IGNATIUSINSIGHT.COM ARCHIVES from JANUARY 2006 to PRESENT
The Tragedy of Democracy without Authority: A Reflection on Maritain and Thucydides | Jose Maria
J. Yulo | A lesson from ancient Greece.
"God Created Saint Paul and Then Broke the Mold" | An interview
with Joseph M. Callewaert, author of The World of Saint Paul.
The Opening Chapters of Poor Banished Children: A
Novel | Fiorella De Maria | From the award-winning novelist.
A Guide for Those Unwilling to Know Themselves | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A review of J. Budziszewski's book,
What We Can't Not Know
I Invite You to Meet A Warrior for Life | Peter Kreeft | The Introduction to
Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God: The Story of Ruth Pakaluk: Covert, Mother, Pro-life Activist.
Dogma and Contemplation | Charles Cardinal Journet | An excerpt from
What Is Dogma?
"The Reality of Realities": On God, Conversion, and the Priesthood | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The Pope's recent
remarks on the priesthood.
Good Shepherd: Living Christ's Own Pastoral Authority | Most Rev. Samuel J.
Aquila | Keynote address presented at the 10th Annual Symposium on the Spirituality and Identity.
"He invited me to partake of his sorrows..." | Vittorio Messori | An
excerpt from the Foreword to Francesco Castelli's book, Padre Pio Under
Investigation: The Secret Vatican Files.
A Short History of the "Left Behind" Theology | Carl E. Olson | The story of "The Rapture" is
relatively short, but strange, complex, and eventful.
Is Gonzaga still a Jesuit, Catholic university? | Eric Cunningham | Has GU become a secular college
with only a fond memory of Catholic origins?
In These Last Days | Joseph M. Callewaert | The opening chapter of
The World of Saint Paul.
Excerpts from Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Weeek | Pope Benedict XVI | Three passages from the second
volume of Joseph Ratzinger's study of Jesus.
The True Impoverishment of Man | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | On Pope Benedict XVI and
Brumley and Olson Discuss Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week | Mark Brumley
and Carl E. Olson
"Present and Active Within World History": On Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J.
Natural Law and Bearing False Witness | J. Budziszewski | A selection from the revised and
expanded edition of What We Can't Not Know: A Guide.
The Will and Providence of God | Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen | An excerpt from
Into Your Hands, Father: Abandoning Ourselves to the God Who Loves Us.
We Are the Risk of God: Reflections On the Limits of Divine Mercy | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Why
Pope John Paul II argued that the limits of evil are defined by the divine Mercy.
How the Great Wind Came to Beacon House | G. K. Chesterton | Chapter One
of Manalive, the classic tale of Innocent Smith.
The Contemptuous Caricature of Faith | Rev. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | A review
of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.
A Friendly Introduction to Catholicism | Interview with Fr. Dwight Longenecker | Conversation with the author of
Priest, Jesuit, Scholar, Editor | An Interview with Fr. David Vincent
Meconi, S.J., editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
Why the Drug Problem Is a God Problem | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The drug
problem is, at bottom, the God problem in another form.
The Ultrasound | Abby Johnson | Chapter One of Unplanned: The
Dramatic True Story of the Planned Parenthood Leader Who Crossed the Life Line to Fight for Women in Crisis.
The Sermon on the Mount: Rules of Life in the Kingdom | Frank Sheed | An
excerpt from the classic book, To Know Christ Jesus.
St. Thomas Aquinas and the Thirteenth Century | Josef Pieper | A selection
from Guide to Thomas Aquinas.
Religious Freedom and Religious Persecution | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | On the Pope's recent remarks about religious freedom.
Acting Reasonable: Democracy, Authority, and Natural Rights in the Thought of Jacques
Maritain | Brian Jones
On Faithful and Faithless Theologians | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "Faithless theologians are the bane of the profession and the Church."
The Controversy Over the Third Secret: Objections and Responses | Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R. | From Fatima
For Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope.
The Vatican Library: On Keeping Records to Keep the Record Straight | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | On Popes and the Vatican Library.
Devotion to Jesus Christ--A Vital Question of Our Time | Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. | The Introduction to I Am
With You Always.
"The Best Books I Read in 2010..." | Ignatius Press Authors, Editors, and Friends | Favorites from the past year.
"A Symphony of the Word" | Carl E. Olson | A short guide to Pope
Benedict XVI's Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini.
Fr. Fessio on Ignatius Press and Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI
Fr. Fessio on Benedict XVI's thoughts on faith, reason, Islam
Fr. Fessio talks about Pope Benedict XVI and the abuse scandal
Fr. Fessio talks about Pope Benedict XVI the Teacher
Guardini | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Why does the name of Romano
Guardini (1885-1968), come up often in the works of Joseph Ratzinger?
The ACLU's Not-So-Holy Trinity | Dr. Paul Kengor | The ACLU seems unusually
active right now. What gives?
The Missing Storyteller and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader |
Dr. David C. Downing | A review of the newest Narnia movie.
On Making Sense of the Universe | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A review of
New Proofs for the Existence of God, by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
More Excerpts from Light of the
World | Pope Benedict XVI
The Foreword to Light of the World | George Weigel
Pope Benedict XVI Discusses Condoms and the
Spread of HIV | Pope Benedict XVI and Peter Seewald
What does the
Holy Father really say about condoms in the new book? | Janet E. Smith
Pope "justify" condom use in some circumstances? | Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
Light of the World and the Mainstream Media | Mark
Shedding Some Light on Light of the World | Brumley & Olson
"A World Existing Independently From Us" | Fr. James V.
Schall, S.J. | On the Pope and the scientific method.
Wonder: An Advent Reflection | Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.; read by Karen Savage | A clip
from the audio book version of Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Art of Waiting.
The King and His Kingdom | Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar | From You
Crown the Year with Your Goodness: Sermons Throughout the Liturgical Year.
The Greatest of Men | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Reflections upon reading George Weigel's The End and the Beginning.
Gregorian Chant and Congregational Participation: The Possibilities and Conditions
for a Revival | Monsignor Valentino Miserachs Grau | From Musica Sacra--Sacred Music: A Liturgical
and Pastoral Challenge.
Rev. Louis Bouyer: A Theological Giant | Dr. Keith Lemna | An
introduction to one of the greatest Catholic theologians of the 20th century.
The Three Pillars of Christology: Scripture-Tradition-Experience | Christoph
Cardinal Schönborn | An excerpt from God Sent His Son: A Contemporary
Looking For An Inklings Adventure | An Interview with David C. Downing | A
conversation with the author of Looking For The King: An Inklings Novel.
Rights and Wrongs: On the San Francisco Resolution | Fr. James
V. Schall, S.J. | "Children need a parent of each sex, whether they be 'in need' or not. Compassion does not trump principle."
Books, Books, and More Books! | Mark Brumley, President
of Ignatius Press, and Carl E. Olson, editor of Ignatius Insight, talk about books.
The Art of Waiting | The Poor Clare Nuns | The Foreword to
Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Art of Waiting by Mother Mary Francis.
"The Fall of the Gods" and the Truth of the Theotokos | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | On
Mary, the Mother of God.
by Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
A Saint for Our Time | Jan De Volder | The Introduction to
The Spirit of Father Damien: The Leper Priest--A Saint for Our Times.
The Truth About the Pope--and Why It Matters | An Interview with Dr. Tracey
Rowland | Discussion of the work and thought of Joseph Ratinger/Pope Benedict XVI.
Music as Witness to the Faith: Benedict on Beethoven and Pärt | Rev. Daniel
B. Gallagher | The Pope has much to offer as a musical critic.
"The Ultimate Meaning of Our Human Existence": On the Fundamental Question
of the Modern Age | James V. Schall, S.J. | Benedict in Britain.
The Mystery at the Center of Our Faith | Hans Urs von Balthasar | The
Introduction to To the Heart of the Mystery of
The Ten Commandments and the Gospel | Carl E. Olson | They are ancient
yet very much alive, influential and yet often ignored, much-loved by some, disliked by others.
Mystic, Comic, Everything | Fr. Bernard Bro | An excerpt from the opening
chapter of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: Her Family, Her God,
Further Up and Further In | Fr. Dwight Longenecker | An excerpt from the
Introduction to More Christianity: Finding the Fullness of the
Faith Abides: The Intelligence of Benedict XVI | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A review
of Dr. Tracey Rowland's Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed.
Agora-phobia: The True Story of Hypatia | Sandra Miesel | Why be concerned about the
movie Agora, about the brilliant Hypatia (355-415 A.D.)?
Physics, Metaphysics, and the
Medievals | An interview with Stanley Grove, Ph.D. about Stephen Hawking and philosophy.
"The Transcendent Dimensions of Study and Teaching": The Pope on the Purpose of
Education | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
The Church and Human Progress | Monsignor Ronald A.
Knox | From In Soft Garments: Classic Catholic Apologetics.
Ideas Have Liturgical Consequences | Rev. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | A review
of Fr. Jonathan Robinson's The Mass and Modernity.
Incarnation and Mystery: On T.S. Eliot, St. Paul, and True Humanism |
Bradley J. Birzer | T.S. Eliot is a worthy guide to the perplexing world in which we live today.
Benedict XVI: Theologian of the Bible | Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J. | A guide to Benedict's thought on Sacred Scripture.
"Benedict XVI has dared to do it." |
Bishop Marc Aillet | The Preface to The Old Mass and The New: Explaining the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of
Pope Benedict XVI.
Benedict XVI: Theologian of the Bible | Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J. | A guide to Benedict's thought on Sacred Scripture.
"Benedict XVI has dared to do it." |
Bishop Marc Aillet | The Preface to The Old Mass and The New: Explaining the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of
Pope Benedict XVI.
Faith and Deeds: An Augustinian Sermon | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J. | Faith and knowledge are necessary, but they are not enough if nothing happens because of them.
Brumley and Olson Talk Books! | Mark Brumley and Carl E.
Olson | On new Ignatius Press books.
Brumley and Olson Talk Books! | Mark Brumley and Carl E.
Olson | On new Ignatius Press books.
The Introduction to Fr. Jean Bernard's Priestblock
25487: A Memoir of Dachau | Robert Royal
The Character of Diaconal Ordination | Dn. James Keating,
Ph.D. | On the simplicity and complexity of the vocation of the deacon.
Courageous Creativity, Rigorous Fidelity, and Ex Corde
Ecclesiae: Reflections of a Student in An Age of Dissent | Brian Jones, with Marcus Toft | Four characteristics of a Catholic university.
G.K. Chesterton, the Poet | Denis J. Conlon | The
Introduction to Volume X: Collected
Poetry (Part III) of G.K. Chesterton: Collected Works.
The Assumption | Mgr. Ronald Knox | "When our Lord took his blessed
Mother, soul and body, into heaven, he did honour to the poor clay of which our human bodies are fashioned.
The Challenge of Jesus of Nazareth | Fr. James V.
Schall, S.J. | A look back at volume one of Jesus of Nazareth.
Darwin and Malthus | Étienne Gilson | An excerpt from
Aristotle to Darwin and Back Again: A Journey
in Final Causality, Species, and Evolution.
No Easy Answers: An Interview with Shanghai's Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, S.J. | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | An
exclusive interview with the controversial Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, S.J. of Shanghai.
On Using Heart and Mind | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Thoughts on the Pope's
recent remarks on intelligence and wisdom.
Socrates and Hume | Peter Kreeft | The Introduction to the just published,
Socrates Meets Hume.
Depraved or Determined? Macbeth and the Problem
of Free Will | Regis Martin | "One simply cannot help but remain riveted by every line and page."
A Visit to China's Largest Catholic Village | Anthony E. Clark,
Ph.D. | An amazing vignette of faithful endurance in the face of persecution and death.
Glorifying God with Children's Cinema | An interview with Jim
Morlino, President of the fledgling Navis Pictures.
"The Great 'Surprise' of St. Thomas" | Fr. James V.
Schall, S.J. | Benedict XVI recent Audiences on St. Thomas are worth much reflection.
The Modern Distaste for Religion | Monsignor
Ronald Knox | An excerpt from The Belief of Catholics.
St. John the Baptist, Forerunner | Frank Sheed | An
excerpt from To Know Christ Jesus.
The 1920 Czechoslovak National Church and Rome | Rev. Brian
Van Hove, S.J. | A cautionary tale.
St. Thomas More | G. K. Chesterton | "A mind like More's was full of light like
a house made of windows..."
"Be a Dad!" | Fr. Larry Richards | Adapted from
Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be.
A Glimpse Into the Soul of Newman | Fr. Zeno, O.F.M., Cap. | An excerpt from
John Henry Newman: His Inner Life.
Enthralled by Christ, Heralds of Hope: Priestly Identity and Mission in
the Theology of Pope Benedict XVI | Chris Burgwald, S.T.D.
"And Not To Any God": Benedict XVI and the God Question | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | On
the recent papal visit to Portugal.
Get Lost! with Brumley and Olson | Mark Brumley and Carl E. Olson | Discussion of "Lost," fiction, and novels.
Charles Carroll, the Catholic Founder | Interview with Dr. Bradley J. Birzer | The author
of American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll (ISI, 2010).
Justin Martyr Walks a Tightrope | Rod Bennett | An excerpt
from Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own
Government: Too Much? Too Little? | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A debate
that is sure to shape the future of the U.S.
Fraternal (if rather rebuking) Response to Fr. James Martin, S.J. | Carl E. Olson | A response to comments by an editor of America magazine.
Chapter One of The Last Crusader: A Novel about Don Juan of Austria | Louis de Wohl | "A page-turning
thriller," says Joseph Pearce, "Exhilarating!"
"God is not dead. He isn't even tired." | Dr. Charles E. Rice | Commencement
address, given on May 15th at Christendom College.
The Modern Age: "Life Without Eternity" | Fr. James V.
Schall, S.J. | Autonomy does not set us free; obedience to God provides true freedom.
Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.: "No good deed goes unpunished" | The founder of Ignatius Press defends Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna.
Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., Launches New Catholic College-Credit Online Program | Introducing
the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program.
American-UK Alliance Backs Work of New Vatican Evangelization Office | Ignatius Press and
the Catholic Truth Society (CTS) launch a program to spread the Catholic faith throughout North America.
"How To Write an End Times Novel Before the Rapture Takes Place!" | Carl E.
