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The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? | Edward Pentin | The release of the "explosive" interim report during last year's synod provoked allegations of a rigged process--but that was just the beginning. An exclusive excerpt from a new investigation into what went on at the headline-making meeting of bishops.

Expedited annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops | CNA | Pope Francis stresses new reforms "do not favor the nullifying of marriages but the promptness of the processes."

The Gnostic Christ fails, the True Christ heals | Carl E. Olson | How do you know the gnostic writings provide us with a less historically accurate depiction of Jesus than the Gospels?

Conscience Clash and Double Standards in Kentucky | Dr. Randall B. Smith | Mere sloth or personal corruption is something people live with all the time; it's the moral challenge that people can't tolerate.

First the Kentucky clerk; now the Oregon judge? | Carl E. Olson | Further proof the Reign of Gay is the very essence of unreasonable "thinking"; it will not allow for any appeal to conscience, or even attempts to somehow have a position of neutrality.

Kentucky and the confusion over "rights" and "beliefs" | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The word "belief" is not the appropriate word for marriage; marriage is a fact, not a "belief".

Catholic Workers, Labor Unions, and Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate | Fr. George E. Schultze, SJ | Some Labor Day observations about the recent contract negotiations between the San Francisco Archdiocese and its unionized Catholic high school teachers.

Finding the Good in Non-Marital Unions? | Stephan Kampowski | To what extent can those in non-marital unions--including those who live together before marriage--be considered to be "on the path" to sacramental marriage?

Public Order, Identity, and the Church | James Kalb | Like the rest of liberal modernity, the current understanding of identity won't last because it's ultimately irrational and self-defeating.

Popularity and the Pope | Russell Shaw | Francis will undoubtedly address a wide range of topics in his visit to the U.S.; hopefully, religious freedom and secular ideology will be among those topics.

Marriage in Our Contemporary World: Pastoral Observations from an African Perspective | John Cardinal Onaiyekan | An exclusive excerpt from Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family: Essays from a Pastoral Viewpoint.

The Lewis Society and the genuine enjoyment of rational disagreement | Holly Ordway | The collected essays in C.S. Lewis and His Circle demonstrate the importance of lively debate and robust discussion of serious questions.

A Synod Is Not a Council--and Other Canonical Facts | David Salvato | Vatican II instituted the Synod of Bishops in order to provide, more adequately and more effectively, for the increase of the Faith and the maintenance of discipline in the particular Churches.

The Radical Assault on Marriage and Family, from Karl Marx to Justice Kennedy | Carl E. Olson | An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor, author of Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.

"Ex Corde Ecclesia" and "Donum Veritatis": Twenty-Five Years After | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | Though many academics put up a firestorm of controversy over having a mandatum when Pope John Paul II wrote "Ex Corde Ecclesia" in 1990, their objections are utterly silly and juvenile.

Catholic Men Need Priests Who Will Lead | Matthew James Christoff | A recent survey shows many Catholic men are ready to engage more deeply in the Faith--when priests make a commitment to actively evangelize them.

Four Responses to the "What About Infertility?" Argument | Ryan T. Anderson | Proponents of same-sex marriage regard this argument as a "silver bullet" that destroys the traditional understanding of marriage--but they're mistaken.

Why the German Bishops are Wrong about Abstinence for "Remarried" Catholics | Stephan Kampowski | The second part of an essay examining the theological arguments put forward for the readmission of the divorced and civilly remarried to Communion.

The Consistent--and Not So Seamless--Ethic of Life | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Archbishop Blaise Cupich's appeal to Cardinal Bernardin's "seamless garment" approach to ethics is flawed on several counts, including a failure to acknowledge the primacy of the laity in pursuing good public policy.

Closed-Door Discussions are Published, and a Synod Storm Gathers | Mary Jo Anderson | Proceedings of an un-publicized series of workshops at the Vatican earlier this year reveal controversial conversations taking place ahead of this fall's Synod on the Family.

Journalist and author Edward Pentin discusses "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?"
The Merciful Call to Holiness
Long Awaited "Memoirs" of renowned theologian Louis Bouyer coming soon from Ignatius Press
The Sacrament of Matrimony: A Conversation with Millennials
Cardinal George Pell challenges readers in book to "Test Everything"
Read the first chapter of "We'll Never Tell Them" by Fiorella de Maria
Prominent Cardinal Robert Sarah shares his life story and answers tough questions about issues facing the Church
What Kind of Evil?
Why Spies? Uncovering the Appeal of Cinematic Secret Agents

Watch: Full video of Pope Francis' "virtual audience" with American Catholics
LGBT "Nones"
Resting Place of a Humble Man...
Why Junípero Serra Matters Today
An epistolary romp through Catholicism
Well, dear viewers, that means 60% of American Catholics are wrong
A report from Ratzinger's Schülerkreistreffen, Castel Gandolfo 2015
Abortion and absolution: Addressing the confusion
There is Nothing to See Here. Please Disperse.*
The Synod: "A Point of Departure" for the Family
The cart of human tradition and the horse of divine Law
Is the Truth About Islam in Vogue?
Catacomb time?
Joseph Prever's Talk at the "Accompanying and Welcoming Conference": A Response to Deacon Jim Russell
Stephen Colbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Henry Newman, and the Providence of God
Putting Planned Parenthood's "only 3%" claim in proper, moral context
Eleven cardinals respond to pastoral concerns on marriage and family in pre-synod book
And Much More!

