Is There Mercy for Muslims?


When faced with the horrors of Islamic terrorism it is mighty difficult to step back and ask whether there is mercy for Muslims. Can there be mercy for those who have no mercy? When a horde of fanatical thugs burn churches, behead their enemies, rape nuns, murder priests and threaten mass murder it is not [Read More...]

Anglican Memories Anglican Orders

Yaverland Church, Isle of Wight

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of my ordination as an Anglican priest in Eastbourne in the Diocese of Chichester. I served as an Anglican priest for ten very happy years, first as a curate at St Peter’s, Bexhill on Sea, then for two years as chaplain to Kings College Choir School in Cambridge and then [Read More...]

I’ll Forgive You If…


My latest article for Integrated Catholic Life discusses where we get to power to forgive. What I am more likely to find authentic is the person who says, “Father, that person offended me badly and I feel awful because I just can’t forgive.” “Exactly!” is my reply, “The Pharisees were right when they said, ‘Who [Read More...]

The Vatican Stance: Affirmative Orthodoxy


John Allen writes week and positively here on the events in the Vatican this week. The most interesting section is on the Vatican’s stance on sex and family life. Allen calls this “affirmative orthodoxy”. That is, we are trying to communicate what is beautiful, good and true rather than condemning what is lacking. Some years [Read More...]

Dying Naturally


Wesley Smith writes here about some of the creepy new “funeral” services in a secular age. A recent front page story in the New York Time reported on a new funeral fad during which the recently deceased are posed as if still alive and engaged in a favorite activity…Those who don’t want burial but wish to dispose of [Read More...]

Francis’ Honeymoon is Over – Another Liberal Bites Back


Last week Salon ran a hatchet piece on Pope Francis by Anna March. In one of the most ludicrous article I’ve ever read it was suggested that Pope Francis’ nice guy image is nothing more than a PR stunt run by a sinister conservative member of Opus Dei… I commented on March’s piece here. Today [Read More...]