Olson | 7 easy steps to apocalyptic fame and wealth!
A Simple Thought | G. K. Chesterton | On the ancient and constant nature of attacks
on the Catholic Church.
Auschwitz and Catholic Jews | Dr. Ralph McInerny | The Foreword to Fr. Paul Hamans'
book, Edith Stein and Companions, On the Way
The Novelist and the Great Story | An interview with Michael D. O'Brien about his
eighth novel, Theophilos.
Let's Get the Story
Straight: Defrocking and Divorce | Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. | On Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Bishop John S. Cummins.
Hatred of the Church? On Scandals, Sinners, and Stones | James V. Schall, S.J. | The reasons for the latest publicity about clerical abuse.
Rome and the Orthodox East | Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P. | A selection from Rome and the Eastern Churches:
A Study in Schism.
The Ukrainian Diaspora vs. the Soviet Union | Robert A. McConnell | A story of the renewal of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
The Rotten Fruits of a Fashionable, Unserious Liturgist | Rev. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | A
critique of the problematic thought of Fr. Robert W. Hovda.
The Resurrection Puts Everything Together Again | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | On Easter Sunday, 2010.
The Church Tells Us the Story of God | Fr. Richard Janowicz | The Story of Man leads to death; the Story of God
to eternal life.
When Greeks Bear Gifts: On Economy, Philosophy and Freedom | Dr. Jose Yulo | There is a strange twist is the
current Greek crisis.
The Importance of Knowing St. Joseph | Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. | The Introduction to
The Mystery of Joseph.
Digging Into the Bard's Beliefs | Joseph Pearce discusses his new book,
Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the
Catholic Presence in the Plays.
Pastoral Letter Sparks Mixed Reactions | Michael Kelly | Irish Catholics received Benedict's pastoral letter with gratitude, trepidation.
Heart Speaking to Heart | Matthew
A. Rarey | Fr. C. John McCloskey discusses the influence of the Venerable John Henry Newman.
Discovering Wisdom in the Wilderness | An interview with Fr. Robert Cook, President of Wyoming Catholic College.
The Scandal of Natural Law | J. Budziszewski, discusses his newest book, The Line Through the Heart, and
Letter One: The Trouble with Experience | Mary Eberstadt | The opening chapter of
The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism.
Transhumanism and Posthumanism: Lifting Man Up or Pulling Him Down? | Amanda C. R. Clark | Do we live in a "post-human" age?
A Retreat in Ars | An Interview with Fr. Frederick L. Miller | The author of
The Grace of Ars talks about Ars and St. John Vianney.
The "Justice" That Is Not Due Us | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Why justice might be called the "most terrible of
What Is Success For a Priest? Presence and Not
Production | Fr. Alvaro Delgado | We cannot ignore the message of the Gospel's hidden dynamism.
Sexual Orientation and the Catholic Church | Dr. Charles E. Rice | The column The Notre Dame Observer refused
"Follow Me!" | Francis Cardinal Arinze | The Introduction to
Meeting Jesus and Following Him: A Retreat Given to Pope Benedict XVI and the
Papal Household .
Would Jesus Be in the Church Today? | Christoph Cardinal Schönborn | An excerpt from
Who Needs God? Barbara Stöckl in Conversation with Christoph Cardinal Schonborn.
The Symbol of Woman | Gertrude von le Fort | The Introduction to the classic work,
The Eternal Woman: The Timeless Meaning of the Feminine.
Truth, Freedom, and Sincerity | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Many people are sincere--and sincerely wrong.
The Founders: How Christian Were They? | Dr. Gary Scott Smith | What did the founders
of the U.S. really believe about God?
The New Court of the Gentiles: On the Gospel and the Internet | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The Pope, priests, and new
A "Bard's-eye" View | Joseph Pearce | The Preface and Prologue to
Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays.
The Seminary as Nazareth: Formation in a School of Prayer | Dn. James Keating | How communion with the heart Christ may be
established, inviting the seminarian to enter Nazareth and live there with the Holy Family.
A New Christian Republic of Letters | Bradley J. Birzer | What is the future of the Catholic intellectual movement?
God and Man at the National Prayer Breakfast | Dr. Paul
Kengor | The 2010 National Prayer Breakfast was a very mixed bag.
"From the Free Will of God": On Why Anything and Everything Exists | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | On the mysteries of
free will and existence.
The Wolves Roamed Freely | Michael
Kelly | On the deep rot and corruption at the heart of Irish Catholicism.
Thomas and Chesterton on Law, Human and Divine | Thomas Storck | From the February 2010 issue of Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
McInerny | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "He was
the best of men. He lived with a light heart and a careful eye."
The First Vocation Crisis | Jeff
Ziegler | Coinciding with the decline of marriage in the U.S. is the decline of sacramental marriage in the Church.
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love? Why This Gen-Xer Is a Priest | Fr. John Cihak, S.T.D. | From rock singer to priest.
Lord, Teach Us To Pray | Fr. Jerome Bertram | An excerpt from the new book,
Jesus, Teach Us To Pray.
Jansenism, the Liturgy and Ireland | Rev. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | Many claim that classic Irish religious culture was
"Jansenistic." Are they correct?
"We can always follow Peter" | Dom Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori | Introduction to Simon, Called Peter: In The Company of a Man In Search of God.
On "Believing" Atheists | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "One has to work hard at being an atheist. He has to be prudent.
He has to be on his guard."
"Working Out His Salvation with Fear and Trembling in Mexico" | An interview with C. Theodore
Murr, author of The Society of Judas.
"The Best Books I Read in 2009..." | Ignatius Press Authors, Editors, and Friends | Picks for the best books read during the
The Problem of the Plantagenets | G. K. Chesterton | A chapter on St. Thomas Becket, from A Short History of England.
Harry Sylvester's "Novel of Conversion" | Philip Jenkins | The foreword to the novel, Dayspring.
An Interview with Actress Kelley Costigan | A
conversation with the actress who played Olympia Marto in The 13th Day.
On Christmas: Each of Us Is a Salvation History | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "The only God we want before us is the one who is
testified to here, the one born of Mary in Bethlehem."
Signals | Anne Hendershott | The strategy of Catholic health care advocates in the debate over reform has confused many Catholics.
The Nobel Speech | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "As far as I can tell, nothing in President Obama's background or
politics prepared us for the remarkably sane address that he delivered in Oslo..."
The Decline of Dogma and the Decline of Church Membership | Ronald Knox | An excerpt from
The Belief of Catholics.
Jacques Maritain and Dignitatis Humanae: Natural Law as the Common Language of Religious
Freedom | Brian Jones, M.A. | On Maritain's continuing influence.
When the Sun Turned Black | Paul Glynn, S.M. | From A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai, Scientist,
Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb.
A Selection from Book Four of Set All Afire: A Novel about Saint Francis Xavier | Louis de Wohl | The famous
Catholic novelist Louis de Wohl takes readers into the mind and heart of this great missionary and saint.
Bringing Back Latin | Dr. Mark J. Clark | Studying Latin helps us
"to stay vibrantly connected to our own past and our own culture, past and present."
The "Hood" Over Our Eyes: Are We Doomed As a Country? | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Have we have crossed a
mental line beyond which we are no longer able to understand the word "enemy"--even when he acts as one?
"All of life is Advent": On the life and death of Alfred Delp, S.J. | Abtei St. Walburg | Fr. Delp
wrote his reflections on Advent from the harrowing perspective of a Nazi prison shortly before being executed.
The Religion of Liberalism, Or Why Freedom and Equality Aren't Ultimate Goals | An Interview with the author of The Tyranny of Liberalism.
The opening pages of Catherine of Siena | Sigrid Undset | An excerpt from the critically
acclaimed biography of the amazing 14th-century saint.
The Ambiguity of
Islam | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A reflection on Fr. Samir Khali Samir's book, 111 Questions on Islam.
Faulty Dichotomies: Fort Hood and Reverse Racism | Dr. Jose Yulo | Why were so many pundits and
commentators eager to blame the military and racism for the bloodshed at Fort Hood?
On Keeping People In: The Berlin Wall and the Shortness of
Political Memory | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | 20 years later, what do we remember?
Becoming a Man of God | Carl E. Olson | An audio interview with Fr. Larry Richards, author
of Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be.
The Roots of Culture | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The Foreword to Josef Pieper's classic book, Leisure: The
Basis of Culture.
Veritas Vincit: The Pope in Prague | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | In his trip to the Czech Republic,
Benedict XVI said, "As Europe listens to the story of Christianity, she hears her own."
"You Have Not Chosen Me, But I Have Chosen You..." | An interview with Donna Steichen, editor of
Chosen: How Christ Sent Twenty-three Surprised Converts to Replant His Vineyard.
Historical Distortions and The Templars | Piers Paul Read | The Foreword to Regine Pernoud's The Templars: Knights of
Humble Friend of the Poor | Sandra
Miesel | Overlooked during her lifetime, Jeanne Jugan--now St. Marie de la Croix--founded an order that today cares for the poor and sick around the globe.
A Year of Crisis, Revisited | Intro by Rev. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | Hubert Jedin's 1968 "Memorandum to the West
German Episcopal Conference".
The Apostle to the Lepers | Sandra
Miesel | The story of Joseph de Veuster, canonized as St. Damien of Molokai on October 11, 2009.
Introducing Kant | Peter Kreeft | The Introduction and the opening pages of Chapter One of Socrates Meets Kant.
Right or Wrong? A Review of Constitution 101 | Charles E. Rice | "The health care debate makes sense only in the context
of the transformation of our constitutional system."
"Certain Fundamental Truths": On the Place and Temptations of Politics| Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.A good society
ought to be possible to man's natural reason. So why is it so rare?
Weakland's Oprah Ecclesiology | Russell Shaw | Archbishop Weakland's autobiography exemplifies the narcissism and immaturity of much Church leadership
in the years since Vatican Council II.
The Better We Reason, the Nearer We Come to Truth | Richard Purtill | From the
recently published Reason to Believe: Why Faith Makes Sense.
The 12 Most Important Things to Know About
Angels | Peter Kreeft | From Angels (and Demons): What Do We Really About Them?.
World--10,000 Students at a Time | Elenor K. Schoen | Robert Spitzer, S.J. teaches faith and reason in the world's largest classroom.
Open letter from Dr. Charles E. Rice to Fr. John I.
Jenkins | Dr. Charles E. Rice | Sent to the President of the University of Notre Dame.
Aquinas Proves Atheists Are Closer to God Than They Think | Mark Brumley | The "God" many atheists reject is not
the God worshipped by Christians.
The Origins of Masonry | William J. Whalen | An excerpt from
Christianity and American Freemasonry.
The Seal and the State: An Interview with Rev. Timothy J. Mockaitis | Carl E. Olson | The story of a taped confession
and the battle to keep it sealed.
On the "Great Crime" of the Gentiles | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "St. Bernard said ... that it was a 'great crime
of the Gentiles' that they were 'without love.'"
Pounding the Table | Ann Carey | The
LCWR continue to voice opposition to Vatican investigations into their activities.
G. K. Chesterton on Dan Brown: The Interview | Carl E. Olson | The British author "discusses" novelist Dan Brown
and the place of fiction, good and bad.
"Called to Eternal Life": Babies and Rights | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Perhaps no word in
modern philosophy has caused more trouble than "right."
The Old Age and the New | Thomas Howard | From the opening chapter of
Chance or the Dance? A Critique of Modern Secularism.
Religion and Socialism | Peter Kreeft An excerpt from C.S. Lewis For The Third Millennium.
The Eucharist and the Rule of Christ | Fr. James T O'Connor | From The Hidden
Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist.
The Senator, the Cardinal, and the Bishop (among others) | Carl E. Olson | More thoughts on the controversy over Sen. Ted Kennedy's funeral.
Health Care and the Common Good | Abp. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. | Why is there an increase in the
misuse of Catholic "common ground" and "common good" language in the current health-care debate?
What is Sen. Ted Kennedy's "Catholic legacy"? | Carl E. Olson | There is no
need to speak ill of the dead, but there is also no reason to avoid speaking honestly about Sen. Kennedy's record.
Priest as Pastor, Servant and Shepherd | Fr. James McCarthy | A young priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney reflects
on his recent ordination.
The Reform of the Liturgy and the Position of the Celebrant at the Altar | Fr. Uwe Michael Lang | An
excerpt from Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer
Post-Christian Sisters |
Ann Carey | On reaction to the apostolic visitation to assess the quality of religious life in orders of sisters in the U.S.
Omnipotence and Mercy | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J | "The omnipotence of God is not an arbitrary power, because God is Good,
he is Truth...."
Contemplation | Dietrich von Hildebrand | From
Transformation in Christ.
Catholics, Civil Rights, and the Holy Name | Jonathan J. Bean, Ph.D. | Can someone be Catholic and
Surrendering to the Healing Power of Christ's Own Chastity | Dn. James Keating, Ph.D. | A powerful and challenging
reflection on chastity, sexual temptation, and spiritual wholeness.
From Eden to Eternity: A Homily on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary | Dn. Harold Burke-Sivers
Singer's Deadly Tune: The Right (and Wrong) Way To Ration Health Care | Raymond Dennehy | On what basis
does the value of the human person and his right to life rest?
The Cross and the Stars | Sandra Miesel | "Do Catholic writers have a place among the wizards of fantasy and
the starships of science fiction?
"A Tendering of Respect" | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A reflection on the gifts and accomplishments of Fr.
Richard John Neuhaus.
The Year for Priests and Its
Patron | Sandra Miesel | During this Year, the Church looks to St. John Vianney for particular inspiration and intercession.
Vianney: The Drama | An Interview with Leonardo Defilippis | Carl E. Olson | The actor talks about
his new drama and the Year of the Priest.
Pope John Paul II on Conscience | Dr.
Richard A. Spinello | From the August/September 2009 issue of Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
Holy Christians Guarantee Holy Priests | Bishop Fulton J. Sheen | An excerpt from The Priest Is Not His Own.
"The Liturgy Changes Us..." | Rev. Brian Van Hove, S.J., Ph.D. | A review of Laurence Paul Hemming's Worship as a
Revelation: The Past, Present and Future of Catholic Liturgy.
Trickle-Down Theology Won't Work | Jonathan J. Bean, Ph.D. | Who will pass on the essence of
Pope Benedict's latest teaching? Or simply offer school choice to those trapped in failing public schools?"
