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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


WEDNESDAY, October 22, 2014 | Saint Pope John Paul II

ESSAYS and POSTS about the Synod, the media, Cardinal Burke, divorce, Cardinal Kasper, development of doctrine, tyranny and "mercy", St. Pope John Paul II, and more!

The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naïveté or Shrewd Calculation? | Russell Shaw | The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One.

An Extraordinary Synod--In More Ways Than One | Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD | There is nothing very courageous about offering "pastoral" recommendations that fail to challenge a world that still bears the scars of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

“I Hate Divorce” | Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ | The prayers and readings of the Divine Office offer some clear messages appropriate to issues being discussed at the Synod.

Cardinal Burke: The "Relatio Synodi" is "a significant improvement over the text of the 'Relatio post Disceptationem'" | Carl E. Olson | The last of three exclusive Catholic World Report interviews with Cardinal Burke.

Questioning Cardinal Kasper: Five Points | Mark Brumley | The German prelate claims, “Those are not respectable journalistic methods.” Does he have grounds for such a statement?

Development of Doctrine or Change in Teaching? | Eduardo Echeverria | Can Church doctrine change over time? Could so-called “same-sex unions” one day be seen as a legitimate development of the Church’s teaching on marriage?

The Tyranny of “Mercy” | Michael Matheson Miller | How Cardinal Walter Kasper’s pastoralism would harm women and children.

After the Synod: Questions remain, looking ahead to next year | Mary Jo Anderson | As I prepare to depart from Rome after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family there are dozens of emails yet unanswered from friends and family. “What did it all mean?”

Complete Coverage of the The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 5-19 | CWR | Over 40 articles, essays, interviews, and reports.

John Paul II's Vision of Family and Marriage for the New Evangelization | Rolando Moreno | The late pontiff taught that the family is an active, vital agent in establishing a civilization of love and the renewal of Christian culture.

John Paul II and the Death of the Faith | K. V. Turley | The "wisdom" of the second half of the 20th century answered by the wisdom of a sainted pope, an American friar, and a British genius.

Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos | Carrie Gress | We can look to the saints for examples of grace and peace in troubled times.

When the Communists Murdered a Priest | Paul Kengor | The killing of Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko on October 19, 1984, marked the mid-point between two cataclysmic events that put nails in the coffin of communism.

John Paul II, Women, and the Catholic Contemplative Tradition | Christopher S. Morrissey | An interview with the editor of the comprehensive collection, John Paul II Speaks on Women.

Taxes, Tricks, and the Roman Coin | Carl E. Olson | Few questions asked of Jesus were as cunning and devious as this one: “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”


Cardinal Burke: Christ’s truth is at the heart of marriage | Vatican Radio | "It is only in the family that the true sense of who we are as man and woman is taught effectively both by the example of the father and mother."

President of Ignatius Press: "It's time for the full Gospel of the Family" | "The New Evangelists of the JP2 Generation," says Mark Brumley, "will tell you that with all due respect to Cardinal Walter Kasper, he isn’t the only one who can speak about the situation 'on the ground.'"

Moderate Muslims and Cafeteria Catholics | William Kilpatrick | The notion that Islam is a religion of peace is becoming less credible by the day.

The Wedding Feast, the Lamb, and the Kingdom | Carl E. Olson | It is impossible to overstate the importance of marriage as both an institution and a metaphor in the Bible.

Old Liberals, Young Liberals, and the Breakdown of the Family | Dr. James Hitchcock | Why and how the rejection of "Humanae Vitae" made all the difference among Catholics.

Non-Negotiables in a Relativistic, Media-Driven Age | CWR Staff | Veteran journalist Sheila Liaugminas' new book tackles the roots and meaning of hot button issues from abortion to social justice.

Theosis and Eros, Celibacy and Marriage | Carl E. Olson | "The cross to me is everything," explains Dr. Adam G. Cooper in remarking on his two recent books, "It's the defining centre of God and human history."

The Killer and the Saint: Pranzini and Thérèse | K. V. Turley | The sensational story of the murderous Pranzini would inspire the young saint to adopt her "first sinner."

The Worst Rapture Movie Ever Made | Carl E. Olson | The "Left Behind" reboot starring Nicholas Cage continues a dubious tradition of Fundamentalist "end times" movies that are unbearable, unbelievable, and unbiblical.

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