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CWR Articles > Current Issue: January 2017
“The Best Books I Read in 2016”
By CWR Contributors
CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the last year.
Seeking Signs During The Times
By Dr. Leroy Huizenga
Many Catholics have been engaged in apocalyptic speculation, as it seems to them not only the world but also the Church is spinning apart. But is this speculation Catholic?
Byzantine and Catholic in the Secular Northwest
By Jim Graves
An interview with the Very Reverend Fr. Richard Janowicz, pastor of Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Springfield, Oregon, and Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas of Chicago.
The Epiphany and Evangelization
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Evangelization is not a work of the past; nor is it the responsibility of a chosen few; it is the obligation and privilege of every baptized Christian at all times and in all places.
New history describes founding, rise, and secularization of Fordham University
By John P. McCarthy
Monsignor Thomas Shelley's Fordham: A History of the Jesuit University of New York: 1841-2003 describes a trajectory common to many Jesuit universities in the U.S.
Catholics and the Present Confusion
By James V. Schall, S.J.
The faithful are told that they are too “rigid”. The divorced and the homosexuals are, rightly or wrongly, convinced that the Church has changed its doctrine at least implicitly, if not explicitly.
What is "Pro-Life"?
By James Kalb
Why do "seamless garment" Catholics tend toward views like those of the soft secular left, while those who focus on core life issues are more likely to be active in the pro-life movement?
Is the Organ Really a Sacred Instrument?
By Joseph P. Swain
Pianos and guitars are comparatively cheap, and money is tight. Those of us who believe the organ is a sacred instrument have to take the question – “is the organ really a sacred instrument?” – and make it real, a spiritual matter for our pastors and...
Journalist Peter Seewald: Pope Benedict is “one of the most misunderstood personalities of our time”
By Paul Senz
The German journalist reflects on his latest book-length interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whom he considers among history’s most significant popes.
A Malta Laetitia
By Carl E. Olson
Cardinal Müller says "Amoris Laetitia" is "very clear". The bishops of Malta say divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Abps. Chaput and Sample say otherwise. Welcome to Pope Francis' messy Church.
“Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church.”
By CWR Staff
An interview with Carlo Cardinal Caffarra about "Amoris Laetitia", the reasons for the dubia, criticisms of the 4 Cardinals, and "the division among shepherds"
The Bomb That Never Detonated
By James V. Schall, S.J.
On the 1970s, Paul Ehrlich, overpopulation, and why poverty is mostly caused by bad ideas and lack of virtue, not lack of resources.
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