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CWR Articles > Back Issue: November 2013
A Catholic Politician in the Nordic Public Square
By Alberto Carosa
An interview with Timo Soini, leader of the main opposition party in the Finnish parliament
The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad
By Carl E. Olson
The singer-songwriter discusses her new album, faith, conversion, and why she doesn't make “Christian music”
Multiple Parents in a “Brave New World”
By James V. Schall, S.J.
This new world began not in the scientific laboratory, but in the minds and desires of men.
"Jack": Convert, "Mere" Christian, and Near Catholic
By Michael Coren
The books and stories of C.S. Lewis, who died fifty years ago this month, continue to engage minds and capture hearts
Living Dangerously: Christian Persecution Around the World
By Christopher White
John Allen’s new book argues that today the persecution of Christians is as virulent—and widespread—as ever.
The Hunter’s Point Bible War
By John B. Buescher
A history of an instructive episode in the American debate about whether or not public, secular education can be truly “neutral"
Catholicism and the Convenience of Empty Labels
By Carl E. Olson
When the language of American politics is used to define Catholic belief and practice, the result is confusion, discord, and ideological obfuscation
Justice, Mercy, and the Drama of Redemption
By James V. Schall, S.J.
A world of automatic salvation would not be worth creating or worthy of God
Catholicism and Libertarianism
By Brian Jones
While libertarianism has a number of tenets that are in accord with Catholic social teaching, complete integration of the two is ultimately impracticable.
C.S. Lewis and Catholic Converts
By Joseph Pearce
While Lewis himself never entered the Catholic Church, his writings have led a dizzying array of converts across the Tiber.
A Pilgrimage in Rome—At Home
By Carrie Gress
George Weigel and his photographer son, Stephen Weigel, talk about their book, Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches
Vatican II, Salvation, and the Unsaved: A CWR Symposium
By Carl E. Olson
This special CWR symposium, consisting of eight essays, is the result of a promise made earlier this year as well as
Abp. Joseph Kurtz on Faith, Family, and Francis
By Jim Graves
The new president of the USCCB talks with CWR about the conference's opposition to the HHS mandate, marriage and family, evangelization, and Pope Francis
Facing the Fallout of Artificial Reproductive Technologies
By Carrie Gress
An interview with Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture
Pope Francis and the Gospel of Joy
By William L. Patenaude
The Pontiff’s apostolic exhortation is filled with warnings, encouragement, explanations, and challenges, all rooted in a pastor's love for the flock.
The Pope Emeritus and the Questioning Atheist
By James V. Schall, S.J.
A recently released letter by Benedict XVI confronts and challenges several faulty premises of militant atheism
Vatican II and the “Bad News” of the Gospel
By David Paul Deavel
Ruefully observing statistics showing that only 6 percent of American Catholic parishes considered evangelism a priority, the late Cardinal Avery Dulles once lamented, “The Council has often been interpreted as if it
“Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required”
By Douglas Bushman
The teaching of Vatican II on the question of salvation entails surprises. While the Council holds that there is no salvation outside the Church, it exerts itself with solicitude for
The Universality of Christ’s Saving Mission—The Teaching of Vatican II
By Nicholas J. Healy, Jr.
The distinguishing feature of the doctrine and the pastoral program of the Second Vatican Council is Trinitarian Christocentrism. The Council’s teaching on the nature of Sacred Liturgy, on the mystery of the Church, o
Salvation and Christian Evangelization: Vatican II in Continuity with Tradition
By Father David Vincent Meconi, S.J
In the second century, Christians were not much more than convenient culpabilities for the Roman government and disposable distractions for pagan entertainment. Despite the hostility between the Church and the rest of the world, however, the
Salvation and Missionary Work after Ad Gentes
By Tracey Rowland
In God is Near Us, Joseph Ratzinger remarked that “in the New Testament as a whole, and in the whole of the tradition of the Church, it has always been clear that God desires everyone to be saved.”
On Universal Salvation: The Logic
By James V. Schall, S.J.
“Yes, for the struggle to be good rather than bad is important, Glaucon, much more important than people think. Therefore, we mustn’t be tempted by honor, rule, money, or even poetry into neglecting justice and the rest of virtu
Who Will Be Saved? The Council and the Question of Salvation
By Father Thomas Joseph White, OP
Let’s presuppose the basics. Salvation consists of at least the following: (1) the forgiveness of sins through the redemption offered in Jesus Christ, (2) the healing of human nature by the grace of Christ, (3) the el
Did Hans Urs von Balthasar Teach that Everyone Will Certainly be Saved?
By Mark Brumley
Let me cut to the theological chase: the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar wasn’t a universalist. Not if a universalist is one who claims for certain all men will be saved. Or, to put it differently, t
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