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Why We Need Lent | Fr. George William Rutler | Lent is a small familiarity with the inexhaustible drama of redemption in which eternity transfigures mortality.

The Islamization of America? Contemplating the Unthinkable | William Kilpatrick | The thought of America turning into an Islamic society is difficult to entertain. But is it really so far fetched?

Make Your Hearts Firm This Lent | Maria Cintorino | During Lent, the Church calls the faithful to conversion by calling to mind the image of Christ being drawn into the desert by the Spirit.

We are called to be fishers of men | Carl E. Olson | God initiates. Man responds. Jesus calls. Man answers. Such is the dynamic relationship at the heart of salvation history and at the center of human existence.

O Christ, Where Are Thou? | Lauren Enk Mann | The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" is a witty and endearing romp through the Golden Age of Hollywood, but also the story of a man who is serious about his faith.

Bridges of San Luis Rey: Early sacred music from Latin America | R.J. Stove | The sacred music of Latin America in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries has only recently been discovered by recording labels. The results are always striking and frequently marvelous.

What Should We Do About Natural Law? | James Kalb | Our governing institutions and the public at large have staked their authority and actions on the rejection of natural law in favor of preference satisfaction. So what can be done?

Behind the Scenes at Vatican II | Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | The first volume of Henri de Lubac's Vatican Council Notebooks is filled with detailed and often surprising accounts of conversations, disputes, and key figures at the Council.

Have we blurred the boundaries between the ordained and the laity? | Dr. Anne Hendershott | Originally embraced as a way to offset priest shortages, pastoral associate programs can sometimes be used to push other agendas.

Ecology in Czech Republic, from a Franciscan Perspective | Benjamin J. Vail | Their efforts to follow the Franciscan principle of poverty lead many to pursue a relatively simple lifestyle, which has direct benefits for the environment.

Carl's Cuts: Francis & China, Catholic education, Obama & Islam, insanity in the ivory tower, more | Carl E. Olson | Observations on current events, recent commentary, and related matters from the editor of Catholic World Report.

Anger and citizenship | George Weigel | I hope that, as the 2016 campaign unfolds, the electorate will begin to understand that anger is not a particularly healthy metric of public life.

Feminist celebrity on trial in Canada for sex assault | Dorothy Cummings McLean | The Ghomeshi scandal has Canadians asking if Jian Ghomeshi used his liberal credentials as a front to abuse women.

Cdl. Müller discusses mercy, stresses continuity between Benedict and Francis | Catherine Harmon | During a visit to the US, the prefect of the CDF offered a reflection on "Deus Caritas Est" and dismissed attempts to pit one pope against another.

Lent, Conversion, and Vocation | Russell Shaw | For good people in particular, Lent is a time to take a closer look at whether some Satanic solicitation--call it the temptation to be too pleased with themselves-has begun whispering to them.

Confusing Panda, Syncretistic Dragon | Nick Olszyk | "Kung Fu Panda 3" features some beautiful animation but is otherwise unbearably flat, with recycled jokes, dull characters, and a contradictory approach to its own universe.


New: Evangelical Exodus: Evangelical Seminarians and Their Paths to Rome
New: He Spoke to Us: Discerning God's Will in People and Events by Fr. George Rutler
New: The Contemplative Hunger by Fr Donald Haggerty
New: Jesus' School of Life: Incentives to Discipleship by Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn
Death vs. The Doctor
Fr. Ewe Michael Lang on how gesture, art, music, and architecture make present the sacred in the liturgy
Top posts! Top sellers! An Ignatius Press Novels Review of 2015



Watch: Newly-ordained Bishop Lopes addresses the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
Lutheran bishop who met with Francis: "The ecumenical movement has never been an easy journey"
Russell Kirk: Catholic, Christian humanist, and old-school, American conservative
Mixed signals from Italy's bishops as vote approaches on civil partnership bill?
Tens of thousands rally at Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco
Silence is not much evidence of anything, so why suggest otherwise?
Our Lady and the Snow
And Much More!



Fatima at 100: The message of Our Lady for today | Jim Graves | An interview with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., author of Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope.

Who are the Real Anti-Semites? | William Kilpatrick | It's odd how when a Muslim mob attacks a landmark cathedral in Europe and assaults women, that somehow means that it's time to issue warnings about the new nationalists.

The Pillars of Lent | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | During the purifying Season of Lent we are enabled to do something that lower creatures cannot, and higher creatures need not.

The motive and mission of the true prophet | Carl E. Olson | Old Testament prophets spoke about future events but prophetic utterances were often exhortations to holiness, worship, and love for God and neighbor.

Why Hard Cases Make Bad Law: A Satire | Dr. Randall B. Smith | Former World War II German soldier complains: "Why does everyone think it's okay to lie to me?"

