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Apocalypse 2020

The 20 most popular Catholic World Report stories and articles of 2020

By Carl E. Olson on Dec 31, 2020 07:27 pm
As always, the most read articles at CWR cover a range of topics. Several of these have to do with either the pandemic or protests—fitting for a year dominated by the reality and news of [...]
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How “normal”, really, was the old normal?

By Jerry Salyer on Dec 31, 2020 02:44 pm
Flatten the curve. Radio, television, and Internet authorities drummed the message into us at the beginning of the COVID drama early in 2020. That little mantra has long since been dropped, of course. In the [...]
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Eden in the Eighties

By Nick Olszyk on Dec 31, 2020 02:23 pm
MPAA Rating: PG-13 USCCB Rating: Not rated at the time of this review Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 reels (Disclaimer: The following review contains spoilers!) Whenever discussing neo-paganism in my World Religions course, I [...]
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Apocalypse 2020

By Dr. Douglas Farrow on Dec 30, 2020 11:35 pm
It has been an apocalyptic year. As one who teaches theology and ethics, and writes biblical commentary too, permit me to explain that an “apocalypse,” properly speaking, is not a disaster, a scene of death [...]
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“Culture warrior” and the fallacy of misplaced concreteness

By Bishop Robert Barron on Dec 30, 2020 05:42 pm
One of the least illuminating descriptors that makes its way around the Catholic commentariat is “culture warrior.” The term is invariably used by someone on the left in order to excoriate a right-wing Catholic for [...]
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Pro-life letters to a great-grandchild

By Russell Shaw on Dec 30, 2020 12:16 pm
The prolife movement has lots of heroes and heroines, sung and unsung alike, but there’s always room for one more. As an addition to the roster of unsung heroes I therefore nominate Dick Delaney. Never [...]
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Thoughts on a pro-life picket line

By George Weigel on Dec 30, 2020 03:01 am
One of Dr. LeRoy Carhart’s “Clinics for Abortion & Reproductive Excellence” – named to yield the Orwellian acronym CARE – is located about a mile away from my parish in Bethesda, Maryland. Earlier this year, [...]
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Trump praises St. Thomas Becket as martyr for religious freedom

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 29, 2020 09:12 pm
CNA Staff, Dec 29, 2020 / 09:57 am (CNA).- The White House on Tuesday issued a proclamation praising St. Thomas Becket, an English archbishop who was martyred 850 years ago after conflict with King Henry [...]
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The Saints of Wuhan: Isolation, Suffering, and the Breath of Faith

By Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. on Dec 29, 2020 09:00 pm
Note: This account of the Catholic martyr saints who died in the Wuchang district of Wuhan, China, was delivered after the Holy Mass offered by Bishop Thomas Daly at the Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, [...]
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For whom Chekhov’s bell tolls

By Joshua Hren on Dec 29, 2020 04:17 pm
Before he became a literary master, Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) sang (like a “little convict”) in the church choir that his father conducted. Punctually the acolyte assisted at the altar, arose early for matins, and ascended [...]
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In defense of Hans Urs von Balthasar

By Larry Chapp on Dec 28, 2020 11:36 pm
When I was an undergraduate in minor seminary (1978-81) I was being fed a steady diet of neo-scholastic writers on my way to a philosophy degree. The seminary I attended was an anachronism for such [...]
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Freeing Mary from the mafia

By Paolo Fucili on Dec 28, 2020 05:46 pm
To kill the famous Italian magistrate Giovanni Falcone, in Palermo, on May 23, 1993, the mafia used a half-ton of TNT, blowing up a piece of highway as the motorcade of the judge and his [...]
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Knights of the Holy Eucharist: A community serious about expanding

By David Kilby on Dec 28, 2020 02:46 pm
During a time when genuine religious communal life is being overshadowed by social media and virtual meetings, the Knights of the Holy Eucharist, founded in 1998 by EWTN’s founder, Mother Angelica, are expanding their outreach [...]
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Opinion: Covid-19 and the prevailing narrative

By Brian Jones on Dec 28, 2020 01:51 am
The political philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre once observed that the surest obstacle preventing someone from seeing the “facts” in front of them is their particular theoretical vision of the world. In other words, if I am [...]
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“Kick Christmas Out of China”: Christians face more challenges in the PRC

By Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. on Dec 27, 2020 12:56 pm
China continues to occupy headlines across the globe, but party officials within the Great Wall have taken little, if any, heed of international opinion. Media reports vary from anxious predictions of China’s economic rise to [...]
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Pope Francis to mark fifth anniversary of ‘Amoris laetitia’ with year dedicated to family

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 27, 2020 12:15 pm
Vatican City, Dec 27, 2020 / 04:16 am (CNA).- Pope Francis announced Sunday a special year dedicated to the family, marking the fifth anniversary of the publication of his apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia. In his [...]
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The Holy Family points the human family to the Heavenly Family

By Carl E. Olson on Dec 26, 2020 09:00 am
On the Readings for Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph [...]
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I believe in Yesterday’s Christmas

By George J. Galloway on Dec 26, 2020 12:25 am
I believe in Yesterday’s Christmas Maybe I’m just nostalgic. Maybe I’m just getting older. I don’t think so (nostalgic, I mean). But I believe in yesterday’s Christmas. In a spiritual sense Christmas over the last [...]
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