Mystery of the Magi Book Giveaway

You may have heard of my latest book project called The Mystery of the Magi- the Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men.I'm really excited by this book. It has been so interesting to investigate the historicity of the Magi story.One of the reasons the book has been so exciting to produce is because it undermines the modernist Biblical scholars who simply dismiss the Magi story as "mythological". I've shown, on the contrary, that it has a firm foundation in the history, politics and … [Read More...]

On Popes and Presidents

Embed from Getty ImagesPope Francis didn't look too happy to see Donald Trump this morning. For that matter, if you look at the old pictures, he wasn't too happy to meet Barack Obama either.It must be tough for him. He's spent his whole life as an outsider and is constantly the voice of the voiceless, the marginalized, the poor, the refugee and the excluded. Now as Head of State he has to have these formal meetings, exchange of gifts, then smile (or not) for the camera.I'd hate … [Read More...]

Renewal in the Church: Send My Roots Rain

I remember as an Anglican priest Archbishop George Carey launched a big initiative called "The Decade of Evangelism."It was more like "The Decay of Evangelism." It was a big flop.From time to time in every church the leaders feel they must give evangelism and renewal the old college try. … [Read More...]

Church of Nice or Church of Nasty?

There is much disparaging blather about the modern Catholic Church being the "Church of Nice" but what's the alternative? Church of Nasty?The problem with these two extremes is that they really do exist and they reveal the faults of the two sides of Catholicism. The modernists are the Church of … [Read More...]

God in the Details

After leading a parish pilgrimage to Italy and dealing with family and parish matters I have been very busy and not had time to blog very much.There has been nothing too dramatic, but the usual mixture of celebrating the sacraments, administering a growing and busy parish and school, ministering … [Read More...]

When is Apostolic Succession Valid?

Many Anglicans--especially members of  the breakaway groups--seem to think that apostolic orders are like pedigrees for dogs: if you have the paperwork to prove it your doggie is a show dog.But apostolic succession is more than the paperwork.Anglicans like to point to the fact that Church of … [Read More...]

Cardinal Coccopalmerio on Anglican Orders

Deacon Kandra reports here that Cardinal Coccopalmerio has suggested that Anglican orders may not be "absolutely null and utterly void" as declared by Pope Leo XIII.In a recent book he writes, "When someone is ordained in the Anglican Church and becomes a parish priest in a community, we cannot … [Read More...]

Fatima and the Rosary

Did you know that the full title of Our Lady of Fatima is "Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima"?This is why at Our Lady of the Rosary Church we will be marking this year with special Masses and prayers. The Holy Father has granted the opportunity for  plenary indulgences for all those who … [Read More...]

How to Be a Catholic Tree Hugger

The Holy Father Pope Francis exhorted us all to be better stewards of the earth's resources, and that is not only good Catholicism. Its good common sense.However, has anybody else noticed how Catholics who are keen on Earth Day seem to be taking their cues not from our Catholic tradition--which … [Read More...]

Renewal, Roots and Rain

"Mine O Thou Lord of Life. Send my roots rain." wrote G.M.Hopkins in a poignant sonnet that voiced his disappointment with life. It's here and worth a read.It came to mind when I was pondering from where true renewal comes in the Church. I'm now in my sixties and I've seen a new idea, a new … [Read More...]

Reformation or Revolution?

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation there are some voices in the Catholic Church calling us to celebrate this event. I certainly think it is possible, in an irenical spirit to commemorate the event, but what exactly is there in the Protestant Reformation t … [Read More...]

Fideism R Us

There is a funny sort of fideism around which is a popular form of a philosophical error.Fideism holds that faith is superior to reason and special knowledge can be had by faith alone which is superior and maybe even contradictory to that knowledge arrived at by reason.Pope St John Paul II … [Read More...]

Free Wil…from Debt

Did you know that college debt keeps a large number of men and women from pursuing their call to the priesthood and religious life?Most dioceses and religious orders expect their applicants to have a college degree, but that means the young men and women turn up with both a degree and college … [Read More...]

Is Easter the Religion of the Goddess Ishtar?

The weary old theory that Christianity is just paganism warmed up always circulates around this time of year.Armchair atheists like to point out the similarity between the word "Easter" and the Near Eastern goddess "Ishtar". The problem is, the myth of Ishtar had nothing to do with resurrection … [Read More...]

Why Christianity is Unique

It is fashionable to think that all religions are pretty much the same. They teach people to be good and spiritual and make the world a better place right?Wrong.There are basically four types of religion: 1. Paganism 2. Moralism 3. Spirituality 4. Improvement.The first teaches, "Make sa … [Read More...]