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...]

Veteran’s Day

A nice co incidence that Veteran’s Day is also the memoria of St Martin of Tours–a former soldier and the patron of veterans. Born in 315, St Martin was converted when he saw the face of Christ in a naked beggar, and gave the man half of his ample cloak. He went on to renounce [Read More...]

Pretty Creepy

My post on our new President elect has elicited an awful lot of comments. I’ve found some of the comments of those who agree with me to be pretty creepy. They compare the new president to Hitler and go over the top with hints of secret movers and shakers and Illuminati and sound crazily conspiratorial. [Read More...]

Ad Orientem

What is it, from a priest’s point of view that I love about celebrating the Mass ad orientem?  A number of things: 1. I no longer have to worry about being in ‘performance mode’. When I am facing the people, no matter how much I try, I am looking more at them and focussing more [Read More...]