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Benedict the Balanced - Dwight Longenecker

In the summer of 1987 I had three months free, and decided to make a hitch-hiking pilgrimage to Jerusalem. I had visited Benedictine monasteries in England and decided to stay in monasteries and convents all along the route. It was a glorious summer and I had an excellent adventure.  Read more...

Benedict XVI and the Divine Love Story - George Weigel

German journalist Peter Seewald once posed a question to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger: Why is the Catholic Church always saying “No?” Cardinal Ratzinger explained that the Church wasn’t fundamentally a matter of “No” but of “Yes” — God’s “Yes” to humanity, most dramatically revealed in the Incarnation, when God entered the human world in order to redeem it.   Read more...

Benedict XVI and the Future of the West - George Weigel

A year ago, my subject would probably have struck some as counter-intuitive, implausible, even absurd: why would an octogenarian German theologian with little practical experience of political and economic life have anything interesting or important to say about "the future of the West"?   Read more...

Benedict XVI: In No One's Shadow - Samuel Gregg

It was inevitable. In the lead-up to John Paul II's beatification, a number of publications decided it was time to opine about the direction of Benedict XVI's pontificate.  Read more...

Beyond Psychology - Paul Vitz

I'm going to talk about contemporary psychology. Frankly, psychology has not been a very reliable friend of the faith.   Read more...

Beyond the Catholic Inferiority Complex - Robert Royal

Most active Catholics draw a sharp line between what they are willing to tolerate in the public realm and what they desire for their own families. But, whether we look at the Internet, television, rock music, films, public schools or universities, the day has passed when that old public-private distinction could be maintained. If you do not fight in public, you will lose what you hope to preserve in private.  Read more...

Beyond the Veil Worship - Allison Hanes

When the faithful heed the call to Friday prayer at the Noor Cultural Centre, men gather on the left side of the light filled hall facing Mecca, while women align themselves on the right.  Read more...

Beyond Therapy: Some Evil Can't be Cured - NORMAN DOIDGE

In ancient times, Aristotle developed a hierarchy of virtue and vice. At the top of the ladder is the virtuous person, who only aims toward good things; he is not `conflicted,' as we would say, because there is no war between virtue and vice in his soul.  Read more...

Bodies of Evidence: The Real Meaning of Sex Is Right in Front of Our Eyes - Frederica Mathewes-Green

On January 24, 2005, I stood on the sidewalk of Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., as the March for Life surged by. There was a small band of pro-choice counter-protestors, and I positioned myself just past them because I was curious about how pro-lifers would react to their presence.  Read more...

Bold, Benedetto, and Bello - Robert Royal

Benedict will take criticism for his gutsy moves, but he's playing a masterful hand of new and old cards while preserving the fundamental authority of the Church.  Read more...

Brideshead and Baseball (Revisited) - Joseph Wood

Like a less innocent Father Phipps, I wonder at those who do not avail themselves of baseball's licit pleasures in this world dominated by dark principalities.   Read more...

Bright Promise, Failed Community - JOSEPH VARACALLI

No one has defined as clearly as Varacalli, precisely why the American Church has been relatively ineffective in shaping American public life. The "bright promise" of Catholic America lies in the long and still developing tradition of social Catholicism.  Read more...

Bright Promise, Failed Community: Catholics and the American Public Order - Ken Whitehead

Observers of the United States have sometimes wondered why the apparently flourishing Catholic Church in America, along with the huge number of Catholics in the general population — the largest single religious group in the nation — should nevertheless have so little apparent influence on contemporary American life and society generally. No one has defined as clearly as Joseph Varacalli, precisely why the American Church has been relatively ineffective in shaping American public life.  Read more...

Bring Back Stigma - Roger Scruton

It is now orthodox to regard social stigma as a form of oppression, to be discarded on our collective quest for inner freedom. But the political philosophers and novelists of former times would have been horrified by such a view.  Read more...

Britain Can Benefit from Benedict - George Weigel

On May 13, 2004, a septuagenarian German intellectual gave a lecture in the Capital Room of the Italian Senate. Ironies – or at least paradoxes – abounded.  Read more...

C.S. Lewis on Threats to Freedom in Modern Society - Edward J. Larson and Steven Layward

C.S. Lewis expressed concern about how the modern state could undermine human freedom and dignity if policymakers adopted the approach of modern social science. At the same time, Lewis also doubted the ability of any government to permanently reshape and subordinate a nation’s citizenry. Here then is what Lewis viewed as the major threats to human freedom in modern society.  Read more...

Can Catholics Counsel? The Loss of Prudence in Modern Humanist Psychology - Richard W. Cross

This weekend scholars and activists from all over America will be in Washington for a conference, at which I will be speaking, discussing the idea of "restorative justice," a new way to understand how our justice system ought to function.  Read more...

Can God Be Trusted? - Father Thomas D. Williams, LC

Maybe, just maybe, our current crisis of trust is actually a singular opportunity to rethink our priorities and redirect our confidence.   Read more...

Cardinal Ratzinger On Europe's Crisis of Culture - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Here is a translation of the lecture given in Italian by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, in the convent of Saint Scholastica in Subiaco, Italy, the day before Pope John Paul II died.  Read more...

Cartoons and the clash of civilizations - George Weigel

Harvard professor Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” hypothesis — a provocative preview of a twenty-first century in which religiously shaped cultural conflicts define the fault-lines of world politics — created a considerable intellectual stir when it was first published in 1993.  Read more...

Catholic social thought and American civilization - Joseph A. Varacalli

The major reason Catholic social though has not made an impact on American civilization is to be found in the “failed community” of Catholic America.  Read more...

Catholicism and the Bourgeois Mind - Christopher Dawson

The question of the bourgeois involves a real issue which Christians cannot afford to shirk. For it is difficult to deny that there is a fundamental disharmony between bourgeois and Christian civilization and between the mind of the bourgeois and the mind of Christ.   Read more...

Catholicism: What Else is There? - James V. Schall, S.J.

Catholicism has never been intellectually more coherent or - ironically - culturally weaker. I would be presumed to be brash if I were to propose that Catholicism has no intellectual enemies worthy of it anywhere on the modern scene. But this circumstance seems to be in fact the case. The situation is doubly paradoxical, I think, because from within the Church itself, this situation is hardly admitted. In fact its very truth is rejected or ignored by many Catholics.  Read more...

Charles Darwin - Donald DeMarco & Benjamin Wiker

Robert Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, the son of Robert and Susannah Darwin.  Read more...

Cherchez la femme - David Warren

We have, itching under our skin, a religion that is better than we are, and for all evidence to the contrary it will not simply go away.  Read more...


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