered the separation from God and man that Christ endured.

Praying and Fasting for Enemies of the Unborn | Matthew Rarey | A Lenten prayer campaign for three notorious abortionists: "If we don't pray for them, who will?"

On Pope Francis and Understanding Theology | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The world is like a school that the students refuse to attend because they do not want to know what they need to know to be saved.

Truth, History, and Politics | CNA | Researcher and archaeology professor Reuben Mendoza seeks to clear the record on Father Junipero Serra.

The "Other" Shroud of Christ | Mary Jo Anderson | The Sudarium of Oviedo is by most accounts the best validation of the Shroud of Turin as the true burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth.

"The devil exists and we must fight against him..." | Russell Shaw | A new edition of "Manual for Spiritual Warfare" reminds readers that the devil is real and spiritual warfare is deadly serious.

Clueless protesters in San Francisco prove Archbishop Cordileone's point | Carl E. Olson | There's no contradiction or conflict between Jesus Christ, His Church, the teachings of Pope Francis, and the actions of Abp. Cordileone.

Feminist "Logic": Misogyny's Ironic Ally | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | When feminists sacrifice common sense for "reproductive choice," they deform the feminine genius and destroy the most vulnerable among us.

Teenage War is Hell Too: A Review of "Insurgent" | Nick Olszyk | In most artistic trilogies the sequel is usually darker than the original and "Insurgent" is no exception.

The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph | Jim Graves | "One of my favorite testimonials as to the authenticity of the Shroud actually came from my Jewish mother."

Ecclesial Surreality: Cardinal chastises priests for publicly supporting Church teaching | Carl E. Olson | Cardinal Nichols is apparently unhappy that 461 priests from England and Wales have publicly affirmed their support of "traditional doctrines regarding marriage".

Surprised by Cinderella | Michael Jameson | The most refreshing thing about this Disney film is that, at several turns, it portrays a world in which the virtuous choice is the beautiful choice.

Back in Prison, Mary Wagner Inspires Pro-Lifers World-Wide | Dorothy Cummings McLean | Imprisoned once again for witnessing to life in abortion clinics, the Canadian activist's influence is spreading to some surprising places.

The Indomitable, and Effective, Cardinal Pell | George Weigel | Under the Australian cardinal's leadership, the Vatican bank has been cleaned up and cleaned out.

Freedom, Rights, and the Cruz Announcement | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Sen. Ted Cruz seems unaware that almost all of the issues he opposes were originally argued in the name of the same nominal "freedom" he advocates.

Ideals and Norms | Russell Shaw | You can affirm the truth of a moral doctrine while at the same time undercutting it in practice--by treating the doctrine as an ideal rather than a norm.

Camping Anyone? Gender Theory, Personhood, and Catholicism | Michael G. | We are witnessing one of the greatest social engineering feats of our time.

Confusion in Ireland as 'Marriage Equality' Referendum Approaches | Michael Kelly | Changes in ambiguous wording, tepid warnings from Catholic bishops, and deep concerns about children are part of the tense lead-up to May 22nd vote.



   




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