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To Seek and To Save

2021-04-21T13:21:22-04:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I was asked recently what I thought was the most difficult thing about priestly life. I stumbled looking for an answer, but on reflection I have to say the most difficult thing is knowing what wonderful things God can do for people and knowing how their lives could be transformed, how they could receive healing, forgiveness [...]

Catholicism and Sects

2021-04-15T08:38:32-04:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I know Catholics are supposed to be obsessed with sex, but this post is not about that. It's about sects or sectarianism. A sect is a breakaway group--a split from the universal church, and put simply, it's a sin. The Church does not blame those who are born into a sect because they do not know [...]

Thomas Reese SJ: Arch Clericalist Wants to Ban Trad Worship

2021-04-14T16:08:51-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Clericalism is one of the bugbears in the Catholic Church. Especially since the second Vatican Council and under Pope Francis we are supposed to be dumping clericalism for consultation. It is the "church of the people" now...except when the people reject the trendy agenda of the progressives and wish to maintain the faith and traditions of [...]

The Relevance of Reverence

2021-04-10T11:01:53-04:00April 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

A friend sent me an article from the Wall Street Journal about a modernist ecclesiastical building planned for East Berlin. The article is here (but behind WSJ's paywall I'm afraid) The short version is that the "Church of One" is a modernistic, brutalist "worship space" that will provide separate areas--a mosque, a synagogue and a church  [...]

Holy Saturday and Lord of the Rings

2021-04-03T07:34:27-04:00April 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

One of Catholicism’s greatest contributions is the great artists it has produced. I have written elsewhere about how the deeply incarnation and sacramental vision of Catholicism helps to inspire art that works at a deeper level than anything the world (and non Catholic Christians) can produce. One of the best examples of this is the comparison [...]

Is it REALLY a Relic of the True Cross?

2021-04-02T19:25:36-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Every year on Good Friday we present a relic of the True Cross for the faithful to venerate. This naturally raises the question of whether it is the true cross and how we know. This question is one of the sticks anti-Catholic Protestants like to hit us with (along with "Why do you worship Mary?" and [...]

For Spy Wednesday: Hitler Meant Well

2021-03-31T09:50:22-04:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

After I left the ministry of the Anglican Church I had to train for a new career. As I was married with a family it was not automatic that I would be ordained as a Catholic priest. So being interested in film and literature I decided to train as a screenwriter. What I learned in those [...]

The German Bishops and the Snake Handlers

2021-03-30T16:19:53-04:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Living as we do in the Bible Belt--forsooth yea verily in the buckle  of the Bible Belt--we are accustomed to various unusual Christian novelties. By "Christian novelties" I mean versions of Christianity that are novel. They are new. They have never been thought of before. They are the creation of entrepreneurial spiritual leaders with one eye on [...]

Poem for The Annunciation

2021-03-25T13:25:41-04:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I am working on a cycle of poems for the mysteries of the Rosary Here is the one for today's Solemnity:   Here in a bright alchemy, history collides and combines with eternal things. The mundane is infused with mystery, and the dust and mud and blood have wings.   Here every moment of time is [...]

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