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The Importance of the Magna Carta, 800 Years On
By James V. Schall, S.J.
In many ways, the famous document stands not as a foundation of free government, but as a witness to what happens when its spirit and provisions are ignored or interpreted out of existence.
The Myth of Washington Gridlock
By George Weigel
Today, the gridlock on the Potomac is cultural rather than structural.
Turning Youth Ministry into Apprenticeship in the Christian Life
By Bill Maguire
YDisciple, a new program from the Augustine Institute, takes a fresh approach toward teen ministry—one that is rooted in the parent-child relationship and in family life.
John Henry Newman and Catholic Higher Education
By Edward Short
An interview with Dr. Paul Shrimpton, author of "The 'Making of Men': The Idea and Reality of Newman’s University in Oxford and Dublin"
Pope discusses Medjugorje, coming encyclical on flight from Bosnia
By CNA
"And we know that consumerism is a cancer of society," says Francis to journalists, "and relativism is a cancer of society ..."
Gnosticism vs. The Incarnation: The Ancient Battle Renewed
By John B. Buescher
The contemporary sexual revolution is thoroughly Gnostic, attacking the institution of marriage, thwarting the conception of children, and denying the differences between men and women
German Idealism and Cardinal Kasper’s Theological Project
By Prof. Thomas Heinrich Stark
In order to understand the positions taken by Cardinal Kasper at the Synod, it is necessary to familiarize oneself with the basic themes of his theology and the principles upon which it is based.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations
By Jim Graves
With priests serving 200 locations in 120 dioceses worldwide—and another 150 men currently in formation—the FSSP’s director of development reflects on the order’s unique apostolate.
What Prospects for Thought?
By James Kalb
Complex thought requires a balance between the particular and the universal, the changing and the changeless, and it cannot survive too much diversity or uniformity.
Failing to Make the Moral Case for Marriage
By Robert R. Reilly
The retreat to the position of defending religious freedom means that the issue of the immorality of sodomy and other homosexual acts has been abandoned—both in and out of court
The Actor, the Author, and the Real ‘Father Brown’
By K. V. Turley
The priest who was the inspiration for Chesterton's great detective also played a central role in the conversion of Chesterton and many others
"Benedicta": Chant to Make the Heart Glad
By Christopher S. Morrissey
"Benedicta", the debut Gregorian chant CD from the Benedictine Monks of Norcia, takes the form of a concept album about the life of Mary. And it is a perfect soundtrack to prepare you for the practice of prayer.
Silent Action of the Heart
By CWR Staff
By Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
The Real Costs of the Infertility Industry
By Anne Hendershott
Despite Church sanctions against such practices, it is likely that IVF and other forms of assisted reproduction technology will continue to grow.
Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues
By CNA
“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years,” Pope Francis says in his new encyclical.
"Laudato Si" focuses on the heart of man and the disorders of our age
By William L. Patenaude
The central thesis is that the fallen nature of the human heart and the resulting brokenness of human relations is the cause of the crises in our lives, families, nations, and now the life-sustaining ecosystems that form our common home
Matteo Ricci's “Maxims” and Friends
By James V. Schall, S.J.
The methods of the 16th-century Jesuit missionary to China offer lessons for Christians living in suspicious or hostile cultures
This Father’s Day: Vow to be a Committed Catholic Father
By Matthew James Christoff
While there are numerous ways to categorize and analyze Catholic fatherhood, one way is to consider how Catholic men live out truth and mercy as fathers
Concerning the "Ecological" Path to Salvation
By James V. Schall, S.J.
The most problematic issue that Pope Francis’ earth-warming advocacy brings up is its scientific status; at best, it is opinion backed by some evidence
Black Bench, DC
By John S. Hamlon
The question before the Supreme Court is whether states will have any voice at all in how they see and handle marriage.
Cosmos, Crisis, and Thanksgiving: A Reflection on Laudato Si’
By Thomas S. Hibbs
In his encyclical, Pope Francis offers an explicitly sacramental response to the danger of the modern person being lost in the cosmos.
"Laudato Si'" and Romano Guardini
By Fr. Robert Barron
The influence of the theologian and cultural critic Guardini and his distinctive take on modernity is evident throughout Pope Francis' encyclical
What’s the Best Way to Love Those with Same-Sex Attraction?
By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
Janet E. Smith discusses an upcoming conference designed to assist those who minister to those with same-sex attraction.
Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US
By CNA
By a vote of 5-4, the court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages under the 14th Amendment.
The Church and the “New Normal”
By George Weigel
The marriage battle was lost in the culture long before it was lost in the courts
America's Golden Calf Moment
By Carl E. Olson
Led by the murky metaphysics of Judge Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. plunges ever deeper into the dictatorship of relativism
"Laudato Si'" and the Supreme Court's Ruling on Marriage
By Dr. John Finley
Three reasons why Catholics should take seriously Francis' encyclical’s subject matter, precisely in view of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing "gay marriage"
After Obergefell: The Effects on Law, Culture, and Religion
By Sherif Girgis
The revisionist view of marriage that the Supreme Court has taken for granted is actually a blueprint for more fragmentation, more broken hearts and homes.
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