The Satanic Coloring Book for Kids?

Satanic Coloring Book

Last week a book arrived on my desk which is truly disturbing. It’s called The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.  Produced by The Satanic Temple it is an eight page booklet featuring typical kid’s coloring book with activities like a maze, word search, puzzles and codes. What interests me most about The Satanic Children’s Big Book of [Read More...]

Five Reasons Why “Back to the Basics” Churches Stumble

Decaying Church

There’s always a tendency in religion to want to get back to the original–to return to the primitive form of religion–to get back to the basics. Big mistake. While Catholics groups sometimes fall into this trap it is one of the underlying foundations of the Protestant movement to go in for Primitivism and Restorationism. Primitivism is [Read More...]

Why Religious People Are Worse Than Darth Vader


The teacher in my screenwriting class said, “To create a believable villain you have to understand why he thinks he’s good.” In other words, nobody gets up in the morning deciding to be just as nasty, mean and murderous as possible. No. even Darth Vader thinks he’s a good guy, and to give George Lucas [Read More...]

Did I Become Catholic Because I Hate Women?

Catholic Women Priests?

In 1995 I resigned as a Vicar in the Church of England, and I and my family were received into full communion with the Catholic Church. I left the Church of England along with nearly 800 other priests. We joined the Catholic Church because the Church of England had voted to accept women as priests. Naturally [Read More...]

Is Catholic Anglican Ecumenism Over?

Members of ARCIC meet in Rome

My latest essay for CRUX takes a new slant on the possibilities facing Anglican Roman Catholic ecumenism. Short story: never give up hope. Last week, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) gathered in Rome for a further round of ecumenical discussion. Now that the Anglicans have female bishops, gay bishops, and are well along the path toward [Read More...]

Is Mary the Catholic Boy’s Pin Up?

About fifteen years ago I co-authored a dialogue book with Evangelical journalist John Martin. The book was called Challenging Catholics and it is now out of print. For Mary’s month of May I thought I’d publish here some of our dialogue about Mary. Here’s a particularly punchy passage: John: Let me spell out my three problems with [Read More...]