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Top 5: In Depth Analysis

The Controversy at the Heart of Amoris Laetitia by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Apr 11, 2016

If Catholics who have divorced and remarried without obtaining an annulment can in some cases be given permission to receive communion, will this do more harm than good? That’s the...

On speaking the truth: Is confusion the chief “Francis effect”? by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Jun 10, 2016

Speaking the truth is perfectly compatible with charity. To think otherwise is to mistake charity for mere “niceness”. It is also to miss the point of Pope Benedict’s encyclical...

Catholics Rising: Why Catholicism cannot be stopped by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Apr 20, 2016

Perhaps it is time to state the obvious. The Catholic Faith, and the Church that announces and nourishes this Faith throughout history, cannot be stopped. This is a matter of Divine guarantee....

Caution! The Vatican's new magazine for women by Dr. Jeff Mirus - May 6, 2016

As we reported on Wednesday, a magazine devoted to women is now being published as a regular “insert” for the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. The dust has still to settle...

Is marriage a trap? Our preoccupation with nullity by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Jun 22, 2016

It would be very difficult to assess all the conditions which impact a couple’s readiness for marriage. It is equally difficult to determine how unfavorable cultural factors may influence this...

Top 5: On the Culture

Why Be Catholic? 3: Suffering Thursday

The oldest and most painful riddle of human existence is the riddle of suffering. In every time and place, man has sought an answer. Yet apart from Judeo-Christian Revelation, man has had very little to say. Stoic fortitude, Epicurean pleasure-seeking, Buddhist negation, the Utilitarian calculus...

Why Be Catholic? 6: Divine Intimacy Wednesday

Among all the concepts of God the world has known, only one draws the believer into the most profound intimacy of love. This intimacy is completely dependent upon the unique way in which the Christian God interacts in its three persons, and in which the Catholic God interacts with men. I refer, of...

Why Be Catholic? 5: Perfection Tuesday

Anyone with aspirations to human perfection ought to investigate Catholicism seriously. This is, in some ways, an extension of the second number in this series dealing with personal freedom, for freedom is essentially the ability to pursue one's proper end, which is also the path to...

Why Be Catholic? 8: Incarnation Friday

There is, in the Catholic vision of reality, a profound understanding of the impenetration of matter by grace which we call the Incarnational principle. The Incarnation of God the Son as Jesus Christ is the bedrock which underlies the Christian vision of the relationship between God and man. In...

Why Be Catholic? 10: Reason Tuesday

At first glance, a title which makes “Reason” a point in favor of Catholicism may look odd to modern eyes. We’re accustomed, after all, to thinking of reason as a faculty which we must use independently of faith to solve human problems, something that faith obscures. It has been...

Top 5: On the News

The damage done (again) by the Pope's statements on marriage Jun 17, 2016

During an address to a diocesan congress in Rome yesterday, Pope Francis was quoted as saying: that some priests are “animals,” that pastors should not be “putting our noses into the moral life of other people,” and that the “great majority” of...

The Pope's confused message undermines his own pastoral program Apr 8, 2016

Amoris Laetitia is not a revolutionary document. It is a subversive one. Pope Francis has not overthrown the traditional teachings of the Church, as many Catholics had either hoped or feared that he would, in this post-Synod exhortation. Instead he has sought to carve out ample room for a...

The pending outrage at Notre Dame; the moral challenge to Cardinal Wuerl May 3, 2016

In 2009, when the University of Notre Dame invited President Barack Obama to deliver a commencement address, dozens of American bishops lodged loud public protests. Yet this year, as Notre Dame prepares to confer an even greater honor on Vice President Joe Biden (together with former House...

A twofold disaster in a breakaway Boston parish May 31, 2016

My former colleague Domenico Bettinelli hits several nails on their heads in his commentary on the long-overdue surrender of a dissident group in Scituate, Massachusetts, which had maintained a squatters’ vigil for 12 years at a parish church that was closed by the Archdiocese of Boston....

The next Vatican scandal Jun 10, 2016

Another scandal is brewing at the Vatican. This time the subject will not be sex, but that other rich lode of corruption: money. Shady deals at the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), have brought disgrace on the Holy See in the past (if you don’t know what I mean,...

Top 5: The City Gates

Remembering a victory at Harvard: Satan defeated, the Eucharist enthroned May 13, 2016

Are you fed up with bad news? Tired of hearing about assaults on the Catholic faith? Then let me give you some good news, to boost your spirits heading into the weekend. This is, admittedly, an old story; I posted it two years ago today. But it recounts one of the most exhilirating events I...

Troubles facing the Pan-Orthodox Council confirm the need for the Petrine office Jun 10, 2016

In preparations for the Pan-Orthodox Council that is scheduled to open in Crete on June 19, Orthodox leaders have underlined the importance of the event by saying that such a meeting has not been held for over 1,000 years. Yes, and something else has been true about the Orthodox churches for the...

Ebook for Ordinary Time after Easter Released May 4, 2016

We have just released the fifth volume in the 2015-2016 Liturgical Year series of ebooks. Volume five covers the first half of the long stretch of Ordinary Time between the close of the Easter Season on Pentecost and the beginning of Advent. Like all CatholicCulture.org ebooks, this volume is...

Archbishop Wenski delivers a deserved rebuke to a fellow bishop Friday

When a priest criticizes a bishop by name, that's unusual. But when one American bishop criticizes another, in a public statement, that's nearly unprecedented.  Writing for Catholic World Report, Father Mark Pilon has explained why Bishop Lynch should be forced to resign his...

Vatican should crack down on liturgical abuses, not petty trademark cases May 3, 2016

Dunno about you, but I can't get too worked up about the merchants who sell trinkets bearing an image of Pope Francis without authorization from the Vatican. Sure, it's a trademark infringement. Sure, the Vatican loses money (did I touch on a sore spot there?) when the merchants...