Catholic Author on Pro-Life Feminism: It's "the Ultimate Social Justice Campaign" | CWR Staff | Novelist and activist Fiorella Nash discusses feminism, the state of the pro-life movement in UK, and the empowering practice of NFP.

"To some extent, I think that we are all haunted by the past" | | Novelist Fiorella De Maria discusses the historical, personal, and spiritual themes in her diverse novels.

Living the truth in love: The director of Courage on homosexuality and the synod | Kerri Lenartowick | Fr. Paul Check discusses his hopes and concerns for the upcoming Synod on the Family.

Mother Nature Is One Unreliable Lady | Bishop-elect Robert Barron | The consistent Biblical message is that this Creator God is not like the arbitrary and capricious gods of the ancient world; rather, he is reliable, rock-like in his steadfast love.

Apostolate in the Civilization of the Image | David Warren | Could it be that inherent in our modern methods of communication, even in the structure of our language, there is a way of speaking, or a means of communication, that inhibits the Gospel message?

First Chapter: Everywhere in Chains | | Read the opening chapter of Everywhere in Chains, James Casper's highly thought-provoking, sometimes amusing and always life-affirming novel.

August 9, 1945: Our Lady of Sorrows, Takashi Nagai and "A Song for Nagasaki" | K. V. Turley | The bombing of Nagasaki, viewed through the lens of eternity, became a mystical foreshadowing of the Apocalypse and, therefore, paradoxically, a preamble to the coming of the Lamb.

Spiritual Hunger and the Bread of Life | Carl E. Olson | The great joy of our heavenly Father is to hear us say, as we come forward to receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of his Son: "I'm hungry! I'm starving!"

The feeding of the five thousand was just the beginning | Carl E. Olson | Christ's miracle on the mountain was just the beginning; it was, so to speak, a presentation of credentials. It made the people sit up and pay attention.

A Kaleidoscope of "Beauteous Truth" | Jerry Salyer | Joseph Pearce's collection of several dozen thought-provoking essays covers culture, politics, history, religion, literature, and much more.

Shaun the Shepherd | Nick Olszyk | Perhaps the greatest compliment one can give "Shaun the Sheep: The Movie" is that it captures a little bit of Heaven.

The Elephant In the Synod Hall | Carl E. Olson | Why is it that a Special Synod called precisely to counteract the forces undermining marriage says almost nothing about the role of contraception in this crisis?

The Divinization of the Earth: A "Religion" Without a "God" | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The direct connection between theories of earth primacy and brutal control of human beings through abortion, sterilization, and euthanasia simply cannot be avoided.

Taking the "long view" on Russia | George Weigel | Ecumenical dialogue between Russia and Rome today must focus on a new ecumenical initiative that would create the conditions for a Russian Orthodoxy not in thrall to state power.

Extremists execute the unborn, Christians seek truth and justice | Carl E. Olson | The White House says David Daleiden and the CMP are "extremists on the right"; Daleiden, a 26-year-old Catholic, says he's inspired by Pope Francis.

A Plurality of Family Models: Imperfect Expressions of the Same Ideal? | Stephan Kampowski | The underlying principles on which these diverse "family models" are based are for the most part directly contrary to what the Christian family is all about.

Anton Bruckner and God | R. V. Stove | The Austrian, Catholic composer refracted his entire creative life through the sensibility of his changeless religious belief, yet it was a belief that had no room for complacency or personal arrogance.

Is Sex Meaningless? The Reply of Catholic Teaching | Patrick Lee | Catholics need to understand and be able to articulate clearly four basic points of Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality.

Empire and its Discontents | James Kalb | The push for more comprehensive global governance raises many questions, including "Who will control it and ensure that it deals rationally and effectively with the problems assigned to it?"

Faramir's Rangers and the 21st-century Church | Thomas M. Doran | Today, we don't know whether the Western democracies will keep drifting away from faith and virtue, or if a turning will occur.

The Pro-Life Moment is Here | John Paul Shimek | The Human Capital project has catapulted the pro-life movement into a perfect storm of public opinion and pro-life legislation.

