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Good Faith - Karl Zinsmeister

Theoretically, in addition to their richer philosophical understandings, Christians ought to be registering unusually wholesome earthly outcomes. Does that happen in practice? The verdict is that, yes indeed, things generally go better with God. Societies are more prosperous and individuals more thriving where faith blooms. For a start, consider some of the social science I was able to pull together quickly on the practical results of faith.  Read more...

Great Clouds of Incense - Thomas J. Craughwell

An unusual tree grows in the sultanate of Oman.  Read more...

Have you been saved? - Matthew Pinto

How might we best respond to the question, "Have you been saved"?  Read more...

Hell - Peter Kreeft

The hell with hell! says the modern mind. Of all Christianity's teachings, hell is certainly the least popular. Non-Christians ignore it, weak Christians excuse it, and anti-Christians attack it.  Read more...

Henry VIII, 500 Years Later - Edward Pentin

King Henry VIII may have lived five centuries ago, but he remains much in the news. Three leading English historians were asked to put Henry’s actions into proper perspective.  Read more...

Holy Smoke! - Father Dwight Longenecker

Why do we use incense in worship?  Read more...

How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and the Success of the West - Rodney Stark

Christian faith in reason and in progress was the foundation on which Western success was achieved.  Read more...

How Muslim are we? - Mollie Hemingway

A couple of days ago, President Barack Obama conducted a few interviews in anticipation of his speech to Muslims in Cairo. In one of the interviews, he made a statement about the religious make-up of the United States of America.   Read more...

How to think about Halloween as a Catholic - Simcha Fisher

How delightful it is to be Catholic, when so few things are forbidden — so few things are out of the question.  Read more...

I Will Give You Shepherds: Addressing the Priest Shortage - Faith Facts: Lay Witness

Is there a priest shortage? What is being done to address shortages where they occur? What can be done to increase the number of candidates for ordination?  Read more...

In search of a scapegoat - Michael Cook

Was John Paul II responsible for the deaths of millions of African AIDS victims because he refused to sanction the use of condoms?  Read more...

In What Year was Christ Actually Born? - ZENIT

While Jubilee celebrations started with the opening of the Holy Door on December 24, 1999 and ended with its closing on January 6, 2000, it is less clear whether this is really the 2000th anniversary of Christ's birth.  Read more...

Inclusive Christianity - Father Thomas D. Williams, LC.

To celebrate Holy Week and Easter, the United Church of Christ (UCC) produced an attention-grabbing television ad highlighting its inclusive policies.  Read more...

Inquisition - JAMES HITCHCOCK

The subject of the Inquisition illustrates one of the paradoxes of the "information age"—the availability of accurate information on a subject by no means guarantees that such information will affect public perceptions.  Read more...

Interview: Christianity's New Center - Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins, the author of "The Next Christianity" in the October Atlantic, argues that most Americans and Europeans are blind to Christianity's real future.   Read more...

Is One Man's Faith Another's Superstition? - David Gibson

At a Mass on Saturday in Luanda, Angola, Pope Benedict tried to warn his listeners of the dangers of belief in witchcraft.   Read more...

Is There a Priest Shortage? - Vatican Yearbook

The number of seminarians worldwide has grown 73 percent during the pontificate of John Paul II. In 1978, there were 64,000 seminarians — compared to more than 110,500 in 2000.  Read more...

It’s Not About Celibacy - Deal Hudson

The recent pedophile problems in various U.S. Catholic dioceses, especially Boston, have led – predictably – to a new wave of questions about priestly celibacy. Let us be clear: There is no relation between the vow of priestly celibacy and the incidence of pedophilia among Catholic priests.  Read more...

John Paul II and “Taking the Discipline” - Father Robert Barron

Perhaps you were startled to learn recently that Pope John Paul II regularly practiced the form of mortification called “taking the discipline,” that is to say, striking his body with a whip.   Read more...

King George III - Father George Rutler

From a Catholic perspective, the unthinking disparagement of King George III, as some sort of tyrant should itself be disparaged.   Read more...

Lahey outrage shows Church is learning as well as sinning - Father Raymond J. de Souza

Regarding the distressing news about the child pornography charges brought against Bishop Raymond Lahey, former bishop of Antigonish, one cannot improve upon the letter Archbishop Anthony Mancini sent to the faithful of Nova Scotia and read in all parishes last Sunday.  Read more...

Let My People Go: The Catholic Church and Slavery - MARK BRUMLEY

“How many divisions does the Pope have?” Joseph Stalin once ironically asked the official warning him of the Vatican's “power.” Decades later, totalitarian regimes have all but vanished, while the Catholic Church, founded strictly on an evangelical message of love, has continued to grow.  Read more...

Lies Against the Truth - Father George W. Rutler

On Pentecost, we rejoice that “God cannot lie” (Titus 1:1-2). The same cannot be said of Hollywood.  Read more...

Maria Monk - Robert P. Lockwood

Anti-Catholic newspapers were flourishing in the United States by the mid-1830s thanks to the wide appeal of a new genre: convent horror stories.  Read more...

Marian Miracles - Fr. Robert Fox

Many astonishing miracles have taken place within the context of approved Marian apparitions. With these miracles there is always a message from Our Lady that each of us is invited to incorporate into our own spirituality. For this purpose we shall examine Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fatima.  Read more...


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