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Pope Francis, Henri de Lubac, and the Decentralizing of Church Authority | Dr. Samuel Gregg | The Holy Father wants to enhance the authority of episcopal conferences. But one of his theological lodestones warned of the dangers of such an approach--dangers come to fruition in countries such as Germany.

Labor Day Lessons from St. Teresa of Calcutta | Michael J. Nadar | The newly canonized Saint teaches us that work must be based in love in order to be truly fruitful. This truth applies to all work, whether one is building a Manhattan skyscraper or serving the destitute in Calcutta.

A thriving Midwestern diocese's secrets to success | Jim Graves | Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln discusses religious freedom, Catholic education, and what has made his diocese a powerhouse for priestly vocations.

Cardinal Raymond Burke on Life, Truth, Mother Teresa, Islam, and Cardinal Sarah | Carl E. Olson | The American prelate goes on record about Christians and Muslims (they don't worship the same God) and Cardinal Sarah ("I agree with him completely...").

After devastating earthquake, Norcia Monks begin to rebuild | Dorothy Cummings McLean | Monks who originally took shelter in Rome following the August 24th earthquake have returned, and a makeshift chapel and a tent-monastery have been completed.

Being the "poorest of the poor" with Mother Teresa | Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle | How Mother Teresa taught this wife and mother to see and to serve Jesus in everyone she meets.

Jesuit university hires infamous, fired Mizzou prof Melissa Click | Carl E. Olson | Is Click's "scholarship" the sort of amoral swill that students at a Catholic university should be enduring while paying top dollar?

Modern "Rights" and the Loss of Freedoms | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Real generosity implies some area of reality beyond the right and just; it is this latter area that the current practice of rights is quickly closing off.

"Mother changed my life": Friends remember Mother Teresa | Jim Graves | Three Americans who knew and worked with Mother Teresa discuss her life and legacy.

World Youth Day: A witness to the joy of the Church | Wills Rooney | From beginning to end, the week was filled with a profound and persistent experience of joy, writes an American pilgrim.

Surprised by the Beauty of 20th-Century Music | Paul Senz | While avant-garde art dominated the past century, notes Robert R. Reilly, glorious and melodic music was being written all along, even if often suppressed or neglected.

Poverty, Politics, and the Church in Pope Francis's Argentina | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Argentina is trying to break with 70 years of populism, corruption, and general economic decline. But in the age of the Argentine pope, what role will the Church play in this process?

Jesus was not a pop psychologist | Carl E. Olson | The Readings for Sunday, September 4th, indicate that Jesus was not concerned with talking about feelings, but with responding rightly to truth.

He's not "turning his back to the people" | George Weigel | Five reasons why Cardinal Robert Sarah was correct in proposing that the Catholic Church return to the practice of priest and people praying in the same direction during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Peter Kreeft: "It is obvious why we all need to learn how to be holy." | Paul Senz | The prolific and popular author discusses his new book How to Be Holy: First Steps in Becoming a Saint, which he describes as a "festooning" of "the main points" of a great classic.

Gossamer threads of grace and the magic of hope: The Fool of New York City | Michael Nicholas Richard | Michael O'Brien's latest novel is a fascinating paradox of a tale, both gritty and idyllic.
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Pope Francis vs. Gender Ideology | Robert R. Reilly | In the end, reality always wins. An old saying has it that: God always forgives; man sometimes; Nature never.

Francis and Fundamentalism | Carl E. Olson | Why should we equate Christianity to Islam in terms of its inner dynamic--that is, its core beliefs about God, man, the temporal order, and so forth? Why must we think that Islam and Christianity are equal in terms of moral teachings?

The Pope and Perón | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Does a long-deceased Latin American populist provide us with insight into Pope Francis?

Islam, ISIS, and Turkey | Derya M. Little | A brief history of Islam in Turkey, and what it means for the rise of ISIS.

Franciscan Beat | James Matthew Wilson | David Craig's verse is a poetry of what Robert Lowell, that most refined, or "cooked," high modernist of Catholic poetry, called "the raw."

Ben-Hur, 2016: A classic tale for a new generation | Jim Graves | An interview with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, executive producers of the new big-screen adaptation of Ben-Hur.

Brexit, Trump, and Identity | James Kalb | People recognize on some level that the current situation is bizarre, and that an accepted system of identities rather like the inherited one is basic to human life.

