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CWR Articles > Back Issue: January 2017
“The Best Books I Read in 2016”
By CWR Contributors
CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the last year.
Seeking Signs During The Times
By Dr. Leroy Huizenga
Many Catholics have been engaged in apocalyptic speculation, as it seems to them not only the world but also the Church is spinning apart. But is this speculation Catholic?
Byzantine and Catholic in the Secular Northwest
By Jim Graves
An interview with the Very Reverend Fr. Richard Janowicz, pastor of Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Springfield, Oregon, and Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas of Chicago.
The Epiphany and Evangelization
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Evangelization is not a work of the past; nor is it the responsibility of a chosen few; it is the obligation and privilege of every baptized Christian at all times and in all places.
New history describes founding, rise, and secularization of Fordham University
By John P. McCarthy
Monsignor Thomas Shelley's Fordham: A History of the Jesuit University of New York: 1841-2003 describes a trajectory common to many Jesuit universities in the U.S.
Catholics and the Present Confusion
By James V. Schall, S.J.
The faithful are told that they are too “rigid”. The divorced and the homosexuals are, rightly or wrongly, convinced that the Church has changed its doctrine at least implicitly, if not explicitly.
What is "Pro-Life"?
By James Kalb
Why do "seamless garment" Catholics tend toward views like those of the soft secular left, while those who focus on core life issues are more likely to be active in the pro-life movement?
Is the Organ Really a Sacred Instrument?
By Joseph P. Swain
Pianos and guitars are comparatively cheap, and money is tight. Those of us who believe the organ is a sacred instrument have to take the question – “is the organ really a sacred instrument?” – and make it real, a spiritual matter for our pastors and...
Journalist Peter Seewald: Pope Benedict is “one of the most misunderstood personalities of our time”
By Paul Senz
The German journalist reflects on his latest book-length interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whom he considers among history’s most significant popes.
A Malta Laetitia
By Carl E. Olson
Cardinal Müller says "Amoris Laetitia" is "very clear". The bishops of Malta say divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Abps. Chaput and Sample say otherwise. Welcome to Pope Francis' messy Church.
“Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church.”
By CWR Staff
An interview with Carlo Cardinal Caffarra about "Amoris Laetitia", the reasons for the dubia, criticisms of the 4 Cardinals, and "the division among shepherds"
The Bomb That Never Detonated
By James V. Schall, S.J.
On the 1970s, Paul Ehrlich, overpopulation, and why poverty is mostly caused by bad ideas and lack of virtue, not lack of resources.
In Kenya, bishops take a stand to curtail election-year violence
By Fredrick Nzwili
Ten years ago, election-related violence tore Kenya apart. This year, the country’s Catholic bishops are demanding that all involved ensure a peaceful and credible election.
Fake History
By George Weigel
A British writer claims Pope Francis “steadily filling the College of Cardinals with moderate pastors rather than doctrinal ideologues.” This is, of course, a standard journalistic trope. It’s also fake history.
Henri de Lubac's observations of Vatican II offer prescient perspective
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Volume Two of de Lubac's "Vatican Council Notebooks", recently published Ignatius Press, is filled with endless detail, much drama, and many surprises.
The World's First Rock God—and a Franciscan Tertiary
By R.J. Stove
A new Liszt biography by Oliver Hilmes has archival merits and rapid narrative flow, but supplies inadequate coverage of Liszt’s actual compositions.
Walk for Life West Coast a positive witness in a heated political climate
By Catherine Harmon
The 13th annual pro-life event shared the streets of San Francisco with the Women’s March on Saturday, but participants were unfazed by pink hats and counter-protests.
The Tailors of Tooley Street: Reflections on the Ivory Tower and Reality
By Fr. George William Rutler
We may be learning that those who claim to speak of the people, by the people, and for the people, may not really know the people.
New film portrays dramatic life, inspiring conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola
By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
Parishes, schools, and organizations can host their own theatrical screening of "Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint", which is distributed by Ignatius Press.
Theology isn’t math; but it is theology
By George Weigel
There are many ways of doing theology, and not all of them are strictly syllogistic—but if theology decays into illogical forms of Newspeak, it is false to itself.
“Racketeer for Life”: Joseph Scheidler on the pro-life movement’s earliest days
By Sean Salai, S.J.
In his new memoir, the pro-life trailblazer details the beginning of the modern pro-life movement.
An Order of Malta Church Shake
By Carl E. Olson
Knights. Condoms. A forced resignation. Papal inquiry. Rebuffs. Tension. Another forced resignation. Papal intrigue. More tension. Germans. Confusion. Power. Freemasonry. Money. Whatever could be next?
The Docile Visionary, James V. Schall, SJ
By David Paul Deavel
Observations on the life and thought of a remarkable priest, philosopher, professor, and author on the occasion of his 89th birthday.
A Surprising Choice for Krakow
By Filip Mazurczak
Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski is charismatic and easily mingles with the faithful, including those living on the margins of the Church. Yet he is also a deeply orthodox culture warrior unafraid of vocally expressing unpopular truths.
How the ordinary form of the Mass can “enrich” the extraordinary form
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
In Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict hoped the celebration of the extraordinary and ordinary forms of the Mass would be “mutually enriching.” So what healthier elements of the ordinary form might benefit the extraordinary?
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