Good Catholic magazines?

Yes, yes, I know This Rock. I was looking for something not really on apologetics, but more in the realm of:

  1. News- I’ve been recommended The Wanderer and First Things.

  2. Theology- The Homiletic and Pastoral Review, The Latin Mass Magazine, and again, First Things.

I know very little about any of these so any info is welcome.

An excellent news mag is Catholic World Report.

First Things is an excellent magazine. However, given the fact that Fr. Richard John Neuhaus died on January 8th, I am worried about the publication.

Online, I trust Adoremus (will be subscribing to the hard copy next month) and Chiesa, a highly reputable internet magazine that contains a lot of information about the Church. Sandro Magister is the Italian version of Helen Hitchcock (Adoremus). Zenit is also another fine online magazine.

Inside the Vatican is also another good publication, as is the venerable National Catholic Register.

My dad, by virtue of his membership in the Knights of Columbus, receives the Columbian. Some of the articles are good.

Magnificat, while focusing 99% of its publication on the readings of the Mass and the propers, also has some very good daily meditations and insightful articles.

Two excellent magazine to consider:
Lay Witness the bimonthly publication of Catholics United for the Faith - also has an online supplement
Lay Witness
827 North Fourth St
Steubenville, OH 43952

Voices the quarterly publication of Women for Faith and Family, also edited by Helen Hitchcock.
PO Box 300411
St. Louis, MO 63130

I wouldn’t be without the Wanderer.

Crisis magazine stopped publishing over a year ago but has since gone on line as InsideCatholic. They have two new articles every week day plus a lively blog. It’s something I look at daily. You can find it at


New Oxford review

I would second the National Catholic Register. I’ve been a subscriber for 4 years and find it is one of the best I’ve read. I often get behind since it is a weekly but take a stack of them on business trips and read them on the plane or in the airport club lounges where I leave them for others to enjoy.

I also have an RSS reader on my Windows Mobile phone that gets the CA forums as well as other Catholic news sites including the liturgy of the hours, daily readings, and Catholic Answers Live to name a few. I never seem to be caught up!


I like the New Oxford Review and Catholic World Report.

I had a subscription to First things, but it was too heady for me. Heavily theological and philosophical.

the Magnificat

And I like the Liguorian magazine too.

Sunday Visitor is a newspaper, but I enjoy reading that as well.

The letter bellow has been written by the Editor of the New Oxford Review, in response to a reader who complained that the Editor uses to refer to gay men as f*gs:

We take your letter far more seriously. We would never call any woman a “fg” because that word applies only to males. We would never refer to a homosexually-oriented man who belongs to Courage and is living a life of chastity as a “f*g”; rather, we’d be inclined to refer to him as a “saint.” As for Fr. Keenan, he was not writing about priests or seminarians who belong to Courage.

You ask: “Do you honestly think that calling men…‘fgs’ will attract them to the freedom of chastity?” Yes, we do. Flattering them by calling them “gays” will not. We believe in social stigmas. “Fg” has a negative denotation; to use the word is to assert a social stigma. Take homosexually-oriented priests who violate their vow of celibacy: They’re despicable. They need to be shamed, instead of coddled (as many bishops have done). Shaming people has a way of getting their attention and letting them know that they need to change their ways.

As for language and holiness: As David Mills pointed out in our October issue, the heretic Marcion was called “the firstborn of Satan” to his face by Saint Polycarp. Well, we haven’t gone that far. But if we were holier, maybe we would.

To both of you: We believe that the word “f*g” should be taken out of the closet because etymologically it is a perfect word for actively homosexual men in our culture today. Here’s why:

In the English language we have the term “fagged out,” meaning exhausted. We also have the word “fg,” which means a male homosexual, which is short for “ft,” which means the same. Our American Heritage Dictionary says that “f*t” perhaps originally referred to an old woman. Aha. A male homosexual is womanish, and an old woman is tired out, exhausted. Thus we see the connection between effeminacy, being fagged out, and male homosexuals.

But the connection is more explicit with the word “effete.” Its first definition in our American Heritage Dictionary is “depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted” — as in “the final, effete period of the baroque style.” The second definition is “marked by self-indulgence, triviality, or decadence.” We’ll get to the third definition in a second. The fourth is “no longer productive; infertile” — which suggests not procreative.

The third definition is “overrefined; effeminate.” Here we have the most common usage, namely, effeminate. According to the “Word History” for “effete,” this dictionary says that effete “has come to mean ‘effeminate’” and this “marks a return to its etymological roots,” namely, “exhausted” and “feeble.” And so “in the last two centuries or so the senses ‘characterized by weakness or decadence’ and ‘overrefined, effeminate,’ have appeared.”

Our dictionary defines “effeminate” as “having qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men” and “characterized by weakness and excessive refinement.” Note “weakness,” which relates to exhaustion and being fagged out.

Let’s put it all together. An actively homosexual man can properly be called a f*g because a fg is characteristically someone who is depleted of vitality, self-indulgent, decadent, effeminate, and not procreative. There you have it. See how our English language is resonant with meaning! Thus “fg” is a perfect word for a practicing homosexual male.

But our culture — our self-indulgent, fagged-out culture — urges us to use the word “gay.” What Orwellian Newspeak! How gay is a way of life inordinately characterized by bars, bathhouses, one-night stands, depression, suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, AIDS, and early death? “Gay” just doesn’t fit, doesn’t do the work a word should do.

That our decadent culture insists on the word “gay” indicates ipso facto that we have entered the final, effete period of the American Republic. To use the word “fg” is to underline the point and defiantly protest our decline.


Wow. Should we ask the editor to tell us how he REALLY feels? :wink:

Way to go! :thumbsup:

I absolutely agree with them about not using theterm “gay” to describe those who engage in homosesual behavior,

And if you think this is blunt you ought to read their comments on Catholics who support the Iraq war!


The Editor of the New Oxford Review provides support and justification for verbal abuse against gays. That’s what calling them “fgs" or "f***ts” is. This is nothing short than promoting gay bashing, with its very likely consequences such as bullying in schools, in the workplace and everywhere you can think of. I don’t know how large is this magazine’s readership, but the fact that it seems to be functioning almost unchecked with this type of content, speaks volumes about the attitude of many of its readers and the kind of audience it’s attracting.

Faith and Family Magazine

Actually it speaks volumes about the agenda of people that condemn magazine over one letter publiished six years ago. I’ve been a subscriber to the magazine for three years and have never run across anything that could even be considered close to homosexual bashing. I also don’t see how the letter you posted could lead to homosexual bashing or bullying in the workplace or anyplace else.

I am curious. Do you believe that homosexual behavior is a sin and cannot be condoned?

Quit snivelling. Its a great magazine

It is definitely not a magazine for cafeteria or charismatic Catholics. they are very blunt and to the point and the word “tactful” is not in the dictionary. Even though I sometimes disagree with them at least you know where they stand without a doubt!

Maybe thats why I like it. I dislike Cafeteria-Catholicism, I am always blunt, and I have no tact. LOL

Tact. Tact? Isn’t that that cracker-like bread they used to serve sailors? :shrug: :smiley:

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