Why Blogs Will Die

It doesn’t seem possible that I have been blogging for ten years, but it’s true. I started Standing on My Head in September 2006. For the last six months I have been blogging less and less and I have been wondering why. One of the reason is that I have simply run out of steam, [Read More…]

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Is Your House Built on the Rock?

We live in turbulent times. There is much transition and many sense that historic events are taking place before our eyes. Things we thought were solid and secure are shifting and changing. We seem to be dancing on quicksand. As a result of this transition and change people are bewildered, confused, discontented, angry and afraid. [Read More…]

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On Mark and Simcha

Everybody in the blogosphere seems obliged to weigh in on Mark Shea’s release from National Catholic Register. I should say up front that I like Mark Shea. He’s a friend of mine, and I’ve always taken his huffing and puffing with a shrug and a smile. He reminds me of ┬ábellicose Hilaire Belloc who was [Read More…]

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The Sign of Joy

When I was an Anglican priest I used to walk from my apartment over to church for evening prayer every day. On the way I would walk past the house of a Jehovah’s Witness. This particular JW was the sort of man who always had his hair combed, the car washed and probably went to [Read More…]

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Re-Branding the Catholic Church

As you drive around the American South you can’t help noticing that the old fashioned Baptist churches are ditching their Baptist label. Reassuring brick churches with classic style porches and steeples used to be called “First Baptist Church” or “Second Baptist Church” or “North Road Baptist Church” or maybe something with an Old Testament link [Read More…]

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Can a Nazi Mass Murderer Be Forgiven?

I have been busy today about parish business, but I wanted to write a bit more about this story I contributed to CRUX. The story recounts how Rudolf Hoss, the commandant of Auschwitz and the one who actually devised and put into action the gas chambers and crematoria had been brought up as a strict [Read More…]

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