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Top 5: In Depth Analysis

Why can’t the Church stop harping on purity?! by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Apr 27, 2018

In the wake of yesterday’s conviction of comedian Bill Cosby for sexual assault, we might well revisit what many regard as the obnoxious Catholic emphasis on purity. While we hear less about...

The Church’s latest foray into economics: Brief, clear, on point by Dr. Jeff Mirus - May 18, 2018

[B]usiness management cannot concern itself only with the interests of the proprietors, but must also assume responsibility for all the other stakeholders who contribute to the life of the business:...

Dangerous! Both religious exclusion and religious common cause by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Jun 1, 2018

In my essay “Time to give the lie to a culture in denial?”, I suggested that we need to take seriously that Christianity is publicly revealed by God. Such seriousness is necessary to...

Catholic renewal in the long defeat: Engaging Conor Sweeney by Dr. Jeff Mirus - May 24, 2018

I’ve just finished a fascinating new book by Conor Sweeney from Angelico Press entitled Abiding the Long Defeat and subtitled “How to Evangelize Like a Hobbit in a Disenchanted...

Refuse to breathe thin air: Know the source of your convictions, challenge others on the source of theirs by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Jun 12, 2018

I’ve written recently about the deliberate exclusion of informed religious faith as an influence in the political and social life of the West (see “Time to give the lie to a culture in...

Top 5: On the Culture

God made you like that, and I do not care. May 21, 2018

In today’s news story about a sex abuse victim’s understanding of the personal counsel of Pope Francis (Chilean abuse victim: Pope said I should be happy as a homosexual), we have Juan Carlos Cruz quoting the pontiff as saying: “God made you like that and he loves you like that...

Six books to tell you what you need to know Jul 3, 2018

The sad truth is that I do not have time to keep up with all the sound Catholic books being published today. How different this is from the 1970’s when I got my start, a time in which nearly every Catholic publisher deliberately undermined the teachings of the Church! Moreover, the books I...

A challenge to the Vatican from America’s consecrated virgins Jul 12, 2018

The recent Vatican Instruction “Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago” on the “Ordo virginum” has caused considerable distress among consecrated virgins in America, and presumably elsewhere. This is evident in a preliminary statement issued today by the United States Association of...

The Psalms: Deep questions, with only hints for answers May 3, 2018

Reading through the first twenty books of the Old Testament, it is fairly easy to highlight particular themes or dominant purposes in each one which can help people understand them better. Such themes and purposes apply not only to each book but to their place in Scripture as a whole, particularly...

Authentic religion: Not what we want, what God has revealed May 10, 2018

In my recent foray into weird emails (Mercy vs. Truth: The mark of hypocrisy), I said I wanted to illustrate “the most important problem with religious belief in the modern West”, which is that “people very frequently make up their own religion to suit their own...

Top 5: On the News

The McCarrick scandal & the gay lobby: a problem the bishops won’t address Jul 6, 2018

The news that Cardinal McCarrick has been credibly accused of molesting a young man—and the subsequent revelations that “everybody knew” about the cardinal’s homosexual activities—have raised new and important questions about the silence of other American bishops....

If ‘everybody knew’ about Cardinal McCarrick, the corruption runs deep Jun 22, 2018

Now at last the truth about Cardinal McCarrick’s misconduct has become public knowledge. If my email traffic is any indication, many more stories will soon emerge. But Rod Dreher drives right to the central point in his follow-up column, entitled “Cardinal McCarrick: Everybody...

The neglected root of the Church sex-abuse scandal Jun 28, 2018

Two new episodes in the festering sex-abuse scandal have called attention to a facet of the problem that has long been understood (at least by some analysts), but routinely neglected if not actively suppressed: the connection between sexual abuse of young people and a widespread homosexual culture...

The Vatican in disarray Jun 7, 2018

The past few weeks have brought several positive signs from Rome: The Chilean bishops resigned as a group after meeting with Pope Francis, thereby raising hopes that the Holy Father is finally following up strong statements with strong action against bishops who cover up abuse. In a talk...

The ‘New Paradigm’: Old Errors, Same Tactics May 1, 2018

Cardinal Cupich recently gave a talk in Cambridge in which he, like Cardinal Marx and other revisionist prelates and theologians, promotes a “New Paradigm” for understanding Catholic morality. The trouble is, the paradigm isn’t true, and it’s not even new. The “New...

Top 5: The City Gates

How did Cardinal McCarrick’s secret last so long? Jun 20, 2018

At least fifteen years ago, I wrote a confidential email message to a few trusted friends, telling them to brace themselves. Within a few days, I said, a major secular newspaper would break a sensational story about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. To my surprise, the newspaper never ran the...

Now Available: Liturgical Year Ebook for Ordinary Time after Easter May 14, 2018

We have just released the fifth volume in the 2017-2018 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...

Get priests out of sacristies—and into confessionals Thursday

Bishop Robert Barron, who is widely regarded as one of the leading Catholic experts on evangelization, sees a problem with a parish-based approach. It’s not that he doesn’t appreciate parishes. “I love the parish and believe in its importance passionately,” he assures us....

Could Pope Francis be shifting his stand on gay influence? May 25, 2018

No sooner had I spotted one hopeful sign in the Pope’s handling of the Chilean sex-abuse scandal when today’s news brought another. Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Church’s policy barring active homosexuals from seminaries. I know; I know. This concern about homosexual...

Another papal bombshell: the confusion is intentional May 21, 2018

Another day, another papal bombshell. Another statement attributed to the Holy Father that is clearly at variance with established Church teaching. Another set of sensational headlines. Here we go again. Did Pope Francis really tell Juan Carlos Cruz that he should embrace his homosexuality?...