Holy Russia?

This article from The Daily Telegraph reports that the revival of the Orthodox Church in Putin’s Russia has a shadow side. It raises all sorts of basic questions about the church and the state being in bed together. Can a state church ever be free of corruption? Can a state church ever be free of [Read More...]

Tu es Petrus

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The Chair of Peter

We’re told that Moses ‘sat down’ to deliver the judgments interpreting the law (Exodus 18:13) and Jesus refers to this tradition when he says the Scribes and Pharisees occupy the ‘Seat of Moses’ (Mt.23.2) So from these two Scriptural details we can infer several things: the Jews had not only the written Scriptures, but an [Read More...]

All your Dreams Really Can Come True…

Looks like I was wrong. She’s not Lady McBeth, she’s Ronald McDonald [Read more...]

Inside Liturgy

Here’s my latest article for the Crisis Magazine’s website Inside Catholic. It’s called What in the Liturgy is Going On? [Read more...]

Go To Hell

If you want an easy to read introduction to The Inferno check out Paul Thigpen’s excellent book (with an awful title) My Visit to Hell. It is a fantastic version of The Inferno written as a modern novel. The hero enters hell through a storm sewer in the slums of modern day Atlanta. Dante‚Äôs infernal [Read More...]


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