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CWR Articles > Current Issue: May 2016
Tradition: Its Necessity and Its Discontents
By James Kalb
Man is social, cultural, and rational, and acts in accordance with (mostly implicit) principles and ideals. For that reason tradition is directed toward something higher than itself.
The Suicide Gender Gap Narrows
By Anne Hendershott
Something significant is happening in the culture to move so many more women to commit the ultimate act of self-destruction.
The Suffering and Faith of Saint Damien of Molokai
By Jim Graves
The famous priest, who was canonized by Benedict XVI in October 2009 and whose feast day is May 10th, "saw contracting leprosy as a stepping stone to his own holiness."
Politics, Religion, and the Ruling Class
By CWR Staff
Religion,” says Dr. Angelo M. Codevilla, “is the greatest of the divides between the ruling class and those it deems its inferiors.”
Farewell, Social Media
By Dr. Leroy Huizenga
The technology of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media is fundamentally Gnostic. Here's why I am no longer going to use them—or be used by them.
Bruised, Yet Resurrected: On Motherhood and the Virgin Mary
By Lisa Lohenry Gilligan
I was supposed to be the mom with the answers, but I felt as if I had none and was entirely convinced God had chosen the wrong person for the job.
Daniel Berrigan, S.J. 1921-2016: Underground in America
By Roger Kimball
The activist priest, who died on April 30 at the age of 94, specialized in sanctimonious antics and rancid radicalism during the Vietnam War era.
The History, Enemies, and Importance of Natural Law
By CWR Staff
Philosophy, says Dr. John Lawrence Hill, "played a fundamental role in my conversion to Christianity. I think most non-Christians—at least if they are thoughtful about these matters—really haven’t confronted themselves with the contradictions of thei...
The non-profit law firm on the front lines of the religious liberty fight
By Jim Graves
Jocelyn Floyd of the Thomas More Society discusses the group’s pro-life and religious liberty cases, and why their work is more important than ever.
Pope Francis and the Matter of Female Deacons [Updated]
By Carl E. Olson
Why must we continually revisit matters that have been addressed in detail and are, in many ways, already set to rest in terms of magisterial teaching?
The day they tried to kill the Message and the Messenger
By Michael Severance
On the 35th anniversary of the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II—a look at the message of hope he intended to deliver at his Wednesday general audience
Joe Biden and the Laetare Muddle
By Michael J. Nader
While much has been written about Biden’s pro-choice position, it is actually a symptom of a larger problem.
On Pentecost and "Matters Not Dictated By the Holy Spirit"
By James V. Schall, S.J.
The Holy Spirit is sent into the world for one basic reason, to make known the essential truth that we are made not merely for a life in this world, but for eternal life.
Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court
By Catholic News Agency
The Court has ordered objecting parties and the Obama administration to come up with alternative solutions, if possible, of guaranteeing both contraceptive coverage for employees and religious freedom protections for the non-profits.
Lord, Not Legend: A Review of Brant Pitre’s The Case for Jesus
By Dr. Leroy Huizenga
The new book by a notable young Scripture scholar addresses both the dominant paradigm in academic biblical studies and the more popular errors about Jesus and the New Testament.
Fr. Alexis Toth, Bishop John Ireland, and the Grace of Reconciliation
By Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
The history of the "two lungs" of the Catholic Church in the United States has been marked, at times, by acrimony, misunderstanding, and controversy.
The man behind Catholic U’s largest donation ever
By Jim Graves
Tim Busch discusses faith and the business world, and his efforts to educate the next generation of business leaders in Catholic social teaching.
Reading Flannery O’Connor for the first time
By Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin
She gleefully maimed and killed off her characters in a million disturbing ways—and she was a devout, daily mass Catholic who read St. Thomas Aquinas in her spare time and made a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Pope Francis, Populism, and the Agony of Latin America
By Dr. Samuel Gregg
As populist regimes implode across Latin America, it’s unclear that the Catholic Church in the age of Francis is well-equipped to cope with whatever comes next.
“Christ is risen!”: The Big Bang within Time and Space
By Carl E. Olson
The movie "Risen", now out on DVD, captures, in cinematic and artistic form, some key points I make in "Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?"
Intolerance and evangelization: Thoughts on Cardinal Sarah at the National Prayer Breakfast
By George Weigel
Cardinal Sarah warned that the “death of God” too often results in the “burial of good, beauty, love, and truth” through their inversion.
"Amoris Laetitia" and Vatican II’s Project of Inculturation
By Dr. R. Jared Staudt
Vatican II sought to initiate a dialogue with the modern world, meant to be an extension of the Church’s evangelizing mission. But things have not gone as hoped and planned.
Walker Percy at 100
By Amy Welborn
When you look at Walker Percy’s life, it’s hard not to see his interest in the question of the self as having some connection to the tragic experiences that shaped his early years.
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