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Modern "Rights" and the Loss of Freedoms
By James V. Schall, S.J.
Real generosity implies some area of reality beyond the right and just; it is this latter area that the current practice of rights is quickly closing off as it implies something outside of state control which now claims a monopoly also over benevolen...
Being the “poorest of the poor” with Mother Teresa
By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
How Mother Teresa taught this wife and mother to see and to serve Jesus in everyone she meets.
Labor Day Lessons from St. Teresa of Calcutta
By Michael J. Nader
The newly canonized Saint teaches us that work must be based in love in order to be truly fruitful. This truth applies to all work, whether one is building a Manhattan skyscraper or serving the destitute in Calcutta.
Pope Francis, Henri de Lubac, and the Decentralizing of Church Authority
By Dr. Samuel Gregg
The Holy Father wants to enhance the authority of episcopal conferences. But one of his theological lodestones warned of the dangers of such an approach—dangers come to fruition in countries such as Germany.
The Loser Letters, Adapted for Stage
By Aurora C. Griffin
Author Mary Eberstadt discusses how a theatrical production of her 2010 book raises important questions about belief, atheism, self-delusion, and the spiritual dangers prevalent in the post-sexual revolution world.
Time for Catholics to Reconsider Islam and the "Prophet" Muhammad?
By William Kilpatrick
Islam is inseparable from Muhammad. If Muhammad was a false prophet who presented a false picture of Jesus, then Islam, despite whatever truths it contains, is a false religion.
Showing Mercy to Creation?
By Mark Brumley
Of course a faithful Catholic should care for the planet, which is our common home. But is Pope Francis correct in saying we extend mercy to the earth by linking human life to the planet?
God and 9/11
By Carl E. Olson
We are attacked from within by our own capitulation to sin and destruction, disguised as "rights" and "freedoms"; we have been attacked from without by those who claim murder and destruction is the will of Allah.
Benedict the Brave: The Regensburg Address Ten Years Later
By James Day
On September 12, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI took to the dais of the University of Regensburg’s Aula Magna to offer a few “memories and reflections.” Contrary to the resulting rebukes, the 79-year-old pontiff knew exactly what he was doing.
The Gender Identity Mandate: The latest threat to health care rights of conscience
By Sister Renée Mirkes
US citizens must unite on behalf of conscience protection in all public services, including health care.
The Technocratic War on Traditional Identities
By James Kalb
What makes identity a problem today is that influential people now think about society in a way that breaks the link between traditional identities and legitimate social functioning.
My Two Years as a Catholic in Oxford
By Aurora C. Griffin
Catholic life and faith is alive and well in Oxford, although not in the Theology Department, which is still largely enamored with nineteenth-century German heretics.
For Catholics, Trump’s and Clinton’s family policies leave much to be desired
By David R. Upham
Both candidates’ proposals seem at odds with Catholic teaching in various ways.
On the Poetry of Kathleen Hart: Everything that Rises Must Converge
By James Matthew Wilson
Like Marianne Moore and Gerard Manley Hopkins before her, Hart is one of our literature’s great eccentrics who by her own oddities of craft reveals something profound to us about the nature of making and creation in general.
Oklahoma City’s archbishop on Satanists, vocations, and a unique canonization case
By Jim Graves
While Archbishop Paul Coakley received international attention after high-profile clashes with Satanists, that’s not the whole story of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City today.
The Catholic Conscience, the Argentine Bishops, and "Amoris Laetitia"
By E. Christian Brugger
Chapter 8 of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation is characterized by a false dichotomy between the objective and subjective realms of morality, contrary to Vatican II and St. John Paul II.
The Vatican, China, and evangelical prudence
By George Weigel
Some statistics indicate that Catholicism in China is not doing nearly as well at evangelical Christianity. Why this lag?
Conference brings the Theology of the Body to Southern California
By Jim Graves
The Theology of the Body Congress will be held in Ontario, California this weekend.
More Catholic schools are making the switch to classical curricula
By Leslie Fain
Most schools today are geared toward college and career-readiness. These schools aren’t forming children to be saints, say classical education advocates.
Lazarus, the Rich Man, and the Sin of Pride
By Carl E. Olson
The famous parable of Lazarus and the rich man is surely a renunciation of greed, but it is primarily focused on the evil of pride.
Catholics in an Age of Secular Moralism
By Dr. Samuel Gregg
How do Catholics avoid reducing the faith to the pursuit of fundamentally secularist causes?
New film about James Foley isn’t without controversy
By K. V. Turley
“Jim: The James Foley Story” is deliberately ambiguous on questions of the murdered photojournalist’s faith.
Beware the (Online) Culture of Wrath
By Steven D. Greydanus
How to avoid poisoning your soul on social media
What’s next for Catholic Answers Live host Patrick Coffin?
By CWR Staff
This week the long-time host will say goodbye to his popular apologetics radio show, and hello to a new media venture.
Why We Can't Do Without the Natural Law
By Richard Bastien
Contrary to what modernists would have us believe, the modern worldview is not the result of a sudden and complete repudiation of the classical view upheld by medieval thinkers.
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