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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" | IPNovels.com | 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 | IPNovels.com | 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.


Biography of Junipero Serra now available in paperback from Ignatius Press
New: "Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction"
The Pope and the Animator
"We need Atticus Finch..."
Piers Paul Read on writing fiction, the Catholic novel today, and more!
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When the Sun Turned Black: 70 Years Ago at Nagasaki
Meet Bishop Joseph Zhang Yinlin, first Chinese bishop since Pope Francis elected
The Iran Deal and the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima
Why You Need Spiritual Food
Why They Do It
Ukraine Between the Maidan and Western Europe
Cdl. Schönborn, Bishops Aquila and Gudziak discuss challenges for families, hopes for upcoming synod
Napa Institute brings together Catholic leaders in business, academia, and the arts
The New Manna Is a Man!
Planned Parenthood, Cecil the Lion, and the Wisdom of Serpents
And Much More!



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.

Catholics and the Administered Society | James Kalb | In order to maximize control, the social justice/social services state must minimize man. What can be done?

Summer Reading: Marriage and Sexuality Edition | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | Eight books on marriage, sex, and family for those who would spend serious time thinking deeply about what marriage is and what the future might hold.

Mother Miriam's Heart for the Family and Church | Jim Graves | The founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope discusses her conversion from Judaism, religious habits, family life, and current social upheaval.

Justice Thomas, Marriage, and the Question of Dignity | Mark Brumley | Advocates claim that dignity demands that the state recognize same-sex unions as marriage. Are they right?

First Chapters: Poor Banished Children | Fiorella de Maria | "Death has come for me again. The others are already lost. I heard their screams as I was cast into the night; I heard them cursing as they burned or drowned..."

How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian | Dr. Matthew J. Ramage | "If God exists, he is not the God of the Christian Bible." At least this is the conclusion drawn by many prominent authors and cultural commentators in our society today.

Lessons From the Christian East | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | The twentieth anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II apostolic letter "Orientale Lumen" is an occasion to reflect on what can be learned from Eastern Catholics.

Playing Along With the Lie | William Kilpatrick | The establishment understands that a joke directed at Bruce Jenner is also directed at them.

The Surprising Riches of the Ragpicker | K. V. Turley | Fr. Paul Glynn's The Smile of a Ragpicker: The Life of Satoko Kitahara is an excellent biography of a figure deserving to be better known in the West.

Karl Marx and the Revolutionary Roots of Redefining Marriage | Dr. Ann Hendershott | Dr. Paul Kengor's Takedown traces the roots of the "anti-family" movement through the history of socialists and communists.

Marriage? What's That? | Fr. Dwight Longenecker | Any semblance of what marriage once was disappeared long ago, and the Supreme Court's judgement has only rubber stamped what is already a reality.

Revisiting Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's warnings to the West | Jerry Salyer | The Russian author thought it was no coincidence that Soviet Russia shared certain common problems with the West.

America's Golden Calf Moment | Carl E. Olson | Led by the murky metaphysics of Judge Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. plunges ever deeper into the dictatorship of relativism.

The Incoherent, Dangerous Formulations of Justice Kennedy | Russell Shaw | Does Kennedy imagine he is being magnanimous in allowing free speech under the First Amendment to those who disagree with him?

After Obergefell: The Effects on Law, Culture, and Religion | Sherif Girgis | The revisionist view of marriage that the Supreme Court has taken for granted is actually a blueprint for more fragmentation, more broken hearts and homes.

On Court-Imposed "Liberty" | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The Obergefell decision postulates a sterile kind of love--an imitation love that partakes neither of marital love nor of true friendship based on virtue.

Farewell Reality | Robert R. Reilly | Justice Kennedy and the other Justices joining him in this decision have violated the principle of non-contradiction and have passed over into insanity.

We've Been Here Before: Marriage and the Room of Tears | Fr. Robert Barron | Cardinal George often warned against the incursions of an increasingly aggressive secular state, which will first force us off the public stage into privacy and then seek to criminalize those practices of ours that it deems unacceptable

The Church and the "New Normal" | George Weigel | The marriage battle was lost in the culture long before it was lost in the courts

What's the Best Way to Love Those with Same-Sex Attraction? | Carrie Gress, PhD | Janet E. Smith discusses an upcoming conference designed to assist those who minister to those with same-sex attraction.

Black Bench, D.C. | John S. Hamlon | The question before the Supreme Court is whether states will have any voice at all in how they see and handle marriage.

Cosmos, Crisis, and Thanksgiving: A Reflection on Laudato Si' | Thomas S. Hibbs | In his encyclical, Pope Francis offers an explicitly sacramental response to the danger of the modern person being lost in the cosmos.

Concerning the "Ecological" Path to Salvation | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The most problematic issue that Pope Francis' earth-warming advocacy brings up is its scientific status; at best, it is opinion backed by some evidence



   




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