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Reading Sacred Scripture and the Catechism Together | Liam Ford | An interview with Rev. James Socias of the Midwest Theological Forum about The Didache Bible: Ignatius Bible Edition.

St. Augustine's Wisdom: Adam, Eve, Christ, and the Church | Dr. Randall B. Smith | As Lent begins, there is wisdom to be gained if we listen to Augustine's insights on the biblical story of the Fall.

Lent: Why the Christian Must Deny Himself | Brother Austin G. Murphy, OSB | We still ask ourselves as Ash Wednesday approaches, "What am I doing for Lent? What am I giving up for Lent?"

Franciscans, Boxers, and Heavenly Battles | Dr. Eric Cunningham | Dr. Anthony E. Clark's book, Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi, turns the conventional interpretation of the Boxer Rebellion on its head.

Benedict XVI, Cardinal Jean Danielou, and a Modern World in Crisis | CNA/EWTN | How the retired pontiff and his "scandalous" hero addressed false interpretations of Vatican II and "a false conception of freedom".

What to do if the Supreme Court approves "same-sex marriage"? | Russell Shaw | As secular America heads down the same-sex path, the Church now must go another, better way.

Ukraine: Disinformation and Confusion | George Weigel | Contrary to some reports, the situation in Ukraine is well known, as are the motivations and actions of Vladimir Putin.

On the "Reform" of Islam | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | If violence, terror, beheadings, forced conversions, subjection of women, and intolerance of others are removed or "transformed" in Islam, is it still Islam?

Casablanca: Love, Truth, and That Cosmic "Hill of Beans" | K. V. Turley | The 1943 classic offers a deep portrayal of love and the struggle to do what is right in the face of passion and temptation.

NLRB Makes Inroads at Catholic Colleges | Anne Hendershott | The federal government is stepping into the void of decades of inattentiveness to religious identity at several Catholic colleges.

Christianity: "Pie in the sky" religion, or "island of mercy and security"? | Carl E. Olson | God became man so he could, in his divine humility, touch us and save us from both physical evils and spiritual destruction.

"Fifty Shades..." and the Sexual Objectification of Women | CWR Staff | An interview with Catholic talk show host and author, Teresa Tomeo, about the disturbing "Fifty Shades of Grey" phenomenon.

"It Was a Real Killing Field": Remembering Iwo Jima | Dr. Paul Kengor | February 19th marks the start of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, which lasted through the end of March 1945.

"Their blood confesses Christ" | Catherine Harmon | Pope Francis on the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by Islamic State militants.

Circling the New Geocentrists: An Interview with Karl Keating | Carl E. Olson | A new book by the founder of Catholic Answers addresses the scientific mistakes, theological errors, and conspiracy-minded promoters of geocentrism.

Remarriage, Repentance, and Reaching Young Adults | Bill Maguire | Changing the Church's teaching about Communion and remarried Catholics would create a major obstacle to the catechesis and evangelization of young people.

The Dangers of Abstraction and the Limits of Dialogue | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | When we are directly confronted with the messy complexity of another human being, abstractions and caricatures are no longer so neat and tidy.


Great Lent, by Dr. Thomas Howard
Thirsting and Quenching, by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.
Preaching, Music, and Acoustics
New: The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times
Chesterton in Love
Now available: The "Beloved" Marriage Preparation books, DVDs, kits
Cardinal Arinze offers a beautiful reflection on consecrated life
Love as Magic vs. Love as the Center of Life
New: Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman's Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back
New: A Time of Renewal: Daily Reflections for the Lenten Season



Recent Conflicts in China: Church Demolitions, Cross Removal, and a Hidden Bishop
The Atlantic magazine: ISIS is "very Islamic," "apocalyptic," and "avowedly genocidal"
Love and the Skeptic
Lent, Day by Day
More on Merton
Abp. Cordileone: "Catholic schools exist to help young people attain holiness in their lives...to become saints."
Review of Alexandre Havard's Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity
Francis to be first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress
Dawn Eden's explication of chastity is both traditional and contemporary
And Much More!



A Tale of Two Bishops | Carl E. Olson | One is described as "America's Pope Francis". One is criticized for failing to "truly walk the talk" set forth by Francis. Who is he?

Why Obama Was Wrong About The Crusades | Thomas L. McDonald | President Barack Obama's remark at the National Prayer Breakfast was a chastisement, and a tone-deaf one at that.

Are Americans ready for serious and sober political discourse? | Russell Shaw | Adult conversations about significant matters have been largely traded in for image-mongering, sound bites, and slogans.

