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    Throughout the world, in the Easter Sunday liturgy, Catholics sing the ancient Sequence, Victimae Paschali Laudes, or as it is known in English, “Christians, to the Paschal Victim.” The sequence offers praise to Christ, the Victor over sin and death,…


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    April 17, 2014

    The Harrowing of Hell

    by David Arias

    The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on Christ’s descent into hell.  It begins: “Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. …

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    April 15, 2014

    Should Pope Francis have Abandoned the Trappings of His Office?

    by Dr. William Oddie

    Father Longenecker had an amusing blog last week, headlined “archbishops should live in palaces.” “I think the Pope should live in the Apostolic Palace,” he says, “and I think Archbishop Wilton [Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, who is moving out…

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    April 9, 2014

    Ethnic Parishes, Catholic Schools and the Vocations Crisis

    by Bruce Frohnen

    I am not terribly accustomed to attending bilingual masses. I’ve avoided them rather religiously (sorry) ever since my wife and I went to a Spanish-English mass on Ash Wednesday when she was very pregnant. After well over an hour and…

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    April 7, 2014

    St. John Fisher, Marriage, and Moral Absolutes

    by Samuel Gregg

    In his October 2013 article on the question of communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Cardinal Gerhard Müller underscored that the Catholic Church had risked much to uphold Christ’s teaching regarding true marriage’s indissolubility. The Prefect of the Congregation…

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    April 1, 2014

    Why We Need More Canon Lawyers

    by Randall B. Smith

    We’ve all known administrators who were hired to do a certain job, but when they found they couldn’t do that job, they either tried to do everyone else’s job or else tried to change the job into something else completely. …

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    April 1, 2014

    Why Did God Make Eve?

    by Tyler Blanski

    Why did God make Eve? Why not just stop with Adam? God made Eve for the same reason God makes anything—as a celebration of his own glory. God was up to something of eternal importance in making his special image-bearers…

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    March 25, 2014

    Yet Another Press Misreading of Vatican News

    by John Paul Shimek

    Both England’s Tablet and the United States’ Commonweal incited debate last week with their accounts of an exclusive interview Archbishop Georg Gänswein granted the German television network ZDF. While the Tablet took more editorial liberties than Commonweal, Commonweal signaled tacit…

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    March 24, 2014

    The Bishop of Bridgeport: Voice of the Faithful’s Latest Target

    by Anne Hendershott

    If it is true, as novelist Don DeLillo once wrote, “The future belongs to crowds,” then the future of the Catholic Church might once have belonged to activist groups critical of the Church, like Boston-bred Voice of the Faithful (VOTF),…

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    March 19, 2014

    Pope Francis Quotes Chesterton! But … What Was the Quotation?

    by Dale Ahlquist

    An Italian paper reported last December 5 that on that day Pope Francis said Mass at the Church of St. Martha in Rome, and in his homily, he quoted G.K. Chesterton. Yes, I know. There was great rejoicing. According to…

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    March 14, 2014

    What Not to Learn from Eastern Orthodoxy

    by Gabriel S. Sanchez

    Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortaiton, Evangelii Gaudium, raised eyebrows within and beyond the Catholic world for what the Sovereign Pontiff had to say on things economic. Considerably less attention was paid to the document’s other discussions which range from the so-called…

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    March 12, 2014

    Pope Francis: “Stop Using Church as Sexual Abuse Scapegoat”

    by Dr. William Oddie

    Pope Francis has now once again (though to judge by the so far sparse coverage, you’d think he’d never said or done anything before) expressed his abhorrence of clerical sex abuse. Previous popes—indeed most senior clergy—are normally too reticent, however,…

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    March 4, 2014

    The Shepherd’s Dilemma: Speaking Out Against Islamic Terror

    by William Kilpatrick

     “Say too little and people will be killed; say too much and people will be killed.” I don’t remember the source of the quotation, but it succinctly captures the dilemma that world leaders face in deciding how to respond to…

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    February 28, 2014

    Archbishop Nichols Sparks Debate Over Welfare Reform in the UK

    by Dr. William Oddie

    As Archbishop Nichols prepared to take off for Rome to receive his red hat he came out politically last week with a vengeance (having over the years been admirably discreet about his political attitudes), with an attack on his fellow…

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    February 25, 2014

    Aim of Family Synods: Harmonize Doctrine and Pastoral Care

    by Eric Johnston

    A recent interview of  Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga in a German newspaper underscores the stress lines surrounding the upcoming synods, in October 2014 and October 2015, “On Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”  It can help…

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    February 24, 2014

    Love for Latin Liturgy More than a Fashion

    by Rachel Lu

    As a lover of traditional liturgy, I was momentarily excited by a report last week that, for once in my life, I might actually be hip to the trends. It would be a nearly-unprecedented thing for me, and I’m still…

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    February 20, 2014

    Are Muslims Our Natural Allies?

    by William Kilpatrick

    Conservative Catholics have been faring badly in the fight against militant secularism, so it’s understandable that they would be looking for allies to stand alongside them in the culture wars. Some Catholic intellectuals seem to think that Muslims are our…

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    February 14, 2014

    Give Me Back My Valentine!

    by Karen Anderson

     I claim there ain’t Another Saint As great as Valentine.      —Ogden Nash On Sunday, February 9, the Catholic Church celebrated World Marriage Day. This Friday, February 14, the universal Church will not celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, even though everybody…

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    February 4, 2014

    Invest in Catholic Youth: Build Beautiful School Chapels

    by Duncan G. Stroik

      Intellege ut credas; crede ut intellegas  (In order to believe you must understand. In order to understand you must believe.)  —St. Augustine A priest once told me that the best place to teach students the faith is in a…

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    January 28, 2014

    The Real Scandal in Germany

    by Marie Meaney

    One might think we were living back in the days of the Renaissance. Tremendously high expenses for “luxurious” buildings by the Bishop of Limburg have brought him into the headlines as the “Protz-Bischof” (“the showy Bishop”). Scandal has rocked the…

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    January 27, 2014

    Sacrificing Religious Life: A Reply to Critics

    by Br. Justin Hannegan

    In my December 31, 2013 Crisis article, Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism, I argued that the decimation of American religious orders is partly self-inflicted.  Vocations directors, counselors, and authors make two mistakes: 1) they treat life in…

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