Apologetics

Don’t ‘blackmail’ kids into coming to church, Vatican official says

By Cindy Wooden, Jun 25, 2020, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Don’t ‘blackmail’ kids into coming to church, Vatican official says ROME — Although he said, “I would never go to war” over the proper age to administer the sacrament of confirmation, Archbishop Rino Fisichella said too often... read more

The dangers of proliferating Communion services

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky | May 18, 2020 The cancellation of the public celebration of the Mass in dioceses across the US and the world—beginning in Rome—has established dangerous precedents. In addition to the breathtaking surrender to secular authorities with no public pushback on the part of... read more

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

The Virtues of Reform