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Where religious freedom rings - George Weigel

New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral might be the most famous Catholic church in America, but Baltimore's old cathedral — the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to use its proper name — is indisputably the most historic.  Read more...

Who is my Neighbour? - Charles Colson

Many Hollywood films are frankly unfit for human consumption. But there are exceptions — films that treat important subjects and ideas in a way that a thinking Christian can affirm. Such a film opens tomorrow.  Read more...

Why Les Miserables still resonates - Father Raymond J. de Souza

Victor Hugo's 19th-century tale is a retelling of the Christian story of the first century. It tells the world its true story, which is why it endures, and returns again.  Read more...

Why do Heathens Make the Best Christian Films? - Thom Parham

Most films that successfully incorporate Christian themes are made by non-Christians. Thom Parham explains why in this essay from, Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and CultureRead more...

Why Harry Potter Goes Awry - Zenit

Reasonable Christian parents would not permit their children to read a series of enthralling books depicting likable young people involved in drug-dealing, or premarital sex, or torture. We would not give our children fiction in which a group of "good fornicators" struggled against a set of "bad fornicators." Why, then, have we accepted a set of books which glamorize and normalize occult activity, even though it is every bit as deadly to the soul as sexual sin, if not more so?  Read more...

Why Has the West Become Neopagan? - Michael D. O'Brien

Educators are rightly concerned that young people are not learning to enjoy reading. But in an effort to stimulate interest, they are introducing many books"of questionable merit, books which present to the young a neopagan world view.  Read more...

Why I Go For Walks: A Found Poem - Dan Doyle

Courtesy of Wendell Berry's essay, "The Work of Local Culture".  Read more...

Why it Matters What is Read in High School (Part I of II) - Russell Kirk

Until very recent years, civilized folk took it for granted that literature exists to form the normative consciousness: that is, to teach human beings their true nature, their dignity, and their rightful place in the scheme of things.  Read more...

Why it Matters What is Read in High School (Part II of II) - Russell Kirk

Whether one's reading tastes are developed in the school, the public library, or the family, there are certain patterns of reading by which a normative consciousness is developed.   Read more...

Why Liturgical Bad Habits Must Be Broken - Peter Kwasniewski

Catholics have a right to a liturgy that is in accord with the mind of the Church and her tradition.  Read more...

Why Praise and Worship Music is Praise, But Not Worship - Father Christopher Smith

The first time I ever went to a Life Teen Mass I was sixteen years old.  Read more...

Why Shakespeare is for all Time - Theodore Dalrymple

Shakespeare reminds us of the line between good and evil running down the center of all human hearts. And in showing us that the line is always there, easily and disastrously crossed, Shakespeare destroys the utopian illusion that social arrangements can be made so perfect that men will no longer have to strive to be good.  Read more...

Why Tolkien Says "The Lord of the Rings" Is Catholic - Joseph Pearce

"The Two Towers", the second part of Peter Jackson's blockbuster film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, was let loose on an expectant nation on Dec. 18, 2002. Over the coming months and years it will be watched by millions of moviegoers throughout the world, most of whom will be unaware that they are watching a film version of what its author called "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work."  Read more...

Will Rascals Defend Our Civilization… and What Books will they Read? - William Fahey

He faces execution each day. Seven days a week, his jury of peers votes unanimously for capital punishment.  Read more...

Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop - Mitchell Kalpakgian

Death Comes for the Archbishop a 1927 novel by Willa Cather, was included on Time's 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 and Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.  Read more...

William Byrd's Secret Catholic Masterpieces - Roseanne T. Sullivan

He was a hit-maker — Queen Elizabeth's favorite composer, highly regarded at her wealthy and powerful Court. But in reality, William Byrd led a double life.   Read more...

William Kurelek: Painter and Prophet - Michael O'Brien

"Michael O'Brien explodes old caricatures and intelligently articulates the theological nuance and empathy that lay at the heart of William Kurelek's moral and artistic worldview. ...we cannot but be moved by the depth of understanding that O'Brien brings to this modern prophet." - Andrew Kear, Curator of Historical Canadian Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery.  Read more...

William of New York - Rev. George W. Rutler

On Thursday, November 17, National Review celebrated William F. Buckley's 80th birthday at the Pierre in New York City. Among those in attendance, paying WFB tribute, was Rev. George W. Rutler pastor of the Church of Our Saviour in Manhattan. Below are his remarks, as prepared.  Read more...

Winston Churchill, Distilled - Jonathan Foreman

Paul Johnson has just written what, at 192 pages, is probably the shortest biography of Winston Churchill ever published.  Read more...

With gratitude — A Priest Views The Passion of Christ - Fr. John Horgan

I have been a strong supporter of the film since I first learned of Gibson's project; and late last summer, I had the opportunity to spend a long evening with Jim Caviezel and hear firsthand how the impact of the film and Gibson's purpose had affected him.  Read more...

Words' Worth - Patrick Henry Reardon

Patrick Henry Reardon on the transcendent vocabulary of mundane signs.   Read more...

Worlds of Meaning - William Kilpatrick

Stories help us make sense out of our lives. They can show us that our struggles and sufferings have meaning and help us make sense of morality. What kind of stories are we recommending then? Any and all kinds as long as they are animated by a sense of moral order.  Read more...

Worlds of Meaning - William Kilpatrick, & Gregory and Suzanne M. Wolfe

Stories, in short, help to make sense out of our lives. There is a wonderful example of this in the film version of Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling's tale of life aboard the Gloucester fishing schooners.  Read more...

Write Now - F.R. Duplantier

Want to help your children master the art of communication? Here are ten suggestions from professional writer F. R. Duplantier.  Read more...

Zero Dark Thirty - Brendan Malone

A film that holds a mirror up to America and confronts it with some tough ethical questions.  Read more...


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