Branagh’s Hamlet

I just finished watching Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet again. The settings, costumes, direction and acting from the stellar cast are simply splendid. Branagh’s direction and vision for the film is powerful, dignified and beautiful to look at, and the cast of stars–from Derek Jacobi and Julie Christie and Kate Winslet to Jack Lemmon and Charlton Heston [Read More...]

More on Confession

When people come to confession they often have something on their conscience which makes them feel guilty, ashamed or scared. Most often this is something where they’ve lost control. Maybe it is a sin that is ‘below the belt’, something to do with food, drink or drugs, losing one’s temper, being violent etc. This sin [Read More...]

Website Renovation

Ok folks, take a moment and pop over to my newly refurbished website. It’s got: Snazzy new header more appropriate for a priest lots more of my articles archived in new categories and pages updated books page with get this!! reduced prices on all my books PayPal facility to buy my books online bookings page [Read More...]

Why Confession?

Because the fast way to hell might be through a big, nasty, dirty and shocking mortal sin (with sudden death soon to follow) but the slow way is to take the ‘broad way that leads to destruction.’ The road to hell is shoulder to shoulder with nice people who never do anything very bad, but [Read More...]

Different Kinds of Killing

Here’s my latest article for InsideCatholic. It’s entitled, Why Abortion and the War in Iraq are not Equivalent. Take time to read the comments. It’s amazing how people read something into an article. The piece was a modest attempt at an analysis of the moral arguments that equate the unjust war in Iraq with the [Read More...]

Not Quite an Atheist

A friend and I drove up to Belmont College near Charlotte last night to hear Michael Novak deliver a lecture about his new book which counters atheism. It was a good chance to see the campus and learn more about the good things happening there. At these events it’s amazing how many people I meet [Read More...]