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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...

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...

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...

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...

St. Malachy's Prophecies - Karl Keating

During the interregnum following the death of a pope we see a flurry of interest in the prophecy of St. Malachy. The interest seems to grow each time a pope passes from the scene because, according to some interpretations of the prophecy, the line of popes is about to end.  Read more...

Taboos and tattoos - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

On TV these days, we're seeing more and more programs about "body art" and tattoo design.   Read more...

Taking the Measure of Relics of the True Cross - Thomas J. Craughwell

Whenever the subject of bogus relics comes up, you can count on someone saying, “There are enough pieces of the True Cross to rebuild Noah’s Ark!”   Read more...

Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist - Barbara Kralis

Several U.S. bishops have recently voiced their opposition and ersatz reasoning why no one should be denied the Eucharist according to Code of Canon Law n. 915. Those in the pews are perplexed. Which bishop is correct?  Read more...


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