• As Special Olympics Turns 50, Catholics Continue to Encourage Joyful Competitions

      On a sunny Saturday in July 1968, a man and a woman stood together on a reviewing stand looking out on Chicago’s Soldier Field. Before them were 1,000 athletes playing hockey, swimming laps and running track. The athletes hailed from 26 U.S. states and Canada. All were... Read more
  • As study claims benefits to porn, atheist author raises questions on methodology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A study has claimed porn as necessary to men’s health, but author of Your Brain on Porn and self-proclaimed atheist Gary Wilson said the statistical system used in many of these surveys is inaccurate. “The abstract tells you what is completely crazy: if you are not... Read more
  • Who was this man’s neighbor?

    In the 20th century, there were three great American televangelists who brought the Gospel to millions through a medium that, as early as 1957, Pius XII recognized could “contribute a great deal to the religious life.” One was Fulton Sheen, a man so captivating, intelligent, and humorous that... Read more
  • Why The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece

    The Wall Street Journal publishes a weekly article entitled “Masterpiece”, featuring iconic visual art, music, film, architecture, literature, and poetry, but I’ve yet to see J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings in that space. Maybe because it’s a too-familiar storyline: a world... Read more
  • Charles Krauthammer: The Passing of an Intellectual Conservative

    The conservative political world has lost one of its giants. Author and pundit Charles Krauthammer has passed away. The news came this afternoon, marking the end of his year-long battle with cancer. He was 68. Known as an intellectual conservative, he wrote a weekly syndicated column for... Read more
  • The question behind the question

    On the afternoon of June 14, a rather spirited, fascinating, and unexpected debate broke out on the floor of the USCCB spring meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. At issue was the possibility of reconsidering “Faithful Citizenship,” the 2007 statement of the U.S. Bishops on the formation of... Read more
  • SDG Reviews ‘First Reformed’

    Q. Why did God make you? A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next. (Baltimore Catechism) Q. What is thy only comfort in life and in death? A. That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but... Read more
  • Neighbor and friend

    “Dear Kamel, We like you just the way you are. Happy Birthday … Love Joanne and Fred.” So reads a handwritten card to Kamel Boutros from Fred and Joanne Rogers, written the year before Fred Rogers died suddenly from stomach cancer at age 74. Boutros has boxes of letters from Rogers and... Read more
  • Going “further up and further in” to Narnia

    C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the most influential Christian authors of the 20th century, and his popularity has only grown in the decades since his death. A professor of literature at both Cambridge and Oxford, he was a prolific author of works of literary criticism, apologetics,... Read more
  • Hollywood meets Holy See: Making movies at the Vatican

    ROME - In early May, dozens of movie extras dressed as cardinals milled around the streets outside St. Peter’s Square. One member of the film crew told The New York Times: “This is the dominion of Netflix.” But when it comes to filmmaking inside the square or on Vatican property, only... Read more