"Partakers in the Suffering": Recent events in China's hopeful Church | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | The situation in China is far more complex than a simple chronicle of antagonism, suspicion, and persecution; progress and hope also punctuate the narrative.

Make Your Hearts Firm This Lent | Maria Cintorino | During Lent, the Church calls the faithful to conversion by calling to mind the image of Christ being drawn into the desert by the Spirit.

Bishop Doerfler of Marquette lays foundation for reform of sacred music | Brendon Ford | New instruction, which applies to all parishes and schools, requires all to learn the English chants from a Mass setting found in the Roman Missal, as well as Latin chants from the Missa Jubilate Deo.

The Catholic Novelist As Peddler in Bleak Midwinter | James Casper | For today's writer of novels with Catholic content, refuge may be found in a distant past and a faraway time and place, but almost nowhere close to home.

A Bishop Speaks to the Men of His Flock | Jim Graves | Bishop Thomas Olmsted discusses his recently released exhortation to Catholic men and the particular challenges he sees facing men of faith today.

Adventures in Logic: Are believers more rational than non-believers? | Thomas M. Doran | The man on the street often insists that non-believers are more rational than believers, but is this a logical conclusion on the evidence?

The Story of Kullervo and the origins of Tolkien's legendarium | Bradley J. Birzer | A newly-published book by the young J.R.R. Tolkien gives insight into what he was--and wasn't--trying to create in his later masterpieces.

AP report: Houston grand jury didn't vote on charges against Planned Parenthood | Carl E. Olson | Houston, you have a problem. And it has the odor of corruption, cronyism, and political careerism.

If I were running the Eastern Orthodox Council | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | The Orthodox Council, if it takes place, must ask itself: Why should people care about this Council and about Orthodox Christianity itself? Why is it relevant?

China's Population Crisis: An Evangelical Opportunity? | George Weigel | Despite the Chinese communist regime's determination to control all aspects of social and cultural life, and the persecutions and martyrdom to which it leads, Chinese Christianity is growing rapidly.

Preaching to the Young Casualties of the Sexual Revolution | Neil Kane | One vexing issue in teaching theology in Catholic schools is that most students know very little about what the Church actually proclaims.

The "True" Islam | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The writings of Rémi Brague, winner of the 2012 Ratzinger Prize, about Islam offer the sort of unflinching and detailed analysis often missing from papal utterances.

"Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." | Carl E. Olson | The ministry of Christ--the anointed one--was to proclaim glad tidings to the poor, grant liberty to captives, give sight to the blind, and free the oppressed.

The hijacking of the women's movement, and the resurgence of pro-life feminism | CWR Staff | Sue Ellen Browder was there when the women's movement bound itself to pro-abortion politics. Today she sees hope in a new generation of pro-life feminists.

How the Synod of 2015 Ignored the Real Problem, 50 Years in the Making | Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap. | It's hard to believe now, but at the beginning of the year, Synod 2015 was predicted to be a possible game changer for the Church.

The First Grace of Mercy is the Grace of Conversion | Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | We must be convinced that we are sinners in need of mercy, in order to claim divine mercy. Then, having received that mercy, we must be ready and willing to impart it to others.

"A Deeper Vision" reveals the abandonment of the Catholic intellectual tradition | Russell Shaw | Catholicism, Robert Royal writes in his new book, is "no longer a significant part of the cultural dialogue, as it was in the first half of the twentieth century."

Francis affirms indissolubility of marriage, objectivity of annulment conditions | CNA | The Pontiff's words yesterday to the Roman Rota are significant for affirming that a "minimum of faith" is not required for a valid marriage between the baptized.

When the U.S. Abandoned a Catholic President | Kevin Schmiesing | An Interview with Geoffrey Shaw, author of The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam.

The Almost-Secret Polka Life of Randy Koslosky | Mark Sullivan | Polka serves as a reminder of the ancient tradition of making music as something that a family could do together, says award-winning musician--and devout Catholic--Randy Koslosky.

Is Loyola Marymount University Losing its Catholic Identity? | Dr. Christopher Kaczor | A recent survey of faculty raises questions about the Catholic identity of the Jesuit university in Southern California.

"RISEN" Depicts the Resurrection as Historical and Theological Mystery | CWR Staff | The cast and crew talk about AFFIRM Film's new movie, starring Joseph Fiennes, which follows a Roman centurion's hunt for the risen Christ.

Pope Francis and Catholic Traditionalists | Sean Salai, S.J. | The Rorate Caeli contributor Kenneth Wolfe offers his thoughts on the current papacy and on growing interest in the pre-Vatican II liturgical tradition.

God, the Professors, and the Islamization of Europe | Dr. Peter A. Redpath | For over a century, Western higher education has inclined to inculcate political leaders with the mindset of anarchists, barbarians, fools. And so Western civilization is slowly being transformed into Eurabia.

