IGNATIUSINSIGHT.COM ARCHIVES from JULY 2005 to DECEMBER 2005
Walking To Heaven Backward | Interview with Father Jonathan Robinson of the Oratory |
Carl E. Olson | The author of The Mass and Modernity discusses his new book
about the effects of modern thought on the Church's worship.
The Spanish Inquisition: Fact Versus Fiction |
Marvin R. O'Connell | Many of the numerous myths and misunderstandings about the Inquisition
are corrected and clarified by a noted historian.
The Echo of Melos: How Ancient Honor Unmasks Islamic Terror |
Dr. Jose Yulo | Ancient Greece holds sobering lessons about how honor is often readily discarded
in favor of the heady liquor of political power.
Homosexual Orientation Is Not a "Gift" |
James Hitchcock | Those unhappy with the Vatican's instructions about homosexuality and
the priesthood are playing the spin game.
The Problem of the Rigid Seminarian |
Diogenes | Zealous to find seminarians who aren't rigid, seminary gatekeepers
are weeding out the positive attribute of tenacity.
A Theology of Anxiety? |
Hans Urs von Balthasar | The renowned Swiss theologian von Balthasar dedicated an book to the
topic of anxiety. Here's why.
Balthasar and Anxiety: Methodological and Phenomenological Considerations |
Fr. John Cihak | A professor of fundamental theology considers what can be learned from
von Balthasar about anxiety and the modern world.
Am I a Christian? |
Malcolm Muggeridge | In this excerpt from Seeing Through The Eye the famed British
journalist reflects his faith in Jesus Christ.
The Incarnation |
Frank Sheed | What does it mean to say that Christ is God-made-man - that is He is truly
God and He is truly man?
the Virgin Mary" | Paul Claudel
The Old Testament
and the Messianic Hope | Thomas Storck
of Contradiction, Season of Redemption | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
Full of Grace": Mary, the Mother of Believers | Joseph Cardinal
by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary" | Hans Urs von Balthasar
Sheen on Advent and Eternity
The Hour That
Makes My Day | Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
The God in the
Cave | G.K. Chesterton
Mary, Matchless in Grace | John Saward
by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary" | Hans Urs von Balthasar
What a Homily Should Be: Doctrinal, Liturgical, and Spiritual |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Lip service to the Gospel message is not enough. Zeal can (and
must) be rekindled.
Immaculate Mary, Matchless in Grace |
John Saward | As Mother of God, our Lady is without equal, surpassing by far all
other created persons, whether angels or men.
Is Religion Evil? Secularism's Pride and Irrational Prejudice |
Carl E. Olson | There is a growing chorus of voices insisting that religion is evil.
You could even say it's a religious movement.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen on Advent and Eternity |
Archbishop Fulton Sheen | The great bishop, priest, preacher, and author reflects on
the meaning and purpose of Advent.
Christ, the Priest, and Death to Sin |
Blessed Columba Marmion | In this excerpt from Christ, The Ideal of the Priest, the
great spiritual writer and monk reflects on the heart of the priesthood.
A Marian Spirituality of the Eucharist |
Rev. Dwight P. Campbell | The purpose of the Holy Eucharist is to transform us so we
may become more like Him whom we adore.
The Eucharistic Vision of Guitmund of Aversa |
Rev. Mark G. Vaillancourt | What is the connection between appearances of Christ in
the Eucharist and on the first Easter morning?
The Horrible "H" Word |
Mary Beth Bonacci | "If I hear 'Happy Holiday' one more time, I'm going to scream!"
Seducing Minds With the Socratic Method | An Interview with Peter Kreeft |
Valerie Schmalz | Socrates meets the world's most influential thinkers, courtesy of
the creative and prolific Dr. Kreeft.
An Hour and a Lifetime with C.S. Lewis: An Interview with Dr. Thomas Howard |
Carl E. Olson | The beloved professor and author talks about meeting C.S. Lewis,
reading his books, and examining his thought.
The Presence of Christ in The Lord of the Rings |
Peter Kreeft | Although The Lord of the Rings is not an allegory of the Gospels,
it contains numerous parallels to them.
Conspiracy or Communion? A Pastoral Response to The Da Vinci Code |
Reverend Stephen F. Brett, S.S.J. | Dan Brown's novel shows that popular culture craves
clever puzzles that fit and validate an ideological agenda of sexual libertinism.
Can I Quote You On That? Talking to the Media About Homosexuality and the Priesthood |
Mark Brumley | An artistic (but accurate) representation of an actual conversation
with a reporter from a major media outlet.
Teens, Sex, and Real Love | An Interview with Mary Beth Bonacci |
Carl E. Olson | For nearly twenty years Bonacci has spoken to teens about love, sex,
and faith. Here's what she's learned.
