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    January 14, 2014

    Catholicism, Islam, and the Perils of Arguing from Authority

    by William Kilpatrick

    Like many Americans, I didn’t know much about Islam before the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. And, to tell the truth, even after 9/11 I wasn’t inclined to look too deeply into the matter. The events of 9/11,…

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    January 9, 2014

    Is the Church Inherently Conservative?

    by James Kalb

    The great issue that separates progressive from more traditionalist Catholics is whether the Church will return to type. To answer that question “yes” is to say that the Church has an essential nature—a basic structure, set of beliefs, and way…

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    January 6, 2014

    Evangelii Gaudium on Islam: Outreach or Overreach?

    by William Kilpatrick

    Much attention has been paid to Pope Francis’ observations about economic life in Evangelii Gaudium. Relatively little attention, however, has been paid to the pope’s remarks about Islam in the same document, even though they may turn out to be…

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    December 31, 2013

    Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism

    by Br. Justin Hannegan

    Young Catholics are spurning religious life.  According to the Official Catholic Directory, there were only 1,853 seminarians studying for American religious orders in 2011.  That’s less than half the number of religious seminarians that were studying in 1980 (4,674), and…

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    December 26, 2013

    The Last Days of December

    by Regis Martin

     Great Little One!  Whose all-embracing birth  Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth. — Richard Crashaw These last days of December have suddenly come upon us, leaving in their wake the wonder of a God who without loss of divinity…

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    December 24, 2013

    The Promise and Fulfillment of Christmas

    by Fr. Robert Johansen

    Some years ago, when I was recently ordained, it fell upon me to celebrate the Vigil Mass of Christmas at my parish. The pastor, as was his prerogative, always celebrated Midnight Mass, so the other parish Masses were divided between…

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    December 23, 2013

    Benedict XVI on the Christmas Readings

    by Matthew Ramage

    If your family regularly attends the evening Christmas vigil mass, on more than one occasion you may have dreaded the proclamation of the Gospel for this particularly liturgy: “Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat…

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    December 19, 2013

    On “Consulting the Faithful” in Preparation for the 2014 Family Synod

    by Dr. William Oddie

    I have been pondering on the significance of the Holy Father’s recent declaration that “The Church must pay attention to the sensus fidelium, or ‘sense of the faithful’, … but never confuse that sense with popular opinion on matters of…

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    December 18, 2013

    The Christmas Miracle

    by Regis Martin

    I picture him as a tall Texan, his outsize appearance easily eclipsing everything in sight, save only the immense shrine that he and a busload of tourists have come to Rome to see.  And then, throwing up his hand at…

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    December 17, 2013

    Rejoice and Evangelize: He is with Us and We Have Been Loved

    by Arland K. Nichols

    Advent and Christmas celebrate the joy of a new life. Like an expectant mother, we wait, with bated breath, joyful anticipation and we brim over with excitement. For God is with us, He is soon to be born, Come, Come,…

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    December 9, 2013

    The Controversy Over Evangelii Gaudium

    by Rachel Lu

    I’ve reached the point where I cringe a little every time I hear the name “Pope Francis” at a social gathering. No hard feelings, I hope, your Holiness. I understand that you have a big world to worry about, and…

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    November 26, 2013

    The Story of a Dissenting Irish Priest

    by John P. McCarthy

    Father Tony Flannery has written several books on religious subjects, was a columnist for the monthly journal of the Redemptorist order, and a founder of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland (ACP). In early 2012 the Vatican’s Congregation for…

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    November 21, 2013

    Benedict XVI and the Way of Beauty

    by Duncan G. Stroik

     Something unusual is revealed here as well: the house of God is the true house of humans.  It becomes the house of humans even more the less it tries to be this and the more it is simply put up…

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    November 19, 2013

    Papal Style: Caring for Souls while Leaving Doctrinal Exposition to Others

    by Dr. William Oddie

    On the plane, on the way back from Brazil, the journalist Gianguido Vecchi, of Corriere della Sera asked Pope Francis the following question. “Holy Father, during this visit … you have frequently spoken of mercy. With regard to the reception…

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    November 14, 2013

    Seeing Saints in the House of God

    by Michael Tamara

    My earliest recollections of anything pertaining to faith are not of words or instruction, but of primal sensory experiences of holy things within the built environment. From long before I learned how to read, and probably not so long after…

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    November 1, 2013

    Holiness in Photographic Negative: The Life of Blessed Junipero Serra

    by Christopher O. Blum

    The 24th of November this year will afford a significant opportunity for North Americans to reflect upon their common past: the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of Bl. Junipero Serra. In commemoration of the founder of the California missions,…

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    October 31, 2013

    It’s Time to Get “Obsessed” About Opposing Today’s Moral Evils

    by Kenneth D. Whitehead

    A recent Quinnipiac poll found that some 53 percent of Catholics who attend Mass weekly, and some 65 percent of those who attend Mass less frequently, would favor a law legalizing so-called same-sex “marriage” in spite of the Church’s clear…

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    October 23, 2013

    John Paul II’s Definitive Answer to Secular Feminism

    by Dr. William Oddie

    St. Paul wrote in his Letter to the Galatians (4:4): “When the time had fully come, God sent forth his son, born of woman”; “Only by the power of the Holy Spirit,” added Pope John Paul II in the apostolic…

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