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CWR Articles > Back Issue: December 2013
The Unbearable Frightness of Being
By Patrick Coffin
The Exorcist turns 40.
Traditional Liturgy Flourishing in the Bible Belt
By Brian Mershon
A South Carolina parish demonstrates that reverent, beautiful liturgies—in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms—are possible in a modern American parish.
The Liturgy, Fifty Years after Sacrosanctum Concilium
By CWR Staff
Dom Alcuin Reid reflects upon what the landmark document on the liturgy did—and did not do—and what it has meant for Catholic worship.
The Bishops and Catholic Hospitals Under Fire
By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
The president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center discusses the ACLU’s lawsuit against the US bishops over Catholic health care directives.
I Went to a Hockey Game. . .and the Faith Broke Out
By David Paul Deavel
Alyssa Bormes explains the catechetical possibilities skating right by us in the rink of life
By James Kalb
Why is this basic principle of Catholic social teaching praised more than it is practiced?
Why the Laity Matters
By Alvino-Mario Fantini
A review of Cardinal Francis Arinze’s new book, The Layperson’s Distinctive Role
Evangelii Nuntiandi: “The greatest pastoral document that has ever been written”
By J. J. Ziegler
Pope Francis has been candid about his appreciation for Paul VI’s 1975 apostolic exhortation. Many theologians and evangelization experts agree that the document has remained relevant and challenging to the Church today.
Pope Francis' Missionary Church
By James V. Schall, S.J.
The Pontiff's focus (and impatience) is “this-worldly,” but it is not “utopian” or modernist
Do You Hear What I Hear?
By Joseph F. Martin
Contemporary Christmas albums are often uneven and uninspired. Here are six noteworthy exceptions.
Hype and Hope for the FFI
By Michael J. Miller
Separating wheat from chaff in the current controversies surrounding the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate
A Small Thing, Packaged Big
By Andrew Svenning
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug suffers from poor pacing, too many special effects, and lack of focus.
Faithful and Counter-Cultural: What Attracts Young Men to the Priesthood Today
By Leslie Fain
Anne Hendershott and Christopher White explain how orthodoxy is winning out in their new book, Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops is Revitalizing the Catholic Church.
Christmas, Suffering, and the Cross
By Michael Coren
The witness of those who have sacrificed for others gives us a glimpse into the mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ
Frank Capra's Forgotten Christmas Classic
By Patrick Coffin
"Meet John Doe" is surprisingly current, even timeless, in its examination of ambition, identity, and repentance
"Merry Christmas!" from Catholic World Report
By CWR Staff
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”
The New Saints and Blesseds of 2013
By J. J. Ziegler
A look at the lives of the holy men and women canonized and beatified in the last year
Not a Christmas Carol
By K. V. Turley
The constant bustling of London often hides a dark loneliness at its core
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