The Divine Authority of Scripture vs. the "Hermeneutic of Suspicion" |
James Hitchcock | Did Vatican II give wholesale approval to modern biblical scholarship
and a "demythologizing" approach to Scripure?
The End Times: The Secret Hidden From the Universe |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | The end times, as they are presented to us, are
designed to remind us that we are strangers in the universe.
U.S. bishops Disagree Over Changes in Liturgy |
Mark Brumley | A hot topic at the annual November meeting of the USCCB is the
possibility of a new English translation of the Sacred Liturgy.
Why God is Father and Not Mother |
Mark Brumley | Should the allegedly "sexist" language of Divine Fatherhood be replaced
with so-called gender-inclusive terms? No - and here's why.
Charles de Foucauld: From Playboy to Beatified Hermit |
Valerie Schmalz | The one-time pudgy French playboy was beatified recently
at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The Brighter Side of Hell |
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Hell is usually either ignored or given a bad name. But rightly
understood, it is a positive teaching, even a freeing one.
St. Therese of Lisieux: Patron Saint of Common Sense |
Stephen Sparrow | For Therese, spiritual doubts were not stumbling blocks; she used them
The "Vatican" Endorses "Darwin"? The MSM Gets It Wrong Once Again |
Mark Brumley | A Cardinal makes some remarks about science and faith and suddenly
Darwin is a saint? What's going on
Are God's Ways Fair? |
Ralph Martin | "Modern man" protests that a God who would allow people to be damned is
unfair. Perhaps he protests too much.
Paganism and the Conversion of C.S. Lewis |
Clotilde Morhan | The author of The Chronicles of Narnia abandoned Christianity in his teens.
Here's how he regained faith in his thirties.
The Truth About Conscience |
John F. Kippley | The author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant clears up misconceptions
and falsehoods about the conscience.
Happy Thanksgiving from IgnatiusInsight.com! |
Assorted Authors | A selection of thoughts and prayers from some Ignatius Press books
and authors about thanksgiving and gratitude.
Two New Articles from Homiletic & Pastoral Review:
Unscientific Medicine: A Thomistic Analysis | Dr. Kevin G. Rickert
The Resurrection of Jesus: Our Eucatastrophe | Rev. James Flint, O.S.B.
"God's Little Trojan Horse on Crutches": Raymond Arroyo on Mother Angelica |
Valerie Schmalz | The host of EWTN's "The World Over" talks about his biography of "a Nun"
and her "Network of Miracles."
The Right Man for the Job? The Nomination of Samuel Alito |
Valerie Schmalz | If Judge Samuel Alito is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, the dominant
judicial philosphy of the nation's highest court will probably shift.
Dialogue Is Never Enough | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | Dialogue is meant to arrive at
a conclusion by seeking truth. All too often it doesn't.
The Inequalities of Equality, or All Things Being Equal, Not Everything Can Be Equal | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Talk of "equality" can quickly become slippery, ambiguous, and even dangerous.
What To Look for in Nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court? | Valerie Schmalz |
Constitutional scholar Robert George believes Catholics shouldn't be focused in getting
Catholics or even pro-life justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's why.
Protect Our Daughters: Support Proposition 73 |
Valerie Schmalz | California's Parents' Right to Know initiative would reduce under-age
abortions by 25%.
Will This Catholic Senator Be the Next President? An Interview with
Senator Sam Brownback | Valerie Schmalz | The Republican Senator from Kansas
discusses politics, policies, and his decision to become a Catholic.
Encountering Christ in the Gospel | Excerpts from Cardinal Christoph Schonborn's
My Jesus | Cardinal Christoph Schonborn | The Archbishop of Vienna offers
challenging reflections on Sunday readings from the Gospel of Matthew.
Designed Beauty and Evolutionary Theory | Thomas Dubay, S.M. | Contrary to
the impression given by the popular media, the problems with gradualism in evolution are scientific.
Thin, Dark, Foreboding, and Happy... | Valerie Schmalz |
A National Catholic Register "InPerson" interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
Doctor, Convert, and Mystic: The Life and Work of Adrienne von Speyr
| Hans Urs von Balthasar | She was a doctor, wife, convert, author and one of the greatest
mystics of the past century.
Liturgy, Catechesis, and Conversion | Barbara Morgan |
Authentic catechesis is prophetic, passing on the Word of the Lord, total and complete.
There's More to Prayer Than "Saying Our Prayers" | Mary Beth Bonacci |
A warm, loving environment can teach us a lot about a warm, loving God.
The Liturgy Lived: The Divinization of Man | Jean Corbon, O.P. |
Through the living liturgy man is transformed, filled with the Holy Spirit, and partakes of
God's divine life.
