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Monday, February 1, 2016

A Bishop Speaks to the Men of His Flock

Fatima at 100: The message of Our Lady for today | Jim Graves | An interview with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., author of Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope.

Who are the Real Anti-Semites? | William Kilpatrick | It’s odd how when a Muslim mob attacks a landmark cathedral in Europe and assaults women, that somehow means that it’s time to issue warnings about the new nationalists.

The Pillars of Lent | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | During the purifying Season of Lent we are enabled to do something that lower creatures cannot, and higher creatures need not.

The motive and mission of the true prophet | Carl E. Olson | Old Testament prophets spoke about future events but prophetic utterances were often exhortations to holiness, worship, and love for God and neighbor.

Why Hard Cases Make Bad Law: A Satire | Dr. Randall B. Smith | Former World War II German soldier complains: “Why does everyone think it’s okay to lie to me?”

"Partakers in the Suffering”: Recent events in China’s hopeful Church | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. | The situation in China is far more complex than a simple chronicle of antagonism, suspicion, and persecution; progress and hope also punctuate the narrative.

Make Your Hearts Firm This Lent | Maria Cintorino | During Lent, the Church calls the faithful to conversion by calling to mind the image of Christ being drawn into the desert by the Spirit.

Bishop Doerfler of Marquette lays foundation for reform of sacred music | Brendon Ford | New instruction, which applies to all parishes and schools, requires all to learn the English chants from a Mass setting found in the Roman Missal, as well as Latin chants from the Missa Jubilate Deo.

The Catholic Novelist As Peddler in Bleak Midwinter | James Casper | For today’s writer of novels with Catholic content, refuge may be found in a distant past and a faraway time and place, but almost nowhere close to home.

A Bishop Speaks to the Men of His Flock | Jim Graves | Bishop Thomas Olmsted discusses his recently released exhortation to Catholic men and the particular challenges he sees facing men of faith today.

Adventures in Logic: Are believers more rational than non-believers? | Thomas M. Doran | The man on the street often insists that non-believers are more rational than believers, but is this a logical conclusion on the evidence?

The Story of Kullervo and the origins of Tolkien’s legendarium | Bradley J. Birzer | A newly-published book by the young J.R.R. Tolkien gives insight into what he was--and wasn’t--trying to create in his later masterpieces.

AP report: Houston grand jury didn't vote on charges against Planned Parenthood | Carl E. Olson | Houston, you have a problem. And it has the odor of corruption, cronyism, and political careerism.

If I were running the Eastern Orthodox Council | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille | The Orthodox Council, if it takes place, must ask itself: Why should people care about this Council and about Orthodox Christianity itself? Why is it relevant?

China’s Population Crisis: An Evangelical Opportunity? | George Weigel | Despite the Chinese communist regime’s determination to control all aspects of social and cultural life, and the persecutions and martyrdom to which it leads, Chinese Christianity is growing rapidly.

Preaching to the Young Casualties of the Sexual Revolution | Neil Kane | One vexing issue in teaching theology in Catholic schools is that most students know very little about what the Church actually proclaims.


The "True" Islam | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The writings of RĂ©mi Brague, winner of the 2012 Ratzinger Prize, about Islam offer the sort of unflinching and detailed analysis often missing from papal utterances.

The hijacking of the women’s movement, and the resurgence of pro-life feminism | CWR Staff | Sue Ellen Browder was there when the women’s movement bound itself to pro-abortion politics. Today she sees hope in a new generation of pro-life feminists.

The First Grace of Mercy is the Grace of Conversion | Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | We must be convinced that we are sinners in need of mercy, in order to claim divine mercy. Then, having received that mercy, we must be ready and willing to impart it to others.

"A Deeper Vision" reveals the abandonment of the Catholic intellectual tradition | Russell Shaw | Catholicism, Robert Royal writes in his new book, is “no longer a significant part of the cultural dialogue, as it was in the first half of the twentieth century."

When the U.S. Abandoned a Catholic President | Kevin Schmiesing | An Interview with Geoffrey Shaw, author of The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam.

Is Loyola Marymount University Losing its Catholic Identity? | Dr. Christopher Kaczor | A recent survey of faculty raises questions about the Catholic identity of the Jesuit university in Southern California.

"RISEN" Depicts the Resurrection as Historical and Theological Mystery | CWR Staff | The cast and crew talk about AFFIRM Film’s new movie, starring Joseph Fiennes, which follows a Roman centurion’s hunt for the risen Christ.

God, the Professors, and the Islamization of Europe | Dr. Peter A. Redpath | For over a century, Western higher education has inclined to inculcate political leaders with the mindset of anarchists, barbarians, fools. And so Western civilization is slowly being transformed into Eurabia.

Theory, Practice, and the Church | James Kalb | Doctrine articulates faith, and makes it usable as a path to truth, so the Church must take it very seriously even in the face of difficulties.

Increase in Ordinations the Result of Faithfulness and Orthodoxy | Anne Hendershott | In 2015 there was a 25% increase in ordinations to the priesthood as 595 men were ordained last year, up from 477 in 2014.

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