The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal and Paternal Love | Fr. John Cihak, S.T.D. | "Our Lady plays
an essential and indispensable role in the development of the priest's masculinity ..."
Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., dismissed
from Ave Maria University | The letter from the founder and editor of Ignatius Press announcing that he was dismissed from his duties at Ave Maria University.
The Sacraments | Peter Kreeft | From Fundamentals of the Faith.
The Vision and Principles of Christopher Dawson | David Knowles | The original introduction to Dawson's
book, The Dividing of Christendom.
New Summer and Fall 2009 Books from Ignatius Press | Carl E. Olson
CWR Round-Table: Caritas in
Veritate | Various Authors | Thoughts on Benedict XVI's new encyclical by several leading Catholic intellectuals.
Avoiding Biblical Paralysis: Sacred Scripture and Today's Catholic | Curtis A. Martin | Who hasn't
been frustrated trying to read the Bible?
Open to Transcendence, Open to Life | Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. | "Once again Pope Benedict shows himself to be a theologian of synthesis and fundamental principles ..."
Caritas in Veritate: "Its Principal Driving Force" | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "As Benedict said
elsewhere, politics is not an 'eschatology'..."
The Dull, Dissenting Americanism of Kathleen Kennedy
Townsend | Carl E. Olson | The oldest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy recently penned a perfect example of confused rhetoric at the service of low-brow Americanism.
Exposing the Language of the Culture of Death | Interview with William Brennan | Dr. Brennan discusses his book
John Paul II: Confronting the Language Empowering the Culture of Death.
Ephesians 5: Bridegroom and Bride | Deacon Rex H.
Pilger | By submitting herself to her husband, the wife is allowing her man to sacrifice himself for her.
Sinners, Apostles, Martyrs: On the Solemnity of Sts.
Peter & Paul | Carl E. Olson | Both men were flawed and both were transformed by Christ.
The Old Testament and the New Testament | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | What is the relationships
between the two Testaments?
A Blogger and the Blessed Mother | Carl E. Olson | An interview
with author and blogger Mark Shea.
Chapter One of The Spear: A Novel | Louis de Wohl | The opening chapter of a panoramic and acclaimed novel of the
last days of Christ.
A Dim Future | Elenor K. Schoen | Why
did Obama shut down the President's Council on Bioethics?
St. John Vianney's Pastoral Plan | Fr. John Cihak | "St. John Vianney's ministry gives parish priests
a fundamental blueprint for a pastoral plan for any place and time."
Letter of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Proclaiming a Year for Priests on the 150th Anniversary
of the "Dies Natalis" of the Curé of Ars
Rethinking the Crusades | Jonathan Riley-Smith | Popular understandings of the motives of the Crusaders and the
actual nature of the Crusades continue to be challenged.
Pilgrim's Regress: The disgraceful
autobiography of Rembert Weakland | George Neumayr | A disgraced Benedictine monk publishes a tribute to homosexuality. Now what?
The Gift of God | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The world, Benedict XVI states, is "a horizon within which we are invited to
participate in God's love and cooperate in guiding the world and history under his inspiration."
The Church of Cirque du
Soleil | Francis J. Beckwith | A CWR review of Kerry Kennedy's recently published book, Being Catholic Now.
Mary and the Moslems | Bishop Fulton J. Sheen | An excerpt from
The World's First Love.
Caritas Christi Be Involved in the Abortion Business? | Philip F. Lawler | What is going on with Caritas Christi, the health care arm of the Boston archdiocese?
Jesuit: Obama is "the most effective
spokesperson" for "the spirit of Vatican II" | Carl E. Olson | Why has John W. O'Malley, S.J., apparently nominated Obama for the position of Pope of the American Catholic Church?
Ecumenism at the Lord's Supper? | Christoph Cardinal Schönborn | An excerpt
from Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church: A Brief Commentary on the Catechism for Every Week of
the Year: The Sacraments.
Can the Killing of
Abortionists Be Justified? | Carl E. Olson | The answer is emphatically, "No!"
What's The Point of Creeds? | Peter Kreeft | The point of the creeds is truth. "In fact, Primal Truth, the truth about God."
Trust This Church? | Fr. Walter Brandmüller | The introduction to
Light and Shadows: Church History amid Faith, Fact and Legend.
"Weaving a Profound Dialogue between West and East" | Anthony E. Clark | Fr. Matteo Ricci,
S.J. (1552-1610), was a brilliant Jesuit missionary and the most famous Westerner who ever lived inside the Great Wall.
Abortion and Ideology | Raymond Dennehy The legalization of induced abortion is justified by abandoning
rational inquiry in favor of ideology."
The Image of Man Has Been Raised Up: On the Feast of the Ascension | Carl E. Olson | The Ascension is a joyful event in
the work and life of Jesus Christ and a vital reality in the ongoing life and mission of the Church.
"A Word Addressed by God to His People": Benedict XVI and the Interpretation of Sacred Scripture | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Thoughts on Benedict's recent comments on the Bible.
"Oh, that I might be found worthy of martyrdom!" | Gerolamo Fazzini | An excerpt from the Introduction
to The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs.
A Review of Angels & Demons | Carl E. Olson | Where
The Da Vinci Code was dull, pretentious, and openly anti-Catholic, Angels & Demons is methodical, pedestrian, and silly.
Neither Angels nor Demons | Al Kresta | Ron Howard's film version of Angels and Demons furthers the popular
media portrait of a corrupt Catholic Church menacing human progress and obstructing scientific discovery.
At the Service of the Church |
Jeremy Lott | An interview with Thomas Peters, the owner of the popular Catholic insider blog American Papist.
The Burke Lecture | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "Archbishop Burke has the unusual quality of being very clear. He minces
The Ingredient for Priestly Vocations |
Rev. Jacek Stefanski | "If we want to have more people in church, if we want to have more vocations--we need to see priests who will inspire us."
Portugal's Fighting Saint |
Sandra Miesel | By canonizing Nuno Alvares Pereira last month, Pope Benedict XVI has given the Church a compelling new saint with a colorful history.
The (baffling) view from
Rome | George Neumayr | Why did the L'Osservatore Romano raun such a misinformed front-page editorial about President Barack Obama's first one hundred days in office?
"It is a rebellion": Alfred Delp's Timeless Message Against Euthanasia | In a sermon preached on November 2, 1941, Fr. Alfred
Delp warned of the grave evil of euthanasia and how it was being marketed.
Catechists and Commissars | Piers Paul Read | An essay from
Hell and Other Destinations about liberation theology and El Salvador in the 1970s.
"The Bridge Between This World and Eternal Life" | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | There are many who do not believe
in the Resurrection of Christ. But what of those who were once skeptics and now believe?
Do Your Kids Know About Chris and Rihanna? | Mary Beth Bonacci | "Don't you just love it when the misdeeds
of pop culture icons threaten to undo everything you're trying to teach your kids?"
The Challenge of Being a Serious Historical Novelist | An Interview with Lucy Beckett | The author of
A Postcard From the Volcano: A Novel of Pre-War Germany discusses the
challenges of writing historical fiction.
A Must Read Papal Thriller | An interview with Piers Paul Read | The
author talks about his new novel, The Death of a Pope.
Ron Howard: Angry & Demeaning? | Carl E. Olson | Having already directed one
of the most overtly Catholic-bashing movies in recent memory, Howard is now playing the victim card.
A New Front in the Church's
Civil War | George Neumayr | How many dissenting, not very angelic Catholic politicians can dance with modernists' approval at the head of a pro-abortion administration?
Dead Men Stay Dead ... Almost All the Time, Then and Now | Al Kresta | "The Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth was the beginning
of a whole new world. The Human Race had been given a second chance."
Tom Dillon vs. the Relativists | Dr. Paul Kengor | In memory of Thomas Dillon, the late president of Thomas Aquinas College.
Why Preaching | Peter John Cameron, O.P. | The introduction to the new book,
Why Preach: Encountering Christ in God's Word.
The Mass is Serious Business | Rev. Bryce A. Sibley |
Why do so many Catholics fail to attend Sunday Mass? The answers might surprise you.
A Hitch in Evidence | Al Kresta | Christopher Hitchens' failure to honestly
assess and present facts indicates that he is not really serious about engaging with the arguments of Christians.
Bishops respond to Notre Dame's invitation to Obama | Catherine Harmon | A list of links to the statements made by bishops.
Immortality, Resurrection of the Body, Memory | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "The actual human beings we meet are, like each of them,
created for eternal life. And they will achieve it, either in grace or in judgment."
The Extraordinary Adventure: Real Love Is the Gift of Ourselves to One Another | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "The extraordinary
adventure does not begin when we place ourselves at the center. It begins when we serve others.
Even Suffering and Death Cannot Overpower God's Love For Us | Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers | This homily for Palm
Sunday considers the question: "Why did Jesus have to die?"
"The basic form of Christian faith is not:
I believe something, but I believe you." | Joseph Ratzinger | An excerpt from Faith and the
Do We Really Need Gardasil To Protect Teen Girls? | Mary Beth Bonacci | Bonacci argues that
the vaccine Gardasil "is unnecessary, it's dangerous, and it's disabling and killing young women."
Reiki: A Disturbing Substitute for Faith |
Anna Abbott | This special report for Catholic World Report takes a closer look at the dangers of the Japanese healing practice.
The Notre Dame Commencement | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "It
could not have been a better forum for the president to pursue what are, to me, his infamous 'projects'."
The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger | "The mystery of the
annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence. It is above and beyond all that a mystery of grace."
Learning the Liturgy From the Saints | An Interview with Fr. Thomas Crean, O.P. | Fr. Crean's new book,
The Mass and the Saints, is a collection of passages from saints about the Mass and the Eucharist.
The Prologue to A Postcard From the Volcano: A Novel of Pre-War Germany | Lucy Beckett | The prologue
to a new novel praised by Dr. Thomas Howard as "A gigantic, and splendid, piece of work."
A World Without Charity | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J. | "The Christian world and the socialist world," writes the well-known political philosopher, "are built on entirely different principles."
The Sick: On Illness and the Risks of a Perfectly Healthy Society | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | An obsession
with being healthy can cloud the proper relationship between physical and spiritual health.
Privacy, the Courts, and the Culture of Death | Dr. Janet E. Smith | The author of
The Right to Privacy, discusses the
origins of the modern legal understanding of "the right to privacy."
Realistic Ideals At Work | Russell Shaw | A
review of Thomas F. Farr's World of Faith and Freedom for the March 2009 issue of CWR.
First Millennium Petrine Ministry | Joseph F. Previtali | An article for the March 2009 issue of
Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
A Delectable Fruit of the Cactus for the Eagle | Paul Badde | The opening chapter of
María of Guadalupe: Shaper of History, Shaper of Hearts.
The Premises of Gospel Poverty | Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. | Gospel poverty is much more than a humanistic concern for the
downtrodden or a politico-sociological effort to redistribute resources.
A "Roamin' Catholic" and the Cultural Crisis | An interview with Gil Bailie, founder of Cornerstone Forum and the Emmaus Road
Nothingness and Limit | Adrienne von Speyr | An excerpt from the opening chapter of
Man Before God.
"What Do I Say When My Kids Ask Me About My Past?" | Mary Beth Bonacci | Should parents share information
about the mistakes they've made and the consequences of those mistakes, hoping it will benefit their children?
Pouncing On a Papal Blunder |
George Neumayr | Editorial for the February 2009 issue of Catholic World Report.
Contemplation and the Liturgy | Hans Urs von Balthasar | An excerpt from the Swiss theologian's book, Prayer.
Ravenna and the Roman Primacy | Monsignor Daniel S. Hamilton | An article for the February 2009 issue of
Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
Big Questions and Deceptions | W. James
Antle, III | A detailed look at the misinformation offensive for Barack Obama carried out by Pepperdine University law professor Douglas W. Kmiec.
Historical-Critical Scripture Studies and the Catholic Faith | Michael Waldstein | A historical overview of modern
Reading the Apostle, the Doctor, and the Pope | An interview with Dr. Matthew Levering | A prolific young theologian
discusses the Apostle Paul, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Pope Benedict XVI.
Dignitas Personae: On the Originality of Every Human Person | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Further analysis of
the recent document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The School of Ronald Knox | Carl E. Olson | An interview with David Rooney, author of
The Wine of Certitude.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church | Various Authors | Short reflections on the the life and
thought of the Angelic Doctor.
The Templars: The Mini-Series, The Myths, and the Truth | Sandra Miesel and Carl E. Olson | Myths and
facts about the Templars.
Three Ways of Living | Peter Kreeft | The Introduction to
Three Philosophies of Life.
A Cultural Earthquake: Why Cardinal Stafford
Was Right | George Neumayr | An editorial from the January 2009 issue of Catholic World Report.
"The Dignity of the Person Must Be Recognized..." | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Dignitas Personae emphasizes that
"The dignity of the person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death."
Fighting for the Divinity of Christ | Hilaire Belloc | An excerpt from
The Battleground: Syria and the Seed Plot of Religion.
"The Central Event of History" | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | If the Word did become man, the world is
simply different because of it.
Parenting From the Teen Years Backwards | Mary Beth Bonacci | How can parents start dealing with the approaching teenage
The Mind of Knox | David Rooney | The Preface to
The Wine of Certitude: A Literary Biography of Ronald Knox.
Counting Catholics in the United States | Rev. Joseph A. Sirba | From the January 2009 issue of Homiletic & Pastoral
"The Best Books I Read in 2008..." | Ignatius Press Authors, Editors, and Staff | Authors and editors
reveal their favorite books read in the past year.
Theosis: The Reason for the Season | Carl E. Olson | "The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to
make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods." What does that mean?
China, Catholicism, and Buddhism: An Ignatius Insight Podcast | Dr. Anthony E. Clark and Carl E. Olson | Conversation about the
"two churches" in China and the popularity of Buddhism in the West.
CHRISTMAS, 2008 | Fr. James. V. Schall, S.J. | The antiphon for the Office of Readings for Christmas Day reads: "Christ is
born for us: Come let us adore Him." It states an "is," a fact. Christ is born. Christ is born for us.
"The Single Divine Plan": Thinking About Poverty | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Benedict XVI's recent World Day of
Peace Message contains some important--and often surprising--observations.
