Gospel Talk and Church Talk

2023-01-26T09:52:14-04:00January 26th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Sometimes on Twitter I will post: "Twitter: to educate, entertain and annoy". The social media platform is excellent for reproducing or creating thought provoking, punchy and pithy statements. Unfortunately a tweet is limited. Ambiguities proliferate. Misunderstandings abound. This is amplified by the fact that Twitter reaches a global audience. This is like flying an airplane banner [...]

How to Read the Bible

2023-01-18T10:34:35-04:00January 18th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

I wrote yesterday here on the Church of England's debate on same sex marriage in church, and one of the strands of my post was about the use of Scripture. On pondering further it seems worthwhile to share a few thoughts on how to read Scripture. To understand how to read the Bible it is worth [...]

What is Marriage?

2023-01-18T11:47:01-04:00January 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

The  Church of England will soon be deciding whether or not to allow same sex marriage in church. I may be overstepping ecumenical etiquette by commenting, but in ecumenical discussions we are encouraged to listen to one another in a spirit of fraternal dialogue. I have done so by reading the Anglican Bishop of Worcester's explanation [...]

Are Young People Flocking to the Traditional Latin Mass?

2023-01-11T14:48:58-04:00January 11th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

It's commonly trumpeted by aficionados of the Traditional Latin Mass that young people are flocking to it. I am in favor of the Traditional Latin Mass and regret the recent restrictions imposed on those who treasure it. My own view is that the Novus Ordo is best celebrated in a traditional manner informed by the Traditional [...]

Introducing The Rt Rev Jim Bracket

2023-01-11T11:06:31-04:00January 11th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

[SATIRE ALERT] Introducing guest blogger The Rt Rev Dr Jim Bracket, Anglican Bishop of Cheddar, Honorary Master of Latimer Sixth Form College, Nuneaton and Warden of the Chamberpot to HM King Charles III. As an Anglican bishop in the Catholic tradition, I’ve been asked to contribute a few lines expressing my hopes and prayers for the [...]

All That Really Matters Is How Much I Love Jesus?

2023-01-04T12:36:55-04:00January 4th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

I was an Anglican vicar in England when we announced that we were (like thousands of others at the time) leaving to be united with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I was in my late thirties. My parish was thriving. I had a young wife and family. Everything seemed peachy, but I walked away. [...]

Father Andrew Grabber Forgives Pope Benedict

2023-01-02T14:45:27-04:00January 2nd, 2023|Categories: Blog|

[SATIRE ALERT] Guest blogger Fr Andrew Grabber SJNW is a priest in The New Catholic Church. A former Jesuit, he is the founder of the Society of Jesus of the New Way. He is the well known author of Building A Rainbow Bridge –A New Way Forward. He once appeared on The Muppet Show with actor Robert De Niro and he [...]

Pope Benedict My Papa

2022-12-31T09:48:22-04:00December 31st, 2022|Categories: Blog|

I loved Pope John Paul II, and like many converts, affirm that he was a powerful influence in my life and my conversion to the Catholic faith, but standing right behind John Paul was the gentle, strong presence of Joseph Ratzinger. He was, if you like, the rock beside the Rock that was Peter's successor John [...]

Only Grinches Steal Christmas

2022-12-23T12:38:04-04:00December 23rd, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Atheist English journalist Polly Toynbee has penned this Grinch-like article at lefty paper The Guardian confessing that she likes all the Christmas trappings and wrappings: carols, mince pies, cheerfulness in the bleak mid winter and all the traditions of Christmas, but she hates Christmas itself. To put it bluntly, she wants the presents without the Real Presence. [...]

How Do We Know Where Jesus Was Born?

2022-12-23T14:27:03-04:00December 23rd, 2022|Categories: Blog|

The New Testament tells us Jesus was born in the little village of Bethlehem in Judea about six miles from Jerusalem. If you visit Bethlehem today the centerpiece of the town is the ancient Church of the Nativity, controlled by the Greek Orthodox Church and for many decades in a ruinous state, it has been carefully [...]


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