What Does it Mean the Church is “Apostolic”?

One of the lines I love most about the first Eucharistic Prayer is the prayer for the Catholic Church and all bishops who ‘preach the Catholic faith that comes to us from the Apostles.’In the creed we profess “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic” Church, and in my discussions with non-Catholic Christians from Reformation communities, I have asked what interpretation they put on the creed as they are not Catholics, but still profess to believe in ‘One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.’ How can t … [Read More...]

Top Jesuit Being Jesuitical

The term "Jesuitical" was rooted in the Jesuits' reputation during times of persecution for prevarication. They became experts in saying one thing and meaning another.It seems their reputation for intentional ambiguity, "nuanced" language and communication that resembles a smoke and mirrors conjuring act is stronger than ever.I'm not a fan of LifeSite News, but they report here an interview with top Jesuit Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal in which he states that Jesus' teaching on divorce and … [Read More...]

Conservative Anglicans are like ISIS??

A reader has alerted me to a statement by a British MP in which he equates conservative Anglicans to the Muslim terror group ISIS. In this article Tory politician Michael Fabricant thinks the Anglican church should get with the times. The longer the Anglican Communion shies away from modern liberal … [Read More...]

Romancing the Religion

OK. Here's another book suggestion for Lent. My book The Romance of Religion picks up on the idea that religion is a great adventure. It is not pious or puritanical or pusillanimous or pussyfooting around.It is the stuff of all the great romances, the great adventure stories. It is full of great … [Read More...]

Critiquing the Trump Cult

During the election cycle I was pretty outspoken in my dislike of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Since Trump's election I've commented in (I hope) a balanced way here and here.One of the most disturbing things about Trump's presidency is not Trump himself, but the seeming inability we … [Read More...]

Fifty Days With the Devil

Gargoyle Code tracks the emails between a senior tempter and his juniors, but the idea is updated and applied to Catholics. The letters also go from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Day so it makes a great Lent Book.Slubgrip Instructs is the sequel. The demon Slubgrip has been demoted to teach Popular C … [Read More...]

Chasing the Creed

St Benedict says you should read a good book for Lent, and I agree.Therefore in these days  which run up to Lent I'll be reminding you of some of my books which are availableThe Quest for the Creed is twenty short chapters on the Apostle's Creed. It is written in an upside down Chestertonian … [Read More...]

Why Do Priests Wear Fancy Robes?

My latest blog post for National Catholic Register poses the question from a Protestant, "Why do you Catholic priests wear those fancy robes?Go here to read the answer.Image Wikkimedia … [Read More...]

Peace or a Sword?

Yes it really is the sword Gibson used in Braveheart. I was in LA in a meeting with Steve McEveety about a film project and there it was in his office...Anyway, the point is (if you'll excuse the joke)...From time to time I have been blamed for being divisive. Its a charge that interests me … [Read More...]

Ten Reasons Why I’m For Betsy DeVos

Embed from Getty Images I still don't like Donald Trump, but if Betsy DeVos is for school vouchers I'm for Betsy DeVos.Here are ten reasons why school vouchers are a good idea.They Give Parents Choice - It is interesting how, when it comes to aborting unborn children … [Read More...]

The Tale of Two Catholic Churches

I will be re-posting various article from the past that I have written for various outlets. This article was first published by National Catholic Register in 2008.The Tale of Two ChurchesI have been a Catholic now for thirteen years. Like most converts, I described my reception into the … [Read More...]

Donald Trump and Padre Pio

I'm a committed Catholic and a cautious conservative.I'm Catholic because I'm convinced of the truth of the Catholic faith. I'm a conservative because it has always seemed to me that the conservative philosophy has reason, experience and common sense on its side.However, I'm a "cautious" … [Read More...]

Why So Much Fear In America?

When I lived in England people were not so scared all the time.Here in the USA I hear so much fear from people. I've lived back in my home country now for ten years. For eight of those years Barack Obama was the president.From those who disliked the president there was so much fear … [Read More...]

Am I a Priest or a Projector Screen?

You know those screens they had when we were kids? Uncle Joe would wrestle with the tripod legs and pinch his fingers trying to raise the darn thing, then he'd plug in the projector and show his holiday slides until everyone was yawning.I sometimes feel like one of those projector screens. A … [Read More...]