The Human Family and the Holy Family | G. K. Chesterton | An excerpt from
The Superstition of Divorce.
The Creed and the Trinity | Henri de Lubac | The foreword to
The Christian Faith: An Essay on the Structure Of the Apostles' Creed
Avery Cardinal Dulles on faith, authority, and theology |
Some selected passages from one of Cardinal Dulles' final books, Magisterium: Teacher and Guardian of
The Church in China: Complexity and Community | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | Tapped phones, collaboratoing priests, and persecution:
this is the unfortunate condition of some Catholic dioceses in China.
Priests and the Importance of Fatherhood | Paul C. Vitz and Daniel C. Vitz | Priests are not just "hosts" to
the parish community; they are really fathers and consequently the heads of their parish families.
"Why has St. Luke always obsessed me?" | Taylor Caldwell | The Foreword to the best-selling novel,
Dear and Glorious Physician: A Novel About Saint Luke.
"Kill Christians and Destroy Their Institutions" | Jeff Ziegler | This Catholic World Report
article examines the causes and consequences of the anti-Christian campaign of Hindu radicals wreaking havoc in India.
Christians and Muslims, Living Together | Samir Khali Samir, S.J. | The preface to the English edition of
111 Questions on Islam.
False Freedoms: On the Terror in Mumbai | Jose Yulo, Ed.D. | "For one who rationalizes terror ... there is a risk of having the legs
of the seat chopped down unceremoniously out from under him."
A Musical Rant | Carl E. Olson | The L'Osservatore Romano's recent foray into
pop music history was out of tune with reality.
"A Revolutionary of the Christian Type" | Peter Seewald | The preface to
Benedict XVI: An Intimate Portrait.
Finding the Word in the word | Tania Mann | A special report on the Synod of Bishops that met in Rome during October,
with an emphasis on the contributions of Pope Benedict XVI.
The Chief Justice | Anita Crane | Former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke is interviewed for Catholic
The Charity of Pope Pius XII | Eugenio Zolli | An excerpt from
Before the Dawn: Autobiographical Reflections by Eugenio Zolli, written by the former Chief Rabbi of
Marital and Family Commitment: A Personalist View | Monsignor Cormac Burke | An introduction to the
personalist approach to marriage and the personalist character of conjugal procreativity.
The Beauty of "Bella" | An interview with Tim Drake | The author of Behind Bella
discusses how the award-winning movie has influenced and impacted numerous lives.
God Writes Straight With Crooked Lines | Mary Beth Bonacci | Things don't always turn out the way we'd planned
them. Fortunately, God knows.
The Magisterium: A precious gift | John
Young | Without an authority able to teach divine truth unerringly, we could never be sure we correctly understood divine revelation.
To Trace All Souls Day | Fr. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | An explanation of some of the theological and historical
roots of All Souls Day.
Why We Must Not Give Up The Fight | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger | An excerpt
from Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures.
The World We Think In and the Drama of Existence | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A review of The Modern
Philosophical Revolution, a brilliant new book by David Walsh.
Music and Spirituality: To the Tune of St. Thomas Aquinas | Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. | St. Thomas
Aquinas's analysis of beauty helps us appreciate the value of music and the musician.
The Misunderstood Monster | Joseph Pearce | "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most influential novels of the
nineteenth century; it is also one of the most misunderstood and abused."
"I despise Birth-Control" | G. K. Chesterton | "Babies and Distributism", a chapter
from The Well and the Shallows.
"Words create history": On Benedict XVI and the Synod | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A reflection on Pope Benedict XVI's opening
address to the Synod of Bishops in Rome.
Balthasar, his Christology, and the Mystery of Easter | Aidan Nichols, O.P. | The introduction to Fr. Hans Urs
von Balthasar's Mysterium Paschale, written by a highly regarded English Dominican theologian.
Missionary to Alaska | Interview with Fr. Louis L. Renner, S.J. | The author of
A Kindly Providence: An Alaskan Missionary's Story discusses his forty years as a priest in Alaska.
On Being Amazed In The Cosmos: Christoph Cardinal Schönborn and "The Purpose of the Path" | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Is there
common ground between modern scientific theories and religion?
Biblical Aspects of the Theme of Faith and Politics | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger | An excerpt from
Church, Ecumenism, & Politics: New Endeavors in Ecclesiology.
Evangelization and Truth | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The Christian spirit is animated
by a passion to lead all humanity to Christ in the Church.
China's Catholics of Guizhou: Three Days with Three Bishops | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | Conversations with three Chinese bishops,
including one "underground" Catholic bishop.
Humanae Vitae at Forty | Msgr. Robert J. Batule | Humanae Vitae not only contains the truth about
the right ordering of the marital act, it also has much to teach us about the right ordering of society.
Christianity and the History of Culture | Christopher Dawson | An excerpt from Chapter 2 of
The Formation of Christendom.
Selections from Lumina | New Lumina | Adrienne von Speyr | Excerpts from a beautiful
little book of brief meditations on the love of God by the Swiss spiritual writer, mystic and medical doctor von Speyr.
Benedict in Paris: "Logos is among us." | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Why did
Benedict give his address, "On the Roots of European Culture," in a revamped College that owes its origin to St. Bernard of Clairvaux?
China's Struggling Catholics: A Second Report on the Church in Beijing | Anthony E. Clark | A
report on three of the major Catholic churches in the capital of China and the formidable challenges faced by Catholics there.
Beauty and the Sacred | Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J. | "A person
deprived of beauty is like a person deprived of love. A person cannot attain happiness without beauty--sensible, intellectual or religious."
Fessio and Pearce Talk About Shakespeare | Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. and Joseph Pearce | A video of the founder and editor of Ignatius Press
interviewing the author of The Quest for Shakespeare.
The Meaning and Purpose of Marriage | Alice von Hildebrand |
The beauty of the marital embrace is meant to benefit not only the spouses themselves but all those related to them.
Father Jenkins' "Creative Contextualization" | Thomas S. Hibbs |
A look at the fallout from Notre Dame president Father John Jenkins' decision to keep The Vagina
Monologues on the Notre Dame campus.
From "The Appeal to Antiquity" | Adrian Fortescue | An excerpt from the opening
chapter of The Early Papacy to the Synod of Chalcedon in 451.
Denys the Areopagite and the Divine Light | Carl E. Olson | An audio interview with Dr. William Riordan, author of
Divine Light: The Theology of Denys the Areopagite.
The Beijing Invitation | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The Olympics remind us that many governments see religion as
something to be controlled and persecuted.
China's Thriving Catholics: A Report From Beijing's South Cathedral | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | A report on a
recent visit to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, one of Beijing's most beautiful churches.
What's a "Pretend Ex-Boyfriend"? | Mary Beth Bonacci | It's never too early to start teaching little girls about the difference between a boyfriend and a husband.
Against What Do We Fight? On Cardinal Dias at Lambeth | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | What did Ivan Cardinal Dias,
head of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, say Lambeth?
The Introduction to Prodigal Daughters: Catholic Women Come Home to the Church |
Donna Steichen | The introduction to stories of former radical feminists who reconciled with the Church.
Ultimate Battles | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A review of Dr. Raymond Dennehy's novel,
Soldier Boy, which depicts the battle in heaven between Lucifer and St. Michael the Archangel.
Will To Truth: On the Death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "The virtue that I most associate with Solzhenitsyn is ...
the courage to tell the truth when the regime, any regime, is built on a lie."
The Underpopulation Problem | Michael J. Miller | Steven W. Mosher, president of
Population Research Institute, talks about the ongoing work of population controllers to promote contraception and abortion worldwide.
Elections and the Parish | Fr. Frank Pavone | The president of Priests for Life
provides an overview of what it means to practice "Eucharistic citizenship" along with ten steps to help guide Catholic voters.
Walking In the Footsteps of Saint Paul | Carl E. Olson | Steve Ray offers many insights into the life,
work, and writings of St. Paul.
What I Learned From Henry Morgentaler | Carl E. Olson | In 1991 I heard
Dr. Morgentaler speak passionately of his favorite topic: abortion.
The Catechism: Proclamation and Pedagogy | Petroc Willey, Ph.D., S.T.L., Pierre de Cointet,
and Barbara Morgan | The Preface to The Catechism of the Catholic Church and
the Craft of Catechesis.
Liberal Democracy as a Culture of Death: Why John Paul II Was Right | Dr. Raymond Dennehy |
A penetrating analysis of Pope John Paul II's The Gospel of Life and the culture of death.
The Monsignor and the Don | An Interview with Fr. Milton Walsh | Carl E.
Olson | The author of Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in
Conversation discusses the two great English authors and apologists.
On The Risk of Listening | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | In his ongoing work of addressing what he
calls the "crisis of modernity," Pope Benedict XVI continually urges a return to vibrant, authentic philosophical inquiry.
Who Is "The Universe" And Why Does It Care What I Think? | Mary Beth Bonacci | Oprah claims that
"The Secret" will help people solve all of their relational problems. Here's why she is wrong.
Introduction to The Gift of Infallibility | Rev. James T. O'Connor | Background and
context for the First Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aeternus.
"The Agent of Truth on the Margin of the World" | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Msgr. Robert
Sokolowski's new book "is nothing less than a masterpiece of philosophical clarity and depth of understanding."
Discerning What Is Christian | Margaret M. Turek | The foreword to Hans Urs von Balthasar's
Engagement with God.
Priests of the Domestic Church: A Father's Day Homily | Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers |
Jesus "calls husbands and fathers who are lost ... to find our way back to our Father in heaven."
The Ministry of the Bishop in Relation to the Blessed Trinity | Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. | This
2001 essay reflects on how the roles of a bishop reflect various attributes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy | Fr. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | Did Pope John XXIII endorse an
end to the discipine of priestly celibacy?
Jesus in the Gospel of Luke| Christoph Cardinal Schönborn | The Introduction to the
recently published Jesus, The Divine
Physician: Encountering Christ in the Gospel of Luke.
"The Reality of God": Benedict XVI on the Trinity | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J. | Over Trinity Sunday, the Holy Fahther reflected deeply on the central mystery of the Christian Faith..
Pope Benedict XVI, Theologian of Joy |
Carl E. Olson | An interview with Monsignor Joseph Murphy, author of Christ Our Joy: The Theological Vision of Pope Benedict XVI.
Roman Catholics for Obama '08 |
Paul Kengor | Some Catholics are insisting that Senator Barack Obama is "the best and right candidate
for Catholic voters." Are they correct?
Introduction to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's God's Word:
Scripture, Tradition, Office | Peter Hünermann and Thomas Södin | From an important collection of essays now
available in English from Ignatius Press.
The Movement that Won't Die | Elenor K. Schoen | A health care ethicist examines
the growing movement in Washington State for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide.
The Next Life Is a Lot Longer Than This One | Mary Beth Bonacci | "When we start to think this life is
all that matters, it helps to think how long we'll spend in the next one"
Ever Old and Ever New | Rev. Brian Van Hove, S.J. |
A review of Martin Mosebach's
The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy.
Will the Real Shakespeare Please
Stand Up? | Joseph Pearce | The opening chapter of
The Quest for Shakespeare.
Chesterton and Orthodoxy: An Insight Podcast |
Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, talks about the 100th anniversary of G. K.
Chesterton's great book, Orthodoxy.
Flawed History, Flawed Decision | Fr. Ralph Wright, O.S.B. | Exposing the bad historical data
used by the Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade.
The Renewal of Vatican II: Distractions and
Distortions | Douglas Bushman, S.T.L. | "The real challenge of Vatican II is the change or renewal of
hearts that in the Gospels is called metanoia."
"Introduction to Christianity": Yesterday, Today,
and Tomorrow | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger | The Preface to the second edition of the classic work,
Introduction To Christianity.
Chopra's Christ: The Mythical Creation of a New Age
Panthevangelist | Carl E. Olson | A review of Deepak Chopra's book The Third Jesus.
Ratzinger's Faith and Reason |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | An "appreciation" of Tracey Rowland's new book about Joseph Ratzinger.
Pastoral interpretation in
Pope Benedict's Jesus of Nazareth | Dr. Peter S. Williamson | As a pastoral rather than an
academic work, the Holy Father's book about Jesus preaches a Gospel centered in the person of Christ.
Introduction to Adrienne von Speyr's The
Book of All Saints | Hans Urs von Balthasar | The renowned mystic and spiritual writer had visions of
saints at prayer, which she then dictated to Fr. von Balthasar.
A New Pentecost: The Holy Father's inspiring visit
to the U.S. | George Neumayr | When Pope Benedict XVI left the U.S., he left behind many riches.
The Inquisitions of History: The Mythology and the
Reality | Rev. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | Recent studies have been separating the
inquisitions of history from The Inquisitions of legend and myth.
Benedict XVI's Theological Vision: An
Introduction | Monsignor Joseph Murphy | An excerpt from the introduction to Christ Our Joy:
The Theological Vision of Pope Benedict XVI.
What Do Mother Teresa and Patrick Swayze Have In
Common? | Mary Beth Bonacci | "And right now, they both
have me thinking. About life, about death, and about doing God's will."
Finding Shakespeare and Reclaiming the Classics | Carl E.
Olson | An interview with Joseph Pearce, author of the recently published The Quest
Introduction to Five Pillars of the
Spiritual Life | Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. | An excerpt from
the new book by the president of Gonzaga
ID vs. "Big Science"--On The Big Screen | Carl E. Olson | The associate producer of Expelled talks about
the controversial film.
The First Ignatius Insight Podcast | Carl E. Olson & Mark Brumley | The editor of Ignatius Insight talks to
the president of Ignatius Press about this, that, and the other thing.
Wisdom in the Ruins: Two Catholic Scholars at the End of An Age | Mary Jo Anderson | The first annual Rev.
James V. Schall, S.J. Award for Teaching and Humane Letters was presented on April 10th to Dr. Ralph McInerny.
Chapter 1 of Priestblock 25487: A Memoir of Dachau | Fr. Jean Bernard | An excerpt from the harrowing
account of a priest's imprisonment in a German concentration camp.
The Pope's Childhood: In His Own Words | Joseph
Cardinal Ratzinger | An excerpt from Salt
of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium.
From Catholicism to Radical Feminism and Back |
Lorraine V. Murray, author of Confessions
of an Ex-Feminist, reflects on her journey through radical feminism and then back home to the Catholic Church.
