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The Two Popes: Baloney, Brilliantly Acted

The Netflix film The Two Popes is baloney on steroids. It’s brilliantly acted, sometimes amusing, and occasionally moving. But despite its claim to be “based on actual events,” the film does not reflect history.

The Ratzinger Diagnosis

In Benedict XVI’s view, the Catholic crisis of clerical sexual abuse was, in the main, an ecclesiastical by-product of the “sexual revolution”: a tsunami of cultural deconstruction that hit the Church in a moment of doctrinal and moral confusion, lax clerical discipline, poor seminary formation, and weak episcopal oversight, all of which combined to produce many of the scandals with which we’re painfully familiar today.

Creation, Redemption, Martyrdom: A Lenten Reflection

The Church, the continuation of Christ’s presence in the world, is a communion of disciples in mission. That mission often carries heavy costs, and it is appropriate to be reminded of that as the Church walks the Way of the Cross these last weeks of Lent.

Squandering Moral Capital

Great moral capital is being squandered by the Vatican today, in a world that desperately needs a moral compass.

Courage in the Slough of Despond

The story of the courage of the cardinals who elected Pope John Paul II forty years ago should be an antidote to the despair some Catholics feel today. It should also inspire the bishops to get to grips with this crisis and think outside the conventions in resolving it. And it should inspire the authorities in Rome, including the highest authority.

Interview: George Weigel on Moral Order, the Current Mess, and a Theological Reading of History

EPPC’s George Weigel talks with Catholic World Report editor Carl E. Olson about his new book, which includes chapters on World War I, foreign policy, Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Address, American political culture, John Paul II and humanism, and the recent Synods in Rome, among others.

Re-Forming the Church

If the Church is willed by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, then authentic reform means recovering – making a source of renewal – some aspect or other of the Church’s “form” that has been lost, marred, misconceived, or even forgotten.

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.

Are Jihadis “Losers”?

Islam must develop and propagate an Islamic case against terrorist violence. It won’t be easy. But it must be done.

Remembering Peter Berger

Peter Berger had a remarkable gift for intellectual curiosity, indefatigable good humor, and an admirable willingness to admit that he was, on occasion, wrong.