IGNATIUSINSIGHT.COM ARCHIVES for NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2004
"Who Do You Say I
Am?" | by Peter Kreeft. The well-known professor of philosophy defends the divinity of Jesus Christ
in this excerpt from Fundamentals of the Faith.
"Sometimes you just have
to trust and believe" | Actress Sydney Penny talks about making the film Bernadette and
what the French saint means to her.
"On The Sternness
of Christianity" | by Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. True love can be truly tough. Which means
that true Christianity can be daunting.
"The God in The Cave" | by G.K. Chesterton.
In this chapter from his masterful The Everlasting Man, Chesterton contemplates the mystery of the
Incarnation and the story of Christmas.
"Immaculate Mary, Matchless
In Grace" | by John Saward. As Mother of God, our Lady is without equal, surpassing by far all other
created persons, whether angels or men. After the human nature of the Son, no created entity is closer
to the Trinity.
"Father, Son, and Spirit:
So What's In A Name?"| by Deborah Belonick. More and more people are
playing games with the name of God, arguing that the traditional formulas are narrowminded and outdated. But
the name of the Triune God is not outdated - it is timeless.
Foreword to Yves Congar's The Meaning of
Tradition | by Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.
Introduction to The Meaning of Tradition
| Yves Congar, O.P. Father Congar's book on Tradition is a classic work that contributed to
the teaching of Vatican II and to a deeper appreciation of the Church Fathers.
"Falling From Faith" |
by Carl E. Olson. "We walk by faith, not by sight," writes Saint Paul. That doesn't mean life is easy,
but it makes eternal life possible.
"What I Heard in 2004"
| by Carl E. Olson. Here are a few thoughts about things that I heard and saw this past year, along
with my brief comments, some serious and others not so serious.
Just Judges? |
by Dr. James Hitchcock. The voters in Louisiana, following the lead of several other states, voted
this fall to not allow homosexual "marriage."
It's Over! Did the Catholic
Vote Really Count? | by Valerie Schmalz. What is the "Catholic Vote" and what did accomplish
in the 2004 elections?
Catholic Voters and the Work
Ahead | by Valerie Schmalz. Pundits argue about how much of a difference Catholic voters made
in the outcome of the 2004 election. Here are some of their opinions about the election and what it means
for the future.
Beyond the Election: Catholics and
America | An interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, the editor of National Review Online and associate
editor of the print edition of National Review.
Love Must Be Perceived |
In the newly translated
Love Alone Is Credible, Hans Urs von Balthasar delves deeply into what love means, what makes
the divine love of God, and how we must become lovers of God in the footsteps of
saints like Francis de Sales, John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux.
Thomas Howard on the Meaning of
Tradition | An exclusive excerpt from Thomas Howard's On Being Catholic.
The Year of the Eucharist | Carl E. Olson, editor of IgnatiusInsight.com, writes about "The
Meaning and Purpose of the Year of the Eucharist" and
"The Doctrine (and the Defense) of the Eucharist." Included is a list of select Ignatius
Press books about the Eucharist and the Mass.
Thomas Howard and the Kindly Light |
Dr. Thomas Howard talks about his journey to the Catholic Church and his book, Lead, Kindly Light:
My Journey to Rome.
Is This Chalice The Holy Grail? |
An interview with the author of St. Laurence and The Holy Grail: The Story of The
Holy Chalice of Valencia.
The Cardinal, The Faith,
and the Truth | Can the absolute claim of Jesus Christ as the only savior still be maintained
today? That's the question addressed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in his new book, Truth and
Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions.
"The Point of It All" |
by Peter Kreeft. The point of Christianity cannot be contained in words because the point of Christianity
is the living Christ.
"Why Catholicism Makes Protestantism
Tick: Louis Bouyer on the Reformation" | by Mark Brumley. Interpreting the Reformation is complicated
business. But like many complicated things, it can be simplified sufficiently well that even non-experts
can get the gist of it.
A Victory for Conscience:
Federal Spending Bill Prohibits Discrimination On Abortion | By Valerie Schmalz. In 1997 the Alaska
Supreme Court ruled that a small community hospital in Palmer, Alaska, was required to perform late-term
abortions, overruling the hospital's board of directors which had voted to bar abortions.
Theory of the
Enlightened Class | By Dr. James Hitchcock. Liberals are showing their true colors in
the wake of the 2004 elections.
The Origins of Masonry |
By William J. Whalen. What is Masonry, and how did it start? What does this secret society mean to
Raymond Flynn: Post-Election
Reflections of a Pro-Life Democrat | For years Raymond Flynn's name was synonymous with Boston
and liberal Democrats.
Can Catholics Be "Real Americans"?
| by Mark Brumley. Can a good Catholic be a good American? Can a saint be a good American? Yes, they can -
and they should, writes the president of Ignatius Press.
