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Why true prayer is a humbling experience

Prayer is a frightening loss of control, in which we are forced to confront ourselves. It’s a profoundly humbling experience.

Podcast: Synod reports from all over the world are in. What happens next?

With reports from at least 112 of the 114 bishops’ conferences around the world, the Synod on Synodality has entered its next phase as 35 laypeople, priests and bishops meet to discern the outcome of the worldwide listening process.
Papal infallibility is not always properly understood. Some on the right think that the magisterium can resolve every question or problem with a declaration. Those on the left often grow impatient and dispute its interventions.
Thomas P. RauschSeptember 26, 2022

April 28, 2022

Review: What modern Catholicism gets wrong about the doctrine of atonement

The doctrine of atonement has fallen into disfavor in some theological circles and into general neglect in Catholic life. Margaret Turek's new book offers insights about the doctrine's importance.

For J.R.R. Tolkien, no one is beyond redemption—even orcs

For Tolkien, every creature exists on the same continuum between good and evil, and has the capacity to travel either way along it.

God’s grump: The irascible Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh's reputation has endured for almost a century as other novelists have fallen out of fashion. It wasn't because everyone thought him a jolly fellow.