The Papal Visit | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Pope Benedict XVI recent addresses and writings provide plenty of
clues about what he'll talk about during his visit to the U.S.
Buddhist Dreams and Spiritualist Schemes | John B.
Buescher, Ph.D., talks about the differences between Buddhism and Catholicism and what can be learned from studying 19th-century
The Church Betrayed? | Germain Grisez | Why does
Catholic Relief Services forbid putting its logo on the "educational" materials it provides about HIV and condoms?
A special Catholic World Report analysis.
Pornography, Electronic Media and Priestly
Formation | Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., D.O. | Seminarians face serious challenges as they seek to live their vocation
in a culture saturated with sexual temptations.
The Catholic Intellectual | Fr. Stanley L. Jaki |Some
Catholic scholars and theologians spend much of their time denouncing and attacking Catholic doctrine and practice. Why?
My Imaginary Funeral Homily | Mary Beth Bonacci | What
if you could give the homily at your own funeral? What would you say? What should you say?
Resurrection and Real Justice | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
| A consideration of the human longing for justice and how that desire can only be fulfilled through the Incarnation, Passion,
Cross, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Warning: This Is a Dangerous Book | Lorraine V. Murray | The
introduction to Confessions of an Ex-Feminist.
On Being Moved | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | At the origin of the habit
of art is something that happens to us before we do anything artistic: before we can move, we must first be moved.
Chesterton and the "Paradoxy" of Orthodoxy | Carl E. Olson |
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of one of G.K. Chesterton's greatest books, Orthodoxy.
Chapter One of The Living Wood: Saint Helena and the Emperor
Constantine (A Novel) | Louis de Wohl | The opening chapter of a historical novel about the saintly mother of
Traveling With the Apostolic Fathers | An Interview with
Steve Ray | Carl E. Olson | Author and apologist Steve Ray talks about Apostolic Fathers: Handing on
Spe Salvi and Vatican II |
Brian A. Graebe | Spe Salvi is a profound encyclical that may well stand as a signpost when the history of the post-conciliar Church is
Three Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves |
Peter J. Kreeft | The introduction to Dr. Kreeft's new book, Because God
Is Real: Sixteen Questions, One Answer.
Speaking the Truth to Engaged Couples | William G.
White, M.D. | How to live marriage in a way that brings maximal happiness to both husband and wife and in turn to the children.
"Always More Than Is Seen": Benedict XVI on the Meaning of Man | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Pope Benedict XVI again
explains the essential difference between the Christian and materialist understandings of man.
A Genuine Conversion or Act of Perjury? | Joanna
Bogle | British Catholics continue to debate Tony Blair's entrance into the Church.
The Attraction of Orthodoxy | Joseph Pearce | An excerpt from
Spiritual Inspiration In An Age of Unbelief.
Two Notions of Worship: Catholic vs. Fundamentalist | Karl Keating | An excerpt from The Usual
Suspects: Answering Anti-Catholic Fundamentalists.
The Only Way You Can Be You | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Redemptive suffering is the path that Father
chose that Christ follow to redeem us.
Was Vatican II "Pre-Conciliar"? | Dr. James Hitchcock | In many ways the promise of Vatican II has not been
fulfilled, and most of this failure is traceable to fundamental misunderstandings of its intentions.
The Judgment of God | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Sins and
disorders will be judged and punished. Otherwise, no ultimate justice can be found.
Pascal for Today | Peter Kreeft | Pascal is the first
postmedieval apologist, addressing his apologetic to modern pagans, sophisticated
skeptics, comfortable members of the new secular intelligentsia.
Dawkins' Delusions | An interview with Fr. Thomas Crean, O.P. | Carl E. Olson | A conversation with the author
of God Is No Delusion:
A Refutation of Richard Dawkins.
The Virtue of Art and the Virtue of Religion | John Saward |
An excerpt from The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness
Dei Verbum and Christian Morals | Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P. |
Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution "On Divine Revelation" sought to encourage the flourishing in Christians of the "theological virtues"
of faith, hope, and love.
Schall on the Sapienza Lecture: Benedict XVI on the Nature of a
University | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The speech Benedict XVI wasn't able to give at La Sapienza "is quite remarkable..."
Lent: Why the Christian Must Deny Himself | Brother
Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B. | What exactly is the purpose of giving up stuff for Lent?
Thirsting and Quenching | Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. | Men
and women everywhere are yearning and seeking. Some can explain their inner emptiness; most cannot, but everyone experiences it.
Rediscovering Christopher Dawson | Carl E. Olson | An
interview with Dr. Bradley J. Birzer, author of
Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson.
Please Look Behind the Bishops' Potemkin Village | Russell Shaw | The
author of the forthcomng book Nothing To Hide:
Secrecy, Communication, and Communion in the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press, 2008) pens an open letter to the planners of
Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the U.S.
Self-esteem: Why? Why not? | Monsignor Cormac Burke | There is a
proper mode of self-esteem and there is a mode that can be very harmful. Here's a look at both of them.
Vatican II and Religious Liberty | Dr. James Hitchcock | Along with
changes in the liturgy, perhaps no act of the Second Vatican Council has been held in more suspicion than the decree Dignitatis
Do All Catholics Go Straight to Heaven? | Mary Beth Bonacci | If you've been to
a Catholic funeral recently, you might think that every Catholic who dies goes straight to heaven and
that purgatory doesn't even exist.
Atheism and Fatherlessness | Fr. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | A review
of Paul Vitz's book, Faith of the Fatherless.
"How Difficult It Is!" | On Justice and the Earthly City | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J. | The search for earthly utopia usually ends badly.
Walk for Life West Coast | A Photo Gallery | An
collection of photos taken at the 2008 Walk for Life West Coast, January 19th, in San Francisco<.
Pope John Paul II and the Christ-centered Anthropology
of Gaudium et Spes | Douglas Bushman | An examination of the essential links between Gaudium et Spes and
Fides et Ratio..
Vatican II and the Ecclesiology of Joseph Ratzinger | Maximilian
Heinrich Heim | Intro to
Joseph Ratzinger: Life in the Church and Living Theology.
Putting Things In Order: Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.,
on 80 Years of Living, Thinking, and Believing | 2008 marks some major milestones for Fr. Schall,
prolific author and professor at Georgetown University.
The World's First Pro-Life Film Festiva: Cinema Vita | Has there ever been a pro-life film festival? If not, there is now: the
first annual Cinema Vita Film Festival in San Francisco.
St. Augustine and Pelagianism | Stephen N. Filippo | An introduction
to one of the great theological disputes of early Christianity.
Death, Where Is Thy Sting? | Adrienne von Speyr | An excerpt from
The Mystery of Death.
Patron Saint of Teachers: Or, On the Meaning of the Second
Semester | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Of the rewards and travails of teaching and studying, there is no end.
Wise Men from the East | Sandra Miesel | Who were
the gift-bearing kings, the Wise Men of the East, who visited the Christ-child?
The Cardinal | Rudolf Voderholzer | The opening
chapter of Meet Henri de
Lubac: His Life and Work, introduces readers to one of the greatest theologians of the past century.
"The Best Books I Read in 2007..." |
Ignatius Press Authors, Editors, and Staff | Sixteen Ignatius Press authors, editors, and friends offer their picks
for the best books they read during the past year.
Global Warming and Pagan Emptiness | Michael
Gilchrist | Cardinal George Pell discusses the controversy over global warming and the claim of catastrophic man-made
Priestly Vocations in America: Recent Trends | Jeff Ziegler | A detailed examination of vocations
in the U.S.
The Obfuscation of the New Atheism | Dr. Jose Maria Yulo | Atheism
advocates insist religious belief leads to intolerance and narrowmindedness. So how to explain their obvious intolerance
Hell on Earth and the Hope of Heaven | An interview with
author Michael O'Brien, who discusses his new novel,
Island of the World, the virtue of hope,
and finding the mind of Christ.
More Latin, More Reverence | Jeremy Lott | A Catholic
World Report interview with blogger and author Amy Welborn.
Ox and Ass Know Their Lord |
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger | A selection from
The Blessing of Christmas.
Opening pages of Island of the
World | Michael O'Brien | An excerpt from the new novel by the author of Father Elijah.
Faithful Even Unto Death: The Witness of
Alfred Delp, S.J. | Fr. Albert Münch | Recollections of Fr. Albert Münch on his close friend, Fr. Delp,
murdered by Nazis in 1945.
The Enormity of the Universe | Fr.
James V. Schall, S.J. | "Should the vast size of the universe concern us? Could indeed we fail to notice it?"
Sympathy for the devil: Thoughts on "The
Golden Compass" | Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. | Remarks on the controversial movie.
The Case Against Abortion | Carl E. Olson | Dr. Francis Beckwith discusses his book Defending Life: A Moral and Legal
Case Against Abortion Choice.
Come, Lord Jesus! The Meaning of Advent | Fr. Kenneth
Baker, S.J. | A homily for the First Sunday of Advent.
Turn Your Hearts! | Kenneth Baker, S.J. | A homily for
the second Sunday of Advent.
Mary Immaculate | Kenneth Baker, S.J. | A homily for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
A Perfect Family | Kenneth Baker, S.J. |
A homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.
Christ Our Life | Kenneth Baker, S.J. |
A homily for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord.
The Two Most Important Philosophers Who Ever Lived |
Peter Kreeft | One is called "The Father of Philosophy"; the other is "The Father of Modern Philosophy." Who are they?
Mother Mary Francis and the Renewal of Religious Life |
Archbishop Raymond L. Burke | The Foreword to Mother Mary Francis's book,
Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience.
William P. Clark: The Quiet Catholic Who Changed the World |
An interview with Paul Kengor | The co-author of
The Judge talks about the Catholic who helped end the Cold War.
Theologians and Saints | Hans Urs von Balthasar |
The great Swiss theologian notes that "since the great period of Scholasticism, there have been few theologians who were saints."
The Illusion of Freedom Separated from Moral Virtue |
Raymond L. Dennehy | Liberal democracy cannot survive unless virtues and ethics rooted in the natural law permeate the culture.
Are Catholics Born Again? | Mark Brumley | Many
Catholics have left the Church because of the question: "Have you been born again?" But do Fundamentalists correctly understand
the meaning of being "born again"?
Professor Dawkins and the Origins of Religion |
Thomas Crean, O.P. | A chapter from God Is
No Delusion: A Refutation of Richard Dawkins, a response to well-known British atheist's best-selling book,
The God Delusion.
Be Nice To Me. I'm Dying. | Mary Beth Bonacci | It's a
fundamental truth of the spiritual life that we need to be reminded of the inevitability of our own death. This ride doesn't
Pope Benedict XVI and the New Ecclesial Movements |
Bishop Stanislaw Rylko | The Introduction to Joseph Ratzinger's
New Outpourings of the Spirit.
Why Do They Hate Catholics So Much? | Dr. James
Hitchcock | "Frenzied blasphemy reveals the depth of the violent hatred because it represents an assault in
some ways worse than the desire to do bodily harm."
Why the Bewilderment? Benedict XVI on Natural Law | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The Holy Father continues to emphasize the
reasonable nature of Christianity as he fights against both religious and secular fundamentalism.
On Writing A History of Christianity in China | Fr. Jean-Pierre Charbonnier | The Preface to the acclaimed history,
Christians In China: A.D. 600 to
The Mission: The Introduction to The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan's Top Hand |
Paul Kengor & Patricia Clark Doerner | A selection from
the new biography of Reagan's most
trusted advisor, a devout Catholic.
St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church | Kenneth Whitehead | Who was St. Ignatius of Antioch and why he is
still important today?
A Conversation with a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative Evangelical Catholic Priest | Carl E. Olson | Theologian and
author Fr. Robert Barron talks about his new book, The Priority of Christ.
Church Indulgences in San Francisco | George Neumayr | The choice facing the U.S. bishops is clear. What will they do?
The Challenge of Marriage Preparation | Dr. Janet E. Smith | Those working with couples preparing to
marry undertake a vital but difficult task.
31 Questions for Schall (Part One) and 31 Questions for
Schall (Part Two) | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A visit to the University of North Dakota
yielded a number of questions and answers about education, truth, and religion.
The Past Her Prelude: Marian Imagery in the Old Testament | Sandra Miesel | An introduction to the abundant Marian
typology in the Old Testament.
Happiness and the Human Heart | Fr. Robert J. Spitzer | In this excerpt from Healing the
Culture, the president of Gonzaga University considers the mystery of the human heart and the effect of "heart"
on the culture.
Who Is A Priest? | Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P. | Was Jesus a priest? The answer provides context for understanding
how the Catholic priesthood is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ.
"Where God is, there is the future" | On Benedict XVI in Austria | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | In his
recent visit to Austria, Benedict again articulated several themes that have emerged as central to his pontificate.
Focus Groups and Marriage: A Match Made for Heartache |
Mary Beth Bonacci | Why do some Catholic "experts" try to replace Church teachings about sexuality and marriage with "more
Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion | Brother John M. Samaha, S.M. | An essay about how Mariology in
the Eastern traditions developed through liturgical veneration.
Why Do Things Exist? On the Meaning of Being | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Philosophy means not only that all
of our experience is the object of our knowing powers, but it includes properly "reflecting" on this reality.
The Gospel of St. Matthew: The
Unity of the Life of Jesus | Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis | An excerpt from the preface to
Fire of Mercy,
Heart of the Word (Vol. II).
Pope Benedict XVI on Jesus, the Apostles,
and the Early Christians | Pope Benedict XVI | These selections from Jesus, The Apostles, and
the Early Church display the Holy Father's unique combination of scholarship, pastoral warmth, and spiritual insight.
Communion of Saints: St. Robert Bellarmine
on the Mystical Body of Christ | John A. Hardon, S.J. | Bellarmine's ecclesiology was the main source from which Vatican I
drew its decrees and definitions.
On Wars...and Wars of Ideas |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Wars, states the longtime Professor of Political Philosophy at Georgetown University, are caused by ideas.
The question is: are we willing to honestly and seriously address the ideas that lead to war?
God, The Author of Scripture | Fr. Dominique Barthélemy,
O.P. | The Preface to God and His Image:
An Outline of Biblical Theology discusses the task of writing a work of biblical theology.