China and Vatican Make Preliminary Agreement on the Election of Bishops | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | Pope Francis is not the first pope to turn his pastoral gaze toward China, and in the long scope of the Middle Kingdom's history, the Vatican's overtures to China are not so unusual.

New documentary shows Franciscan friars among the world's "outcasts" | K. V. Turley | The new project from Grassroots Films is a powerful and beautiful depiction of the work of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal with the impoverished and the desperate.

Vladimir the Inevitable? Understanding the rise of Putin | Joseph Kremers | At each stage of his rise to power, Vladimir Putin demonstrated an understanding of both the Russian psyche and the tactical conditions of the post-Soviet world.

"Ad orientem" and the problems of modern church architecture | Erik Bootsma | Even if every priest were to suddenly have the desire to celebrate the Mass in the ancient and traditional orientation, there remains a major obstacle--the architecture of the churches themselves.

WYD shows Poland can help the West rediscover its roots | Filip Mazurczak | Larger than expected and on fire for the faith, the crowds at World Youth Day prove that Poland still is a Christian powerhouse.

A Christian Future or a Pagan One? | Gregory J. Sullivan | R.R. Reno's new book argues that progressivism is waging a war on the weak, and that "putting an end to that war is the most important social justice issue of our time."

Catholic street evangelization and getting "back to basics" | Paul Senz | Steve Dawson spends his days talking to strangers about Jesus--and rejects the idea that street evangelization is a "Protestant thing."

Some thoughts on the Pope's remarks returning from Krakow | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The return flight interview from Poland followed the usual pattern that popes have now accustomed us to in such occasions. The Pope invites questions and reflects leisurely on the experience of the visit.

A noteworthy (but little noted) revolution at World Youth Day 2016 | Carl E. Olson | A recent blog post by Fr. David Friel highlights something I'd not seen in other coverage of the recent events in Kraków.

Who watches the watchers? | Sandra Miesel | Human freedom, mercy, and friendship are some of the core concerns of the recently-concluded hit TV series "Person of Interest."

The willful, deadly logic behind the slaughter of Fr. Jacques Hamel | John Paul Meenan | Chaotic as they may appear, there is a reason to the Islamist madness, for Man can never be purely voluntaristic.

Evangelical Exodus: The Protestant seminary that produced dozens of Catholic converts | Paul Senz | An interview with Douglas M. Beaumont, editor of a new book about faculty members and students of a North Carolina Evangelical seminary who became Catholic.

Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment | Edward Feser and Joseph M. Bessette | If Pope Francis were to teach that capital punishment is "absolutely" immoral, he would be contradicting the teaching of scripture, the Fathers, and all previous popes, and substituting for it "some new doctrine."

Why the Death Penalty is Still Necessary | Joseph M. Bessette and Edward Feser | Given the Church's longstanding and irreformable teaching that death may in principle be a legitimate punishment for grievous crimes, the key issue for Catholics is an empirical and practical question.

The Godless Confusion and the God of Justice | Carl E. Olson | The intimacy between the Creator and the recipient of the Abrahamic covenant foreshadowed the unique revelation about the Father given by the Son.

Europe, Islam, and Saint James the Moor-slayer | Mary Jo Anderson | Despite the appalling specter of Islamic terrorism now gripping Europe--the attacks and slaughter in Munich, Nice, Brussels, Paris--Europeans, while once united in faith, aren't likely to seek the intercession of St. James today.

On making the world safe for Jesuits | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A new book explores the Jesuit connection to world Catholicism and world problems in the 19th and 20th centuries.

With new ordinations, the Jesuits see hope for the future | Anne Hendershott | In many respects, reports of the death of the Society of Jesus are greatly exaggerated.

Reason, Authority, and the Roman Rite | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | Catholics are often finding themselves in a situation in which Church authorities sometimes seem to set themselves against the Church's own teaching and rites.

Political Pragmatism and Catholic Public Action | James Kalb | What does a Catholic do when he finds his outlook radically at odds with the direction of politics and public life?

The adventurous life of radical dependence on God | Jim Graves | The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal serve the inner-city poor, and depend on Divine Providence to provide for their every need.

Cardinal Sarah has challenged "the prejudices" behind "certain modern liturgical practices" | CWR Staff | An interview with Sacra Liturgia's international coordinator, Dom Alcuin Reid, about the recent London conference and the reactions to Robert Cardinal Sarah's Address.

