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Saint John Paul II, Alive Among the Saints | Douglas Bushman | The great Polish pope constantly emphasized the universal call to holiness as demonstrated in the lives of the saints.

Two Saintly Popes: How John Paul II and John XXIII Modeled Virtue | Fr. Robert Barron | What is it that made these two men worthy particularly of canonization, of being "raised to the altars" throughout the Catholic world?

The "Green Pope" and a Human Ecology | William L. Patenaude | A new collection of Benedict XVI's eco-centric homilies, letters, and addresses offers much to ponder and perhaps even act on.

Catholic Radio Returns to Los Angeles | Jim Graves | After a long absence, Catholic programming will again hit the airwaves in LA and Orange Counties and the surrounding areas.

Resurrection and Witness | Carl E. Olson | The readings for the Solemnity of Easter show how the faith of the first Christians was squarely based on historical events and objective truth.

John Paul II and The Blessed Sacrament | Jason Evert | The late pontiff's sixty to ninety minutes of private prayer before Mass were the best part of his day.

Holy Thursday, Footwashing, and the Institution of the Priesthood | Leroy Huizenga | Interpreting Scripture for its moral import alone, while common and understandable, can cause us to miss the deeper meaning of Christ's actions.

Serving the Church through a "Second Vocation" | Jim Graves | Ordained in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, these men offer a unique pastoral perspective to their flocks.

The Apartment, Movie-wise | Patrick Coffin | Few movies can be at once savage and sweet; fewer still while straddling more than one genre. Billy Wilder's 1960 classic manages all of the above.

An Anxious Age--and an Antagonistic Future? | Christopher White | Jody Bottum's new book examines why the old language of traditional religion is out, and a new language of spirituality is in.

Human Sacrifice Among the Ideologues | Mark P. Shea | You can't purge an outsider. Scapegoating fury is reserved for an insider.

A Time of Mercy | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Heaven cannot be populated by human beings who refuse to be there, whose lives indicate they do not want to be there.

An Interview with Michael Nicholas Richard, author of Tobit's Dog | Meryl Amland | "Try to make your story a good story, because the Catholicism of your story is wasted otherwise."

Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the Importance of a Catholic Education | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | Ex Corde Ecclesiae does not stifle academic research or expression; rather, it simply wants Catholic schools to be, well, Catholic.

How Catholic Social Teaching Can Ruin Your Life | Adam A.J. DeVille | Real Christianity, when lived out fully, makes you look like a weirdo, a misfit, and a loser in the eyes of many.

Ignoring the Rational Argument Against Contraception | Russell Shaw | Some Catholics fail to follow Church teaching due to ignorance, but many simply don't make a serious attempt to understand it


Balthasar, his Christology, and the Mystery of Easter
The Truth of the Resurrection
The Question of Suffering, the Response of the Cross
"The Cross--For Us" by Hans Urs von Balthasar
Now available: Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves
Dr. Christopher Kaczor on big myths about love and marriage
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



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Pope Francis' Chrism Mass homily [Full text]
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Why Jesus is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman | Fr. Robert Barron | An agnostic (and former Fundamentalist) breathlessly presents an old thesis as though he has made a brilliant discovery.

A Confirmation program that is orthodox, thorough, and engaging | Rolando Moreno | A review of "Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation" from Ascension Press.

Cry Room Survival 101: What to Do When Mass Is a Near Occasion of Sin | Carrie Gress | The cry room, or as I lovingly refer to it, "the penalty box," comes with a cost.

'Til Death Do Thee Part | Rev. Joseph C. Klee | The necessary manifestations of love can only continue to be present in a marriage fueled by God's graces.

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.

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?



   




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