Can a Catholic literary revival take place and again take part in challenging and perhaps transforming our culture?
At a recent wedding for one of my wife’s former students, the father of a current student asked me about my recently completed semester. I excitedly recounted teaching “The Search for Happiness in the Catholic Tradition,” a course I had changed almost entirely from the last time I taught it several years ago. Rather than shorter units and readings, I organized the...
Homily preached for the Solemnity of the Annunciation for the Congregation of St. Athanasius, Archdiocese of Boston/Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
On this solemnity which celebrates the high-water point in the history
of salvation, permit me to explore with you three Latin expressions.
caro factum est
[The Word became flesh]. We find this line, of course, in the
Prologue to St. John's Gospel, and the Epistle to the Hebrews tells
Wiktoria and Józef Ulma and their six children were murdered for hiding Jews during World War II. A museum honoring their memory has become an important destination for Catholic—and Jewish—pilgrims.
Pope Francis has
frequently spoken of an “ecumenism of the blood.” Today, Christians are being
persecuted and exterminated solely for professing belief in Christ in the
Middle East and many parts of Africa and Asia, just as the faithful were in Nero’s
Rome or during the Spanish Civil War. Today’s martyrs come from all Christian
traditions: they are...
Fr. Thomas Berg’s "Hurting in the Church" is an important and necessary book, rooted in a solid ecclesiology and free of both excuses and histrionics.
Two things will strike readers of Fr. Thomas Berg’s Hurting in the Church: first, that this book needed to be written at all, for who could have ever believed that so much hurt could have been inflicted so quickly on so many in the Church; second, that an effective response to such pain would not onl...
The philosophy professor and Jesuit discusses rekindling a love for truth, goodness, and beauty among young people—before it is “drummed out of them by materialists and physicalists.”
Father Robert Spitzer, SJ was still celebrating Mass, as
he does daily, when I arrived for our interview. It had been a year since our
last meeting, which resulted in one of CWR’s most-read articles of 2016. I waited ou...