Anglican Agony

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is planning to withdraw from the Episcopal Church. The Bishop, Bob Duncan, has received a this letter of stern warning from presiding bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori. Bishop Duncan has given this pugnacious reply. Anglicans the world over are facing the divide within their church which is now clearly evident. It [Read More...]

The Golden Compass

If you want the low down on British atheist Philip Pullman and his anti-Narnia, anti-Catholic children’s trilogy His Dark Materials which comes out in film version called The Golden Compass check out Carl Olson over at Ignatius Insight.As usual, Olson gathers the information, offers a brilliant critique and points out exactly what’s wrong and right [Read More...]

Prayers for the Dead

We had a beautiful All Souls Day Mass at St Joseph’s Catholic School today. The students, faculty and staff recorded the names of their loved ones and each one was named as Mass was said. Most non-Catholic Christians don’t have any truck with the Catholic custom of praying for the dead. Their theology forbids it. [Read More...]

Fontevraud Abbey

h/t the Roving Medievalist [Read more...]

And Another Thing…

…has anyone noticed the red herring within church music and liturgy circles that informal Masses and ‘praise and worship’ music are provided for the young people because they ‘like that sort of thing’? This is ridiculous. All you have to do is look around church one Sunday at the faces of the people. It is [Read More...]

What’s a Hymn For?

I’m having some problems with music in Catholic America. Part of it is my problem. I spent fifteen years in the Anglican Church with the New English Hymnal–which is probably the finest hymnbook ever published in the English language. Musically and liturgically it was the best that traditional Anglicanism had to offer. Catholic music in [Read More...]