ECUSA Diocese of Fort Worth plans to pull out

Here is the correspondence between Bishop of Fort Worth, Jack Iker and presiding Bishop-ette Mrs Schori. Tough talk from both sides as yet another Episcopal Diocese plans to pull out of the ECUSA. I like this line from Bishop Iker: “I must remind you that 25 years ago this month, the newly formed Diocese of [Read More...]


Here’s a cool video from the French Abbey of Fontgombault. This is one of the places we’ll be visiting on the pilgrimage tour of France I am leading in the Spring. Don’t miss it! Click on the banner above for full information. [Read more...]

Too Clever is Dumb

When I was an Anglican curate we had a very active sewing guild at church and they asked me to design some frontals, vestments, burse and veils. I got busy doing some super creative stuff with fish and triangles and bursts of flame and green and red and orange and sequins and so forth and [Read More...]

The Fruit of Modernism

Someone asked me yesterday why so many of the Catholic priests he has known have been such weak preachers. “They never seem to say much at all,” he complained. “Just watered down ‘do-gooder’ type stuff. We never hear about the real issues or hear anything red blooded about the battles that are going on in [Read More...]

St Joseph School Chapel

When I arrived at St Joseph’s last year school Mass was being celebrated under pretty makeshift conditions. Vestments and linens were old and second or third hand. The altar was a folding table on risers and the other furniture bits of whatever could be gathered together. The school is new, and people had done the [Read More...]

Tony Blair soon to Convert

The Daily Telegraph reports that former UK Prime Minister is soon to convert to the Catholic faith. Telegraph religion blogger Damian Thompson comments, and his combox is full of interesting chatter. Now I wonder whether I may have had any hand in this…In 1995, while living in England, my first book was published. It was [Read More...]