Is Your House Built on the Rock?

We live in turbulent times. There is much transition and many sense that historic events are taking place before our eyes.Things we thought were solid and secure are shifting and changing.We seem to be dancing on quicksand.As a result of this transition and change people are bewildered, confused, discontented, angry and afraid.When times are stormy--whether it is in our personal life, in our workplace, our family, our community or our nation--people turn again to look for a … [Read More...]

On Mark and Simcha

Everybody in the blogosphere seems obliged to weigh in on Mark Shea's release from National Catholic Register.I should say up front that I like Mark Shea. He's a friend of mine, and I've always taken his huffing and puffing with a shrug and a smile. He reminds me of  bellicose Hilaire Belloc who was a controversialist, a prophet, a stirrer of hornet's nests, but also  a man who also spoke much truth in the midst of the battle. Mark's a warrior to be sure, and has usually been a happy w … [Read More...]

The Sign of Joy

When I was an Anglican priest I used to walk from my apartment over to church for evening prayer every day. On the way I would walk past the house of a Jehovah's Witness. This particular JW was the sort of man who always had his hair combed, the car washed and probably went to be wearing a … [Read More...]

Re-Branding the Catholic Church

As you drive around the American South you can't help noticing that the old fashioned Baptist churches are ditching their Baptist label. Reassuring brick churches with classic style porches and steeples used to be called "First Baptist Church" or "Second Baptist Church" or "North Road Baptist … [Read More...]

Can a Nazi Mass Murderer Be Forgiven?

I have been busy today about parish business, but I wanted to write a bit more about this story I contributed to CRUX. The story recounts how Rudolf Hoss, the commandant of Auschwitz and the one who actually devised and put into action the gas chambers and crematoria had been brought up as a strict … [Read More...]

God’s Mercy for a Mass Murderer

Did you know that Rudolf Hoss-- the Nazi commandant of Auschwitz returned to his Catholic faith at the end?Read the story here. … [Read More...]

Make a Wish Religion

Some time ago I was speaking to someone about religion and happened to mention the possibility of going to hell."Oh, I don't believe in hell!" said this person.The implication was that because she didn't believe in hell there was no such place. I've had the same thing with Protestant … [Read More...]

A Priest’s Priorities

Today is the Memorial of St John Vianney, the patron of parish priests, and it is a good time to be reminded of the parish priest's priorities.If he is to be an alter Christus then he will try to do what Jesus did, and Jesus' ministry consisted of four clear priorities.He taught the truth. H … [Read More...]

Ten Things for Confused Conservative Catholics to Remember

From emails and conversations I have had, I am aware that there are a good number of conservative Catholics who are confused, bewildered and distressed by the current state of affairs in our country and in our church.They see the disastrous presidential candidates our system has produced and … [Read More...]

Catholic Women Deacons? Why Not?

 With the announcement today that Pope Francis has set up a commission to explore the possibility of women deacons, here are some thoughts on the matter.Throughout his pontificate the Pope has called for women to be granted more prominent roles in the church and for the Catholic church … [Read More...]

Can a Catholic Vote for Donald Trump?

After writing an opinion piece about Catholics voting for Hillary Clinton, someone asked me to write a similar article about Donald Trump.Can a Catholic vote for Donald Trump?Let's think it through. What I find curious about supporters of Donald Trump is that they are eager to tell everyone … [Read More...]

Can a Catholic Vote for Hillary Clinton?

The question is very simple.Can a faithful Catholic vote for Hillary Clinton?But first, let's get some things straight:First, my opinion doesn't really matter. How I vote as an individual is my business. How you vote is your business.Second, don't assume that a person's criticism of … [Read More...]

Pope Benedict and the Coming Catholic Realignment

Why are so many Catholics disturbed, annoyed, restless, frightened and angry?It's because we are going through a time of Catholic realignment.In the United States and the rest of the developed world we are experiencing a breakdown of the old Catholic tribalism that we have got used to over … [Read More...]

America Today: Freedom and Bondage

Why are so many Americans in a condition of confusion, fear, suspicion, anger and rage?It is because of our disproportionate and disordered understanding of freedom.Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. FreedomIts like that is the only virtue Americans know about anymore.But freedom like all … [Read More...]

How Should a Catholic Vote in November?

Like the vast majority of Americans I am looking at the choices we have for president with a mixture of amazement, disgust and bewilderment.When there were so many experienced, smart, qualified and able men and women running for the Republican nomination how could we end up with this dangerous … [Read More...]

The Curse of the Kennedy Catholics

As Tim Kaine steps into the shoes of "devout Catholics" Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, he also joins the club of "Kennedy Catholics"These are the "Catholic" politicians who publicly support abortion.Readers may not be familiar with the history of what we can now call "Kennedy Catholics". This … [Read More...]