The New York Times called the movie "Kinsey" an "intellectual
turn-on." But who was Kinsey and why was he so influential? Dr. Benjamin Wiker talks about
the real Alfred Kinsey in "Dedicated Scientist or Sexual
Deviant?" Valerie Schmalz explains why Kinsey is
"The Father of the Sexual Revolution." And Mark Brumley takes a look at
"Kinsey and What's Normal."
Interview with Tom Allen
of CatholicExchange.com | What is the role and value of the internet in the New Evangelization? The
president of one of the most-visited Catholic web site in the world shares his thoughts.
Derrida: Does the Name Mean Anything
To You? | Carl E. Olson. Everyone is stupid and confused on occasion. But to dedicate one's entire
life to stupidity and confusion-that's a remarkable and dubious achievement.
The Mysterious, Elusive
Catholic Voter - Captured! George J. Marlin's fascinating book The American Catholic Voter
is for everyone with an interest in the political life of the United States and the vital role of the
Christian Faith in the public square.
Catholic and Conservative: A Conversation with
Ramesh Ponnuru | An interview with Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for National Revi ew.
Thought Crime Becomes a Reality in Canada: An
interview with Michael O'Brien | Ignatius Press author O'Brien, who lives in Canada,
talks about the recent Bill C-250, which amends the federal hate crimes law to include speech
against sexual orientation.
Mixed Messages | by Phil Lawler.
As the U.S. presidential campaign accelerated toward its conclusion, political analysts became
increasingly persistent with their questions about how John Kerry's Catholicism would affect the outcome.
When the Media Decide What the Church
Should Teach by Dr. James Hitchcock, professor of history at St. Louis University and author of
numerous books and articles.
Traveling With Walker Percy
| by Carl E. Olson. In the summer of 1995, my wife and I - both Evangelical Protestants at the time - took
a trip with the Catholic novelist Walker Percy.
I Saw "Therese"...Again | by Anthony
Ryan. "Last week my wife, Marcia, our 13-year-old son, Sean, and I were able to attend a local movie
theater to watch the new national release of Leonardo Defilippis's little gem of a film, Therese..."
Part Two of Interview with Regina Doman |
Black as Night: A Fairy Tale Retold is a new novel for teens and
young adults from Bethlehem
Books, written by Regina Doman. Bethlehem published Domans
first book, Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale,
in 1997. Based on a little-known fairy tale, it became something
of a phenomenon among homeschool teens. IgnatiusInsight.com spoke with Doman about her newest book,
the challenges of writing fiction for young adults, and her thoughts
about books for teens, including the popular Harry Potter
series. Part one of a two-part interview can be read
here and part two can be read here
His Story and the History of the Church
| A two-part interview with Dr. Glenn Olsen, Professor of History at the University of Utah, and the author of
Beginning at Jerusalem: Five Reflections on the History of the Church, which is a profound
and challenging reflection on the history of the Church and what Catholics need to learn from the past.
All The News That's Fit to Print...Sort Of |
On October 6, 2004, David Kirkpatrick, a reporter for The New York Times,
conducted an extensive interview with Denvers
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., on issues surrounding this
years national elections. In the interests of accuracy, archdiocesan
staff recorded the interview. A heavily truncated and framed version
of the archbishops views appeared in an
October 12 New York Times story. Read a transcript of the
full interview with Archbishop Chaput here. Then decide for yourself whether the October 12
Times story is slanted or fair; complete or misleading.
Catholic Answers vs. Catholic "Choice" | On Tuesday August 31, Catholic
Answers ran a full-page
ad in USA Today in several major markets advising Catholics
how to vote on five key, non-negotiable issues in light of Church
teaching. The ad contained the text of the "Voter's
Guide for Serious Catholics," created and produced by Catholic
Answers. On September 20, 2004, Francis Kissling, President of Catholics
for a Free Choice (CFFC), filed a "complaint" with the IRS,
claiming that Voter's Guide produced by Catholic Answers violates
tax rules governing non-profit charitable organizations.
In an exclusive interview with IgnatiusInsight.com, Jimmy
Akin, Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics and Evangelization,
talks about the controversy, the attacks by Catholics for a Free
Choice, and the Voter's Guide.
An interview with Father Benedict Groeschel,
C.F.R. Hit by a car while crossing a street near the Orlando airport, Father Groeschel nearly died
at the scene of the accident. In an exclusive interview, Father Groeschel talks about the accident,
his recovery, the meaning of prayer, and his book, Praying to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Marie Bellet is a wife and mother of eight
who writes and sings songs about motherhood, marriage, and faith.
recently interviewed Marie and asked her about her passion for
music, her life as wife and mother, and the challenges of being
a Catholic singer/songwriter in Nashville.
Questions in early October 2004 for Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., include the SSPX,
the "Reform of the Reform," homosexuality, female altar servers, and catechetical texts.
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