"Jews Demand Signs" | An Interview
with Roy Schoeman | The editor of Honey From the Rock: Sixteen
Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ talks about the unique challenges facing Jews who become Catholic.
Bella | Steven Greydanus | A noted movie critic goes behind the scenes of the award-winning movie,
Bella, created by a group of young Latino filmmakers who are inspired by John Paul II and Mother Teresa.
A New Era of Liturgical Seriousness | George Neumayr |
Summorum Pontificum signals "the beginning of the end to the demoralizing liturgical chaos and distortions of the last four decades."
"The Self-Revelation of God's Reality in History": On the Final Chapter of Jesus of Nazareth | Fr. James V.
Schall, S.J. | What Benedict XVI "holds about Jesus," explains Father Schall, "is what the disciples and the Church have
held about him throughout the centuries."
The Cross and The Holocaust | Regis Martin | An excerpt from the prologue to Suffering
of Love: Christ's Descent into the Hell of Human Hopelessness.
The Gift of the Abbey of Regina Laudis: An Interview with Antoinette Bosco | Carl E. Olson | The author of
Mother Benedict: Foundress of the
Abbey of Regina Laudis talks about the abbey and her biography of the foundress, Mother Benedict Duss, O.S.B.
The Doctor of Divine Adoption | Fr. David L.
Toups, S.T.D. | The foreword to Abbot Columba Marmion's Union
Abbot Vonier and the Christian Sacrifice | Aidan
Nichols, O.P. | This introduction to Abbot Vonier's
A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist, provides a biographical sketch of "the most gifted dogmatic theologian
writing--and preaching--in England during the inter-War years."
Pope Benedict XVI and the Essential Worldwide Mission |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | In recent trips and documents the Holy Father continues to articulate and explain what the Church
is meant to be and to do in this world.
A Summary of Christian Doctrine | Paul Claudel | In this selection from I Believe In God:
A Meditation on the Apostles' Creed, the great French writer makes fourteen succinct statements about Catholic beliefs.
Jean Daniélou and the "Master-Key to Christian Theology" | Carl E. Olson | The author of
God and the Ways of Knowing
believed that man has been called to participate in the life of the Triune God.
Leisure and Its Threefold Opposition | Josef Pieper | This essay, from the
collection Josef Pieper:
An Anthology, introduces reader to a topic that the German Thomist explored in great depth in various writings: the meaning
and place of leisure in culture.
The Quintessential--And Last--Modern Poet | Fr. George William Rutler | The foreword to
Thomas Howard's Dove Descending reflects
on the influence of American-turned-Englishman, T.S. Eliot.
On Saying the Tridentine Mass | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | With "the advent of the Novus Ordo in 1969," writes
Father Schall, "and its apparent, in practice at least, suppression of the older missal, I, along with most priests on the
Roman rite, have said this Mass in the vernacular."
Fairest Daughter of the Father: On the Solemnity of the Assumption | Rev. Charles M. Mangan | We often contemplate
the relationship between Mary and her Son. This reflection focuses on the relationship which Our Lady enjoys with God the Father.
Why Are There So Many Ugly Churches? An interview with
Moyra Doorly | Carl E. Olson | Doorly discusses
No Place For God and its critique of the banality evident in
many modern Catholic parishes and cathedrals.
The Vatican, Ecumenism, and Tolerance | Dr. James Hitchcock | A poor reading of Vatican II documents often causes
The Blessed Virgin in the History of Christianity | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. | What are the highlights of
our Marian faith as found in the Bible and the teaching of the Church?
Contraception and Homosexuality: The Sterile Link of Separation | Dr. Raymond Dennehy | The practice
of contraception is a major force behind the rapidly growing acceptance of homosexuality in Western societies.
Saint Francis and the Imitation of Christ | Ivan Gobry | In this excerpt
from Saint Francis of Assisi:
A Biography we see clearly the profound love that Saint Francis had for his Lord, Jesus Christ.
Women and the Priesthood: A Theological Reflection | Jean Galot, S.J. | This selection
from Theology of the
Priesthood is a theological consideration of some of the reasons the Church does not ordain women to the priesthood.
From Defeat to Victory: On the Question of Evil | Alice von Hidebrand | Evil and suffering: these are
key questions of human existence which clamor for an answer. WHY?
"No Weighing, No Disputing, No Such Thing": Ratzinger and
Europe | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | In reading Joseph Ratzinger's Europe:
Today and Tomorrow, writes Schall, "We begin to realize that one of the unique things about Benedict XVI
is his preference for reason and reasoned argument."
Going Deeper Into the Old Testament: An Interview with Aidan Nichols, O.P. | The renowned English theologian,
author of Lovely Like Jerusalem,
reflects on the importance of the Old Testament.
The Tragic Misunderstanding of Atheist Humanism | Henri de Lubac | An excerpt
Drama of Atheist Humanism.
Pulverizing Idols: Lessons From Saint Olav | Stephen Sparrow | "Spiritual timidity (not to be confused with humility)
is the curse of Anglo-Saxon Catholicism," argues Sparrow.
Unity, Plurality, and the Papacy | Hans Urs von Balthasar | A selection from the introduction
Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church.
No Tradition? No Civilization! | Fr. John Navone,
S.J. | "Living in Europe is living in a place where the stones speak; however, if you have not done your homework,
you will not understand what they are saying."
Reform or Return? An Interview with Rev. Thomas M.
Kocik | The author of The Reform
of the Reform? discusses Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum.
The Essential Nature and Task
of the Church | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger | In this excerpt from From God and
the World: A Conversation With Peter Seewald, then-Cardinal Ratzinger reflects on the essential task and nature
of the Church.
Out of Virtue, Greatness: Washington as Aristotle's Magnanimous
Man | Dr. Jose Yulo
Defending Devotion to the Sacred Heart | Timothy T. O'Donnell, S.T.D. |
In this preface to Heart of the
Redeemer, O'Donnell provides helpful definitions, a brief history, and responds to objections made
against the devotion.
Was The Joint Declaration Truly Justified? | An Interview with Dr. Christopher Malloy |
In October 1999 the "Joint Declaration On the Doctrine of Justification" (JD) was signed by Lutheran and Catholic
representatives. Years later, important questions remain unanswered.
Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ | Roy Schoeman |
This preface to Honey From the Rock:
Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ reflects on the reasons for Jews from varied backgrounds becoming Catholic.
The Culture of Modernity and Catholicism | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
The "spirit of renewal" after Vatican II proposed that, wherever possible, Catholicism should accommodate itself to modernity.
But how compatible are Catholicism and modern culture?
Catholic Commencements and Pro-Abortion Politicians | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Many politicians call themselves "Catholic" but follow the outlines of the Rudy Giuliani position on abortion.
Part of the reason has been the confused and lacking guidance from the local or Roman hierarchy.
The Comprehensive Claim of Marxism | Peter Kreeft |
This excerpt from Socrates Meets Marx: The
Father of Philosophy Cross-Examines the Founder of Communism uses an engaging combination
of informal wit and philosophical knowledge to help explain foundational premises of Marxism.
The Mercenary | Susan Peek |
The opening chapter of A Soldier Surrenders:
The Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis (A Novel) introduces the story of the dramatic conversion of the 16th-century
soldier who became the founder of the "Hospitallers".
Monsignor Ronald Knox: Convert, Priest, Apologist | An Interview with Fr. Milton Walsh |
The author of Ronald Knox As Apologist,
discusses the influence of Knox, one of the finest Catholic thinkers of the 20th century.
Experience, Reason, and Authority in the Apologetics of Ronald Knox | Fr. Milton Walsh |
In this selection from Ronald Knox As Apologist,
Fr. Walsh shows how Monsignor Knox appealed to both the intellect and the heart when defending the Catholic Faith.
On Spiritual Warfare | Peter Kreeft |
Taking its cue from C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters, Kreeft's
Snakebite Letters is a
combination of satire, humor and devilish insights into the invisible war for the the souls of men.
What Is the Magisterium? | Thomas Storck |
An overview and helpful guide to the teaching office of the Church.
Know Him in the Breaking of Bread | Fr. Francis Randolph |
This opening chapter of Know Him in the Breaking of
Bread: A Guide To The Mass, reflects on the beliefs of the early Christians about the Liturgy.
The Courage To Be Imperfect | Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, S.V.D. |
The Introduction to Pope Benedict XVI: The Conscience
of Our Age offers a theological portrait of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, by a former student and long-time friend.
The Four Marks of the Church | Ronald Knox |
Excerpted from The Hidden Stream: Mysteries of the
Christian Faith, this essay considers what it means to say the Church is "one,
holy, catholic, and apostolic."
Origen and Allegory | Henri de Lubac |
In his introduction to History and Spirit: The
Understanding of Scripture According to Origen the great French patristics scholar laments that Origen is viewed as
"a mad allegorist".
From Protestantism to Catholicism: Six Journeys to Rome | Various Authors |
Excerpts from six books explaining why Protestant pastors, theologians, and authors became Catholic.
What Must I Read To Be Saved? On Reading and Salvation | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
We cannot point to any book, including the Bible, and say that everyone must actually read it before he
can be "saved." But that doesn't mean reading cannot have a substantial role in the drama of salvation.
The Truth About Joan of Arc | Katherine Anne Porter and Régine Pernoud |
The Foreword and Preface to
The Retrial of Joan of Arc: The Evidence for Her Vindication highlight the importance of looking at both old and new evidence
in evaluating the charges brought against Joan of Arc.
Viagra: It's Not Just for Old Guys Anymore | Mary Beth Bonacci |
There remains one dirty little secret in our society. People may be having a lot more sex (or at least trying to). But they're enjoying it
a lot less. And nobody wants to admit it. What's the matter here?
Which atheism do you not believe in? | Carl E. Olson |
Fulton Sheen observed that the modern atheist is "always angered when he hears anything said about God and
religion--he would be incapable of such a resentment if God were only a myth." And the resentment lives on!
What Is Catholicism? Questions With Answers | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
The Holy Father's recent comments to a group of theologians
stressed that a distinctive mark of the Catholic Faith is the willingness to ask questions and the belief that answers do exist.
PNAC Finishes Round Robin with Loss to Mater Ecclesiae | Joseph Previtali |
The Pontifical North American College concluded its round-robin competition in Group A of the 2007 Clericus Cup with a 3-1 loss to Mater
Ecclesiae on Saturday, April 28.
"I never thought I wanted to be a writer": An interview with Thomas Howard |
The recently published The Night Is Far Spent
is an anthology of essays and talks from Thomas Howard on topics including the Inklings, the sacraments, Handel,
ballet, and fatherhood. In this interview, Howard taks about his life of writing, thinking, and teaching.
A Shepherd Like No Other | Christoph Cardinal Schönborn |
This reflection from Behold,
God's Son! Encountering Christ in the Gospel of Mark considers Jesus' words: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down
his life for the sheep."
Motherhood of the Entire Church | Henri de Lubac |
This excerpt from The Motherhood of the Church
contemplates "a specific and fundamental principle: the Church is our mother. We would not be Christians if we did not acknowledge
in her this essential characteristic."
Can Catholics Be Evangelists? | An interview with Russell Shaw |
The co-author of Good News, Bad News: Evangelization,
Conversion, and The Crisis of Faith discusses why and how Catholics should
The Scriptural Roots of St. Augustine's Spirituality | Stephen N. Filippo |
The scriptural roots of St. Augustine's spirituality can be seen by examining one of his greatest works, "On Christian Doctrine,"
but actually "On how to read and interpret Sacred Scripture."
We Are All Called To Be Evangelizers | Russell Shaw | In his introduction to
Good News, Bad News, co-authored with Fr. C. John
McCloskey, III, veteran author Shaw admits the difficulty of evangelizing while emphasizing how necessary it continues
to be for every Catholic.
St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome | Stephen K. Ray |
The author of
Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church explains the reasons and
methods behind his defense of the Catholic Church's teachings about St. Peter and the Papacy.
Murder On Campus: A Meditation On Death of the Young | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
In the midst of the media furor and questions about who may have been to blame for not stopping the murder of 32 Virginia
Tech students, there are deeper questions that all of us should be asking ourselves.
PNAC Upset by O.M.I. in Clericus Cup | Joseph Previtali |
Hampered by rust, injury, and the absence of three starters, the Pontifical North American College soccer team was upset by
the previously winless O.M.I. team.
"Liberation"--And Oppression | Dr. James Hitchcock |
The Vatican's recent warning about the work of the Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino predictably is met by certain responses,
beginning with the charge that the Church is hostile to freedom.
On "Losing" One's Faith at University | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Granted that most university cultures are either inimical or indifferent to faith, there is a certain exhilaration felt by
the student who pursues the truth about Catholicism in the midst of a hostile environment.
Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Tarot | Stratford Caldecott |
Was Swiss theologian Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar--acclaimed by both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI--a closet
New Ager who dabbled in the occult?
A Great Building Disaster | Moyra Doorly |
This excerpt from No Place For God: The Denial of the Transcendent in Modern Church Architecture explains why the
modern age has witnessed the construction of the most banal and uninspiring churches in history.
Sola Fide, Post-Modern Style | Carl E. Olson |
Faith, say many skeptics, is a matter of private, personal opinion and should have nothing to do with the public square. Does
that make any sense?
Creation | Adrienne von Speyr |
In this excerpt from The Boundless God, the Swiss mystic and author contemplates the meaning of Creation and the work of
the Triune God.
Peace, Justice, Ecology: The "Substitutes" For God | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
The dream of a universal mankind ordered into one political entity is an ever-recurring proposal. Now an increased emphasis on
"globalization" has led to visions of world-wide unity that are distinctly anti-Christian.
Benedict XVI Saves Eros | Rev. Walter Schu, L.C. |
Benedict's response to the charge that Christianity alienates men and women from human love runs extremely
deep. He turns the tables, showing that what has actually poisoned eros is not Christianity,
but modern secular culture itself.
The New Yorker Thumbs Its Progressive Nose At Benedict XVI | Carl E. Olson |
One of world's more famous magazines has made an art out of casual condescension, as evidenced by a skewed
and often very annoying April 2nd piece, "The Pope and Islam."
Feeding New Crocodiles: On Iran and the Dangers of Appeasement | Dr. Jose Yulo |
The recent abduction of fifteen British naval personnel by Iran provides an opportunity to consider the lessons of history by
reflecting on the parameters laid out by Greek philosophy about a nation's defense.
