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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...

The Battle over the Crusades - Robert P. Lockwood

The Crusades, of course, are a far more complicated series of events in history than the anti-Catholic statements of early Protestant historians would suggest. The Crusades should be understood within the context of the times and by their reality, rather than through the myths created for purposes of propaganda.  Read more...

The Believer Generation - Kathryn Jean Lopez

Colleen Carroll, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is author of The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy. ‘Register correspondent Kathryn Jean Lopez recently talked to her about young Christians and their increasing numbers and orthodoxy.  Read more...

The Blessings of Charity: A papal challenge to conventional wisdom - George Weigel

In America and elsewhere, the very idea of "charity" is under a cloud. Since the early twentieth century, some have insisted that charity is at best a weak sister to "philanthropy," by which they mean a new, scientific way of abolishing the root causes of suffering. Others have gone so far as to argue that charity is inferior to, even the enemy of, "justice."  Read more...

The Catholic Origins of Thanksgiving! - Taylor Marshall

This history books will tell you that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621. Not true.  Read more...

The Celibate Priesthood - Grace MacKinnon

Dear Grace, When and why did celibacy become required of priests in the Catholic Church?  Read more...

The Christian View of Sex: A Time for Apologetics, not Apologies - Janet Smith

While the fact that our society is suffering greatly from sexual confusion and sexual misconduct is not a novel insight, what is needed is a better understanding and apologetic of the Christian truths about sexuality.  Read more...

The Church after Pope Benedict - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Since the lava flow of media commentaries about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation began nearly two weeks ago, dozens of people have asked me why the Holy Father "really" resigned, and who the next pope is likely to be.  Read more...

The Church at the Beginning of 2000: Figures Speak for Themselves - ZENIT

“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...

The Church Opposes Science: The Myth of Catholic Irrationality - Christopher Kaczor

"Christopher Kaczor is one of our finest young Catholic philosophers. In The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church, he shows that he is also one of our finest defenders of the Catholic faith. Essential reading for the new evangelization." - Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles  Read more...

The Church’s Teaching on Miracles - Lay Witness

Issue: What is a miracle? What is the purpose of miracles?  Read more...

The Culture of “Dissent” - Michael Novak

The reason the American Church today stands accused of hypocrisy is that it has been teaching one thing, while a small but significant body of its priests including some bishops has been flagrantly violating that teaching. How can people who studied long and prayed hard before taking vows turn in such a direction, with a full-scale ideology to rationalize it? How can that happen? It could not have happened without a culture of "dissent," a culture that has, at its heart, a teaching of contempt for "Rome."  Read more...

The Da Vinci Code opportunity - George Weigel

Why do intelligent people think that The Da Vinci Code has some basis in historical fact? Why do Catholics imagine that a novel which suggests (and not so subtly) that the entire structure of faith is a lie is, well, no big deal?  Read more...

The Dark Night of Mother Teresa - Carol Zaleski

Mother Teresa was a classic Christian mystic whose inner life was burned through by the fire of charity, and whose fidelity was tested and purified by an intense trial of faith, a true dark night of the soul.  Read more...

The Death of Darwinism - George Sim Johnston

No book has so profoundly affected the way modem man views himself than Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, first published in 1859. The notion that man is the product of a blind, materialist process which did not have him in mind is part of the intellectual air everyone breathes.  Read more...

The Devil’s Cunning - Father C. John McCloskey, III

A book review of True or False PossessionRead more...

The dispute between Galileo and the Catholic Church - Donald DeMarco

The conflict between the Church and Galileo was not between a progressive scientist and a backward clergy, or between a blameless individual and an authoritarian Church. This paper is an attempt to examine the pertinent ideas, issues, and personalities in the Galileo affair and by trying to understand these, shed some light on what was at the very heart of the dispute between Galileo and the Catholic Church.   Read more...

The end of Anglicanism? - Father Raymond J. de Souza

Apostolicam. It’s not a word that often appears in the paper, but there it was on Tuesday as the Post printed the entire Nicene Creed in Latin, apropos of an article on sacred music.  Read more...

The Fable of 'Pope Joan' - Re. William Saunders

One of the television networks recently ran a program about Pope Joan. The television show was not very clear about whether this story was true or not. What is the Straight Answer here?  Read more...

The facts of crucifixion - Robert Gidley

This article is disturbing — there is nothing pleasant about crucifixion. However, having an understanding of crucifixion helps us understand what Jesus went through on the day of his death. This article is based on various articles written by medical doctors, including a study by the Mayo Clinic published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1989.  Read more...

The Galileo Affair - George Sim Johnston

Since the Galileo case is one of the historical bludgeons that are used to beat on the Church — the other two being the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition — it is important that Catholics understand exactly what happened between the Church and that very great scientist. A close look at the facts puts to rout almost every aspect of the reigning Galileo legend.   Read more...

The Galileo Affair - George Sim Johnston

The Galileo affair is the one stock argument used to show that science and Catholic dogma are antagonistic. While Galileo's eventual condemnation was certainly unjust a close look at the facts puts to rout almost every aspect of the reigning Galileo legend.  Read more...

The Galileo Legend - Thomas Lessl

The extent to which people are mislead by the Galileo legend first began to dawn on me several years ago when I was teaching a doctoral seminar in the history of rhetoric — my own academic field.   Read more...


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