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Patriotism, Piety, and Anthony Esolen's Out of the Ashes
By Jerry Salyer
Simply put, when it comes to the nature of patriotism, Professor Esolen and George W. Bush cannot both be right.
The Radical Grace documentary is dissenting, misleading propaganda
By Ann Carey
The award-winning film about "three fearless nuns" pursuing social justice, sponsored by several notorious "reform" groups, is full of distortions, misrepresentations, and manipulations.
Classical educators optimistic about DeVos appointment, proposed policies
By Leslie Fain
“We can’t look to Washington to save us. We can look for them to help remove barriers to offer more options for teachers and families.”
Do Ideals Matter Anymore?
By James Kalb
The dominant view today is that we happen to prefer some things to others, so we do what we feel like doing, and not much more can be said about the matter. That situation offers the Church a golden opportunity for evangelization.
A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 1—The Men
By K. V. Turley
Each of these five friars in London have stories that are similar to the extent that each was in the world earning a living, and, in their quieter moments, had sensed something missing.
How to Respond to Relativism with Logic and Love
By Paul Senz
An interview with Dr. Edward Sri, professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute and author of "Who Am I to Judge?"
Praying with—and for—prisoners
By Joanna Bogle
Those who volunteer to share the Faith with prisoners show that Church life in prison is part of life of the whole Church.
"Sacred art is always traditional": An interview with Daniel Mitsui
By Carl E. Olson
"We are living in a time comparable to the iconoclastic crises of the seventh and eighth centuries," says the talented artist from Chicago, "A contempt for tradition, including artistic, is encountered at all levels of the Catholic Church."
A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 2—The Mission
By K. V. Turley
The friars witness to their faith every time they step out of the friary. They walk the city streets as naturally as anyone else. They are as much part of Canning Town as their neighbors.
To Glory in the Cross of Christ
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Every cross borne by any believer gains meaning and becomes life-giving when it is brought into a relationship with the Cross from which Jesus reigned as the King of Love and over which He triumphed in His glorious Resurrection.
But What Exactly is Easter?
By James V. Schall, S.J.
"Christ, the Son of God, rose from the dead." In that brief sentence, if we look carefully enough, we can discover the whole order of being and our place within it.
Benedict XVI at 90: A rare glimpse into his joy-filled life
By Catholic News Agency
An interview with Archbishop Gänswein, who has been Benedict's personal secretary since 2003.
Love, Loss, and The Confessions of X
By Kelly Scott Franklin, Ph.D.
Suzanne M. Wolfe’s accomplished, transcendent novel leaves us with a profound meditation on love and the Christian life, namely, "ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est": where charity and love are, there God is.
Reason, the Catholic University, and the Morality of Abortion
By Eduardo Echeverria
"Ex Corde Ecclesiae" makes it clear that the educational philosophy of Catholic institutions of higher learning shouldn’t accept a separation of the intellectual life from the life of faith.
A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 3—The Mystery
By K. V. Turley
The community has no founder as such. And, from day one, their desire was not to create a new form of religious life but rather to set themselves securely upon their ancient foundations.
Fake canon law goes on goin’ on
By Edward N. Peters
There is just one problem with the narrative of a pope kicking down a penal door locked against divorced-and-remarried Catholics: the 1917 Code did not excommunicate divorced and remarried Catholics.
Lessons from the Prophetess of Eucharistic Love
By Paul Senz
Saint Mary Magdalene, says Fr. Sean Davidson, author of a new book on her life and example, "is the perfect adorer of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Gospels."
Catholic institutions vulnerable to sexual "identity" discrimination lawsuits
By Anne Hendershott
The ACLU has filed suit against a Catholic hospital in Carmichael, California, on behalf of a woman who was “discriminated against” for being refused a hysterectomy as part of her transition from female to male.
The Decline of Western Civilization and “He Who Must Not Be Named”
By Thomas M. Doran
Secularists have convinced Western societies that Christianity was an impediment to humanism and liberal democracy, with the practical consequence being a privatization of faith, another way to describe an impotent faith.
A Father’s Love: The Story of Charles and Anne
By Dr. Samuel Gregg
In World War II, Charles de Gaulle saved France’s honor from the shame of defeat. Few know, however, how much strength he drew from his Down Syndrome daughter.
Settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and infinite delight
By Carl E. Olson
The recent March for Science was a sad and sorry exercise in a view of reality that is flattened, dreary, and ultimately inhuman.
The Creative Catholic: Fr. George W. Rutler
By K. V. Turley
"The writer, like any artist, is called to bring people closer to God through beauty expressed, truth told, and virtue taught. Simple as that."
The Mosque, the Manger, and Modernity
By Carl E. Olson
“Where secularism takes God out of the public forum,” says Peter D. Beaulieu, author of Beyond Secularism and Jihad, “Islam takes the public forum out of man.”
