MTD: Murderous Tyrranical Destruction

2022-09-05T07:25:22-04:00September 5th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

When you analyze them closely you soon come to realize that all of the seven deadly sins are called such because they are well, deadly. They bring violence and murder. Not just spiritual and eternal death in the next world, but they bring about death in this realm as well. If you want to think this through further [...]

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism–What’s to Hate?

2022-09-02T12:25:19-04:00September 2nd, 2022|Categories: Blog|

I have written before about the rise of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and how mainstream Western Christianity (including most of Catholicism) has  been swamped by this Arianism of our day, but consider further the attraction of this false Christianity. First a definition: Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism is the reduction of the Christian religion to moralism: that is rules [...]

Sex and Violence in the Palace

2022-08-29T09:51:46-04:00August 29th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Today's feast is the Passion of St John the Baptist and I am remembering our visit to Jordan during my recent sabbatical. One of the sites we visited was the city of Madaba and the church of the Beheading of John the Baptist. In the lower crypt level is a shrine dedicated to the event which took [...]

On Being a Twitter Quitter

2022-08-28T15:08:47-04:00August 28th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

I see from my profile that I have been a member of Twitter since 2014. That's eight years of tweeting. I pulled back from Facebook two years ago and now I am at the point of pulling back from Twitter. Here's why: First of all, I value twitter because it is a brilliant idea. I like [...]

On Humility and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb

2022-08-28T11:01:38-04:00August 28th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Humility is that slippery virtue: As soon as you think you've got it, you're guilty of pride. One of my favorite saints, St Therese of Lisieux has been accused of pride because she said, "I believe I am humble." What her critics do not realize is that she uttered those words in the final days of [...]

The Relevance of Reverence

2022-08-27T10:53:50-04:00August 27th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

From my hotel room in Highlands Ranch, Colorado I have a view of the distant mountains. I am here to speak at St Mark's parish for the weekend, and one of my talks is "The Relevance of Reverence". The parish priest here is a fan of my book Letters on Liturgy and is using it as a [...]

Tenderness Leads to the Gas Chambers?

2022-08-26T09:40:38-04:00August 26th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

One of Flannery O'Connor's most famous quotes is "tenderness leads to the gas chambers". It was borrowed by Walker Percy in his novel The Thanatos Syndrome,  but what did O'Connor mean by the thought and why did Percy pick up on it? Percy's novel could well be interpreted as a commentary on O'Connor's quote. The plot of [...]

Classical Catholic and Contemporary

2022-08-25T08:43:39-04:00August 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Fox News has a report today on the contemporary surge of popularity in Catholic schools--especially those with a classical curriculum. Go here to read the report. We have moved our parish school over to a classical curriculum and due to this, a dynamic young Headmaster and enthusiastic staff and parents, the school is thriving. Our enrollment [...]

Poem for the Assumption

2022-08-15T16:21:29-04:00August 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Assumption A long time she’d been fading. He noticed how upright and still she’d sit in her chair, gazing for silent hours through the latticed window into the late afternoon air. She ate almost nothing, spoke even less. He feared her mind and soul were wandering, but she seemed alert, listening to voices he could not [...]

Religion and Respectability

2022-07-08T08:55:00-04:00July 8th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Readers of this blog will be familiar with the term "moralistic, therapeutic Deism." It is a phrase coined by a pair of sociologists some time ago. I wrote about it thus in Beheading Hydra Rather than preparing souls for a better place, the utilitarians have turned the Christian religion into a method for making the world a [...]


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