Consent is No Cure

Craig Michael White

Explicit consent makes sex look like a contract. We are caught in the liberal vise. 

The Other Catholic

Mattias A. Caro

Holiness can only consist of that particular and specific expression of seeing Christ in an encounter of charity and need.

Alfie Evans and the Secular Hauntings of Reformation Politics

Ryan Hunter

To reduce an appealer's line or scope of appeal on major ethical issues to his family, his locality, or even his nation, strikes me as a kind of creeping, insidious totalitarianism, an overt, brutal infringement on liberty.

The Language of Rights

Tim Colvin

Rights are always for the benefit of society and never just an expression of the autonomy of an individual. 

The Simony of Sacramental Preparation

Mattias A. Caro

Too much of our sacramental prep revolves around saccharine hoop jumping.  It's really time we stopped, thought, and changed that process. 

Upon Me Be Your Sins

Anthony M. Barr

"On me be your sin my daughter, and on the day of judgment I will render an account of it for you to the Lord; it is I who will be responsible for this to God."

Who's Pope Francis Calling a 'Gnostic'?

Andrew M. Haines

Someone who wants everything to be clear and sure presumes to control God’s transcendence.

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What Makes Faith Attractive?

Andrew M. Haines

Our model for sifting faithfulness is broken. What makes Christian faith attractive is the claim it lays to things beyond our rational horizons.

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Should the Internet Forget?

Andrew M. Haines

Does permanence cut against the remaining shreds of humanity left for social networking? Or does anonymity pose too much risk for forming accountable, human structures for communication?

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Holy Week: Time Turned Upside Down

Ryan Hunter

Death Himself, the Evil One who rejoiced while the tiny band of Christians wept at the seeming finality of the Lord’s death, is overthrown in his own realm, as the Lord tramples Satan underfoot like a loathsome weed.

Blood Upon Us: Ireland, Holy Week, and 300,000 Pieces of Silver

Michael D'Emic

The progress we've made is a short road to Hell, held up as “personal choice.”  It is, in short, the progress from Palm Sunday to Good Friday.

The Curse of the Protestant-to-Catholic Convert

Casey Chalk

We former Protestants simply expect things to be simple, straightforward, easily consumed, and then easily communicated to to others. And this is a problem to import into Catholicism. 

Get Thee to a Nunnery! A Critical Review of “Novitiate”

Charlie Ducey

This communal death, this secularization of the nunnery by churchmen who, ironically, use traditional routes of authority to undermine the traditional practices of the nuns, demands atonement. 

Toward an 'Interior Continuity'

Andrew M. Haines

Stifling Pope Benedict's voice, who is perhaps the moral theologian par excellence, endangers not only the clarity of the moral message of the Church, but the formation of all Christian consciences.

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Honoring Pope Benedict's Final Wishes

Andrew M. Haines

For serious Catholic thinkers, discerning continuity where it can be found is a distinctive feature of Christian intellectualism.

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Understanding The Franciscan Pontificate

Shaun Kenney

It really wasn't Thomism, but rather, a form of neo-Thomism that became popular during the first half of the 20th century, one that was very heavy on rules and memorizing catechism rather than focusing on some of the softer sides of the Catholic Faith: charity, joy, love.

Liberalism Isn't Woke Enough

Mark Christensen

We in the West can have the kind of world we want as soon as we choose to take responsibility for wanting it enough, unreliant on political ideology and Godlike power. This is what we signed up for. This is classic liberalism, the final test of Man’s perfectibility.

Expressing the Creed in Everyday Life

Mattias A. Caro

If the Creed has real force in my life, it is not only because I can recite and understand its content, but because I invoke it in a lived expression in daily life.

On Active Conscience

Andrew M. Haines

Christian conscience is the active acceptance of the fruits of true freedom, formed by careful reflection, and deployed in every instance of mundane life.

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The Preferential Option for the Rich

Daniel Saudek

“Neoliberal Catholicism” represents, to use the words of the philosopher Maurice Blondel (2000), “une alliance contre nature”, a profoundly relativistic and inhumane agenda under the sheepskin of religious orthodoxy.