The Church Is the Goal of All Things | Christoph Cardinal Schönborn |
"The world was created for the sake of the Church", said the early Christians. What did they mean?
How Not To Share Your Faith With a Mormon | Mark Brumley |
Catholics and Mormons usually talk past one another in religious discussions. Here's an example...
The Blessed Sacrament is Truly Emmanuel | Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap. |
When our tongues touch the Host, we come into bodily contact with a living physical divine Person and Being.
Is A Total Ban on Homosexual Priests Workable? | Mark Brumley | Some say that a ban
of homosexuals from the priesthood is impossible. Are they right?
The Cardinal, Intelligent Design, and Evolution
| Carl E. Olson | Cardinal Schoeborn comments on evolution. The media reports. Confusion ensues.
Eucharistic Adoration: Reviving An Ancient Tradition
| Valerie Schmalz | Spending regular time before the Blessed Sacrament is making
a comeback in American parishes.
Courting Disaster? Why Many Conservatives Think That Someone So Right Could Be So
Wrong | Valerie Schmalz | Criticism of the nomination of Harriet Miers has come
from many sides. Will she make it to the U.S. Supreme Court?
Do Boys Need Dads? | Valerie Schmalz | A conversation with Maggie Gallagher, President
of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy
The Powers of Fantastic Fiction |
An exclusive interview with acclaimed novelist (and Catholic) Tim Powers.
Bishop Asks People to Pray for Pro-Abort Politicians
| Valerie Schmalz | An exclusive interview with Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli, Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware.
Are We In the "Days of Chastisement"? | Sandra Miesel and Juanita Coulson |
Was Hurricane Katrina an act of God's wrath?
Ordeal By Ideology: The Grilling of Judge Roberts | James Hitchcock |
The recent hearings in the Senate revealed a lot - about the critics of Judge Roberts.
Is "Under God" Going Under? The Fight Over the Pledge of Allegiance | Valerie Schmalz |
Atheists and judges are trying to destroy the Pledge of Allegiance. Will they succeed?
God, Man, and Money, or How to Succeed in Business Without Going to Hell | Michael Novak |
How should Catholics handle wealth and think about capitalism?
Tuning In To The Truth: The Growing Witness of Catholic Radio | Valerie Schmalz |
The story of the slow but steady growth of Catholicism on the airwaves.
Entering Marriage with Eyes Wide Open | Edward Peters |
Why do many marriages end by being annulled? A canon lawyer explains.
Introduction to Church and State in Early Christianity | Hugo Rahner, S.J. |
A church historian examines the Church and State relationship during early Christianity.
Understanding The Hierarchy of Truths
| Douglas Bushman, S.T.L. | Does the "hierarcy of truths" mean some truths are negotiable?
No, it means they have an ordered relationship.
On Praise and Celebration | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Catholicism is a religion whose essence directly concerns praise and celebration.
Has the Reformation Ended? | Carl E. Olson |
An interview with Evangelical historian and author Dr. Mark Noll.
Our Triune God | Rev. John Navone, S.J. |
We should spend more time contemplating the Trinity. Here's why.
Hearing and Living The Truth | Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers |
How do you react when the truth makes you uncomfortable?
Eugenio Zolli's Path to Rome | Stephen Sparrow |
The remarkable story of how the chief Rabbi of Rome became a Catholic.
Three-part interview with Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.:
On Learning and Education | Part 1 of 3
On Writing and Reading | Part 2 of 3
Chesterton, Sports, and Politics | Part 3 of 3
Hot Water and Fresh Air: On Chesterton and His Foes | Janet E. Smith |
Chesterton "devastated and lacerated his opponents," but "in a gentlemanly English way..."
Sacred Blood, Sacred Image: An interview with Janice Bennett about the Sudarium of Oviedo |
Did the Sudarium cover the face of Jesus in the tomb? Is it connected to the Shroud of Turin?
The Life of the Mind: An interview with cultural critic Roger Kimball | Carl E. Olson |
A noted author contemplates culture, the arts, deconstructionism, and the necessity of religion.
A Good Writer is Hard to Find | Ronald Webber |
Flannery O'Connor's violent and darkly comic stories flowed from a deep and intense faith.
Four Priests of the Word | Anne Husted Burleigh |
A profile of four men of the cloth who have inspired a new Catholic literary revival.
Interview with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona | Valerie Schmalz |
The new bishop of Phoenix has been controversial for all of the right reasons.
Making Sense of Disasters | Fr. James V Shall, S.J. |
What can we think and do in the face of apparently senseless death and destruction?
Priestly Vocations in America: A Look At the Numbers | Jeff Ziegler |
A thorough statistical look at the state of priestly vocations in the United States.
Misgivings About Mary | Dr. James Hitchcock |
An historian provides helpful context and suggestions to aid ecumenical discussion about Mary.
