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    A few weeks ago, a Catholic priest caused quite a stir in one of our local diocesan high schools. He spoke the truth about sex. Pause here to sigh, and to wish that our heresies were more interesting. Some of…


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    April 23, 2014

    Time for a Little Easter Cheer

    by Rachel Lu

    When a magazine names itself Crisis, you should know not to expect sugar plums and primroses. Our culture is in a bad way, and here at Crisis we’re pretty up-front about that fact. We endeavor to diagnose the problems and…

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    April 21, 2014

    Abortive Contraceptives and Pro-Life Rhetoric

    by Brian Simboli

    An unforeseen, positive effect of the HHS mandate’s dramatic affront to religious liberty is to have brought renewed attention to the abortive effects of contraception. But there still needs to be far more discussion of their full moral import—for social policy,…

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    April 17, 2014

    On Barbarism and Benedict

    by Regis Martin

    For those who have the courage to plunge headlong into the great sea of history, their minds accustomed to taking long views, the attractions of Protestantism are few and never fatal.   But for those who know nothing of the past,…

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    April 16, 2014

    Chiara Corbella: A Witness to Joy

    by Marie Meaney

    In worldly terms, Chiara Corbella’s life was not a success story: two children dying shortly after birth, herself ravaged by an aggressive cancer, which killed her at the young age of 28, leaving a beloved husband and a small son…

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    April 3, 2014

    Saving Catholic Culture from Destruction

    by Michael Tamara

    What kind of mindset built all the immigrant Catholic parishes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the Americas? Was it a way of thinking predicated on practical limitations; on being “realistic” in the mundane sense of the word? This…

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    March 27, 2014

    Rebuilding Catholic Society

    by James Kalb

    The Church is not part of the State. Nor is she simply a part of civil society set up by her members to advance their public and private goals. She is an independent society established by God to be a…

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    March 26, 2014

    The Benedict Option: What Does It Really Mean?

    by R. Jared Staudt

     “Seeking his workman in a multitude of people, the Lord calls out to him and lifts his voice again: ‘Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days?’” (Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict,…

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    March 26, 2014

    The Gregory Option: St. Benedict in the World

    by Eric Johnston

    Alasdair MacIntyre’s 1981 manifesto After Virtue famously ends with the argument that we are “waiting for another St. Benedict.”  At some point, the old Roman Empire was lost.  “Men and women of good will turned aside from the task of…

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    March 24, 2014

    Can Some Same-Sex Attractions Not Be Disordered?

    by Deacon Jim Russell

    Are there some same-sex sexual attractions that are not disordered inclinations? Melinda Selmys, among those dubbed the “new homophiles” by Austin Ruse, seems to think so. At the “Spiritual Friendship” blog, Selmys presents this thesis under the title “Still Looking…

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    March 17, 2014

    The Strength of St. Patrick

    by James P. Bernens

    In the nave of my parish church, amongst the walls of glittering glass that are as windows unto the Word of God itself, there is an image of St. Patrick. When the morning light filters inward through its translucent shape,…

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    March 12, 2014

    The “Poverty” of Homosexual Orientation

    by Deacon Jim Russell

    In my last post I made the case that sexual “orientation” as defined by secular culture today is conceptually far removed from the dignity of the human person and is an abstract and generic form of data collection that does…

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    March 6, 2014

    The Urgency of Infant Baptism

    by R. Jared Staudt

    I recently wrote of one of my newborn son’s namesakes, Bl. Columba Marmion. My son, Colum, was baptized five days after birth (it would have been three except for the priest’s sickness), which is fast these days. In the old…

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    February 17, 2014

    The Benedict Option and the Lay Vocation

    by John T. Goerke

    “[Monasteries] kept the world’s diary, faced the plagues of all flesh, taught the first technical arts, preserved the pagan literature, and above all, by a perpetual patchwork of charity, kept the poor from the most distant sight of their modern…

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    February 13, 2014

    It’s Time to Build Schools, from the Ground Up

    by Anthony Esolen

    Sometimes the best thing you can do to a school is to raze it. The pipes leak, there’s mold in the ceiling panels, rats are nesting behind the wainscot, and a strange black stain has appeared under the basement floor…

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    February 7, 2014

    On Letting the Light Shine

    by Rev. George W. Rutler

    As a rather observant child, I made a mental note of the fact that my maternal grandmother would ask me to “make a light” instead of asking me to switch it on. When she was a child, no one switched lights…

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    February 4, 2014

    Sin and Purity

    by Dale Ahlquist

    I once had the misfortune to watch a television program about the economic crisis. There was some attempt being made to explain why people kept investing in schemes that really were not very sound, why they kept getting bigger mortgages…

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    January 31, 2014

    On the Fundamental Goodness of Being

    by Regis Martin

    Years ago while living in Rome I made my first Jesuit retreat, a memorably intense affair, presided over by a priest so long in the tooth that I naturally assumed he knew St. Ignatius himself.   It was there that I…

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    January 24, 2014

    The New Homophiles: Some Reasons for Concern

    by Daniel Mattson

     ”We think primarily in earthly categories.” These words from John Paul II’s 1985 Apostolic Letter Delecti Amici, addressed to the Youth of the World best sums up criticisms over the group of authors Austin Ruse has recently dubbed the “New…

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    January 24, 2014

    The New Homophiles: An Incomplete Apologia

    by Gabriel Blanchard

    Choosing how to respond to the recent articles by Austin Ruse on what he calls the “New Homophiles,” and about the reader responses, feels like weaving the rope I am to be hanged with: however far I get, I always…

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