Suffering and Salvation

There are some Evangelical sects out there who shoot at the Catholic Church for teaching that suffering is useful in the process of salvation. We’re blamed for ‘not believing in healing’. It’s worth taking a moment to clarify the Catholic position. First of all, the Catholic Church has always believed in the healing ministry. That [Read More...]

Tolkien’s ‘No’ to Narnia

Read my latest article for InsideCatholic here. On the eve of the cinematic release of Prince Caspian, the article analyzes the different approaches of Tolkien and Lewis to Christian fantasy fiction. [Read more...]

Apologetics Tale

Patrick Madrid tells the story of being invited to publicly debate a very anti-Catholic Protestant on the subject of images in worship. Patrick won the flip and was first up to bat. He began by saying, “My opponent will try to tell you that the Catholic use of images in worship is at worst, idolatry, [Read More...]

The Two Ditches

Fr Z. has a great post with two show stopping videos. It’s all about the extremes you can fall into when you disembark from the Barque of Peter. One is a video that has been making the rounds of an extreme left wing Catholic group celebrating Mass with oversized puppets and old ladies doing liturgical [Read More...]

Incorruptible – So What?

There is some low level fuss about the incorruptible (or not) state of the remains of Pope John XXIII and St Padre Pio. Roving Medievalist links to the undertaker who was called in to preserve the remains of both Bl. John XXII and St.Pio–pointing out that both of them are now embalmed, so the question [Read More...]

New Poem

A Student’s Plea No, no, Father, please don’t toss the mikelike a DJ when you preach. Please don’t be cool.Please don’t ride a Harley motorbikewhen you come to school. Don’t wear red cowboy boots for Pentecost,and tell dumb jokes to be our pal. Please don’t ‘high five’,say, “Sweet!” “Awwsome!” “You suck!” “You’re toast!”or teach us [Read More...]