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Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of Me

2021-01-01T13:23:12-04:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, "Hi Mary!" When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, "Y'all say, 'Hail Mary' and 'Hail' just means 'Hi', so it's my way of saying 'Hail [...]

Amy Grin and Bear It

2020-10-14T20:02:51-04:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

There's a joke going around that Justice Amy Coney Barrett should be called "Amy Grin and Bear It" for the ordeal she has had to put up with these past two days. I was only able to catch about a half hour of the hearings yesterday and today, but Wow! What an amazing woman! She was [...]

The Catholic Roots of England

2015-11-05T12:43:30-04:00November 5th, 2015|Categories: Anglican Matters, Catholic Culture|Tags: , , |

Pope St Gregory the Great - Apostle for England I was watching the service of Evensong from Westminster Abbey the other night that took place during Benedict XVI's visit to England. It was all very splendid and you could tell Benedict was impressed with the Anglican music and ceremonial. His speech emphasized, however, the [...]

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Here’s Why You Hate Round Churches

2014-12-05T10:40:45-04:00December 5th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

Have you noticed that nobody loves modern churches? Nobody. I mean NOBODY. Seriously. Have you ever met anyone who sees a church like this and and heard them whisper, "I just love that church! It is so inspiring!". No. Never. Have you ever gone into a "worship space" like this and heard someone say how awed [...]

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A Married Priest on Married Priests – 1

2014-11-25T17:55:16-04:00November 25th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

The Longenecker Family at Fr Dwight's Ordination What are the pros and cons of being a married priest? I'll be writing on various aspects of this question over the next few days. Firstly, we need to get some huge red herrings out of the way. People say, "A married man will understand married people's [...]

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Disneyland, Desire and Destiny

2014-11-11T14:21:57-04:00November 11th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary Culture|Tags: , |

In re-reading C.S.Lewis' wonderful  sermon The Weight of Glory he begins with comments on the nature of desire. Christianity is known by those outside for it prohibitions. It seems to be a religion of "Thou shalt not." Lewis reminds us that desire is good because it is a desire for the good. Even when the desire is distorted [...]

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Ten Things That Are Killing the Family

2014-10-27T20:32:08-04:00October 27th, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture, Patheos|Tags: , , , |

The Synod fathers this month were trying to address a real crisis in the human race: the disintegration of the family. The problems are very complex and are not simply a matter of people disobeying God's law and running around with whoever they please. Is promiscuity a problem? Of course. Is divorce a disaster? Without a [...]

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Conversion or Come to Daddy?

2014-10-25T11:16:16-04:00October 25th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , |

I read a smart comment yesterday: "Conservatives want to convert people by arguing with them. Liberals want to convert people by agreeing with them." It's pithy I can see the distinction, but I'm not sure it is merely a "conservative-Liberal" clash. Underlying the tensions within the Catholic Church --which blew up at the recent synod was [...]

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Gimme That Ole Time Religion

2014-10-23T20:44:37-04:00October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

[youtube][/youtube] I'm not too concerned about getting the Catholic religion up to date for people. That's because the Catholic religion transcends time. Oh yes, we can tinker with this and that, use modern methods of communication and so forth, but no sense tinkering with the religion itself. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sure we can [...]

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Welcoming Gays: How Do I Do That?

2014-10-22T08:21:42-04:00October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture, Patheos|Tags: , , |

The buzz word in the synod this month, and in the general discussion about homosexuals is the word "welcome" We are to "welcome homosexuals". The problem is, no one is really explaining what this means. I hope those who feel strongly about this matter--who have responded with visceral compassion on the poor homosexual persons who have [...]

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