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Music to Our Ears: a Review of the Pope’s New Book - Brad Miner

Cardinal Ratzinger approached the ageing John Paul II and asked to be relieved of his curial duties — and to be named head of the Vatican Library.  We know Papa Wojtyla said no.  We don't know if he had a good laugh over it.   Read more...

My Beef with Holden Caulfield: On the 60th Anniversary of The Catcher in the Rye - Father Damian J. Ference

I went to Catholic high school, and because I really didn't begin to read for pleasure until my sophomore year of college, I was late in coming to meet J.D. Salinger's character, Holden Caulfield.   Read more...

Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book - Mitchell Kalpakgian

Whether it is the glory of the fall or the purity of the snow, the perfume of flowers or the deliciousness of food, the greatness of noble men or the sweetness of children, A Wonder Book depicts the inexhaustible riches of creation teeming with goodness and beauty in a myriad of forms.  Read more...

Neutral Fictions - JOSH GILDER

Public education in America is supposed to mean a morally neutral education, yet in literature class...  Read more...

New book adds to Fr. Hardon's beloved legacy - Dominic Aquila

One of the most alarming statistics reported recently in the Catholic Press was that approximately 70 percent of Catholics do not believe or do not know that by the action of the priest during Mass Jesus Christ becomes fully present in the Holy Eucharist. With Us Today argues that this widespread disbelief and misunderstanding is the outgrowth of misleading doctrines that have been circulating among certain theologians for a good part of the twentieth century.  Read more...

New college to combine arts with spirituality - Carolyn Girard

Living Water College brands itself as the only school of its kind in North America, offering an education combining faith, reason and the arts.  Read more...

Not Quite Narnia: The Harry Potter books in review - JASON BOFFETTI

With five million copies in hardcover and three million in paperback, the Harry Potter series is a dramatic success. But not everyone is wild about Harry.  Read more...

Novelist Is a Rare Catholic Voice in Literature - NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER

To those who think the first and last words in Catholic American literature are Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy,"comes a worthy successor in, contemporary novelist Ron Hansen.  Read more...

Novels that Keep Satan at Bay - PAUL EVANS

Originally the province of the French visionaries Mauriac and Bernanos, the Catholic novel has found exponents as various as are the many roads to Rome.  Read more...

Objections to The Passion: Is It As It Was? - Rev. Thomas Williams, L.C.

Is it true, as asserted by some biblical scholars and media pundits, that The Passion of the Christ is rife with historical and theological errors? Father Thomas Williams, a theological consultant for the film, provides answers.  Read more...

Of Gods and Men - James Bowman

It's still only March, but I don't hope to see a better movie this year than Xavier Beauvois's Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux), winner of the Grand – meaning second – Prize at last year's Cannes Festival.   Read more...

Of Weeds & Fairy Tales: The Idylls, Idols & Devils That Corrupt the Moral Imagination - Vigen Guroian

I am a gardener, and the good essay on gardening pays attention to the characteristics and habits of weeds. This is an essay on the moral imagination, and so I must pay attention to some of the worst and most unholy forms of imagination, forms that spread like the weeds in an ill-kept flower garden and choke out the best cultivars.  Read more...

Oh, the Civility! - Robert J. Hughes

What's My Line? — a Sunday night fixture on CBS from 1950 to 1967 — is a bracing antidote to today's dispiriting talk-a-thons, humiliating reality shows and hostile cable-news programs.  Read more...

Old Faithful - Lionel Shriver

Americans disapprove of marital infidelity — in the movies, at least.  Read more...

Old Man and the Sky - Chris Knight

If critics were the grumpy, movie-weary churls some people imagine, we’d be stalking out of Up muttering how someday, someday, Pixar is going to make a film that doesn't work. But we’re human, and most of us practically skipped from the theatre, feeling like we had helium balloons tied to our ankles.   Read more...

On Being a Catholic Writer - Ralph McInerny

Many Catholic writers have balked at being called that.   Read more...

On Courtesy - Hilaire Belloc

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On Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination - Vigen Guroian

The moral education of children must engage the heart as well as the mind. These troubling times excite concern for the safety and protection of our children — but merely securing their physical well-being does not address the root of their peril. The moral imaginations of our children have been neglected and are being crippled.  Read more...

On Romance - Mark Shea

I've been watching old Jimmy Stewart movies again, which always has a strong effect on me.  Read more...

On the Nature of the Crucifix - Lance Esplund

The crucifixion is the central image in Christian art and the focus of Christian devotion.   Read more...

One Human Heart: Wordsworth’s Old Cumberland Beggar and the Sweetness of Being Human - Anthony Esolen

Wordsworth denounces those who reduce human worth to utility and teaches us that the goodness of being is absolute.   Read more...

Ontological Splendor: Flannery O’Connor in the Protestant South - Glenn C. Arbery

Drawing on Thomas Aquinas and fortified by the work of Étienne Gilson, Jacques Maritain, and Josef Pieper, Flannery O'Connor added a Thomistic underpinning to her understanding of the poetic image and the particular thing.   Read more...

Open Season on Beauty - Frederica Mathewes-Green

“I didn’t like the part in the restaurant,” Hannah, my 6-year-old granddaughter, said. We were leaving a screening of Sony’s new animated feature, Open Season, and I was trying to remember any scene in a restaurant.  Read more...

Oscar Wilde, Roman Catholic - Jeffery A. Tucker

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), has been gaining in popularity though his personal lifestyle, rather than his artistic achievements, still remains the main focus of public attention. Wilde’s flamboyance and eccentricity raise even more questions when contrasted to his lifelong fascination and struggle with Catholicism, and to its influence on his work.  Read more...

Out of the East: The Architecture of Byzantium - Michael S. Rose

Constantine's new capital, built on the remains of the ancient Greek city-state called Byzantium, is important to understanding Byzantine architecture.  Read more...


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