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CWR Articles > Back Issue: July 2012
Paint-by-Number Hymns
By Anthony Esolen
Why, when we have a trove of profound, beautiful, and poignant hymns, do we have to endure what is banal, clunky, and silly?
The true story of For Greater Glory
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
Our hemisphere’s greatest martyrs remain virtually unknown to English-speaking Catholics.
The Left, the Right, and Catholicism
By James Kalb
The striking thing about liberalism, and mainstream politics in the West generally, is how impoverished it is.
Canon Law Was Not the Problem
By Michael Kelly
Neglect of canon law, not adherence to it, contributed to the covering up of child abuse by Irish priests.
Prometheus and the Cross
By Christopher S. Morrissey
What happens when alien life learns of the Cross? Will we be preaching to ETs about the life of Christ? Or will they already know about it?
Philadelphia Postscript: Will the Guilty Verdict Lead to Lawsuits Elsewhere?
By David F. Pierre, Jr.
The success of the case against Msgr. Lynn has been largely overstated in the media.
Can Truth and Diplomacy Be Reconciled?
By Alberto Carosa
The latest Courtyard of the Gentiles gathering sought a balance between the two concepts in an increasingly relativistic culture.
Gendercide at Home and Abroad
By Christopher White
Those fighting against sex selective abortions are voices crying in the wilderness.
Lies, Damned Lies, and a Spirit of Confusion
By Anthony Esolen
Today we see linguistic and moral confusion in almost everything said about the subjects that have us most perplexed: man and woman, marriage and children.
Eleven Churches Not to Miss When You Visit Chicago
By Jim Graves
In a city shaped by immigrant communities, beautiful historic churches reflect the faith and hard work of generations of Catholics.
Muhammad: Man or Myth?
By J. Mark Nicovich, Ph.D.
A review of Robert Spencer’s Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins
Contraception in the United States: A Short History
By John B. Buescher
Many 19th-century promoters of contraceptives were religious zealots who first attacked marriage, then procreation.
Ecology, Politics, and "Love of the Home"
By William L. Patenaude
A review of Roger Scruton’s Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet
The Non-Neutrality of the Secular State
By Benjamin Wiker
Jefferson’s view of the First Amendment has become authoritative. That is a problem, because Jefferson did intend to promote religion’s exile from public life.
Despotism, Distraction, and the Defense of Civilization
By CWR Staff
An interview with author Roger Kimball about his new book, The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia
Adele and Swift: Telling Stories
By Kevin McCormick
The good and the beautiful sometimes appear in unexpected places, including in pop music.
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