St Matthias and Apostolic Succession

2024-05-14T08:37:46-04:00May 14th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

We don’t know much about St Matthias except that one of the first things Peter does in the Acts of the Apostles is to get the others together to select a successor to Judas. Thus the foundation of what we know as “apostolic succession” is established as one of the foundational acts of the Apostles in [...]

Women Deacons in the Catholic Church?

2024-05-03T12:14:22-04:00May 3rd, 2024|Categories: Blog|

Those who favor change in the Catholic Church keep calling for "more discussion" about the ordination of women. We have now had four popes definitively state that the order of priest is to be limited to men: Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. Discussion has ended and it is decided. However, proponents of [...]

What’s Wrong With Rupnik Art?

2024-04-17T10:31:56-04:00April 17th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

Controversy swirls about the Jesuit artist Marko Rupnik who has been accused of the most vile kind of sex-magic abuse. I wrote about sex magic abuse here in case you're wondering what it is. Rupnik's mosaics adorn many prominent modern Catholic Churches around the world from the pope's own chapel to cathedrals and churches at important [...]

Ridiculous Rules of Religion

2024-04-12T09:54:14-04:00April 12th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

When I served as a high school chaplain the enforcement of the dress code brought back memories of my own adolescent attitude to rules, restrictions and regulations. If those in authority tried to assert their authority by imposing rules and regulations the adolescent mind immediately finds ways to get around it--to subvert the authorities and to [...]

Suspicion of Superstition

2024-04-11T12:12:50-04:00April 11th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

The longer I am a Catholic (or maybe it is just advancing age) the more suspicious I am of superstition in religion. Don't get me wrong. I don't think Catholics are any more superstitious than any other group of religious people --in fact I think they are probably less superstitious. Nevertheless superstition in religion runs deep amongst Catholics--as [...]

The Salvation of St Dismas (The Good Thief)

2024-04-04T19:19:02-04:00April 4th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

On social media this week some of our Protestant brothers have been using this story of St Dismas--the repentant thief who was crucified with Jesus--to take some pokes at the Catholic Church teaching. "You Catholics say baptism and Eucharist and good works are necessary for salvation, but what about the Good Thief huh? All he had [...]

On Altars that have been Altered

2024-04-03T17:49:42-04:00April 3rd, 2024|Categories: Blog|

Social media was buzzing this week in reaction to a ludicrous article at the National Catholic Reporter about a church in Ohio which was handed over to the traditionalist Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Apparently the traditionalists dismantled a wooden "Vatican II altar" and an older member of the parish is unhappy. What is [...]

Dream of the Rood

2024-03-29T09:22:03-04:00March 29th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

  It seemed that I saw a most wondrous tree born aloft, wound round by light, brightest of beams. All was that beacon sprinkled with gold. Gems stood fair at earth's corners; there likewise five shone on the shoulder-span. All there beheld the Angel of God fair through predestiny. Indeed, that was no wicked one's gallows, [...]

The Ghost of Arianism in the Church Today

2024-03-26T21:33:17-04:00March 26th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

 Heresies are like weeds. They keep coming back. The thing is, they come back in different guises. In the fourth century Arianism was part of the great debate over the divinity of Christ and therefore the definition of the Holy Trinity. Arianism developed into not just a theological problem, but a major schism. The Arians had [...]

The Invisible Church

2024-03-19T21:19:50-04:00March 19th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

In her later years my Mother moved from the independent Bible Church in which we grew up to join a Presbyterian Church. At the Presbyterian Church they recited the Apostles' Creed each week, so on one of my visits home I asked Mom what she meant when she said she believed in One, Holy, Catholic and [...]


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