Iconospasm | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | The rejection of sacred images and statuary is a heresy, understood as such by the tradition east and west. And like most heresies, it rears its head regularly.

The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity | Bishop-elect Robert Barron | Untethered from God, man becomes an object among objects, and susceptible to the grossest manipulation by the powerful and self-interested.

The hyperbolic and exhausting papacy of Francis | Carl E. Olson | Many Catholics seem weary of the seemingly constant addresses, homilies, interviews, texts that come from the Holy Father.

Defending the Defender of the Jews | Dale Ahlquist | Ann Farmer's Chesterton and the Jews is a powerful defense of Chesterton--and it shows that Chesterton's prophetic insights about the Jews have been unjustly ignored.

Graham Greene's Cobbled Road from St. Mary's | James Casper | Greene's troubled and chaotic relationship with the Catholic faith caused some to question his motives for conversion.

Apocalyptic and Utopian: On Pope Francis' Bolivian Manifesto | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The Pope's July 9th address in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, described how terrible things are in the world and how idyllic they can be.

The feeding of the five thousand was just the beginning | Carl E. Olson | Christ's miracle on the mountain was just the beginning; it was, so to speak, a presentation of credentials. It made the people sit up and pay attention.

A Fuller Reading of "The Fellowship" | Holly Ordway | As an intellectual biography and an account of the Inklings as a whole, Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski's new book is very strong--satisfying, engaging, and nuanced.

A Layman Responds to Cardinal Kasper's Proposal, Part III | Dr. José Durand Mendioroz | An Argentine lawyer and professor of law responds in detail to the arguments and suggestions of Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Russia's Campaign Against Ukraine: Deception, Economic Extortion, and Violence | Dr. Alexander Sich | Putin's larger goals are to effectively destroy NATO and the EU, and return Europe to an age of nation states--to fundamentally change the security structure of the post-Cold War world.

Using Technology to Educate and Catechize | Jim Graves | My Catholic Faith Delivered, says Executive Director Mike Alex, provides both online Catholic courses and platforms for groups and individuals creating their own content.

Is Less Really More? Reflections on Scarcity in "Laudato Si'" | Michael Severance | What might be the problem with the pope's economic claim that we should consume less in order to have more resources?

"Human Rights Fanatic": A New Criminal Offense in Europe? | Alberto Carosa | An interview with Roger Kiska, senior counsel and deputy director of Alliance Defending Freedom International.

Denethor's Ghost: Lessons from "Lord of the Rings" | Thomas M. Doran | Can a story about wizards, elves, dwarves, and goblins teach 21st century believers something that Catholic apologetics, devotional books, and reasoned arguments can't?

"America" magazine is wrong to raise the white flag | Russell Shaw | The Jesuit weekly appears greatly impressed by the shift in public opinion, including Catholic opinion, that's swung in favor same-sex marriage in the last few years.

Flannery O'Connor and Catholic realism | George Weigel | The southern sensibility O'Connor shared with writers like Walker Percy and Shelby Foote worked in tandem with her sacramentally-based Catholic realism.

Fr. Lombardi, head of Holy See Press Office, on how he feels about Pope Francis: "Confused." | Carl E. Olson | A "National Geographic" piece also posits that Francis was elected by "more progressive cardinals".

The Little Sisters of the Poor v. The Big Sisters of the Rich | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | While Planned Parenthood does not call itself a religious order, it clearly has many of the trappings of a passionate and serious cult.

Progressive Catholic Authoritarianism: An Enduring Problem | George Weigel | As old-fashioned Catholic liberalism has morphed into today's "progressive" Catholicism, forms of authoritarian bullying, shaming, and exclusion have become commonplace.

Francis, Capitalism, and Catholic Social Teaching | Fr. Robert Barron | Pope Francis's remarks about the capitalist economy, though strong and even a bit exaggerated, are best understood in the framework of Catholic social teaching.

Would Alasdair MacIntyre Live in a "Benedict Option" Community? | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | For all the intriguing ideas that seem to huddle under the capacious canopy of the "Benedict option", there are three lingering doubts about it

Monument, Idols, and Tolerance | James V. Schall, S.J. | What we have now is rapidly changing because we do not really look at or understand the philosophies of the real iconoclasts of our time.

Health Care Rights of Conscience: An Endangered Species | Sister Renée Mirkes | Our new legal landscape will continue to impel religious health care professionals to defend the basic goods of marriage and family.

The Fiction of Robert Hugh Benson | Ann Applegarth | Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI have encouraged Catholics to read Robert Hugh Benson's Lord of the World. But Benson was not a one-novel novelist.

Divinization, Liturgy, and Evangelization | Dr. Jared Ortiz | The proper context for thinking about divinization is the liturgy, for God has chosen the liturgy as the primary locus for communicating his divine life.

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