The new issue of Catholic World Report
The August-September issue of Catholic World Report should be hitting newsstands and mailboxes any day now, and here's what you'll find inside:
- The Rapture: A Catholic Perspective: Was Jesus a failure? Carl Olson, a fundamentalist convert to Catholicism, examines prophecies about the rapture and the end times, and shows how a very popular form of Protestant thought springs from theological premises that actually downplay the role of Christ.
- Another Wave of Repression: Castro's crackdown turns the human-rights spotlight back toward Cuba. Michael S. Rose provides the background.
- Testing Christian Mettle: The legal recognition of same-sex "marriage" forces Canadian Church leaders to take a stand, John-Henry Westen reports.
- The New Evangelization at Work: At the International Congress for the New Evangelization in Austria, Dwight Longenecker observes that the main activity was not listening to theoretical talks, but inviting passersby into a church for prayerand maybe for the first confession in years.
- Who Wants Priestless Parishes? Church leaders in England and Wales have introduced special programs to combat the decline in priestly vocations. But are those programs the answer? Tara Holmes understands the skeptics.
- A New Kind of Tyranny: Father John DeCelles reacts to a shocking Supreme Court decision; also Father Robert Johansen explains what bishops can do when Catholic institutions aren't really Catholic.
- Plus our usual boatload of regular features: Phil Lawler's editorial, "Keeping Secrets," on some bishops' secret consultations with prominent, liberal lay people; Diogenes' "Last Word," on Communion in the hand, a taxonomy of Catholics at worship; World Watch; and Letters.
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