Apologetics

James Martin S.J. Strikes Again

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, February 29, 2020 Fr. James Martin, S.J. has been in the news again this past week, after several bishops from the American Southwest reported that, during their ad limina visit, Pope Francis expressed displeasure about how his meeting last year with the controversial... read more

Faith in Humanity

By Michael Pakaluk, Catholic Thing, February 18, 2020 “If I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you,” says Jesus to the Apostles at the Last Supper, according to John (16:7). “As if He said plainly,” writes Gregory the Great, “If I withdraw not My body from your eyes, I... read more

The Decline and Fall of Catholic Moral Theology

By David Mitchell, One Pter Five, February 3, 2020 The Catholic Church has a moral teaching. Everybody knows this, and it is on account of her moral teaching that people who do not wish to believe that the Catholic Church is the true religion, and who do not wish to believe that they have a... read more

Fearing Rightly

By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, Catholic Thing, December 22, 2019 It is the standard angelic greeting: Do not be afraid. The mighty messengers of God, because they are so much more powerful than we are, seek to ease our understandable fear of them. But in the annunciation to Saint Joseph, the angel’s... read more

Pope Francis’s Hermeneutic of Anti-Continuity

By Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, The Remnant, December 22, 2019 [Dr. Peter Kwasniewski spoke at our Catholic Citizens of Illinois June 14, 2019 Forum Luncheon on “Of What Use Is a Changing Catechism?”--Ed.] Pope Francis’s Christmas address of December 21—the traditional feast of the... read more

The Nuclear Catechism

BY CHILTON WILLIAMSON, JR., DECEMBER 16, 2019 I found Charles Coulombe’s latest column for Crisis (“Can the Catechism Get It Wrong?”) of particular interest, coming as it did a few days after Pope Francis’s visit to Japan—the first such visit in 38 years—where his remarks about... read more
St. Peter preaching

Why doctrine matters when it comes to evangelization

The importance of the doctrinal truth at the heart of the Christian message runs throughout the New Testament. By Russell Shaw, Catholic World Report. November 7, 2019 Catholicism has always been an intellectual religion. This is not to say that–heaven forbid–it’s a religion only or... read more

Wanted: a new St. Augustine, to challenge bad pastors

By Phil Lawler / Sep 25, 2019 “God will call the bad shepherds to account for his sheep and for their deaths.” Thus St. Augustine, in his sermon On Pastors. Do Catholic priests in America still read the Divine Office regularly? (I’m afraid I know the answer to that question. According... read more

Looking for Schism in All the Wrong Places

BY MICHAEL WARREN DAVIS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 Pope Francis boldly declared last week that he’s unafraid of “pseudo-schismatics”: a clique of (mostly American) rigorist prelates and journalists whom Francis regards as a kind of loyal opposition to his papacy. But why should he have been... read more

Teaching, and Living, the Real Presence in the Eucharist

COMMENTARY: Church teachings make little sense when there is not a corresponding lived reality. Pia de Solenni, September 11, 2019 Editor’s Note: The Register will include this commentary in a special section dedicated to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in its Sept. 29 print... read more

A Pope who doesn’t fear schism may cause one

By Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org, September 11, 2019 “I am not afraid of schisms,” Pope Francis told reporters during his latest airplane press conference. Well, I am. And I’m afraid of any Roman Pontiff who isn’t afraid of splitting the universal Church. Which means that, yes,... read more

The Virtues of Reform