Christ's healings "announced a more radical healing" | Carl E. Olson | Fast-paced. Abrupt transitions. Constant action. Confrontations. Good vs. Evil. Death. Demons. Sickness. A decisive hero of few words. Supernatural acts.

The POTUS and The Inquisition | Michael Coren | Comparing present-day terrorism to the inquisitions of the medieval era is convenient--and also clichéd and anti-intellectual.

Reviving "Old Fashioned" Romance | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | The writer/director of a faith-based romantic drama discusses portraying true love to a culture in which romance is "on life support."

Grey is the Devil's Favorite Color | Teresa Tomeo | Even many Catholics dismiss Fifty Shades of Grey as harmless entertainment. They couldn't be more wrong.

What Women Want: Rome Ponders | Mary Jo Anderson | Controversy and confusion surrounds the Pontifical Council for Culture's Plenary Assembly, "Women's Cultures: Equality and Difference," as it convenes in Rome.

The Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas Merton's Birth | Fr. Robert Barron | Merton, although flawed, was one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century and a man who had a decisive influence on me and my vocation to the priesthood.

Those Blasted Bishops | Dr. Carrie Gress | While disgruntled criticisms of Catholic bishops are nothing new, there seems to be an increase of late.

What a Pallium--and Why Should We Care? | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | It seems clear that Pope Francis' recent decision is one in a series designed to decrease focus on the Roman curia and bishop.

Kevin Costner's Big Gamble | Patrick Coffin | The iconic actor-director's new custody drama, "Black or White," offers a fresh, poignant, and sometimes funny treatment of an old social wound.

The San Francisco Mission | Fr. Joseph Illo | Rich in money, San Francisco is poor in faith and cannot afford to run its own parishes. But the faith is growing in this lovely city of St. Francis.

Reality Matters | James Kalb | The law that the Church becomes weak by pursuing worldly influence and strong by giving herself to truth offers hope for the future

Death with Dignity: Questions, Concerns, Dangers | Michael J. Miller | German philosopher Robert Spaemann talks about the dangers that result from the legalization of assisted suicide.

Bergoglio's List: An Unexpected Discovery | K. V. Turley | The story of the Pope's actions during Argentina's Dirty War is as riveting as it is inspiring.

Fr. Joseph Illo Explains Altar Boys-Only Policy at San Francisco Parish | Jim Graves | The pastor of Star of the Sea Church notes that "altar service is intrinsically tied to the priesthood"; says media furor over decision is "biased".

Engaging the Academy From the Heart of the Church | Carl E. Olson | How two Catholic professors at a Reformed Protestant college are working to provide spiritual formation with a serious intellectual dimension for their students.

The State of Catholic Schools in England | Joanna Bogle | Most teenagers in Catholic secondary schools are non-practising, and many of their teachers are not genuinely devout and knowledgeable.

Walk for Life West Coast: "Bigger, younger, and more energetic every year" | Gibbons J. Cooney | The annual pro-life event, which drew an estimated 50,000 Marchers this past Saturday, is one of the five largest public events in San Francisco.

Walking for Beauty | John Herreid | Growing larger every year, the Walk for Life West Coast is anchored in a sense of fruitfulness, responsibility, and joy.

Brew Evangelization: The Ongoing Renaissance of Monastic Beer | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | As craft beer continues to rise in popularity in the United States, those responsible for creating western brewing practices are reclaiming their own.

Jonah and the Call to Constant Conversion | Carl E. Olson | "Let us show ourselves people of Nineveh, not of Sodom", wrote St. Gregory of Nazianzus, commenting on the story of the prophet Jonah.

The pro-life movement is youthful and strong, abortion rates are falling | Catherine Harmon | But House Republicans don't seem to get it.

"His primary identity was as a priest" | Jim Graves | Historian and author Dr. Robert Senkewicz on the life, work, and holiness of Bl. Junípero Serra, who will be canonized this year by Pope Francis.

Will a Future Pope Be Forced to Flee Rome? | William Kilpatrick | The current arc of history seems to be drawing us back into a very dark past--a time when Islam ruled half the civilized world and threatened the rest of it.

Religious Freedom, Slavery, and Usury | Dr. William Newton | Three challenges to the hermeneutic of continuity

Breaking Free of Our Metaphysical Winter | Brian Jones | Catholics must be more willing and ready to study philosophy in order to see its inner openness to the transcendent order.

"I can't wait to get to San Francisco" | Gibbons J. Cooney | Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins is gearing up for the Walk for Life West Coast and the second Students for Life West Coast Annual Conference.

