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Core Subjects: Facts and Misconceptions

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The So-Called "Francis Problem" - Father Mark Pilon

A number of my friends are more upset than I tend to be by what they call the "Francis problem."  New  Read more...

12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer - Deal Hudson

Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, they’ll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And that’s the case with the 12 claims we’re about to cover.  Popular  Read more...

5 Arguments Against Priestly Celibacy and How to Refute Them - Crisis e-letter

Crisis magazine has put together a list of arguments for priestly celibacy and responses to commonly heard criticisms.   Popular  Read more...

9 Myths about Priestly Pedophilia - Crisis e-letter

The horror and tragedy of priests involved in the sexual abuse of minors can hardly be overstated, but some of the reporting has contained falsehoods and downright fabrications. So Crisis has put together a list of the ten most common false media claims — along with fact-filled responses to them.  Popular  Read more...

The Da Vinci Code: The facts behind the fiction - Amy Welborn

Amy Welborn points out some of the many errors about religion, history, and art contained in The Da Vinci Code in this short pamphlet.   Popular  Read more...

The Popes and Slavery—book review - Leonard A. Kennedy, C.S.B.

Catholics were guilty for centuries of having slaves or profiting from the slave trade in spite of the fact that the popes taught clearly and frequently the evil of slavery,"and even legislated severe ecclesiastical penalties for engaging in it.  Popular  Read more...

Answering Advocates of Gay Marriage - Katherine Young and Paul Nathanson

Attention: The Catholic Education Resource Center notes that the persons writing this article are neither Catholic nor in full agreement with the Church's teaching on homosexuality. Nevertheless, the urgency of the issue of gay marriage at this time and the compelling arguments raised against it here, make this paper an important resource.   Popular  Read more...

But What do I Say? - J. Budziszewski

The gay-activist movement is finding its way into more and more schools — promoting destructive behavior under the guise of tolerance. How can you ensure that the truth gets a fair hearing?   Popular  Read more...

Contraception: Why Not? - Janet Smith

Janet Smith explains why the Catholic Church keeps insisting, in the face of the opposite position held by most of the rest of the modern world, that contraception is one of the worst inventions of our time.  Popular  Read more...

Multiculturalism, Catholicism, and American Civilization - Joseph A. Varacalli

There are actually three forms of multiculturalism, two of which are antithetical to the Catholic worldview.   Popular  Read more...

Women Priests — No Chance - JOANNE BOGLE

There is a general assumption, especially in North America and Europe, that the Catholic Church’s insistence on a male priesthood is an obscure anomaly, which endures only because a Polish pope has refused to move with the times.  Popular  Read more...

'His last Great Act' - Father Raymond J. de Souza

The holy city of Jerusalem is even older than Rome, the eternal city.  There is plenty of news here, but it was the news from Rome that hit like a thunderbolt.  Read more...

9 things to know about the 3rd Fatima secret - Jimmy Akin

The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima are famous for the three-part "secret" they conveyed. Of these, the "third secret" is the most famous, because it was kept confidential at the Vatican for many years.  Read more...

9 things to know and share about Fatima - Jimmy Akin

May 13 is the optional memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Fatima is the most prominent approved apparition of the 20th century.  Read more...

A Bridge Across the Tiber - Father Dwight Longnecker

After today's amazing announcement from the Vatican, Anglicans no longer need to change into their swimming trunks.  Read more...

A case for celibacy for priests - Father Robert Barron

The scandal surrounding the Rev. Alberto Cutie has raised questions in the minds of many concerning the Catholic Church's discipline of priestly celibacy.   Read more...

A Clarification on the Meaning of 'Conscience' - Deacon Douglas McManaman

Whenever I think certain popular misconceptions are finally behind us, someone who should know better, such as a priest, teacher, or God forbid, a bishop, brings me back to reality.   Read more...

A Gospel In The Gospel Of Judas? - Rev. Dr. Theodore G. Stylianopoulos

Casting Judas not as a culpable betrayer, but as an intimate friend and collaborator of Jesus, the recently announced Gospel of Judas has understandably generated a stir. However, what the ancient document says about Jesus is even more controversial.  Read more...

A human and spiritual wake-up call - Father Michael Czerny, S.J.

Pope Benedict’s words at the beginning of his trip to Africa, regarding the use of condoms in preventing the spread of AIDS, generated a media storm. But the Pope's comments are not the cause for concern that they were reported to be. Why is the Church's teaching on this issue not 'unrealistic and ineffective', as alleged; but valuable, efficient, and grounded in reality?  Read more...

A John Paul II Beatification Catechism - George Weigel

Responding to skeptics and critics.  Read more...

A Necessary Bondage? When the Church Endorsed Slavery - T. David Curp

An important function of history, as opposed to antiquarianism, is to make the past intelligible to the present.  Read more...

A note on purgatory - Doug McManaman

A priest friend of a nearby diocese was once accosted by a woman who had purchased a Mass for her deceased father. What upset her was that during the Mass, my friend implied that her father was in purgatory.   Read more...

A Question of Character - Philip F. Lawler

Church leaders have been looking to psychologists for insights, at precisely the time when psychology needed the insights of the Catholic Church.  Read more...

A Review of Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve - Father Robert Barron

The story of modernity’s rise is much more complex and finally much more interesting than the one told by Stephen Greenblatt, and it is altogether possible to celebrate the legitimate achievements of modern culture without knocking down a straw-man version of Catholicism  Read more...

A Righteous Gentile: Pope Pius XII and the Jews - Rabbi David G. Dalin

A new authentically Jewish history of Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust needs to be written in order to help bring some long-overdue recognition to this "righteous gentile," a man whose legacy is as one of the century's great friends of the Jewish people.  Read more...


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