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Monday, November 16, 2015

Calling Men to a Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality

MONDAY, November 16, 2015 | St. Gertrude, Patron of the West Indies

ESSAYS and POSTS about Paris and ISIS, Catholic education, "Spotlight", apocalyptic fiction, liberal theologians, evolution, Vatican II and religious freedom, and much more!

ISIS at the Doors: Erasing the Memory of a Christian Europe | Diogo Miguel Machado | By indulging our fetish for spiritual and cultural forgetfulness, we have permitted the coming-to-be of a hell on earth under the reign of ISIS.

Pope Francis: Paris terrorist attacks are part of "piecemeal WWIII" | CNA | At least 128 people are confirmed dead and more than 180 wounded in terrorist attacks which targeted bars, restaurants, a concert hall, and a football stadium in the heart of Paris.

Making the Case for Catholic Education | Christopher S. Morrissey | Modern approaches to education find their inspiration in Rousseau, while classical approaches find their support in Aristotle. Ryan Topping advocates the latter approach.

The Son of Man and the Little Apocalypse | Carl E. Olson | Jesus used prophetic language to describe his approaching Passion and death, through which he, the promised Messiah, would deliver his people from tribulation and inaugurate the restoration of Israel.

Shining a “Spotlight” on Yesterday’s Journalism | Anne Hendershott | A new film about reporters investigating Boston’s priestly sex abuse scandals gets several key points wrong—and overlooks several entirely.

Pope Francis and the Changing Times | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The central question is this: just what “dogmatic” issues are being upheld and what ones are customs that can be changed?

Apocalyptic Fiction | Ignatius Press Novels | An interview with Michael D. O’Brien about his new novel, Elijah in Jerusalem.

Vatican II and Religious Freedom: Rupture or Authentic Development? | Carl E. Olson | The authors of a new book on “Dignitatis Humanae” argue that the Declaration grounds the right to religious freedom in the obligation to seek the truth, especially the truth about God.

Two Years Among the Liberal Theologians | Dorothy Cummings McLean | The brain-blowing combination of asserting that what is not Catholic teaching is somehow Catholic teaching and then shrieking like a frightened schoolgirl when the word "heresy" is uttered is what the American Catholic/Jesuit theological academy is all about.

Catholicism, Evolution, and Divine Revelation: A Second Look | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | Fr. Michael Chaberek's carefully researched and argued book Catholicism and Evolution examines how the magisterium of the Catholic Church has dealt with Darwin and the subsequent theories of evolution.

Bouyer's journey from Lutheran pastor to Ressourcement theologian | Dr. Christopher Shannon | A new English translation of the Memoirs of Fr. Louis Bouyer offers keen insights into the Church, the Second Vatican Council, and the intellectual landscape of the past century.

More Thoughts About Immigration—and Some Suggestions | James Kalb | As in sexual matters, we’ve undergone a revolution in respectable opinion that professes to benefit the marginalized while in fact entrenching the rich, powerful, and credentialed.

A Story for the Restless: "We’ll Never Tell Them" | John Herreid | There are two very powerful myths most of us at some level buy into, given that they are myths that permeate the modern world.

Saint Peter Damian, “Gomorrah”, and Today's Moral Crisis | CWR Staff | An interview with Matthew Cullinan Hoffman about his new translation of a treatise against sodomy, pederasty, and clerical corruption penned nearly a thousand years ago by a great reformer and Doctor of the Church.

Calling Men to a Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality | CWR Staff | "Catholic men are destroying themselves by their own free-willed choices," says Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, whose book "Behold the Man," focuses on Christ crucified, covenantal love, and fatherhood.

“Thanks to Your Noble Shadow”: The Life of the Last Irish Nun in Japan | Dom Alcuin Reid | An interview with journalist James Creedon about his documentary film on the life of Sister Paschal O’Sullivan, who was a missionary in Japan for 75 years.

Robert Cardinal Sarah, a new Augustine for Africa | Dorothy Cummings McLean | God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith, Nicholas Diat's interview with Cardinal Sarah, is filled with adventure, classical scholarship, orthodoxy and fidelity to doctrine.

“Christ was truly present”: Some personal reflections on the World Meeting of Families | Suzanne Schoen H armon | More than 20,000 pilgrims from more than 100 countries attended the six-day event, held in Philadelphia’s enormous and handsome Convention Center. Delegates came in every shape, size, and race and spoke a wide range of languages.


Intrinsic Evils, Final Realities, and the Synod | Dr. Samuel Gregg | As St. Pope John Paul II's "Veritatis Splendor" reminds us, the idea that there are intrinsically evil acts has always been central to Catholic ethics. Without it, Catholic morality would cease to be Catholic.

The template the Synod seems to have forgotten | Mary Beth Bonacci | The discussion of doctrine by bishops seems to revolve primarily around “where is the line between doctrine and discipline?” and “how far can we cut into the doctrine without formally changing it?”

“Spiritual Friendship” and Ministering to the Same-Sex Attracted | Dr. Rachel Lu | The “Spiritual Friendship” bloggers are the most visible spokesmen for what it means to be orthodox Christians and gay, but elements of their approach are inconsistent, and can hamper those genuinely anxious to help.

Thoughts and Questions about Immigration | James Kalb | It’s evident that immigration, like most issues of public policy, is a matter of prudence, and serious Catholics will disagree on the answers--so informed and intelligent discussion is needed

The Quebecoise Alternative to the St. Gallen Mafia | Tracey Rowland | Cardinal Marc Ouellet, author of Mystery and Sacrament of Love, does not think it possible to allow Communion to the divorced and remarried without doing violence to the sacramental ontology

"The Church has no authority...”: On the Limits of the Pope | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | Papal authority cannot be used to promote favored papal causes, no matter how noble. It is to be used to keep the Church one and focused on the one true God.

Assisted suicide: The nightmare has become the reality | Russell Shaw | Although even advocates of the right to die generally concede the need for safeguards against abuses, the dynamic of the underlying ideology encourages step by step movement in a radical direction.

Love, Truth, and Pastoral Care | Mary Jo Anderson | Encouraging any disorder—whatever it may be—is not an act of love, but an act of surrender that leaves the person in bondage to the disorder.

The Mystery of Creation and the Sacrament of Marriage | Carl E. Olson | Divorce is rampant, adultery is common, and “same-sex marriage” now appears to be an inevitable social and cultural "reality". It is not surprising, then, to sometimes hear that marriage is doomed.

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