PNAC defeats Tiberino, 3-1 | Joseph Previtali |
Snatching victory from the jaws of a tie, the Pontifical North American College defeated Tiberino 3-1 on
Saturday, March 24th
The Enduring Costs of John F. Kennedy's Compromise | Colleen Carroll Campbell |
What role should a Catholic politician's faith play in his governing decisions? The wrong answer was given in 1960 in a
speech whose impact is still being felt today.
The Everyday Lives of the Early Christians | An interview with Carl J. Sommers |
The author of We Look For a Kingdom discusses lessons to be learned from the first Christians,
and how modern American culture compares to ancient Roman culture.
The Latin Mass: Old Rites and New Rites in Today's World | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. |
A helpful, general outline of the Old Rite and the New, as they are offered in Latin, still
the official language of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Pope Believes In What!? | Carl E. Olson |
It's always a bit amusing (and, yes, annoying) when people get bent out of shape because the Pope articulates,
defends, or preaches about this or that Catholic doctrine or dogma. The most recent example is Hell.
The Priest as Man, Husband, and Father | Fr. John Cihak, S.T.D. |
Some say the vocation crisis can be solved by having women priests, married priests or part-time priests. But the Church says
the clergy will be renewed only through a re-appropriation of the very essence of priesthood.
Faith in the Triune God, and Peace in the World | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger |
In this homily, given on the Feast of the Holy Trinity in 2004 and contained in
Europe: Today and Tomorrow, then-Cardinal Ratzinger reflects on the deepest and concerns faced by modern man.
PNAC Loses to Croatian Team in Shootout | Joseph Previtali |
Playing without key starters, the Pontifical North American College lost a tight
match with the Croatian team in their third game of the 2007 Clericus Cup.
The Young, the Fertile, and the Ambitious | Jeremy Lott |
In this Catholic World Report interview, Philip Jenkins discusses the demographic trends and
religious movements that the elite don't notice, and what they mean for Christians around the world.
Catholic Spirituality | Thomas Howard |
In a selection from The Night Is Far Spent:
A Treasury of Thomas Howard, the author remarks, "Let me see if I can throw any light on this topic of Catholic
spirituality so that the whole array of us may grasp things in a fairly clear light."
Pope Benedict XVI On Natural Law | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
A recent lecture by the Holy Father provides an opportunity to reflect on the vital relationship between
the divine law, the natural law, reason, and revelation.
Evangelicals and Catholics in Conversation, Part 2 | Carl E. Olson |
Dr. Brad Harper, an Evangelical professor, comments on the strengths and weaknesses, as he sees them, of Evangelicalism
and Catholicism in the U.S.
Ivory Comedy Clubs: The Tragedy of Modern Education | Dr. Jose Yulo |
A few semesters ago, a student remarked that he received his nightly news from comedic,
"mock" news programs on cable television. The immediate ramifications of this seemed quite telling.
The Two (And Only Two) Cities | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
The "two cities" is a consecrated phrase that comes from St. Augustine. Thinking about these
"two cities" leads to the most profound issues of our time.
Shootout In Rome: NAC wins its first 2007 Clericus Cup match | Joseph Previtali |
On Saturday, March 3, the Pontifical North American College (NAC) soccer team played its first match of the 2007 Clericus
Cup tourney. NAC seminarian Joseph Previtali reports.
The Morning After: What If Cameron Discovered the Other Jesus? | Mark Brumley |
Imagine you're James Cameron on the morning after your Jesus Family Tomb documentary aired on the Discovery Channel.
You thought you discovered the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. But did you?
Benedict and the Eucharist: On the Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis | Carl E. Olson |
Benedict's most recent major papal document is a Eucharistic Catechism and essential reading for anyone
wanting to better appreciate the Church's teachings about the Blessed Sacrament.
Studying The Early Christians | Carl J. Sommer |
In this introduction to We Look For the Kingdom: The
Everyday Lives of the Early Christians, Sommer explains the methods and
approach he used in writing about the world of Christians living between A.D. 100-313.
NAC defeats PGC, 4-0 | Joseph Previtali |
In an offensive explosion, the Pontifical North American College defeated the Pontifical Gallic College this past Saturday in Clericus Cup
action by the score of 4-0.
Clerical Celibacy: Concept and Method | Alfons Maria Cardinal Stickler |
This selection from The Case for Clerical Celibacy provides historical context for appreciating the Church's
teaching about clerical celibacy.
The Truth of the Resurrection | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger |
An excerpt from Ratzinger's masterwork, Introduction to Christianity, explores and defends the reality of the Resurrection.
Seminarians and Soccer! Meet the Pontifical North American College Clericus Cup Team | Joseph Previtali |
An introduction to the Pontifical North American College soccer team, which will participate in
the 2007 Clericus Cup tournament.
The Papacy and Ecumenism | Rev. Adriano Garuti, O.F.M. | In this excerpt from
Primacy of the Bishop of Rome
and the Ecumenical Dialogue, an expert on ecumenical relations examines some
the challenges facing the Catholic Church as she engages in dialogue with other Christians.
Wilberforce and the Roots of Freedom | Jonathan J. Bean | William Wilberforce is one of the great forgotten
men of history. That is now changing with the remarkable film, Amazing Grace.
Reading von Balthasar Together |
A new online reading group provides readers from hither and beyond an opportunity to read, study, and discuss together online
Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar's sixteen-volume "Trilogy." The founder of that reading group talks about the group and how it operates.
My Grammys: The 1st Annual Carl the Snarl Awards | Carl E. Olson | Most Top 40 pop music is hyper-marketed aural
trash. Which is why the editor of IgnatiusInsight.com offers up the "Carl the Snarl Music Awards,"
a biased, subjective, but entirely correct collection of popular music worth hearing.
What Is "Legal"? On Abortion, Democracy, and Catholic Politicians | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Many people believe that if something is "legal", such as abortion, it can be done without thinking twice. Some politicians
insist that supporting abortion is simply giving people what they want. Both beliefs are wrong and
lead down the path to spiritual ruin.
Philosophy and the Sense For Mystery | Josef Pieper |
In this selection from
For The Love of Wisdom: Essays on the Nature of Philosophy, the great German Thomist
writes on the nature and purpose of philosophy.
Reading In the Light of Christ | An Interview with Lucy Beckett | Carl E. Olson |
The author of
In the Light of Christ: Writings in the Western Tradition discusses the importance of great literature, how academic
fads and radical ideologies have distorted the meaning of that literature, and why people should discover and
appreciate the Western literary tradition.
Lethal Bigotry: An Interview with Bobby Schindler | Benjamin Wiker |
In this CWR interview, Terri Schiavo's brother speaks about the newspaper editors who won't publish his
letters, the life-saving work of the foundation in his sister's name, and the ongoing struggle against the culture of death.
End this Scandalous Charade: On Pelosi and the Bishops | George Neumayr |
"Good Catholic" Nancy Pelosi assumed her position as Speaker of the House under the reassuring cloak of Catholicism.
But it wasn't long before she was back to supporting the culture of death. So what did the bishops think of Pelosi's actions?
The Danger of Criticizing Bishops and Priests | Rev. Thomas G. Morrow |
We have a choice to make: to give in to our sadness and bash priests and bishops, or, while acknowledging the errors of the clergy,
we can become morale-builders in the Church.
The Order of Love | Lucy Beckett |
In this excerpt from the Introduction to
In the Light of Christ: Writings in the Western Tradition, Beckett reflects on the value
of some great Western texts in relation to the truth of orthodox Christianity
Who Is Catholic? The Awareness of Catholic Identity and the Universal Call to Holiness | Cynthia Toolin |
Many people publicly describe themselves as "Catholic," often for very different reasons. What are some of the motives?
Benedict on Aquinas: "Faith Implies Reason" | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Remarking upon Saint Thomas, the Holy Father explained there are things to be known by our reason that are
not limited to the material realm, contrary to the beliefs of many contemporary philosophers.
Dark Ages and Secularist Rages: A Response to A.C. Grayling | Carl E. Olson |
A professor of philosophy keeps stating that Christianity brought 1000 years of
darkness upon the West. Apparently he hasn't studied recent medieval scholarship.
TIME Magazine Flunks Philosophy 101 | Mark Brumley |
Steven Pinker's recent article may not be a swindle. But it
does reveal a profound ignorance of basic philosophical issues shocking in a professor of psychology.
St. Thomas and St. Francis | G.K. Chesterton |
Both of these great saints, wrote Chesterton, "reaffirmed the Incarnation, by bringing God back to earth."
"The Best Books I Read in 2006..." | Various Authors |
Dale Ahlquist, Mark Brumley, Fr. Joseph Fessio, Thomas Howard, Joseph Pearce, Karl Keating, and several others list the
best titles they read during the past year.
The Best of IgnatiusInsight.com From 2006 |
A somewhat subjective selection of the best columns, articles, and interviews of the past year.
How To Improve Catholic Biblical Scholarship? | Peter D. Brown |
There are reasons for hope as the ideas of Pope Benedict begin to make their
mark on the Church, bringing us to the cusp of might be a golden age in Catholic biblical study.
Why Fantasy? | Richard Purtill |
In this excerpt from the Introduction to Lord of the Elves and Eldils,
Professor Purtill examines some common misconceptions about fantasy and fairy tales.
Mary and the Convert | G.K. Chesterton |
"The instant I remembered the Catholic Church," wrote Chesterton, "I remembered [Mary]; when I tried to forget the Catholic Church,
I tried to forget her..."
A Black and White Issue? | Carl E. Olson |
Compare, if you will, two very different approaches to the issue of being black and Catholic in the United States today.
A Short Guide to Ancient Heresies | Kenneth Whitehead |
A pithy guide to the many heresies faced by the early Church--and which still appear today.
The Conquest of the Bride | Hans Urs von Balthasar |
This excerpt from Heart of the World is a poetic and theological reflection on the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ
for His Church.
Black and Catholic In America | Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers |
An African-American deacon discusses the history of black Catholics in
America and the challenges facing blacks in today's culture.
Rich Bad, Poor Good? Is Wealth Good For Our Spiritual Health? | Mary Beth Bonacci |
Affluence inspires us to look beyond the material to find meaning in our lives. But is having a lot of money
too much of a bad thing?
Eternal Security? A Trinitarian Apologetic for Perseverance | Freddie Stewart, Jr. |
Some Evangelical Protestants insist that heaven is absolutely guaranteed to all who are truly "born again". What does the Bible
and the Catholic Church have to say?
Benedict the Brusque? | Carl E. Olson |
Francis X. Clooney, S.J., recently criticized the "brusque" methods of
interreligious dialogue employed by the Holy Father. But does he have a Catholic understanding of that dialogue?
Ignatius of Loyola and Ideas of Catholic Reform | Vince Ryan |
It's common to see Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits as an outgrowth of the Counter-Reformation. But how accurate
is this view and how well does it present Ignatius's vision for the Society of Jesus?
Secularity: On Benedict XVI and the Role of Religion in Society | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
The Holy Father's recent remarks to a group of Italian jurists offer insight into the complex relationship between the sacred and the
secular, as well as that between the Church and the State.
"The Best Books I Read in 2006..." | Various Authors |
Dale Ahlquist, Mark Brumley, Fr. Joseph Fessio, Thomas Howard, Joseph Pearce, Karl Keating, and several others list the
best titles they read during the past year.
The Best of IgnatiusInsight.com From 2006 |
A somewhat subjective selection of the best columns, articles, and interviews of the past year.
It's a Box..It's a Gym...No, It's a Parish! | Carl E. Olson |
The words "...uplifting and spiritual without sacrificing a sense of community..." signal the presence of
that most banal artifice of human "achievement": the modern church building.
The God In the Cave | G. K. Chesterton |
"God also was a Cave Man," wrote the great English author, "and, had also traced strange shapes of creatures, curiously
colored upon the wall of the world; but the pictures that he made had come to life."
The Mystery Made Present To Us | Fr. Alfred Delp, S.J. |
In this powerful pre-Christmas Reflection preached in Munich on December 22, 1942, a soon-to-be-martyr proclaimed,
"The world in which we stand is un-Christmaslike, not because God is unmerciful, but rather because man has outlawed
the message, and there is no room anymore for the promise."
"A Requirement of Intellectual Honesty": On Benedict and the German Bishops | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
When Pope Benedict XVI met with the German and Swiss bishops in November, he continued to address the unique
challenges brought on by modernity, secularism, and skepticism.
Why Do Catholics Become Evangelicals? | Rev. Gerald J. Mendoza, O.P. |
Anytime a Catholic converts to a fundamentalist Evangelical denomination, "Even the altar cries, and so should we. What
attracts so many Catholics to Evangelical groups and movements? And what can be done about it?
"Lord, teach us to pray" | Gabriel Bunge, O.S.B. |
In this Introduction to Earthen Vessels: The Practice of Personal Prayer According to the Patristic Tradition a Benedictine
monk explains that "Only in prayer is the Christian really himself."
St. John of the Cross | Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. |
What we know so extremely well about St. John of the Cross, explains Fr. Dubay, "is what is most important about anyone:
his deepest self."
"Primacy in Love": The Chair Altar of Saint Peter's in Rome | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger |
In this selection from Images
of Hope, the man who is now Pope Benedict XVI considers the meaning of the papacy in light of the altar in Saint Peter's Basilica.
Seeking Deep Conversion | Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. |
The renowned spiritual director and author explains the meaning of true moral conversion.
The Church of Latter Day Sinners | Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. |
In this selection from Arise From Darkness, the beloved preacher and spiritual writer reflects on the nature of
authentic, holy Christianity.
Immaculate Mary, Matchless in Grace | John Saward |
In this excerpt from Cradle of Redeeming Love Fr. Saward contemplates the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Universe is Meaning-full: An interview with Dr. Benjamin Wiker | Carl E. Olson |
The co-author of A Meaningful World discusses science, religion, evolution, intelligent design, and the meaning
On the Meaning of Advent | Archbishop Fulton Sheen |
Selections from Through the Year With Fulton Sheen.
Preparing To Meet the Lord: Reflections on the Readings for Advent | Carl E. Olson |
A reflective guide to the readings for the four Sundays of Advent, 2006.