Genesis 1: The Most Noteworthy Chapter in the Bible? | Reverend Stanley L. Jaki, O.S.B. |
A theologian and physicist contends that Genesis 1 is "the most newsworthy chapter in the Bible."
Approaching the Sacred Scriptures | Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch |
A concise and helpful guide to reading the Bible and approaching Jesus,
the Word of God.
A Religion the New York Times Can Love | Donna Steichen |
A once prominent Catholic theologian now travels the world promoting his syncretist cause. Here's his story.
The Counter-Reformation: Ignatius and the Jesuits | Fr. Charles P. Connor |
The story of Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus.
Satan and Saints: Taking the Prince of Darkness Seriously | Carl E. Olson |
Is Satan real? Yes. Does the Church say so? Yes. So why do many Catholics deny Satan's existence?
The Eucharist: Source and Summit of Christian Spirituality | Mark Brumley |
Here's why we need to better understand the Eucharist's role in Christian spirituality.
Some Atrocities are Worse than Others | Mary Beth Bonacci |
If you really want to talk about atrocities, you need to talk about the abomination of abortion.
Martyrs and Suicide Bombers | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Terrorists are not martyrs, no matter how their defenders try to say they are.
Cells and Souls: Is OAR an Acceptable Cloning Technique for Pro-Lifers? | Vivian W. Dudro |
Should we be concerned some pro-life theologians are endorsing Oocyte Assisted Reprogamming?
Can Your Daughter Get An Abortion Without You Knowing? The Battle Over California's
Proposition 73 | Valerie Schmalz |
How parents are fighting NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU to regain their rights.
Fighting for a Healthcare Culture of Life: An Interview with Mike O'Dea, founder of Christus
Medicus Foundation | Valerie Schmalz |
The founder of Christus Medicus Foundation discussees faith-based healthcare.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research - What Happens Next? | Valerie Schmalz |
A summary of where things stand with stem cell and cloning legislation.
Papal Authority in von Balthasar's Ecclesiology | Raymond Cleaveland |
How von Balthasar brilliantly defended papal authority from "progressives" and radicals.
St. John Vianney's Pastoral Plan | Fr. John Cihak
The Cure of Ars ministry provided a timeless fundamental blueprint for a pastoral plan.
A Short Introduction to Atheism | Carl E. Olson |
What do you know about what John Paul II called"the striking phenomenon of our time"?
Mary in Feminist Theology: Mother of God or Domesticated Goddess? | Fr. Manfred Hauke |
Radical feminists don't like Mary. radical feminists, the Mother of God. Here's why.
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 Hour That Makes My Day | Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen |
Sheen offers a beautiful and inspiring explanation of the importance of Eucharistic Adoration.
Chesterton and the Delight of Truth | James V. Schall, S.J. |
Chesterton had the unique ability to see truth and to delight in it. So can you.
Does Pro-Life Cloning Exist? The Debate Rages On | Valerie Schmalz |
The possible consequences of potential cloning and stem cell legislation.
Interview with Bob Casey, Jr. | Valerie Schmalz |
Bob Casey, Jr., (D), discusses his senatorial campaign, life issues, and Sen. Rick Santorum (R).
The Supreme Court's Penumbra of Politics | Dr. James Hitchcock |
Politics have radically changed perceptions of the Supreme Court and how it operates today.
Wars Without Violence? | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. |
Nearly everyone wants a world without war. But can we always avoid war and is war always morally wrong?
Does Pro-Life Cloning Exist? The Debate Rages On | Valerie Schmalz. In this feature article,
Valerie Schmalz examines
the key questions, the pressing issues, and the possible consequences of potential cloning and stem cell
legislation. A companion piece,
"Cloning and Stem Cell Bills Set To Be Up For Senate Debate," outlines the specific pieces
of legislation being considered and debated. And
"Cloning and Stem Cells: Definitions of Key Terms" is a pithy guide to the often bewildering
array of terms and phrases used in discussing these issues.
The Gospel According to Joel | Carl E. Olson | What to make of the controversy surrounding neo-televangelist
The Myth of the Gay Gene | Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco
The One War, The Real War | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
The Disciple Contemplates the Mother | Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis | An excerpt from
The Way of the Disciple.
Catholicism: Simply Complex or Complicated Simplicity? | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
The History and Purpose of Apologetics | An Interview with Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.
| Carl E. Olson | An interview with the acclaimed theologian and author of
A History of Apologetics.
Foreword to A History of Apologetics | Timothy George
A Short Introduction to Atheism | Carl E. Olson
The Source of Certitude | Epilogue to Faith and Certitude | Thomas Dubay, S.M.
Evangelization 101: A Short Guide to Sharing the Gospel | Carl E. Olson