The Prince and the Pauper

Fr Nicholas over at Roman Miscellany has posted a fascinating and moving account of the deathbed conversion of King Charles II Very different from the account of Henry VIII’s and Elizabeth I’s dismal and despairing deathbeds. [Read more...]

Incarnational Evangelization

I’m as keen as the next guy about apologetics, having a friendly intellectual dog fight, swapping proof texts and proving my point, but one of the things that is a bit worrying about the orthodox Catholic scene in the USA is a tendency to focus on the fine points of an argument or the precise [Read More...]

The Tightrope of Tolerance and Tyranny

Benedict XVI talks much about the ‘dictatorship of relativism’, and not everybody’s sure quite what he is talking about. When he uses the phrase, ‘dictatorship of relativism’ he’s also talking about the tyranny of tolerance. This is walking a tightrope. Nobody wants to dispute the fact that tolerance is a virtue, and nobody wants to [Read More...]

Teen Martyr for Purity

I believe this image of St Agatha comes from Lechlade Church in England. Lechlade is a beautiful town which claims to be the source of the River Thames. One October I took a two week canoe journey down the Thames from Lechlade. Agatha was a virgin martyr from the middle of the third century. The [Read More...]

Thoughtless Anglicans

I have come across a website with the remarkable title ‘Thinking Anglicans’. The website compiles blog posts and makes comment from a viewpoint that basically toes the liberal humanist Anglican establishment party line. The title of their website, ‘Thinking Anglicans’ is immediately offensive because it sounds elitist and condescending. It implies that the authors and [Read More...]

Little Gidding

We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.Through the unknown, remembered gateWhen the last of earth left to discoverIs that which was the beginning;At the source of the longest riverThe voice of the hidden waterfallAnd the children in [Read More...]