My Scene in The Passion of the Christ

If you are watching Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, did you know I am responsible for a scene in the movie? Well now, the tale goes like this: I was living in England and Mel Gibson had completed the rough cut of the movie but was worried that he would not be able to [Read More…]

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National Catholic Reporter Praises Brutalist Architecture!

The tired and emotional progressives at National Catholic Reporter have published a piece which actually praises the brutalist “Catholic” suburban architecture of the seventies and eighties. This article quotes Michael deSanctis a theology professor and church building consultant from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. DeSanctis says, Restoration-minded pastors, most who came of age well after Vatican II, [Read More…]

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Why the Vatican Sounds Increasingly Anglican

When I was a priest in the Church of England the authorities introduced a delightfully Anglican phrase, “two integrities”. We were all supposed to embrace “two integrities”. So when it came to the issue of women’s ordination for example, we were supposed to “listen carefully and dialogue with those with whom we disagreed.” We were supposed [Read More…]

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Mary: You Complete Me

When I was in Oklahoma a few weeks ago some good folks from the parish drove me out to visit Clear Creek Monastery. After lunch with the monks I happened to meet the oblate master, Fr Francis Bethel. Bethel was one of the original students of the teacher John Senior at University of Kansas. He [Read More…]

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More Muslim Babies Than Christian…

Wall Street Journal reports here today: Within 20 years, more babies will be born to Muslim women than to Christian women world-wide, the latest sign of the rapid growth that could make Islam the world’s largest religion by the end of the century. As John Allen reports in Future Church the center of Christianity is shifting [Read More…]

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US Court Equates Gay Rights with Civil Rights

This article from Slate outlines the arguments the 7th Circuit Court has made regarding the employment rights of homosexuals. They have formally equated sex discrimination in the workplace with discrimination against homosexuals. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issued a landmark decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights [Read More…]

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