Catholicism and Global Institutions: It's Time for a Rethink | Dr. Samuel Gregg | "Brexit" underscores that the Catholic Church's present approach to international political organizations requires modification, if not a complete overhaul.

The Panorthodox Council: A Fragile Hope for Aggiornamento? | Fr. Cyril Hovorun | Despite serious difficulties, the recent Holy and Great Council became a truly conciliar event which reflected the complexities of the Orthodox commonwealth while demonstrating its relevance to the modern world.

Homelessness, party-style | George Weigel | Declaring myself a Democrat became impossible in principle after the 1992 Democratic National Convention. But I cannot bring myself to cast a vote for Donald Trump for president.

The Problem of Europe's Weak Christianity | CWR Staff | In Part 1 of an interview with Cardinal Kurt Koch, the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, discusses the presence of Islam in Europe.

The Greatness of Benedict XVI | CWR Staff | In Part 2 of an interview, Cardinal Kurt Koch explains why he thinks the "lecture of Pope Benedict XVI in Regensburg was in fact prophetic..."

Five Facts About the Coup in Turkey | Derya M. Little | Erdogan's goal is to become the sultan caliph who brings back the glorious days of the Ottoman Empire. For him, democracy is a street car to ride to his destination and then discard.

Quick thoughts on the ultimate purpose of canon law and social doctrine | Carl E. Olson | And what is real social justice? The Book of Revelation answers that important question. In vibrantly Catholic Poland, growing secularism produces new challenges | Filip Mazurczak | The land of St. John Paul II continues to be strongly Catholic, but signs of decline suggest that a boost from Pope Francis' visit later this month will be welcome.

The fearless wit and wisdom of Fr. George William Rutler | K.V. Turley | Fr. Rutler's writing is filled with fearlessness, and it is the best type of fearlessness: a willingness to perceive the truth of matters.

A Different Kind of Papal Press Conference | Nick Bottom | What if the Holy Father applied chapter 8 of "Amoris Laetitia" to situations involving exploitative employers?

A Flawed Search for Japan's Hidden Christianity | Dr. Eric Cunningham | While fascinating and well-written, John Dougill's In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians is not likely to satisfy serious researchers into the history of Japanese Catholicism.

Martyrs on the Fourth of July | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | Ultimately, two things are effective in defeating ideologies: guns or the witness of martyrdom. With Jesus, we ought to go with martyrdom, the fruit of profound love of God and neighbor.

The Joys and Challenges of Filming the Story of Salvation History | CWR Staff | Steve Ray, who has been working for 16 years on the ambitious "Footprints of God" series, discusses his vision, describes the difficulties, and asks for assistance as the project nears the finish line.

The Panorthodox Council: A Fragile Hope for Aggiornamento? | Fr. Cyril Hovorun | Despite serious difficulties, the recent Holy and Great Council became a truly conciliar event which reflected the complexities of the Orthodox commonwealth while demonstrating its relevance to the modern world.

10 things Michael Cook gets wrong in his criticism of papal critics | Carl E. Olson | Yes, Francis is often misquoted. Yes, Francis sometimes trips over his own rhetorical toes. But there are deeper problems.

Mich. diocese opts for liberal arts over Common Core | Paul Senz |The new classical curriculum in the Diocese of Marquette aims at an active engagement with Catholic tradition, the great works of western culture, and moral and intellectual formation of the whole person.

Justice Hugo Black's warnings become reality | Dr. John A. Sparks | The Supreme Court's Texas-Abortion ruling continued the SCOTUS's unrelenting march away from the actual language of the Constitution, creating confusion and uncertainty in its wake.

"Brexit" and the Failure of Europe | Dr. Samuel Gregg | The continent that once ruled the world seems adrift as its soul is consumed by bureaucracy and political correctness.

Catholics in America: A Tale of Two Flags | Russell Shaw | Yes, assimilation has been the preferred strategy of Catholic leadership since the days of John Carroll. But should it always be? There is good reason to think it shouldn't.

"No summer progress": T.S. Eliot and the defense of Christian civilization | Edward Short | The great Christian poet's prose writings demonstrate his fascination not only with the question of what constitutes Christian civilization, but of how best to understand, protect, and revitalize it.

