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The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naïveté or Shrewd Calculation? | Russell Shaw | The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One.

An Extraordinary Synod--In More Ways Than One | Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD | There is nothing very courageous about offering "pastoral" recommendations that fail to challenge a world that still bears the scars of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

"I Hate Divorce" | Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ | The prayers and readings of the Divine Office offer some clear messages appropriate to issues being discussed at the Synod.

Cardinal Burke: The "Relatio Synodi" is "a significant improvement over the text of the 'Relatio post Disceptationem'" | Carl E. Olson | The last of three exclusive Catholic World Report interviews with Cardinal Burke.

Questioning Cardinal Kasper: Five Points | Mark Brumley | The German prelate claims, "Those are not respectable journalistic methods." Does he have grounds for such a statement?

Development of Doctrine or Change in Teaching? | Eduardo Echeverria | Can Church doctrine change over time? Could so-called "same-sex unions" one day be seen as a legitimate development of the Church's teaching on marriage?

The Tyranny of "Mercy" | Michael Matheson Miller | How Cardinal Walter Kasper's pastoralism would harm women and children.

After the Synod: Questions remain, looking ahead to next year | Mary Jo Anderson | As I prepare to depart from Rome after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family there are dozens of emails yet unanswered from friends and family. "What did it all mean?"

Complete Coverage of the The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 5-19 | CWR | Over 40 articles, essays, interviews, and reports.

John Paul II's Vision of Family and Marriage for the New Evangelization | Rolando Moreno | The late pontiff taught that the family is an active, vital agent in establishing a civilization of love and the renewal of Christian culture.

John Paul II and the Death of the Faith | K. V. Turley | The "wisdom" of the second half of the 20th century answered by the wisdom of a sainted pope, an American friar, and a British genius.

Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos | Carrie Gress | We can look to the saints for examples of grace and peace in troubled times.

When the Communists Murdered a Priest | Paul Kengor | The killing of Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko on October 19, 1984, marked the mid-point between two cataclysmic events that put nails in the coffin of communism.

John Paul II, Women, and the Catholic Contemplative Tradition | Christopher S. Morrissey | An interview with the editor of the comprehensive collection, John Paul II Speaks on Women.

Taxes, Tricks, and the Roman Coin | Carl E. Olson | Few questions asked of Jesus were as cunning and devious as this one: "Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"

John Paul II and The Blessed Sacrament
New: The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot
Watch: Fr. Robert Dodaro interviewed on EWTN about Kasper proposal, "Remaining In the Truth of Christ"
"Jesus in the Gospel of Luke" by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church
"A powerful, intense little package of dynamite"
Ignatius Press CEO Mark Brumley interviewed by "America" magazine...
New from Ignatius Press: "Mary of Nazareth" (DVD)
Bp. James Conley: New Ignatius Press book "provides a blueprint to proclaim the beauty of the family"
Ignatius Press provides synod resources and e-books in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on Family

Bishop Tobin on Synod: "Pope Francis is fond of 'creating a mess.' Mission accomplished."
Cardinal Kasper apologizes for remarks about Africans; says he is victim of "shameful" attacks
Francis beatifies Paul VI: "This great Pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle" [Full text]
"Mary of Nazareth, the Beatitudes, and the Kingdom"
"Moments of consolation and temptation": Francis' address at the conclusion of the synod [Full text]
Cardinal Burke to CWR: confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy over remarks by Cardinal Kasper
Message of the Synod of Bishops on the pastoral challenges to the family [Full text]
At the Synod: Circling Wagons
Cardinal Pell: "We're not giving in to the secular agenda; we're not collapsing in a heap."
Abp. of Minsk: "The modern world is playing its music but we can't dance to it"
At the Synod: Corrections and New Committee Members (UPDATED)
Card. Kasper denies he gave interview. Journalist posts recording of interview.
And Much More!

Cardinal Burke: Christ's truth is at the heart of marriage | Vatican Radio | "It is only in the family that the true sense of who we are as man and woman is taught effectively both by the example of the father and mother."

President of Ignatius Press: "It's time for the full Gospel of the Family" | "The New Evangelists of the JP2 Generation," says Mark Brumley, "will tell you that with all due respect to Cardinal Walter Kasper, he isn't the only one who can speak about the situation 'on the ground.'"

The Midterm Report: The Divorce Over Divorce | Mary Jo Anderson | The just published "Relatio" includes some troubling language that will likely be misused or bludgeoned by many in the media.

Moderate Muslims and Cafeteria Catholics | William Kilpatrick | The notion that Islam is a religion of peace is becoming less credible by the day.

My Question for the Synod: Where's the Sacrifice? | Alan L. Anderson | Sacrifice. It is the central word, in a real sense the Logos, of the Catholic Faith. Sacrifice is also a central word for the family.

