The Evil of Banality

2019-02-15T08:24:40-04:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

A famous phrase was coined after the Nuremberg trials..."the banality of evil." Wishing to stand things on their head I wonder sometimes about the evil of banality. I'm thinking of the banality of much religious life which is given over to dull talk about theology, rules, regulations and rubrics. It's boring. It's banal and perhaps the [...]

Catholic Women Priests: Can There Be a Discussion?

2017-12-02T12:30:42-04:00December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Culture and Politics|Tags: , |

Eleven years ago Christine Mayr Lumetzberger was excommunicated because she attempted to be ordained as a Catholic priest. A mischievous and misleading article by British journalist Peter Stanford entitled Meet the Female Priest Defying Catholicism for her Faith recounts her story. Ms Lumetzberger says she knew from childhood she was called to be a priest. She [...]

Would Jesus Recognize Catholic Worship?

2017-11-24T15:38:26-04:00November 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Some time ago I posted a picture of  worship at St Peter’s. There was a crowd of altar servers, robed clergy in procession and clouds of incense. Someone criticized, “Would Jesus recognize this as worship?” It sounded like a common misunderstanding of the roots of Catholic worship and the nature of Jewish worship in Jesus’ time. [...]

Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

2014-10-07T10:52:33-04:00October 7th, 2014|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , , |

Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with "vain repetition" in praying the rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7 where Jesus instructs, "When you pray to not babble with vain receptions as the pagans do." Sure, when we pray the rosary there is a lot of repetition. The problem is not repetition but vain repetition. If repetition were the [...]

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Why is Pope Francis’ Visit to Philly Important?

2014-07-25T15:16:24-04:00July 25th, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture, Contemporary Culture|Tags: , , , , |

This report says that while the Vatican has yet to confirm the date, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia has indicated that Pope Francis will visit the city for next September's World Meeting of Families. If the pope is planning to visit the City of Brotherly Love next fall what's the big deal? Kathy Schiffer reports here that the pope [...]

Materialism, Manicheanism and the Matrix

2012-12-04T10:16:24-04:00December 4th, 2012|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you remember that stylish film The Matrix? The hero, Neo Anderson, exists in a dull, conformist, monotone and monochrome world. Then he wakes up and is "born again" and enters the world of adventure and risk which is the real world. What I find curious about modern American Catholicism is that it is similarly monotone and [...]

Would Jesus Recognize Catholic Worship?

2012-11-12T13:42:27-04:00November 12th, 2012|Categories: Apologetics|Tags: , , , , |

  I posted a picture the other day of  worship at St Peter's. There was a crowd of altar servers, robed clergy in procession and clouds of incense. In the combox someone observed, "Would Jesus recognize this as worship?" I don't know the commenter and his background, but it sounds like the comment is based on [...]

Mantilla the Hon on Children’s Church Music

2012-10-11T11:53:09-04:00October 11th, 2012|Categories: Mantilla the Hon|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guest blogger Mantilla Amontillado is the founder of Veritas Vestments. She holds a degree in Ecclesiastical Haberdashery from Salamanca University. She has done the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella three times on horseback and is engaged to the famous matador, Senor Augusto Torquemada. Hey hon! I sorry I not been talking for so long, but my [...]


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