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German bishops: Some divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion
By Catholic News Agency
But Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stressed that “it is not right that so many bishops are interpreting Amoris laetitia according to their way of understanding the pope’s teaching.”
A Catholic Populism?
By James Kalb
Populism's rejection of institutions and experts means it can identify basic problems excluded from public discussion. It also means that it rarely understands them accurately or knows what to do about them.
Is Liberal Democracy Closer to Communism or Catholicism?
By Jerry Salyer
In his bold book "The Demon in Democracy", the Polish philosopher and longtime dissident Ryszard Legutko explains how democracies can quickly turn to totalitarianism.
The Truth is Not Up for Negotiation
By CWR Staff
Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks on the meaning of doctrine and its relationship with personal conscience, ecumenism and the interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia".
The Role of Gregorian Chant in Ministry and Religious Education
By Paul Senz
A March 10-11 conference hosted by St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, NY, will focus on the "restoration of the singing of chant as a means to help people participate in the liturgy."
Freemasons and Their Craft: What Catholics Should Know
By Sandra Miesel
To see why the Catholic Church has strongly and repeatedly condemned membership in Freemasonry or any of its allied movements requires a glance at Masonic teachings and history.
How Many Faces of Christ?
By Dr. Leroy Huizenga
Philip Jenkins' "The Many Faces of Christ" displays plenty of scholarship and erudition, but suffers from a blurring of textual and theological lines that reveals a problematic reliance on sociology.
Divine Revelation and the Standards of the Future
By James V. Schall, S.J.
In the end, when our disorders are judged, as they will be, what we will discover about them is that their dire existential consequences flowed out of the reasons we gave for justifying them.
The Hysterical Media Attacks on Cardinal Burke
By Carl E. Olson
Far too many reporters and pundits confirm the observation of G.K. Chesterton in the early 1900s that much journalism is simply "bad journalism" and is "shapeless, careless, and colorless..."
The Living and the Dead and Alfred Lord Tennyson
By Edward Short
Although never fond of church going and heedless of doctrinal orthodoxy, Tennyson was profoundly religious, stating: “Two things I have always been firmly convinced of—God—and that death will not end my existence.”
"Facts" and "values" and darkness at noon
By Abp Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.
The moral conflicts that permeate our public policy debates are endless and irresolvable because our culture no longer has a rational, mutually accepted way of getting to moral agreement, writes Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput in this exclus...
The End of the Road for SNAP?
By David F. Pierre, Jr.
After a recent lawsuit from a former SNAP employee alleged kickback schemes with plaintiffs’ lawyers, the leadership of SNAP has abandoned ship
Paul, Apollos, and Cephas, all over again
By George Weigel
St. Paul lamented that his fractious converts in rowdy Corinth were divided. Today, we are living the crisis of division that caused him such grief.
The Courageous Witness of "The Lion of Münster"
By Sean Salai, S.J.
An interview with Father Daniel Utrecht, C.O., author of a biography of Cardinal Clemens August von Galen, who risked his life by speaking out against the Nazi regime.
The “dark heart” of human-robot companionship
By Sister Renée Mirkes
The time to carefully examine the ethics of human-robot interaction is now—before it becomes “the new normal.”
The rich treasure of the monastic life
By Jim Graves
"Even though we are contemplatives," says Sister Scholastica Radel of Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, "we don’t always see the result of our prayers. In the next life we’ll see the fruit that our sufferings and prayers have produced."
The End of the Catholic State?
By Joseph G. Trabbic
It is widely accepted that Vatican II rejected Catholic states as the normative ideal, and that this rejection was at the level of an unchanging doctrine. Here are arguments against both propositions.
“This is our time of witness”: Abp Chaput on how American Catholics remain “strangers in a strange land”
By Carl E. Olson
“It’s a time not for sadness but gratitude—and courage,” says the archbishop of Philadelphia in a discussion of his latest book on “Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World.”
The true story behind the Marie Stopes eugenics trial of 1923
By Mark H. Sutherland
In the 1920s, a legal victory against the rising eugenic tide was won by a Catholic doctor over prominent birth control advocate Marie Stopes. While Stopes is lauded today as a feminist hero, the story of the eugenics libel trial has been largely ove...
Theological Orthodoxy, Church Growth, and Church Decline: Observations from Canada
By Dr. Kevin N. Flatt
The argument that the Church must change or die was popular in the 1960s among Protestants and Catholics alike. We now have half a century of evidence showing just how wrong that idea was.
Faith and doubt in the films of Martin Scorsese
By Filip Mazurczak
His adaptation of "Silence" is the most recent example of the acclaimed director’s powerful depictions of the “dark wood” of doubt.
Martin Luther: True Reformer or Defender of Erroneous Conscience?
By Dr. R. Jared Staudt
The key issue in debating Luther’s legacy on conscience in the Catholic Church entails whether the teachings of the Church are subordinate to one’s own conscience or whether conscience is bound by the teaching of the Church.
The Subjective Church
By James V. Schall, S.J.
What was once called the objective moral order now exists mostly in the mind of those still faithful to the divine and natural law. But its clarity and practice has been forced underground.
Is the “Benedict Option” the only option left?
By Catholic News Agency
Faced with an increasingly hostile secular culture, some Catholics are choosing to form small communities of believers set apart—in different ways—from “the world.”
“Because I do not hope to turn again...”: On the attraction of Ash Wednesday
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
The Judaeo-Christian Tradition is not cyclical but linear. The ashes are intended to break the cycle of sin and death, setting us on a straight course toward infinity.
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