The Wedding Feast, the Lamb, and the Kingdom | Carl E. Olson | It is impossible to overstate the importance of marriage as both an institution and a metaphor in the Bible.

Old Liberals, Young Liberals, and the Breakdown of the Family | Dr. James Hitchcock | Why and how the rejection of "Humanae Vitae" made all the difference among Catholics.

Non-Negotiables in a Relativistic, Media-Driven Age | CWR Staff | Veteran journalist Sheila Liaugminas' new book tackles the roots and meaning of hot button issues from abortion to social justice.

Four Suggestions for Those Following the Synod | Bill Maguire | The central task of the Synod on the Family is to evangelize and proclaim the truth and beauty of her teachings concerning the human person, human sexuality, marriage, and family.

Theosis and Eros, Celibacy and Marriage | Carl E. Olson | "The cross to me is everything," explains Dr. Adam G. Cooper in remarking on his two recent books, "It's the defining centre of God and human history."

The Killer and the Saint: Pranzini and Thérèse | K. V. Turley | The sensational story of the murderous Pranzini would inspire the young saint to adopt her "first sinner."

The Worst Rapture Movie Ever Made | Carl E. Olson | The "Left Behind" reboot starring Nicholas Cage continues a dubious tradition of Fundamentalist "end times" movies that are unbearable, unbelievable, and unbiblical.

Four Suggestions For Those Following the Synod | Bill Maguire | The central task of the Synod on the Family is to evangelize and proclaim the truth and beauty of her teachings concerning the human person, human sexuality, marriage, and family.

True Mercy and the Indissolubility of Marriage | Cardinal George Pell | In his foreword to a new book, Cardinal George Pell argues that "one cannot maintain the indissolubility of marriage by allowing the 'remarried' to receive Holy Communion."

Theosis and Eros, Celibacy and Marriage | Carl E. Olson | "The cross to me is everything," explains Dr. Adam G. Cooper in remarking on his two recent books, "It's the defining centre of God and human history."

An American Couple Prepares for the Synod | Jim Graves | Alice and Jeff Heinzen of Wisconsin are the only American couple attending the upcoming Synod of Bishops as auditors.

Five Myths About the "Rapture" and the "Left Behind" Industry | Carl E. Olson | On the (short) history, (bad) theology, and (continuing) appeal of premillennial dispensationalism.

An American Couple Prepares for the Synod | Jim Graves | Alice and Jeff Heinzen of Wisconsin are the only American couple attending the upcoming Synod of Bishops as auditors.

Emma Watson's Empty Performance at the U.N. | Tessa Bowman | A sweet, unassuming delivery from the young actress cannot hide the unoriginal and problematic themes within her September 20th address.

Kings and Popes Playing with Fire | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | The mere expectation of a change to Church teaching is damaging because it creates, or reinforces, the idea that doctrine is a political plaything.

What is Love? | Fr. Dan Pattee, TOR | The question that has guided Church discussions for decades will likely guide discussions at the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

Justice and the Kingdom | Carl E. Olson | How often do we think that God is being unfair to us, even unjust? Are we occasionally tempted to mutter, "It's not fair that God is putting me through this difficult situation"?

Welcoming the Light of Dogma | Brian Jones | The authoritative teaching of the Church is liberating because truth is not something we create, but a divine gift we receive.

The Liberal Religion of "Tolerance" | Dr. Paul Kengor | Just 11% of people with "consistently liberal views" think teaching of religious faith is among the "most important child-rearing qualities."

Shusako Endo's The Golden Country and "the full symphony" of Catholicism | Jerry Salyer | When threatened with petty political correctness, Catholics should bear in mind Endo's depiction of heroic Christian witness.

Marriage, Communion, and the Teachings of the Church | CWR Staff | An interview with two of the contributors to the book, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.

Spinning the Synod | Carl E. Olson | Here are five misleading claims and skewed statements about the upcoming Synod of Bishops.

The Catholic Church and Global Climate Change | William L. Patenaude | What can the Church bring to the table in discussions of climate change?

Celebrating 30 Years of Project Rachel | Carrie Gress | An interview with Vicki Thorn, founder of the pro-life ministry helping women and men find healing after abortion.

The Magical, Timeless Popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien | Michael Coren | The support for all things Tolkien is fascinating not only because of its size but because of its surreal diversity.

Is Pope Francis upset about an Ignatius Press book? | Catholic News Agency | Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, responds to claims and complaints made by Cardinal Walter Kasper.

God's Goodness and the Laborers in the Vineyard | Carl E. Olson | If any man--whether Jew or Gentile--was judged by God on his own merits, he would fail to receive the wage of eternal life.