Salon.com proclaims supposed death of pro-life Catholicism | Anne Hendershott | Essay by Patricia Miller, a longtime editor for Catholics for Choice, relies on discredited data and dissenting assumptions.

Is Catholic teaching on marriage an ideal or a norm? | Russell Shaw | The key to understanding the struggle that surfaced at last October's Synod of Bishops.

"Avoid immortality"?! | David F. Pierre, Jr. | How a simple error is an opportunity for lectors (and listeners) to deepen their understanding of Scripture and the need for better preparation.

A Good Ending Is Hard to Find | Roger Thomas | My admission: I'm not a big fan of what many consider the exemplary Catholic authors of our time, especially Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh.

Should We Hope "That All Men Be Saved"? | Mark Brumley | Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar's soteriology has often been misunderstood or misrepresented. Here is a short primer on what he actually wrote.

Someone is getting lost in all this talk about Francis and rabbits | Catherine Harmon | While the headlines are misleading in this case, I think many Catholics still are justified in their concern about Francis' comments.

On Obsolescence | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | We must rethink the nature of work, technology, leisure, and government in such a way that wealth is abundant, and that gift, care, and service are our most important occupations.

CRUX's "spirituality columnist" is "devastated" the Pope upholds Catholic teaching | Carl E. Olson | Three descriptives come to mind regarding this sort of arrogant posturing: stupid, slanderous, and sad.

Stalking Horses and the Next Synod | Bill Maguire | If the bishops wish to uphold the true definition of marriage, they also need to stand their ground on denying communion to the divorced and civilly remarried.

Why Fighting Against ISIL is Not Murder | Sister Renée Mirkes | A firm grasp of just war principles protects against both war-mongering and irresponsible inaction.

Gay, Catholic, and Called to Love | John Paul Shimek | An interview with author Eve Tushnet about her new book, Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith.

The Paris Attacks and Home-Grown Terror | Michael Coren | Hatred is not the answer to the complicated problem of Islamic attacks on the West. But neither is indifference.

"What are you looking for?" | Carl E. Olson | It is a question meant for all men of every time and in all places and situations.

A Week with the Dominicans in Poland | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | The long history of the Dominican priests and brothers who live in Krakow is punctuated with some of the world's most turbulent events.

Does Religion Really Have a "Smart-People Problem"? | Fr. Robert Barron | Philosophy, so marked today by nihilism and postmodern relativism, is passing through a particularly corrupt period.

Fighting the Culture of Death--and Planned Parenthood--in California | Jim Graves | An interview with Kathleen Eaton Bravo, whose pro-life medical clinics are taking on Planned Parenthood in the country's most populous state.

"What is Islam?" Revisited | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Within Islam, the world is divided into a zone of war and a zone of peace. Those who are in the zone of war or sympathize with it are enemies who deserve death.

Quo Vadis Matrimonium? | Benjamin J. Vail | Where things stand, and where they may be headed, in the same-sex marriage debate.

Humble Suggestions for the Pope's Ecology Encyclical | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | Politics, overvalued green initiatives, and sensationalism shouldn't have the last word.

Angry, irony-challenged feminist mocks Cardinal Burke--and merely proves his point | Carl E. Olson | Or, how to get everything wrong due to ideological blinders.

"The Best Books I Read in 2014" | CWR Staff and Contributors | Twenty four CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the past year.

The Fundamental Good of Complementarity | John Paul Shimek | Dr. Helen Alvaré on why understanding the complementary relationship between man and woman is vital to understanding God and true love.

Cardinal Burke on the "man crisis," radical feminism, pornography, liturgical abuse | Carl E. Olson | Excerpts from a recent interview with the American prelate on the New Emangelization website.

The Journeying of Humanity toward Christ | William L. Patenaude | The Feast of the Epiphany highlights a scandalous message of hope that cries out in our days' dark news.

Mary, true Seat of Wisdom and true Mother of the King, presents the Redeemer of all peoples | Carl E. Olson | Mary's presentation of her Son to the wise men was a demonstration of her role in salvation history.

The Church in Africa in 2014: A Year in Review | Allen Ottaro | Ebola outbreaks and violent conflicts have affected millions and dominated headlines, but there have also been many moments of consolation.

The Holy See Commemorated a Trio of Anniversaries in 2014 | Vincenzina Santoro | This past year witnessed the 85th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts, the 50th anniversary of the Holy See presence at the UN, and the 30th anniversary of the restoration of full diplomatic recognition by the US.



   




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