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The Times, the Abuse Crisis, and the War Against Celibacy

The New York Times has spent this past week in a less than subtle attack on clerical celibacy, insinuating it as the cause of the current crisis in the Church. On the eve of the Vatican summit on The Protection of Minors in the Church, the Times, in a panic that homosexuality will be blamed [...]

Cardinal Sarah’s Liturgical Reform Meets Resistance

It has been said that Rome thinks in centuries. In the present age, however, it seems that Rome reacts in days. So Cardinal Sarah learned following a July 5 address on the liturgy, as the Vatican issued a clarification meant to quash speculation about the possibility of new enactments from Rome that would affect liturgical norms [...]

No Cheap Churches

In this Crisis Magazine classic, Rev. Michael Enright outlines the features of a truly Catholic church building... and no, churches-in-the-round don't qualify.     In about 10 A.D. the Roman writer Vitrivus wrote that there are three qualities for good building, "venustas, firmitas et utilitas" -- delight, firmness, and utility. What happens when these criteria [...]

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