I’ll Fly Away Oh Glory!

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Those who like fairy tales should love the story of the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Like Dorothy, who is swept up by a cyclone to Oz, Jesus floats up and disappears up into what must be a Technicolor heaven. Fantasy tales are full of this sort of thing. Peter Pan flies away to [Read More...]

A Jar, a Torch and a Sword for the Lord

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I have always loved the second epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians. His vulnerability, weakness and helplessness without God pervades every chapter, and yet it is in his sorrows that he triumphs. It is in the midst of the weakness that he perseveres. In the fourth chapter he speaks of the light of Christ, [Read More...]

A Little Lesson in Moral Theology

I am no moral theologian, but I understand some basics, and if more people understood the basics of Catholic moral theology they would understand (even if they did not agree with) the Catholic teaching on certain moral actions much debated in our society. The basic principle is this: every action is always either objectively right [Read More...]

Immaculate Deception?

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I had been on the path to becoming a Catholic for nearly twenty years. Coming from an Evangelical, Protestant background I had become an Anglican priest, learned to pray the rosary, understood and accepted the Catholic understanding of the Church, the sacraments and the priesthood. I spent a lot of time in Catholic Benedictine monasteries [Read More...]

Beam Down Athanasius

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Today we celebrate St Athanasius, and can somebody beam him down? The place is crawling with Arians again. The simple version is that Arius–a Bishop of Alexandria–taught that Jesus Christ was not fully divine. Nearly the whole church followed this new teaching. It made sense, after all for lots of reasons it was a bit [Read More...]

Faith in Action

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Is there a contradiction in the gospels? In John 6 Jesus is asked the question, “What must we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answers, “Believe on the one whom he sent.” But in Matthew’s gospel in the parable of the sheep and goats, Jesus says we will be judged according to our [Read More...]


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