Tens of thousands rally at Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco | CWR Staff | Speakers at the event included David Daleiden, the citizen journalist whose undercover videos recorded Planned Parenthood officials trafficking in the parts of aborted babies.

Silence is not much evidence of anything, so why suggest otherwise? | Edward N. Peters | These remarks are a criticism of reporters who seem to offer the pope's silence on various matters as evidence for what they think he means on various matters.

Theory, Practice, and the Church | James Kalb | Doctrine articulates faith, and makes it usable as a path to truth, so the Church must take it very seriously even in the face of difficulties.

Increase in Ordinations the Result of Faithfulness and Orthodoxy | Anne Hendershott | In 2015 there was a 25% increase in ordinations to the priesthood as 595 men were ordained last year, up from 477 in 2014.

"The Best Books I Read in 2015" | CWR Staff | Over 30 Catholic World Report editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the past year.

The Magi and the Indescribable Glory of the Incarnation | Carl E. Olson | "You have revealed Yourself to the world today, and your light, O Lord, has shined upon u; You have come and revealed Yourself, O Inaccessible Light."

Catholics and November 8th | George Weigel | Two suggestions for Catholics in America to ponder before Election Day.

The Kiss of Jesus and the Beauty of the Cross | CWR Staff | An interview with Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle about her new book, motherhood, her friendship with Blessed Mother Teresa, and being a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The Urgency of this Present Moment: Learning from C.S. Lewis and Michael D. O'Brien | IPNovels.com | An interview with Rev. John Morrison.

Mary, Mother of Us All in the New Year | Dr. Randall B. Smith | When Mary said her "yes," it changed everything--and that should give us hope in the coming year

A new Catholic literary revival? | K. V. Turley | A profile of Fiorella de Maria: Wife, mother, feminist, and novelist.

Saint of Light, Saint of Darkness | Bishop Robert Barron | Mother Teresa showed us that saints, those who embody the love that God is, are necessarily beggars.

The Gift of Ignorance and Sophistry | Dr. Paul Kengor | The "holiday season" season now serves to remind us of one thing for certain: the God-purgers are on an unyielding secular crusade that gets more self-righteous every year.

Five reasons to read "Dei Verbum" | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | And five things you'll learn in studying the Council's "Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation", promulgated just over 50 year ago.

Porn is the new tobacco, says Catholic therapist | Jim Graves | Dr. Peter Kleponis, who reviewed the USCCB's recent document on pornography, offers hope and healing for those struggling with sexual addiction.

Europe, Evangelization, and Civilizational Suicide | Diogo Miguel Machado | An interview with Bishop Nuno Brás da Silva Martins of Lisbon.

Christmas, Apocalypse, and the World Today | Carl E. Olson | While various ideologies pursue power and control through coercion and violence, Christianity points to the humble and life-giving invasion of the Incarnate Word.

My Top Ten Movies of 2015 | Nick Olszyk | Favorite films of the past year include a documentary about a pastor in South Korea, an Adam Sandler-written monster comedy, and a movie focused on the power of prayer.

Large decrease in visitors to papal events in 2015; Jubilee numbers low so far | Alessandra Nucci | Why do attendance numbers continue to fall at public events with Pope Francis in Rome?

Christmas and a World Upside-down | George Weigel | The child "wrapped...in swaddling clothes and laid...in a manger" will not establish God's rule and kingdom by political cunning, or by a display of worldly wisdom, or by knocking emperors and procurators off their thrones or judgment-seats.

The Reality of Myth and the Force of Star Wars | Christopher S. Morrissey | The deepest lesson of myth cannot be that good and evil are morally and metaphysically equivalent but that peace and justice are realized in the bringing of good out of evil.

The Virgin Mary bore the King and the Kingdom, the Messiah and the Church | Carl E. Olson | To be blessed is to have found favor with God, to be filled with the grace--the supernatural life--of God.

A Deeper Vision: Catholicism and the Past Century | Robert Royal | Most people--even most Catholics--don't realize it, but the twentieth century, or at least the first two-thirds of it, were a kind of golden age for Catholic intellectual and cultural life.

About The "Year of Mercy" | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | Pope Francis has declared the period between the recent Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2015) until the Feast of Christ the King (November 20, 2016), the "Year of Mercy."

Italy records sharp abortion decline | Vincenzina Santoro | Italy's minister of health reports that abortion rates have declined by more than 50 percent since the early 1980s.

Catholicism, Terrorism, and Responsibility | William Kilpatrick | Islamism is not a race, it's an ideology of conquest--and one of the oft-expressed goals of the ideologists is to subjugate Europe and bring it under the rule of the House of Islam.



   




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