The Problem with Protestantism

One of the complaints of Protestant converts to the Catholic religion from is that they miss the “fellowship” they enjoyed in their previous church community. By “fellowship” they mean the warm friendship, camaraderie, sense of shared faith and personal commitment. When they come to the local Catholic church they are likely to find not only [Read More…]

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Questions for the Archbishop of Malta

As an ordinary parish priest it falls to me to actually deal with the cases of divorced and re-married people. I’m the person on the front line, and am therefore the one who has to deal with their questions and help them in their chosen situation. Therefore I am grateful for any guidance from above, [Read More…]

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Worried About the End of the World?

It’s the year 2017 and the prognosticators and prophets have come up with a heady mixture this time. When you read history you realize that in every age people have been reading the signs of the times and predicting a great catastrophe. The end of the world, like an overdue bus, is always just around [Read More…]

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On Being a Critical Catholic

When I became a Catholic I had a few people snark, “How nice for you! You won’t have to think anymore.” I’d never deny that there are robotic Catholics who either can’t think for themselves or who think its a sin, but I haven’t met that many. Most of the Catholics I come across are [Read More…]

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Time for Some Ecumenical Common Sense

With the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Revolution this year there seems to be a heightened enthusiasm for ecumenism with the Lutherans. Far be it from me to rain on anyone’s parade, but when Cardinal Kasper says he hopes the Pope’s next statement will open the way to inter-communion in special cases [Read More…]

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Document Discovered of a Jesus Eyewitness?

Here’s one to make people click: The headline reads “Newly Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle” It got me. I clicked through and read the article. It sounded so convincing. In the Vatican archives a scholar unearthed a manuscript from a first century historian who recounts a journey from Persia to Rome, [Read More…]

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