The Metaphysics of the Bathroom | Robert R. Reilly | What accounts for the prominence of the issue of transgenderism and the passions that it ignites?

How Saint John Paul II Conquered Communism | Filip Mazurczak | The documentary "Liberating a Continent" is a subtly provocative refutation of what our secularized elites believe about what truly drives history and how Christianity impacts the world.

12 thoughts on the papacy and life in the Church today | Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | If you want a reformed and holier Church, you must commit to becoming a reformed and holier member yourself.

Back to the Land, Back to the Lord | CWR Staff | Property, prosperity, prestige, success, power, popularity--none of this lasts, emphasizes Marcus Grodi, author of "Life from Our Land". In fact, they can all be distractions from attaining that which is most important.

"Christ is risen!": The Big Bang within Time and Space | Carl E. Olson | The movie Risen, now out on DVD, captures, in cinematic and artistic form, some key points I make in Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?

Catholicism and Citizenship | Christopher White | "I can't be a good citizen if I don't love my country," says Stephen White. "That doesn't mean ignoring the country's flaws and failings."

Vatican II and Eastern Orthodoxy's Approaching Council | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | There are stylistic and substantial differences between the upcoming Great and Holy Council of Orthodoxy and the Second Vatican Council, but also three important similarities.

A Bright Star in Ireland's Sad Religious Prognosis | John P. McCarthy | Recent political developments definitely suggests a changed Ireland from the 1980s.

Pope Francis: Newly canonized saints were "deeply united to the passion of Jesus" | CNA | The Holy Father on the canonization of St. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad, the first to be proclaimed Saints during the Jubilee of Mercy.

Amoris Laetitia: A Deceptive Joy | Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap | A careful reading of the Exhortation suggests that a number of statements contradict St. John Paul II's moral decisions on marriage which are based on solid Church doctrine.

Love & Friendship and the Holy Folly of the Twelve Commandments | Dr. Christopher S. Morrissey | The holy foolishness of Whit Stillman sharpens the wit of Jane Austen's "Lady Susan" into wisdom

Amoris Laetitia and Vatican II's Project of Inculturation | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | Vatican II sought to initiate a dialogue with the modern world, meant to be an extension of the Church's evangelizing mission. But things have not gone as hoped and planned.

Walker Percy at 100 | Amy Welborn | When you look at Walker Percy's life, it's hard not to see his interest in the question of the self as having some connection to the tragic experiences that shaped his early years.

The "La Croix" Interview: On Clericalism and the Tango | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The Holy Father's interviews are almost always provocative. But we do not always find a lot of answers, at least answers we think we can use.

Out of the Ashes: The Passion of Joan of Arc | K. V. Turley | The strange and mysterious history of the classic silent film about the Maid of Orleans.

The Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage of Christendom | Dorothy Cummings McLean | My account, as one of 10,000 pilgrims, of the 70 mile journey on foot from the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris to the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Chartres--the largest annual pilgrimage in Western Europe.

Modesty in America and the Great Bathroom War | Russell Shaw | Modesty is a necessary support of chastity, and chastity is essential to the moral and psychological integrity of the person.

Cardinal Sarah: In facing liturgical East, we experience "the primacy of God and of adoration" | Carl E. Olson | In a recent interview the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments explains how God can be put "back at the center" of the liturgy.

Bishop Barron and the Vibrant Paradoxes of the Catholic Faith | Gregory J. Sullivan | The newest book by Bishop Robert Barron presents an accessible, popular, but uncompromisingly orthodox vision of Catholicism that brings to mind the writings of Sheen and Chesterton.

Blackrobes on the Quad | James Casper | In the Catholic world I grew up in, no words loom larger than post-Vatican II. You have to have lived then to know what it was like before all that happened. Pope Francis, Populism, and the Agony of Latin America | Dr. Samuel Gregg | As populist regimes implode across Latin America, it's unclear that the Catholic Church in the age of Francis is well-equipped to cope with whatever comes next.

The Trinity: A Mystery For Eternity | Carl E. Olson | Dorothy Sayers once dryly noted that for many people the doctrine of the Trinity is, "The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the whole thing incomprehensible."

Reading Flannery O'Connor for the first time | Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin | She gleefully maimed and killed off her characters in a million disturbing ways--and she was a devout, daily mass Catholic who read St. Thomas Aquinas in her spare time and made a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

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