Medjugorje a Hoax?

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Today’s big Catholic news is that the CDF have seemingly barred the faithful from participating in events which assume that the visions at Medjugorje are authentic. I went to to Medjugorge in the early 1980s and had astounding things happen, and credit that visit with being one of the boosts that brought me into the Catholic [Read More...]

Works Without Faith is Dead

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The old debate still rages in which Catholics dispute with Protestants who say that salvation is by “faith alone.” Yes, we like to pick out the verse from the epistle of James which says that “faith without works is dead.” If we’re going to talk the talk we have to walk the walk. Action speak [Read More...]

Woman Priests Courageous Pioneers?

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The Anchoresses fumes over the latest “ordination” of a Catholic woman here. I cannot disagree. One of the things most offensive to anyone with a Catholic sensibility is the women priests’ taste in vestments. These are not happy events. Ecclesiatical fashionista–Mantilla the Hon had a fair bit to say about it here. One of the [Read More...]

The Case for Catholic Pacifism

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Can a Catholic be a pacifist? I’m probably genetically biased. My ancestors were Mennonites. Like the Amish and Quakers and some other sects that emigrated to Pennsylvania, the Mennonites are pacifists. They not only are against war, they register as conscientious objectors and will not join the military. I don’t think it is possible to [Read More...]

Tolkien’s ‘No’ to Narnia

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If I had a time machine that could not only set me down not only in a particular date, but a particular place, I’d choose the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford on a Tuesday night in 1950 when C.S.Lewis was reading selections from his Chronicles of Narnia. He’d be there before a roaring fire [Read More...]

The Pope the Dog and the Bicycle Bell

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Someone has joked, “In Central America it’s not really a valid Mass unless there is a dog present.” I was therefore amused to see that at one of the Pope’s liturgies in Brazil a stray dog wandered onto the stage. For five years I took some American high school kids to El Salvador on a mission [Read More...]