Recognizing the Vocation, Presence of Cooperator Brothers
By Paul Senz
Today marks the first annual Religious Brothers Day, an initiative of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and the Religious Brothers Conference.
Benedictine Options
By James Kalb
When worldly life is brutal and disordered, and the Church is persecuted, she needs a place where she can remember her ultimate goal. And when it’s easy and prosperous, she needs to have examples of heroic dedication to her fundamental vision.
Duc in altum: On Forty Years of Priesthood
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
I have never regretted for a single day having become a priest and, yes, would do it all over again – even amid the lunacy of the 60s and 70s.
Reading Rod Dreher's Benedict Option with MacIntyre and Schmemann
By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
Though I have every sympathy with Dreher's evidently sincere desire to see Christianity flourish everywhere possible, I regret to say that Dreher's book offers little that is new and fresh to assist with such a task.
The Untold Story of John Paul II and Ronald Reagan: "Mary is central"
By Carl E. Olson
An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor about A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.
Catholic teacher in Ocala, Florida faces termination over presentation about Islam
By Mary Jo Anderson
Mark Smythe, who teaches at Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Ocala, Florida, faces termination due to having students read quotes from St. John Bosco, unless he signs a letter of reprimand.
Christian Politics Is the Benedict Option Now
By James Matthew Wilson
Rod Dreher wishes to demonstrate that the mainstream of American life has become sufficiently corrupted that Christians’ investment of their cultural capital in political parties and elections is no longer the best way to use it.
As African droughts continue, Catholic churches provide aid, support
By Fredrick Nzwili
“We are very impressed that after the appeal of Christians in the Archdiocese of Nairobi," says Cardinal John Njue, "food and non-food items amounting to 80 tonnes have been contributed within the last month..."
Tracey Rowland's Guide Through the Catholic Academic "Zoo"
By Carl E. Olson
"Theology is important because it is all about reasoning about the highest things. It is the one thing a person doesn’t want to get wrong in life because it affects one’s eternal destiny."
Our Lady of Fatima: Then and Now
By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
Three simple shepherd children were open to God working in their lives. We can learn so much from their courageous decision to persevere and carry out all of the responsibilities placed upon their little shoulders.
Pope Francis: Fatima reminds us to care for the faith of children
By Catholic News Agency
“Let us be guided by the light coming from Fatima. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is always our shelter, our consolation, and the way that leads us to Christ..."
What Can Catholics and Protestants Learn From Each Other?
By Paul Senz
Christ, says Peter Kreeft, "sees His beloved children fighting among themselves, and this causes Him far more agony than it causes us. His Mother too: mothers are especially sensitive to their children fighting."
A Hillarian lesson for Church leaders
By George Weigel
The Church’s unique, Christ-given structure invests great authority in bishops. And that, in turn, puts a high premium on the ability of the bishop to know his weaknesses and learn from his mistakes.
As Venezuela burns, many Latin Americans ask: “Where is Pope Francis?”
By Dr. Samuel Gregg
With Venezuela imploding, many wonder why Pope Francis seems slow to condemn a left-wing populist Latin American dictatorship that’s brutalizing the population of an overwhelmingly Catholic country.
Catholics in Communist Czechoslovakia: A Story of Persecution and Perseverance
By Benjamin J. Vail
Dr. Radomír Malý, a signatory of the famous “Charter 77,” reflects on living under communist rule and oppression for forty years—and what Catholics today can learn from those difficult times.
"The Meeting Point" Sex-Ed Program: Pernicious? Problematic? Promising?
By John S. Hamlon
The controversial program, introduced worldwide at World Youth Day in Krakow last summer, contains key aspects of the thought of St. John Paul II, but is often inconsistent and does contain material that is inappropriate.
Pope Francis and the Doctrinal Ideologues
By Carl E. Olson
There is a reason the Creed is recited every Sunday. And to defend and hold to doctrine is not only not ideological, it is part and parcel of being a Christian.
Why efforts to sabotage conscientious objection in healthcare must not stand
By Sister Renée Mirkes
A high-profile medical journal publishes an attack on religious freedom protections for physicians. What can pro-life providers do in the face of efforts to suppress their rights of conscience?
A new Vatican birth control commission?
By Russell Shaw
An imaginary, but not fanciful, sketch of what such a commission’s report to Pope Francis might say.
Thomas Aquinas College announces new campus in Massachusetts
By Paul Senz
After more than 40 years offering a liberal arts education in California, the Catholic school is set to expand to a second campus.
Remembering the Rohna: A World War II Secret and Tragedy
By Dr. Paul Kengor
“Two of the men didn’t think that they would go to Heaven, but I told them they would if they asked God for His mercy and forgiveness..."
Anthony Esolen severs ties with Providence College; takes post at Thomas More College
By Catholic News Agency
The prolific author, who has been at odds with the Dominican-run institution’s direction, will begin teaching courses at the New Hampshire Catholic liberal arts college starting with the fall semester.
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