Mass in Wartime

On Monday I led our annual Senior Retreat. It took place at a Baptist camp in the mountains, and although we used their chapel, it was a bare space, and we had to improvise on some of the details.  I commented to the boys who helped, “I wonder what it is like when priests have [Read More...]

Four Marks

Tonight at RCIA we went through the four marks of the Church. What I am most inspired by in this is that, by becoming a Catholic, not only do I enter the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, but there is also an individual dimension. It then becomes my aim, my goal and my destiny [Read More...]

Dumb Intellectuals

Over on the First Things blog, Nathaniel Peters  points us to this sharp article by Thomas Sowell that notes the crowing of journalists that with the election of Obama we have turned away from the anti intelligent position of America. Now ‘intellectuals’ are going to be valued. Intellectuals (we should explain) are people who are comfortable [Read More...]

Catholic Bishops Step Up for Round One

The American Catholic bishops have vowed to fight President elect Obama’s radical pro abortion agenda. In strong statements criticizing cafeteria Catholic Joe Biden, they said an aggressively pro abortion policy would be read as an attack on the Catholic Church. Read about it here. Fr Neuhaus writes about the Bishops and Obama here. Creative Minority [Read More...]

More on Ad Orientem

Fr Ray in England is priest at an old Catholic Church in Brighton and considers whether to use the high altar and celebrate mass ad orientem. He decides not to because his diocesan authorities would never allow it. Now this confuses me. I am no liturgical scholar, nor I am a canon lawyer, but are there [Read More...]

Racism and Criticism

Charges of racism have been thrown around in the comment box and it caused me to ponder the matter more deeply. Is it possible to criticize our President elect without being racist? Let’s put it the other way around and ask whether it is possible to be pleased with his election without being racist. It [Read More...]