Onward Christian Soliders? Not Likely

George Tate

George Tate was in the US Army in World War II. He served in a unit that was establishing communication lines across the Himalayas. George’s son, Sid is a parishioner, he said about his Dad, “His plane was riddled with enemy gunfire going in, and as I understand it his job was conducted in an [Read More...]

Is Proselytism Solemn Nonsense?

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Pope Francis has been criticized in some quarters because he has said, “Proselytism is solemn nonsense.” He has also told Evangelical Christians and an atheist interviewer that he “doesn’t want to convert them.” In a meeting last week in Caserto he explained to his priests that their job was not “proselytizing” and he quoted Pope [Read More...]

Why is Pope Francis’ Visit to Philly Important?

This report says that while the Vatican has yet to confirm the date, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia has indicated that Pope Francis will visit the city for next September’s World Meeting of Families. If the pope is planning to visit the City of Brotherly Love next fall what’s the big deal? Kathy Schiffer reports here that the [Read More...]

Thundering Through With St James

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Here is my latest article for Catholic Exchange. It’s unlocks an interesting detail about St James and the dating of the New Testament. Bible scholars piece together details of evidence to build up a full picture of the New Testament authorship and dates. Their work is like that of a detective—picking up a hint here and [Read More...]

Tough Love and the Sacred Heart

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Here is this week’s article for Integrated Catholic Life. Readers of the blog will notice that it is re-worked ideas that have been posted here previously. The love of God is sweet and tender, but it is also astringent and tough. We have to be sweet and salty at the same time. We have to [Read More...]

Time, Tradition and T.S.Eliot

TS Eliot

T.S.Eliot is not only my favorite poet, but one of my favorite people. I like his anti-poet attitude. In an age where the individual poet was meant to be a bohemian dreamer living on a crust of bread in a squalid garret Eliot wore a three piece suit and got a job at a bank. [Read More...]


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