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America, Liberalism, and Catholicism

Catholics should not think of discussions about the Church’s relationship to American liberalism as a battle royal between competing camps—but as a conversation among friends seeking the truth in community.

Drinking with Your Patron Saints During a Pandemic

A book on cocktail-making gives Catholics a new hobby for time stuck indoors.

Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Cult’

Opposition to the eminently qualified, brilliant Supreme Court candidate invokes an ugly history of anti-Catholic bigotry.

Craving Approval Isn’t Evangelization

Toadying to the talking heads of postmodern intellectual confusion and to the tastemakers of decadent postmodern culture is not the way to be the Church of the New Evangelization, or the “Church permanently in mission” that Pope Francis calls us to be. It’s the way to become a laughingstock, en route to the boneyard of irrelevance.

No, The Catholic Church’s Support Of Celibacy Doesn’t Make It Like Feminism

A new book by a Reformed Protestant author is poorly sourced and poorly argued, and makes many unfounded claims in its attempt to link the Catholic Church with the ills of feminism.

Death with Real Dignity

For all the lessons Don Briel taught as a distinguished educator, none was so impressive as the lesson he taught through his example in the last few weeks of his life.

Convalidating an Existing Marriage: What Is It and Why?

God’s healing power through the means of the Church: annulment, reconciliation, and convalidation.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25

Though there’s still considerable work to be done to deepen the reform and renewal of catechetics, the mere fact of the Catechism helped end the silly season in religious education while establishing a compelling, and in many cases quite beautifully written, benchmark and pattern for the future.

Ironies in the Fire: Catholicism and Modernity

Through an often-turbulent encounter with modernity, Catholicism has rediscovered the evangelical or missionary imperative from which it began, two millennia ago.

Easter and the ‘​​​​​​​Panula Option’

Easter reminds us that the Church begins with witness: lives changed by an encounter with the Risen Lord; men and women who then transform others by the power of their testimony and the authority of their example.