Pope Francis the Hindu?

View image | gettyimages.com So Pope Francis was wrapped in a Hindu prayer shaw? I expect before too long he will  have stones thrown at him by angry and frightened Catholics for compromising the faith. They’ll use the picture from now to eternity along with the one of Pope St John Paul II kissing the [Read More...]

Apologetics 101


Whenever I am involved in conversations with non-Catholic Christians I go straight to the authority question. If that question is not resolved then every other discussion is only matter of swapping opinions. It is important, therefore to be clear on the basics of the Catholic understanding of authority. It is rooted in the fact that [Read More...]

Fighting Fundamentalism

View image | gettyimages.com How do you fight fundamentalism? An article in London’s Daily Telegraph reports that a British government attempt to stop young Muslims from being turned into jihadist radicals is not working. Baroness Manningham Buller, who was the director general of the Security Service at the time of the 7/7 bombings, said the [Read More...]

The Puri-Fire


I was talking with a man I’ll call Henry today who lost his wife just before Christmas. She was only in her early sixties and had premature dementia. It was a terrible disease. Horrible to see an intelligent, active, prayerful woman laid low, and terrible to see the suffering of her husband and family as [Read More...]

Black People Aren’t Real…

Boko Haram Killers

…this would seem to be the message the world’s media is trumpeting in the wake of the silence over 2,000 slaughtered by the Boko Haram in Nigeria. London’s Guardian paper asks why the massacre in Baga has been ignored. France spent the weekend coming to terms with last week’s terror attacks in Paristhat left 17 dead. The [Read More...]

Pause for Prayer


To be led by God’s patient love into this attitude of unconditional self surrender is painful, but there is no avoiding it for anyone who seriously wants to pray. It requires no special conditions or peculiar way of life. The ordinary experience of work, daily hardships and living with people is the field of obedience [Read More...]