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CWR Articles > Current Issue: March 2015
From Atheism to Catholicism, By Way of Truth and Beauty
By CWR Staff
“All the different threads of my inquiries,” says Dr. Holly Ordway, “when followed up, led me to the same place: the Catholic Church.”
Chesterton the Poet
By Michael J. Lichens
Although often overlooked today, G. K. Chesterton's wide-ranging poetry has been praised by atheist Christopher Hitchens, novelist Graham Greene, and poet W. H. Auden.
“Beloved”: The Mystery and Meaning of Marriage, Explained
By Bill Maguire
From the creators of Symbolon comes a visually beautiful and theologically profound series on the joys and challenges of marriage.
Cardinal Francis Arinze on Radical Discipleship and the Consecrated Life
By CWR Staff
The Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments discusses the origin, nature, and purpose of the consecrated life
Holy Mass in the Abortuary
By K. V. Turley
How a battle between the forces of good and evil was waged in an ordinary London square, and the surprising declaration of victory at the struggle’s end.
Ideas and Actions
By James V. Schall, S.J.
The wars of the world are first fought in the minds and hearts of the wise before they ever reach visible reality; when they do arrive, the ones who suffer most are the weak
Catholicism and Secular Media: 10 Questions for Bill Donohue
By Sean Salai, S.J.
“I am a civil rights leader who is expected to combat injustice,” says the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, “so being sensitive to bigots is not a priority.”
Bishops in Brussels: A Rear-view Mirror Vision of the World
By William Kilpatrick
COMECE’s outdated warnings on the dangers of nationalism miss the larger threat.
A "Down Under" Perspective on the International Theological Commission
By John Paul Shimek
The Australian theologian and author Tracey Rowland discusses synods, cardinals, popes, theological issues—and being called a “strawberry” by Pope Francis.
Three-Parent Embryos: Gearing Up for the US Debate
By Sister Renée Mirkes
Understand the science and the moral implications of the production of three-parent embryos—and argue against common misconceptions about the new technology.
Fulton Sheen's Intense Life of Holiness Worthy of Sainthood, Biographer Writes
By Joseph M. Hanneman
Thomas C. Reeves, author of "America's Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen", has written a final chapter, now available for free online
Catholicism and the Ideological Temptation
By James Kalb
The Church's mission is to proclaim the truth about man and the world—a mission which comes ahead of political alliances for limited goods that are quite obviously intertwined with intrinsic evils
To Be, Or Not To Be (Human)
By Jerry Salyer
Charles Rubin's "Eclipse of Man" demonstrates the right way for scholars to grapple with the multi-faceted questions raised by advances in biotechnology, robotics, and computing
Archbishop Chaput Reflects on Roots, Nature, Future of Religious Freedom
The Archbishop of Philadelphia says the Obama administration may be “the least friendly to religious freedom concerns in history.”
Stephen King: Best-Selling Author, Horror Novelist—and Christian Moralist?
By Anne Hendershott
In some important ways, King provides the last bastion of biblical morality in popular fiction.
Film Takes Up the Challenge of the Cross
By Jim Graves
"Do You Believe?", a new movie by the makers of "God's Not Dead", tells the story of a dozen characters grappling with the meaning of the Cross
Confusion in Ireland as 'Marriage Equality' Referendum Approaches
By Michael Kelly
Changes in ambiguous wording, tepid warnings from Catholic bishops, and deep concerns about children are part of the tense lead-up to May 22nd vote
Ideals and Norms
By Russell Shaw
You can affirm the truth of a moral doctrine while at the same time undercutting it in practice—by treating the doctrine as an ideal rather than a norm.
Freedom, Rights, and the Cruz Announcement
By James V. Schall, S.J.
Sen. Ted Cruz, in his speech yesterday, seemed unaware that almost all of the issues he opposed were originally argued in the name of the same nominal “freedom” he advocates
The Indomitable, and Effective, Cardinal Pell
By George Weigel
Under the Australian cardinal’s leadership, the Vatican bank has been cleaned up and cleaned out
Back in Prison, Mary Wagner Inspires Pro-Lifers World-Wide
By Dorothy Cummings McLean
Imprisoned once again for witnessing to life in abortion clinics, the Canadian activist’s influence is spreading to some surprising places.
The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph
By Jim Graves
“One of my favorite testimonials as to the authenticity of the Shroud,” says Barrie Schwortz, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, “actually came from my Jewish mother.”
History, Truth, and Politics
Researcher and archaeology professor Reuben Mendoza seeks to clear the record on Father Junipero Serra
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