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CWR Articles > Back Issue: March 2017
Beware the Fundamentalist, my brothers! ... and shun the fractious Fomenters
By John S. Hamlon
How Pope Francis sees moral history vis-à-vis marriage and family reveals much about which direction he wants the Church to take and at what destination he wants her to arrive.
Stopes v. Sutherland: The legal battle between a eugenicist and a Catholic doctor
By Mark H. Sutherland
The true story of Marie Stopes’ libel suit against Dr. Halliday Sutherland is instructive for those fighting today’s eugenicists.
Papua New Guinea: Unique challenges face some of the world’s most isolated Catholics
By Ray Cavanaugh
The country received its first cardinal last year, and many are hopeful about the Church’s prospects for growth in the small island nation.
Open the Treasure Box and Recover the Church's Musical Treasures
By Anthony Esolen
Father George Rutler's The Stories of Hymns: The History Behind 100 of Christianity's Greatest Hymns is quite simply the most fascinating book about sacred music that I have ever read.
“Kids want a story they can sink their teeth into”: Raymond Arroyo on writing for young readers
By Paul Senz
The second book in the EWTN newsman’s “Will Wilder” series for middle-grade readers is out today.
As Europe Declines, the Church Dithers
By Dr. Samuel Gregg
Six decades after the Treaty of Rome, the European Union is in deep trouble. But is the Catholic Church capable of helping Europe change course?
Without law and freedom united, truth and dignity are destroyed
By James Kalb
In spite of its limitations in human affairs, people want to apply the scientific approach to society. When they do, it gives us progressive social engineering.
Diversity Is Not a Cult—But What is It?
By Anthony Esolen
Chesterton had it right: the man who ceases to believe in God does not then believe in nothing. He will believe in anything, and shower upon that object the devotion that is due only to the divine.
The Mysterious, Surprising, and Joyful Work of the Novelist
By K. V. Turley
"As with all Christian art, the writer’s calling is to make visible what is invisible," says novelist and iconographer Michael O'Brien, "but in such a way that the reader experiences wonder and reverence for Being itself."
Papal Anti-Judaism?
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
We have heard the Pope say over and over again that he is no theologian and that he doesn’t care much for theology, but it is exactly that attitude which has caused so much damage in this pontificate.
Sacra Liturgia Conference in Milan to feature Cardinals Sarah, Burke; focus on Ambrosian liturgy
By CWR Staff
Interest in the international conferences, says organizer Dom Alcuin Reid, continues to grow, especially "amongst young people, men and women, and amongst young clergy and religious."
The state of the Catholic Church in contemporary Ireland
By John P. McCarthy
What happened to weaken the religious enthusiasm of so many Irish?
Learning to Unfold and Understand Sacred Scripture
By Paul Senz
"We may be very different from the ancient people who wrote the Bible," says theologian and author Dr. Michael Cameron, "but we share some vital similarities with them."
Finding a Form for Prayer
By James Matthew Wilson
Like the meditative lyrics of Donne, Herbert, and others of the seventeenth century, Ed Block’s are often devotional poems that aim to express his love of God and to kindle that love in the reader.
Pius XI, Saint Joseph, and Joseph Stalin
By Michael J. Nader
Eighty years ago, Pope Pius XI wrote encyclicals condemning two of the most brutal regimes in history: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
St. Thomas More's True Relevance for Our Time
By Dr. Michael J. Rubin
An excellent exhibit on St. Thomas More at the John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., suggests that More was a martyr for religious liberty. Here's why that misses the most important point of More's actions.
Fighting the Ideologies of Contraception, Divorce, and Gender
By Jim Graves
"So much of society suppresses the harm that the Sexual Revolution has had on individuals, covering it up with what I call 'happy talk,'" says Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute.
“The Devil wins if we don’t show up for the debate”: Fr. Spitzer on reclaiming the transcendentals
By Connor Malloy
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.”
A "Wounded Healer" Offers Guidance for Wounded Catholics
By Edward N. Peters
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.
The murdered Ulma family’s story is bringing Catholics and Jews together today
By Filip Mazurczak
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.
The Annunciation and the Mystery of the Incarnation
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Homily preached for the Solemnity of the Annunciation for the Congregation of St. Athanasius, Archdiocese of Boston/Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
Prospects of a Catholic Literary Revival
By David Paul Deavel
Can a Catholic literary revival take place and again take part in challenging and perhaps transforming our culture?
Fighting the Porn Myth with Science
By Catholic News Agency
Even though he’s Catholic, Matt Fradd’s new anti-porn book, “The Porn Myth,” won’t quote the saints or the Bible or recommend a regimen of rosaries. Here's why.
Islam and the London Killings
By James V. Schall, S.J.
In the end, Islam is not just another religion. It is an account of the way the world ought to be and a program to make it pursue that goal.
Cardinal Sarah's Address on the 10th Anniversary of "Summorum Pontificum"
By Cardinal Robert Sarah
The exclusive English translation of the message sent by the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the Colloquium “The Source of the Future”
“Always forward”: Inside the work of the Word on Fire apostolate
By Paul Senz
Word on Fire, says Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of the apostolate, is "a concretization of Vatican II’s vision of a complementary and cooperative rapport between clergy and laity..."
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