"This book is the fulfilment of my vow" | Franz Werfel |
The Jewish author explains, in this preface to The Song of Bernadette, why he wrote a novel about the life of a
Were the Crusades Anti-Semitic? | Vince Ryan |
In recent years, a number of authors have claimed that the Crusades were overwhelmingly anti-Semitic in nature. Does the
historical record provide evidence for such a charge?
What is the Proper Object of Theology? The Pope at the Gregorian | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
A November 3, 2006, lecture by Pope Benedict XVI at the Gregorian University in Rome provides an opportunity to reflect on the
purpose of both theology and higher education.
For "Many" or For "All"? | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger |
The translation of pro multis as "for all" in the words of Consecration has received much attention lately. In this
God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life, then-Cardinal Ratzinger commented on the translation.
Authority and Dissent in the Catholic Church | Dr. William E. May |
What is the role of the Church as moral teacher? Can dissent from such teaching be legitimate?
Evangelicals and Catholics In Conversation | Interview with Dr. Brad Harper | Carl E. Olson |
An Evangelical professor of theology discusses Catholic-Evangelical dialogue and how that dialogue has changed over the past few decades.
A Philosophical Ruse: Is Bioethics Beyond Good and Evil? | Dr. Jose Yulo |
Many bioethics experts conduct their work based on unencumbered interpretation of moral judgments. It may well serve the
field of modern bioethics to first examine some of its rational roots in philosophical history.
The Virtually Venerable Fulton J. Sheen | Charles F. Harvey |
Archbishop Sheen embodied two qualities that
characterized many canonized American saints: zeal for personal sanctity and a drive to realize the unique possibilities for
spreading the Gospel that America affords.
Biblical Scholarship with a Pastoral Purpose | Peter S. Williamson |
A professor of Sacred Scripture explains why Scripture scholarship directed to a pastoral purpose must begin with
an explicit presupposition of Christian faith.
The Soul of the West | An interview with Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Justin Murray |
Fr. Schall discusses the ongoing impact of Benedict XVI's Regensburg lecture, the
relationship between religion and reason, and the future of inter-religious dialogue.
Excommunication! | An interview with canon lawyer Dr. Edward Peters | Carl E. Olson |
Dr. Ed Peters talks about his new book, Excommunication and the Catholic Church (Ascension
Press), and the misunderstandings about excommunication he often encounters.
Converts and Saints | An Interview with Joseph Pearce | IgnatiusInsight.com |
Biographer Joseph Pearce reflects on the nature of conversion, the role of beauty in conversion, and the current state
of Catholic literature in the English-speaking world.
What Is Catholic Social Teaching? | Mark Brumley |
This review essay of Fr. Roger Charles's
An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching outlines the essential points of Catholic
social doctrine and addresses attempts to misrepresent that same teaching.
A Review of Tolkien, Man and Myth: A Literary Life by Joseph Pearce | Jill Kriegel |
"This biography of the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a
study to lure the devout Tolkien novice, as well as one to satiate the veteran Tolkien lover."
On November: All Souls and the "Permanent Things" | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
The Feasts of All Saints and All Souls are occasions to consider the deeper meaning of life, death, sin, and salvation.
Fanatic Anti-Christianity | Dr. James Hitchcock |
Scarcely a day goes by without some new warning that religious fanatics are destroying American liberties. But who is
really attacking liberty and freedom?
Modern Art: Friend or Foe? | Joseph Pearce |
The noted biographer ponders: What about art that is truly modern and truly art? Is such art a friend or foe of
the Faith? Should Christians be suspicious of such art?
The Role of the Laity: An Examination of Vatican II and Christifideles Laici | Carl E. Olson |
Vatican II and John Paul II outlined and clarified the role of the laity. Here's what they said.
Remembering Father Alfred Delp, S.J., Priest and Martyr | An interview with Father Karl Adolf
Kreuser, S.J., author of the foreword to
Advent of the Heart, the
collected Advent writings of Fr. Delp, who was martyred in a Nazi concentration camp.
The Spirit of Assisi | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Some observations about Benedict XVI's recent comments regarding Catholics praying with adherents of other religions.
Jesus Is Catholic | Hans Urs von Balthasar |
"Jesus must be Catholic," wrote the great Swiss theologian, "otherwise his Church, which follows him and is promised his fullness,
could not be called Catholic."
Does Christianity Need a Liturgy? | Martin Mosebach |
This excerpt from Mosebach's book
From The Heresy of Formlessness considers the place and meaning of the
liturgy in the life of the Church.
The Past Her Prelude: Marian Imagery in the Old Testament | Sandra Miesel |
The Church Fathers located numerous types and foreshadowings of the Blessed Virgin throughout the Old Testament.
Intellectual Charity: On Benedict XVI and the Canadian Bishops | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Addressing the Canadian bishops, Benedict XVI used the phrase "intellectual charity." Here's why.
Excerpts from The Rosary: Chain of Hope | Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. |
In this excerpt from his book on the Rosary, the beloved priest and author offers reflections on The Joyful Mysteries.
Purgatory: Service Shop for Heaven | Rev. Anthony Zimmerman |
Purgatory is the service shop where repair work is done, and where books are balanced before souls enter heaven.
The Gift of Masculinity | Mary Beth Bonacci |
There are a lot of attacks on manhood and masculinity in our culture these days. Why?
The Religion of Jesus | Blessed Columba Marmion |
A selection from the spiritual classic,
Christ, The Ideal of the Priest.
Tom Burnett: A Hero on Flight 93 | An interview with Deena Burnett, author of Fighting Back |
Thomas Burnett led a small group of men that fought back against the terrorists on United Flight 93. His
widow talks about her husband's faith and courage.
The Mythological Conflict Between Christianity and Science | Mark Brumley |
An interview with physicist Dr. Stephen Barr about physics, science, and the Catholic Faith.
The Crusades 101 | Jimmy Akin |
A pithy and informative guide to one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented eras in Church history.
On School and Things That Are Not Fair
On the Term "Islamo-Fascism"
Liturgical Roles In the Eucharistic Celebration | Francis Cardinal Arinze
St. Benedict | Whittaker Chambers
The Mystery of Human Origins | Mark Brumley
A Study In Faithful Obedience: The Foreword to From Slave to
Priest | Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross | IgnatiusInsight.com
Satan and the Saint | Carl E. Olson
Fanatical, Blind Faith . . . in Science | E. Scott Lloyd
Exploring the Catholic Faith! | An Interview with Diane Eriksen
Hell and the Bible | Piers Paul Read
Godless: A Review | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
Do We Deserve To Be Free? On The Fourth of July, 2006 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
Our Enslavement to "Freedom" | James Hitchcock
Enter Modernism | Philip Trower
The Question of Hope | Peter Kreeft
Lust in the Workplace: It's Not Always About You Know What | Mary Beth Bonacci
Reincarnation: The Answer of Faith | Christoph Schönborn
"I'm Not Optimistic, But I'm Hopeful" | An Interview with Father Richard John Neuhaus
Two Chinese Churches? Or One? | Anthony Clark
Filming God's Footprints | An Interview with Steve Ray | Valerie Schmalz
06.06.06 | Is the End At Hand? |
Valerie Schmalz | Novelist Michael O'Brien discusses whether or not we are living in an apocalyptic age.
Creation, Salvation, and the Mass | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
On The Intellectual Needs of Ordinary People | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
Atheism and the Purely "Human" Ethic | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
The Point Of It All |
Peter Kreeft | A professor of philosophy reflects on the Big Question: "What is the point of life?"
Curran's Attack on John Paul II Rebutted |
William A. May | Four major criticisms of JP2's moral thought are found wanting.
Plato's Ring in the Sudan: How Freedom Begets Isolation of the Soul |
Dr. Jose Yulo | The horrific events in Darfur, Sudan, examined in the light of Plato's The Republic.
Making the Catholic Connection | An Interview with Teresa Tomeo |
Valerie Schmalz | Media expert/radio host discusses the role of Catholic media.
Reading Without Learning: On Not Missing "Sublime Passage" |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | At graduation time, a perennial question arises.
The Meaning of Dogma |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Why has "dogma" been given such a bad name?
Discovering the Fatherhood of God in a Gender-Neutral Society | Mary Anastasia
Reading T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets | An interview with Dr. Thomas Howard
The Quintessential--And Last--Modern Poet | Fr. George William Rutler
Saint Martin and the Search for Holiness | Regine Pernoud
The Story of a Nun and a Medal | Stephen Sparrow
The Cardinal From Nigeria | Gerard O'Connell
"My Name is Alex Jones" | Steve Ray
On Adapting to "Modern Times" |
James V. Schall, S.J. | Being truly Catholic involves accepting certain things and rejecting others.
Conscience and Chaos |
Dr. James Hitchcock | At one time conscience was experienced as demanding. Now it has been turned
into a self-issued blank permission slip.
Going Ga-Ga Over the "Gospel of Judas" |
Carl E. Olson | What's the truth about this "new" and controversial "gospel"?
Easter: The Defiant Feast |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The Resurrection of Christ defies human understanding. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen.
The Easter Triduum: Entering Into the Paschal Mystery |
Carl E. Olson | Why the Easter Triduum holds a special place in the liturgical year.
The Jesuits and the Iroquois |
Fr. Cornelius Michael Buckley, S.J. | The foreword to Jesuit Missionaries to North America
by Francois Roustang, S.J., is a fascinating introduction to a little know era in American and Catholic history.
Lincoln's Second Inaugural: A Historic Call to Charity |
James V. Schall, S.J. | One of the greatest speeches in American history was given 141 years
ago in the midst of war, doubt, and turmoil. We would do well to
re-read it today.
Chapter One of The Cypresses Believe In God |
Jose Maria Gironella | The opening chapter of a novel that is considered to be the greatest
narrative about the Spanish Civil War.
Mystifying Indeed: On Being Fully Human |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | A review of Christian Faith and Human Understanding, written
by Monsignor Robert Sokolowki, professor of philosopher at Catholic University of America.
Citadel of God (chapter one) |
Louis de Wohl | The opening chapter of a novel about the life of Saint Benedict, written by a prolific
and distinguished Catholic author.
Why Do We Exist? |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | One of the most fundamental questions in human history is, "Why do I exist?"
Yet many people either ignore the question or arrive poor answers. Why?
Behold the Man! An interview with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers about his new EWTN series |
Carl E. Olson | Deacon Burke-Sivers discusses Christ-centered men's
spirituality, how men and women are different, and how Catholic men can encounter the
Living God in the person of Jesus Christ.
The Bible Gap: Spanning the Distance Between Scripture and Theology |
Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P. | Vatican II urged theologians to root their theological systems more
firmly in the Bible. Forty years later, that challenge still needs to be met.
Seeking Deep Conversion |
Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. | In this excerpt from his new book, Deep Conversion/Deep Prayer,
spiritual director Fr. Dubay explains the different types of conversion and what the great saints can
teach us about conversion.
Accidents Happen! |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Few, if any, human lives are lived in which minor or major issues are
not influenced by something that is properly called "accidental." Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
The Tale of Trent: A Council and and Its Legacy | Martha Rasmussen | A popular overview
of one of the most important ecumenical councils of the past one thousand years.
The Premiere of "The Passion of Bernadette" | Ignatius Press
| Why would the pope's publisher take the plunge into the movie business? So that the story of a
great saint, brought to life on film by director Jean Delannoy, can be shown to as many people as possible.
Reformation 101: Who's Who in the Protestant Reformation | Geoffrey Saint-Clair
| A helpful guide to the popes, reformers, heretics, theologians, and civil authorities who
had key roles in the religious, political, and social unrest of sixteenth-century Europe.
The Temptation of the Earthly City: Tolkien's Augustian Vision | Dr. Jose Yulo
| The Doctor and the Professor both, in their respective fashion, shine a
light on the attainment a city that discharges the distresses of those who seek it in earnest humility.
"Written In Courage": An Analysis of the 2006 State of the Union Address | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
| President Bush's latest State of the Union Address wasn't perfect, but it contained several
ideas and beliefs worth thinking about further.
Speaking Up For Life: An Interview with Deirdre McQuade |
Valerie Schmalz | The USCCB's Director of Planning and Information discusses her strong
belief in the Christ-centered dignity of women, and her belief in the
sanctity of life.
I Sometimes Watch Television. Do You? |
Carl E. Olson | The editor of IgnatiusInsight.com finally admits the truth: there are certain
TV shows that he watches on a regular basis. How does he live with himself?
Well-Versed In Faith |
Joseph Pearce | Several selections - along with short bios of the respective poets - from
Flowers of Heaven: One Thousand Years of Christian Verse, edited by a noted biographer and
Gaudi's Grand Cathedral: Temple Sagrada Familia and Its Saintly Architect |
Stephen Sparrow | In 1882, construction began on a remarkable cathedral - and continues
today. Here is the story of one the most unique churches in the world and the young architect
who designed it.
The Power of Poetry: An Interview with Joseph Pearce | Carl E. Olson |
The noted biographer and author talks about editing Flowers of Heaven.
The Supreme Court and Abortion |
Jonathan M. Saenz, Attorney, Liberty Legal Institute | The Supreme Court recently heard
oral arguments on an abortion case for the first time in five years. What's next?
Singing the Song of Songs | Blaise Armnijon, S.J.
| In this introduction to The Cantata of Love, Fr. Arminjon explains the
controversies surrounding the most erotic book in the Bible.
The Jews and the Second Coming | Roy H. Schoeman |
How might current events relate to biblical prophecy about the role of the Jews in the
Second Coming of Christ? A Hebrew-Catholic speculates.
"The Best Books I Read in 2005..." |
Ignatius Press Authors and Editors | Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., Mark Brumley, Thomas Howard,
Joseph Pearce, and others name their favorite reads of the past year.
Forty-Four Hours in Lourdes | Stephen Swallow | The author arrived at
Lourdes with a cynical eye, but left with a newfound appreciation for the universality
The Relevance of Holiness: The Introduction to A Holy Life: St.
Bernadette of Lourdes | Patricia A. McEachern, Ph.D. | Anyone pursuing a deeper
spiritual life will appreciate this humble soul, with her own human frailties, who sought
How Should We Worship? | Preface to The Organic Development of the Liturgy
by Alcuin Reid, O.S.B. |
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger | For forty years there has been intense debate about liturgy.
This new book will aid an authentic reform of the reform.