Ad Orientem Question

Here’s a suggestion and question about the liturgy. I was celebrating Mass on Sunday away from St Mary’s and so I did not celebrate ad orientem. I did, however, go around to the front of the altar, and facing the people, administered the Kiss of Peace. After sharing the Kiss of Peace with the altar [Read More...]

English Atheism and Alcoholism

Another report on drunken Britain. What really tickles me about this article is that the drunken state of Britain is blamed on “stronger drinks and larger glasses”. “Oh deary me!” says the nice English chap down the pub. “I seem to have found myself in the gutter drunk again! Whatever could have happened? Why I believe [Read More...]

Uncle Joe Strikes Again

Whoops, wrong Uncle Joe… Over at Fox News we read, “Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke about his views on abortion in an interview with The News Journal of Delaware earlier this month. He told his home state’s newspaper ‘I know that my church has wrestled with this for 2,000 years.’ ” 2,000 years? [Read More...]

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland has attacked the new UK Embryology bill which allows human tissue and cells to be taken without a person’s consent for use in experiments, including the creation of human/animal hybrids. He compares the bill to Nazi experiments and Frankenstein scenarios. Strong stuff. Read about it here. [Read more...]

SS Simon and Jude

Today is the feast of SS Simon and Jude. In some of the list of the apostles they come towards the end just before Judas Iscariot. Peter is listed first, so we can assume that the lists were compiled, according to priority. If so, this confirms what history also tells us, that Simon and Jude [Read More...]


Readers will know of my nostalgia for the chapel of Blackfriars in Oxford. The Dominicans there have an encouraging number of new vocations and these photographs show that they are developing an excellent renewal of the traditional forms of the liturgy as well as a renewal of Dominican religious life. This is a photo by [Read More...]