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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...

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...

How I won’t grow spiritually, but you might: New efforts to keep it simple. by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Mar 3, 2016

There are three elements in spiritual reading which will generally put me off. I am going to enumerate them because your own case may be very different. These elements are characteristic of five...

Deal breakers in the quest for religious unity and evangelization by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Mar 11, 2016

In my series on the relationship between the quest for religious unity and evangelization, I touched only lightly on two particular issues which very much affect how we ought to approach both...

Top 5: On the Culture

How can we explain the West’s dramatic fall from grace? May 2, 2016

There can hardly be a serious Christian today who does not recognize a considerable fall from grace in the Western world as a whole. Even sincere Protestants, who would not (as I would) identify their own version of Christianity as a contributing cause to the decline of Christian culture in the...

Divorce and remarriage: Why has Pope Francis chosen to leave one door open? Apr 8, 2016

I haven’t finished reading Pope Francis’ synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. It is a sweeping document, and I want to take my time with it. But I can suggest one very understandable reason for Pope Francis’ decision to emphasize a case-by-case approach to integrating...

Anti-Catholic Catholic journalism: Today's false prophets May 10, 2016

The spiritual stupidity of those who profess to be learned can often be explained by a personal antipathy to Christ, God or the Catholic Church. For example, not long ago a music professor explained to his class that the Catholic Church used to burn inventive...

Gender ideology and our fatal empire of desire May 13, 2016

I’ve recently exchanged emails with an ostensibly Catholic man who is convinced the Church does not have a vocabulary sufficient to articulate the full positive range of human gender identity and sexual relationships. He grounds this conviction in two ways: First, by stressing that we can...

On praising Obama and other relativists: Is a discreet silence really so bad? Mar 22, 2016

One tires of L’Osservatore Romano, whose editors too often seem overeager to ingratiate themselves with our world’s cultural elites. Over the past few years, we have seen the paper find reasons to praise the legacy of various musicians, writers and entertainers who have no significant...

Top 5: On the News

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...

The drive for Vatican reform has stalled Apr 21, 2016

The news that the Vatican has suspended an external audit might appear to be only a minor administrative matter, interesting only to accountants. But as an indicator of the trends in Rome today, it is as significant of Amoris Laetitia. It is, in my view (and I am by no means a financial...

What's missing from that Pennsylvania grand-jury report Mar 14, 2016

For anyone who has been following the sex-abuse scandal in the American Catholic Church, the Pennsylvania grand-jury report on the failures of the Altoona diocese follows a depressingly familiar pattern. There are the priests who molest adolescents (virtually always boys), the treatment centers...

Gresham's Law and the flaw in the Pope's pastoral program Apr 13, 2016

Does Gresham’s Law apply to pastoral practices in the Catholic Church? I think it does—with unhappy consequences that we can see all around us. Gresham’s Law (for those readers who have not studied economics) states that bad money drives out good money. Let me...

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...

Debunking the debunkers: how the best scholarly evidence confirms the Gospels Mar 18, 2016

Any day now, a major media outlet will release a feature story which, with a great deal of promotional ballyhoo, will claim to call into question the ordinary Christian understanding of the Gospel story. It’s become an annual tradition: as Easter approaches, and secular journalists look for...

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...

In Africa, a Catholic explosion! Mar 7, 2016

Let’s be honest: statistics can be dull. But sometimes a number leaps off the page (or the screen). That happened to me this morning, with our CWN headline story about the growth of the world’s Catholic population. During that time period, the Catholic population soared by 41% in Africa and 20%...

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...