New Poem

Driving Home “Save a half hour,” my host said, “and leave towndriving North ‘cross country on Highway One.”So on a balmy day in May I set offto travel home across the rural South. The road ran past broken farms, peach orchards,Bar BQ joints, quaint old towns and junkyards;trailer parks and dilapidated shacks–the homes of poor [Read More...]

The Amish are Coming

Mark Shea links to this report about the thriving Amish communities. They’ve doubled their population over the last decade or so. They have large families and most of their young people stay with the faith. The Amish and Mennonites are Anabaptists. They’re from the same Reformation branch as Southern Baptists and all other sorts of Baptists, [Read More...]

Newman’s Bones

Christopher Howse writes here on Newman’s relics. The comments reveal much. [Read more...]

Devil Worship at LA Cathedral?

Over the summer when I was blogging pretty consistently on the horrors of present day Anglianism I was chided for ignoring Catholic awful-ness. This blog has had its fair share of Catholic horror stories, but here’s one for the books from Creative Minority Report: a customer in the LA Catholic cathedral bookshop engages in a [Read More...]

Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly…

…Lavender Green If I were the King dilly dilly, You’d be my Queen.’ “Where is ‘Mary Queen of Heaven’ in the Bible?” the Protestant asks. There’s no neat little proof text I’m afraid, but Mary as Queen of Heaven is woven through the whole Bible. From the Old Testament psalms which we sing on the [Read More...]

Queenship of Mary

 Yesterday, on the Memorial of Pope St Pius X, a friend and fellow convert clergyman showed me a relic of St Pius X and said, when he declared his interest in relics and the desire to venerate relics and honor the saints his priest said, “Ahh, we don’t do that stuff anymore after Vatican 2″ [Read More...]