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Men of the church - Barbara Kay

In the early days of feminism’s ascendance, a certain joke made the rounds — its theme remained constant, although the particulars varies — that never failed to raise a knowing chuckle.  Read more...

Monasteries and Madrassas: Five Myths About Christianity, Islam, and the Middle Ages - H.W. Crocker III

Does Islam need a Reformation? Not unless you think it would benefit from additional dollops of Puritanism; further encouragement to smash altars, stained glass, and other forms of “idolatry”; prodding to ban riotous celebrations like Christmas and Easter; and support for fundamentalist Islamic schools that insist on sola Korana and sola Sunnah.  Read more...

Mother Teresa's Dark Night of the Soul - Dinesh D’Souza

In Christopher Hitchens' wickedly iconoclastic book The Missionary Position, Mother Teresa is portrayed as a self-satisfied dogmatist who never entertained any doubts.  Read more...

Mother Teresa’s darkness - Rev. Raymond de Souza

When Mother Teresa of Calcutta died 10 years ago, it was assumed that her path to official sainthood would be quick and uneventful.  Read more...

Natural Law from a Birmingham Jail - Ronald J. Rychlak

Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," was one of the finest modern appeals to natural law.   Read more...

New Pope's Name May Be Sign of Focus on Evangelizing Europe - Austin Ruse

As a faithful Catholic I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with the elevation of Joseph Ratzinger to the Chair of Peter. Pope Benedict XVI will be a powerful and important Pope. Please, everyone who reads this, of whatever faith, pray for this man who just had the weight of the world placed upon his shoulders.   Read more...

NFP: The Myth of the “Contraceptive Mentality” - Father Ryan Erlenbush

It should be clear that a couple who uses (or even misuses) natural family planning will never be in danger of a falling into a contraceptive mentality.   Read more...

No truth. No freedom - Cardinal George Pell

We usually take truth for granted in everyday life. We are hurt by lies (when we discover them). It helps when the doctor correctly diagnoses our illness. Truth matters.  Read more...

No wise man, and no great artist, leaves God out - Paul Johnson

I can perfectly well understand why someone should be an agnostic. But to be an atheist — to deny flatly and without qualification the existence of God — is to me wholly unsympathetic.  Read more...

On 'Moralistic Therapeutic Deism' as U.S. Teenagers' Actual, Tacit, De Facto Religious Faith - Christian Smith

What does the bigger picture of the religious and spiritual lives of U.S. teenagers look like when we stand back and try to put it all together?  Read more...

Opus Dei: Introduction - John L. Allen

If you want a guiding metaphor for Opus Dei, the spiritual organization founded in Spain in 1928 by Saint Josemaría Escrivá that has become the most controversial force in Roman Catholicism, think of it as the Guinness Extra Stout of the Catholic Church. It's a strong brew, definitely an acquired taste, and clearly not for everyone.  Read more...

Pain as Sharpener - Frederick W. Marks

There is a saying that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.  Read more...

Polluted Water, Polluted Culture - Matthew Hanley

Estrogen – from artificial contraception pills, consumed daily by tens of millions of women – is making its way through sewage treatment plants and severely pollutes our waterways with chilling consequences.  Read more...

Pope Takes on the Mob - Father Dwight Longenecker

What happened when Francis "excommunicated" the mafia.  Read more...

Priests, Abuse, and the Meltdown of a Culture - George Weigel

The American narrative of the Catholic Church's struggles with the clerical sexual abuse of the young has been dominated by several tropes firmly set in journalistic concrete.   Read more...

Questions for Father General - George Weigel

Last month, the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus elected Father Adolfo Nicolas, a Spaniard, as General of the order.   Read more...

Religion — It’s Good for What Ails Us - Russell Shaw

To hear militant secularists tell the story, religion is bad for society's health. To hear social scientist Patrick F. Fagan tell it, that's plain bunk. On the basis of the facts, Fagan wins this argument hands down.  Read more...

Remembering the Early Church - George Sim Johnston

Lately, I have been hearing a lot about how the primitive Church was not Roman Catholic.  Read more...

Rethinking the Crusades - Jonathan Riley Smith

The language that demands that our ancestors be posthumously anathematized is not too distant from that of the men who wanted the corpse of Pope Boniface VIII to be exhumed and burnt. We may be entering a period of conceptual uncertainty about the most difficult of all society’s dilemmas — when or when not to use force — and we need not emotion, but cool heads and an objective analysis of the past.  Read more...

Seeking wideness in God’s mercy - Father Raymond J. de Souza

The Holy Mass was offered for the soul of Dr. Marc Daniel at the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ont. yesterday on the first anniversary of his death. It would not be at all remarkable save for the fact that Dr. Daniel had, three days before his self-inflicted death, murdered nurse Lori Dupont, his former lover, at the very same hospital.  Read more...

Sex Education: What Works? - Stan Weed

Have abstinence education programs been shown to work and if so what are the characteristics of effective abstinence education programs?  Read more...

She Is Black, but She Is Beautiful - Anthony Esolen

The Church is like the bride in the Song of Songs, black but beautiful.   Read more...

Slavery - FR. WILLIAM G. MOST

Papal declarations on the morality of slavery are reviewed and put in context. There was certainly a development of doctrine on slavery. It took the Church time to fully understand slavery, just as it did for other things.  Read more...

So That's the Reason - Theodore Dalrymple

The Victorian militant atheist Charles Bradlaugh, who went on tub-thumping speaking tours, used to stride onto the stage, take out his pocket watch and challenge God to strike him dead in 60 seconds.  Read more...

St. Malachy Predicts the Election of Benedict XVI - Deal Hudson

My own daughter came home from her Catholic high school in Fairfax, VA and informed me that there would be only one pope after Benedict XVI.  Read more...


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