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Friday, December 31, 2021

My Top Ten Movies of 2021

The 21 most popular Catholic World Report stories and articles of 2021

By Carl E. Olson on Dec 30, 2021 07:41 pm
While the most read CWR pieces of 2020 were fairly wide-ranging in nature, two topics dominate this year’s top articles: vaccines and liturgy. Some other topics include cremation (#1!), President Biden and Holy Communion, the [...]
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Uproar over Chicago Mass: Did this Christmas Eve liturgy go too far?

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 30, 2021 05:28 pm
Some say the theatrical presentation of the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Sabina Church in Chicago went too far. / Screen shot of St. Sabina YouTube video Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 30, 2021 / 13:28 pm (CNA). Outraged by a freewheeling Christma... [...]
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My Top Ten Movies of 2021

By Nick Olszyk on Dec 30, 2021 04:46 pm
Like many in this great nation, I did not get to my local cinema much in 2021; only one film on this list was seen in a theater. Nevertheless, there were many great films available [...]
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Stephen Chbosky discusses Dear Evan Hansen, love, and teenage angst

By Carl Kozlowski on Dec 30, 2021 04:30 pm
Stephen Chbosky is a writer and filmmaker with an uncanny understanding of the teenage outsider mindset. As the writer of The Perks of Being a Wallflower – one of the biggest-selling Young Adult novels of [...]
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Waiting on Dobbs

By Russell Shaw on Dec 30, 2021 12:26 pm
The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision on abortion almost certainly is a done deal. The justices and their clerks know the result but they aren’t letting on, while the rest of us won’t find out for [...]
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Articulating the “New Traditionalism”: A conversation with Larry Chapp

By Carl E. Olson on Dec 29, 2021 09:14 pm
“A Manifesto of the New Traditionalism”, published on the Gaudium et Spes 22 blog on December 22nd, was co-authored by Sean Domenicic, Larry Chapp and Marc Barnes. Written from a “Catholic Worker perspective but with [...]
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A pithy guide to being critical and diligent in reading the news

By John Tuttle on Dec 29, 2021 04:49 pm
In November 2021, Pope Francis honored reporters Phillip Puellella and Valentina Alazraki, further addressing the importance of journalism and its potential pitfalls. “The risk, as you well know,” said the Pontiff, “is to be overwhelmed [...]
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In us or among us?

By Nick Olszyk on Dec 29, 2021 04:28 pm
MPAA Rating: R USCCB Rating, Not rated at the time of this review Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 reels (Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers.) Everything in the marketing of Encounter suggests it is a [...]
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Women of valor and the pro-life cause

By George Weigel on Dec 29, 2021 03:03 am
I first met Erika Bachiochi — then Erika Schubert — in July 1998, when she was my student in the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society in Cracow. She had graduated from Middlebury College [...]
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God and man in the 21st century

By Thomas M. Doran on Dec 28, 2021 08:29 pm
In 1951, William F. Buckley, Jr. published God and Man at Yale, in which he asserted that Yale was preaching secularism and statism at the expense of religious faith and human liberty. Buckley’s book was [...]
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The Holy Innocents and the Church’s pro-life witness

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Dec 28, 2021 07:00 am
The Church, “expert in humanity” (as Pope Paul VI put it), knows that the mystery of Christmas (like that of Easter) is so great that it cannot be adequately plumbed – let alone celebrated – [...]
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Monastic wine on the way of charity

By Dr. R. Jared Staudt on Dec 27, 2021 05:22 pm
How is wine related to charity? Although we may think of consuming wine as something simply pleasant and enjoyable, Jesus used it as an image of his sacrifice. He asked his disciples, “Are you able [...]
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New work of Christology marked by orthodox depth and ecumenical insights

By Carl R. Trueman on Dec 27, 2021 05:00 pm
It may surprise many Catholic readers to know that Fr. Thomas Weinandy, OFM, Cap. has in recent years been one of the most significant living theologians for conservative Protestants. The reason for this odd celebrity [...]
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Cardinal Cupich issues new restrictions on Traditional Latin Masses

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 27, 2021 01:30 pm
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. / Daniel Ibanez Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 27, 2021 / 11:30 am (CNA). Cardinal Blase Cupich has issued a new policy for the Archdiocese of Chicago that curtails the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass... [...]
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Pope Francis’s Africa problem

By Christopher R. Altieri on Dec 26, 2021 10:03 pm
After his Christmas greetings to the leprous Roman curia – and it was pretty much right after – Pope Francis let one of his longest-serving curial hands go rather unceremoniously. The departure of Peter Kodwo [...]
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On relics and the “lost” feast of St. Stephen, Proto-martyr

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Dec 26, 2021 10:16 am
We lost the feast of St. Stephen this year because it coincided with a Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, the feast of the Holy Family, December 26. As the Christmas carol informs us: “Good [...]
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Archbishop of Lima says Jesus died as a layman and without offering a sacrifice

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 26, 2021 02:00 am
Archbishop Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio of Lima, Peru / ACI Prensa Lima, Peru, Dec 26, 2021 / 00:00 am (CNA). Archbishop Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio of Lima, Peru, has yet to clarify remarks he made in a pre-Christmas Mass that contradict the te... [...]
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“Why were you looking for me?”

By Carl E. Olson on Dec 25, 2021 06:00 pm
Readings: • Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28 • Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10 • Col 3:12-21 or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24 • Lk 2:41-52 Being lost isn’t always [...]
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Seeing the saints in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

By Alan L. Anderson on Dec 25, 2021 04:08 pm
“It is easy to be solemn,” G.K. Chesterton once noted, “it is so hard to be frivolous.” Ours are times when it is especially easy to tend to solemnity, thus allow me a few moments [...]
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Christmas and the Gift of Heavenly Peace

By Fr. Charles Fox on Dec 24, 2021 09:00 pm
On Christmas Eve, 203 years ago, two men, a priest and a musical composer, entered a small church in the alpine village of Oberndorf, just south of Salzburg, Austria, for Christmas Mass. That night they [...]
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No, there is not a “moral imperative” to take the vaccines

By Carl E. Olson on Dec 24, 2021 05:16 pm
With so many challenges facing us today when it comes to COVID—new variants, shifting directives from numerous authorities, endless questions about so many complex factors—I was heartened to read this bit of sensitive sanity from [...]
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Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Frank Capra’s classic Christmas film

By Father Seán Connolly on Dec 24, 2021 04:09 pm
Premiering 75 year ago, just before Christmas in 1946, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life still remains the gold standard for holiday movies. It has become a cherished custom for generations of families to watch [...]
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Opinion: Realism and rule of law essential for addressing border crisis

By David Larson on Dec 24, 2021 01:43 pm
On Dec. 3, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced their disappointment in the Biden administration’s decision to comply with a court order to reinstate former President Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known [...]
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The reason and reality of the Nativity

By James V. Schall, S.J. on Dec 24, 2021 11:00 am
Eventually, when the Incarnation of the Son of Man is rejected, the rejection of man inevitably follows. This abolition of man is what we are [...]
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