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Top 5: In Depth Analysis

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...

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...

Ad Orientem: Thoughts on debating the non-essential by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Jul 15, 2016

When it comes to discussions of the liturgy, some readers find my viewpoint appalling, while others regard it as a breath of fresh air. The reason is fairly simple: I have an extremely...

Don’t discount meaning. It leads to happiness. by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Aug 2, 2016

I’m gazing out a window overlooking Willsboro Bay on Lake Champlain. I have an opportunity to do this for a few days most Summers, because my mother-in-law has a “camp” up here....

Understanding the Vatican’s structure for financial management by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Aug 2, 2016

Over the last several years, the effort to make the administration of Vatican funds more transparent—and the administrators more accountable—has reached center stage in the ongoing...

Top 5: On the Culture

Why Be Catholic? 6: Divine Intimacy Jul 6, 2016

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? 3: Suffering Jun 30, 2016

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? 5: Perfection Jul 5, 2016

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 Jul 8, 2016

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? 1: Revelation Jun 28, 2016

There are plenty of reasons to be a Catholic, and the mix of motivations can have as many variations as there are people. For me, however, the very first reason that comes to mind is that Catholicism is the only religion in the entire world that has a logical and consistent approach to the problem...

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...

Is Catholic-Muslim dialogue possible? Yes, but... Aug 4, 2016

This week began with the striking statement from Pope Francis that Islam should not be regarded as the source of terrorist violence. The Pope's statement, suggesting that Islam is no more or less prone to violence than other faiths (including our own), is one in a long line of simliar claims,...

Catholic bishops 'don't get it'—the fundamental problem is a corrupt clerical culture Aug 11, 2016

“Who is going to save our Church? Do not look to the priests. Do not look to the bishops. It’s up to you, the laity, to remind our priests to be priests and our bishops to be bishops.”                          ...

The only way to restore public confidence in Catholic bishops Jul 21, 2016

The revelation that the apostolic nuncio in Washington quashed an investigation into the alleged misconduct of an American archbishop is another damaging blow to the wounded credibility of the Catholic hierarchy. Nearly fifteen years after the sex-abuse scandal destroyed public confidence in the...

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

Cardinal Sarah's speech: a stealth success? Jul 13, 2016

You might say—many commentators have said—that with the quick Vatican smackdown of Cardinal Sarah's proposal for ad orientem worship, Rome has spoken and the case is closed. I disagree.  On the contrary, Cardinal Sarah has reopened a much-needed discussion about how to...

Please don't call it 'senseless' violence Jul 26, 2016

The latest atrocity by the Islamic State—the brutal murder of an elderly priest, carried out during the holy Sacrifice of the Mass—was not a senseless act. Abominable, yes. Disgusting, surely. But senseless? No. It was premeditated. It was intentional. It was part of a larger...

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...

Archbishop Wenski delivers a deserved rebuke to a fellow bishop Jun 24, 2016

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...

Cardinal Burke's 'unhelpful' suggestion Jul 28, 2016

In his interview-book Hope for the World, Cardinal Raymond Burke makes the (accurate) observation that Islam envisions a state governed by Islamic law. “In reality, there is no place for other religions, even though they maybe tolerated,” he says. This does not sit well with some...