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Reality Matters
By James Kalb
The law that the Church becomes weak by pursuing worldly influence and strong by giving herself to truth offers hope for the future
The San Francisco Mission
By Fr. Joseph Illo
Rich in money, San Francisco is poor in faith and cannot afford to run its own parishes. But the faith is growing in this lovely city of St. Francis.
Kevin Costner’s Big Gamble
By Patrick Coffin
The iconic actor-director's new custody drama, "Black or White," offers a fresh, poignant, and sometimes funny treatment of an old social wound
Grey is the Devil’s Favorite Color
By Teresa Tomeo
Even many Catholics dismiss Fifty Shades of Grey as harmless entertainment. They couldn’t be more wrong.
The POTUS and The Inquisition
By Michael Coren
Comparing present-day terrorism to the inquisitions of the medieval era is convenient—and also clichéd and anti-intellectual
Why Obama Was Wrong About The Crusades
By Thomas L. McDonald
President Obama's remark at the National Prayer Breakfast was a chastisement, and a tone-deaf one at that
Reviving “Old Fashioned” Romance
By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
The writer/director of a faith-based romantic drama discusses portraying true love to a culture in which romance is “on life support.”
A Tale of Two Bishops
By Carl E. Olson
One is described as “America's Pope Francis”. One is criticized for failing to "truly walk the talk" set forth by Francis. Who is he?
Pope Francis' Surprise Visit to a Rome Shantytown: Behind the Scenes
By CNA
“We forgot that we can cry also for joy. We cry for shame and for suffering. Today, we remembered that we can pray for joy. This was the best day of our lives.”
"Fifty Shades..." and the Sexual Objectification of Women
By CWR Staff
An interview with Catholic talk show host and author, Teresa Tomeo, about the disturbing "Fifty Shades of Grey" phenomenon
NLRB Makes Inroads at Catholic Colleges
By Anne Hendershott
The federal government is stepping into the void of decades of inattentiveness to religious identity at several Catholic colleges.
"Casablanca": Love, Truth, and That Cosmic “Hill of Beans”
By K. V. Turley
The 1943 classic offers a deep portrayal of love and the struggle to do what is right in the face of passion and temptation
On the "Reform" of Islam
By James V. Schall, S.J.
If violence, terror, beheadings, forced conversions, subjection of women, and intolerance of others are removed or “transformed” in Islam, is it still Islam?
Benedict XVI, Cardinal Jean Danielou, and a Modern World in Crisis
By CNA
How the retired pontiff and his "scandalous" hero addressed false interpretations of Vatican II and "a false conception of freedom"
Franciscans, Boxers, and Heavenly Battles
By Dr. Eric Cunningham
Dr. Anthony E. Clark's book, "Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi", turns the conventional interpretation of the Boxer Rebellion on its head
St. Augustine’s Wisdom: Adam, Eve, Christ, and the Church
By Dr. Randall B. Smith
As Lent begins, there is wisdom to be gained if we listen to Augustine’s insights on the biblical story of the Fall.
Reading Sacred Scripture and the Catechism Together
By Liam Ford
An interview with Rev. James Socias of the Midwest Theological Forum about "The Didache Bible: Ignatius Bible Edition"
Will the Other Sleeping Giant Awake?
By William Kilpatrick
Despite widespread slaughter of Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim lands, the Church currently seems unable to mount any kind of resistance to Islamic ideology
Where to Go with Social Teaching?
By James Kalb
The thing most needed for independence from an all-pervasive this-worldly system based on career, consumption, and electronic distraction is a concrete transcendent focus of loyalty
Making Sense of Pope Francis
By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
Austen Ivereigh’s The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope offers many insights into Francis, but does have a serious weakness
“Gay” Catholics and an Adequate Anthropology
By Bill Maguire
Eve Tushnet’s laudable goals in Gay and Catholic are undermined by a flawed understanding of theological anthropology.
St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic?
By Dr. R. Jared Staudt
St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome.
The Pope In the Air
By James V. Schall, S.J.
Some thoughts on remarks made by Francis in interviews while traveling to and from the Philippines in January
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