The Synod and the Real Crisis of Marriage | Russell Shaw | The debates over divorce, remarriage, and receiving Communion must not distract from other formidable challenges

See You at the Movies: On the Life and Death of Roger Ebert | Nick Olszyk | Steve James's Life Itself is a very compelling, but incomplete, documentary of the life, work, and death of movie critic Roger Ebert.

Reports: Cardinal Burke to be demoted, removed as prefect of the supreme tribunal | Carl E. Olson | Is the American Cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke, going to be removed from his post as prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura?

Faith, Love, and Music Come Together in The Song | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | A conversation with Alan Powell, star of the upcoming movie The Song, which is inspired by the Song of Solomon.

Islam, Violence, and the Nature of God | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | Where and why Catholics agree--and disagree--with Muslims

The Cross: An invitation to Faith, to Life, and to Love | Carl E. Olson | "By its elevation, the Cross is like an appeal to the whole creation to adore the blessed Passion of Christ our God who was suspended on it, for Christ destroyed by this Cross the one who had destroyed us."

Walking with Chesterton | K. V. Turley | Once a year, a group of admirers of G.K. Chesterton make a 30-mile pilgrimage from the site of his birth to his grave. This year's trek included several Chestertonian touches.

Seeking Practical Solutions to Reaching Young Souls | Christopher White | Naomi Schaefer Riley's book, Got Religion?, explores what thriving religious institutions are doing to attract young people.

Liberalism, Choice, and Compulsion | James Kalb | Contrary to what many people believe, no society can maximize free choice and all societies involve some sort of compulsion.

Faith, Love, and Music Come Together in The Song | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | A conversation with Alan Powell, star of the upcoming movie The Song, which is inspired by the Song of Solomon.

Utah polygamist returns to a world without a definition of marriage | Anne Hendershott and Fr. Dan Pattee | Once the heterosexual requirement for marriage is struck down throughout the country, we are left without a definition of marriage.

Keeping the Unpeaceful Peace | David Mills | The sign of peace is the act of meeting our neighbor that symbolizes and focuses the friendship we should have with him outside Mass.

Casualties of the Device Age | Thomas M. Doran | Technology is not bad in itself but technological advances correspond to a decline in the ability to reason, contemplation, and self-discipline.

"Calvary" and a Portrait of a Real Priest | Fr. Robert Barron | John Michael McDonagh's film shows what authentic spiritual shepherding looks like and how it feels for a priest to have a shepherd's heart.

Discovering the treasures of novelist Louis de Wohl | Rose Trabbic | Three reasons to read the lives of saints as presented in the novels of Louis de Wohl.

Pope Francis and Islam | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | How is a Christian to think of a religion that is seemingly intent on destroying Christians and the Gospel of Jesus?

The Roots of the Political Use and Abuse of the Bible | Leroy Huizenga | Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wikers' book, Politicizing the Bible, examines how the development of biblical scholarship has severed Scripture from the heart of the Church.

TIME for some media "nun-sense"! | Carl E. Olson | TIME magazine's ridiculous solution for the sister shortage: do the same stuff that led to 50,000 women leaving religious life between 1966 and 1976.

The Labor Movement, Teachers Unions, and Catholic Social Teaching | Fr. George E. Schultze, SJ | Labor Day is an opportunity to reflect on work, education, and the proper role of unions in the light of Catholic social teaching.

"The Giver" and the Fading Memory of Christianity | Fr. Robert Barron | Lois Lowry's story suggests, quite rightly, that suppression of the good news of the Incarnation is in fact what conduces to dysfunctional and dangerous totalitarianism.

The False Christs of Our Age | Carl E. Olson | The Gospel for Sunday, August 31st, reveals how the line between salvation and Satan is marked by the Cross.

"Why a silence?": On the West and Islam | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Why are so many leaders and commentators afraid to speak out and speak clearly about the evil nature of the Islamic State?

Who Am I to Judge? Redux | Anne Hendershott and Fr. Dan Pattee, TOR | Christ teaches us to avoid those judgments that marginalize others--banishing them to the sidelines without any hope of returning to God.

Chronicling the "Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium" | Dorothy Cummings McLean | William Dalrymple's 1997 travelogue From the Holy Mountain is an excellent place to start for Westerners seeking to understand the devastating decline of Christianity in the Middle East.

Outcry flares over California abortion push in Catholic colleges | CNA | "California Catholics are no longer safe to practice their faith within their own institutions."

Classical Education, Freedom, and the Ordered Soul | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Understanding is a spiritual thing, though rooted in really existing things, even ultimately in divine things

Metaphysics and the Case Against Secularism | Christopher S. Morrissey | Edward Feser's new book, Scholastic Metaphysics, makes a strong case for the contemporary relevance of St. Thomas Aquinas's philosophical reflections on Aristotle.

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