The Anglican Right

Will the present melt down in the Anglican Church cause more Episcopalian priests and people to come home to Rome? It looks like the snazzy new website for the Pastoral Provision is making things easier.The Pastoral Provision is Rome’s procedure for allowing married former Episcopalian and Anglicans to be dispensed from the vow of celibacy so they can be ordained as Catholic priests.This could be a very positive way forward for many Anglicans who are already close to the Catholic… Read more

Machetes and Medical Missions

Last Thursday we flew from Greenville to Houston and connected to San Salvador. I was part of a small mission team associated with the Papal Foundation. We visited a village for the poor named Sideco. A dedicated group of lay people have started a new village to re-house the poorest of El Salvador’s poor. The village includes a market, clinic and school with a church about to be built. We are going to build a link between the school and… Read more

The Savior

I’m off to El Salvador tomorrow for a five day mission trip with a medical mission associated with the Papal foundation. I’ve never been to Central America before, but I remember telling the Lord when I was a college student that I would go anywhere, but I really didn’t want to be a missionary to Central America.Be careful what you ask for. You might get it. Be careful what you ask not to might get that too. Remember God… Read more

How Do I Love Thee?

Have you ever noticed that we love people for their faults and not their achievements? We might be impressed when someone sets a new world record, but we don’t love him for it. We might admire someone’s new face lift or promotion or increased salary, but we don’t love her for it. We might respect a person for writing a book or getting a degree or making a million, but we don’t love them for it. We might admire their… Read more

Henry’s End

Paul Thigpen has a great new book out called Last Words: Final Thought of Catholic Saints and Sinners.On his deathbed, the man with the cruel, piggy eyes to the left cried, “All is lost. Monks, monks, monks. So, now, all is gone–empire, body, soul.Was this the final cry of a man who was lost, or was it expressed as a final regret for his violent and pitiless life? God only knows.Knowing the extent of his degradation, cruelty and wanton pillage… Read more

Deep in History

Writing from Columbus, Ohio. Marcus Grodi’s Coming Home Network is an apostolate that ministers to non-Catholic clergy who are on their journey to the Catholic Church. Marcus is the host of the popular Journeys Home program on EWTN.This year’s conference is on the English Reformation. Next Autumn it will be on the history of the church in the New World. This weekend I’ve been privileged to share the platform with English friends, Joanna Bogle and biographer Joseph Pearce. It’s also… Read more

Anchors Aweigh

Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth century English mystic. One of the first female authors in English, she was an anchoress in a little church in the cathedral city of Norwich. She lived enclosed in her cell attached to the church where she received visitors, prayed and worshipped at Mass constantly. Her book Revelations of Divine Love is a wonderful classic of spiritual writing. In it she recounts her vision of Christ’s suffering and meditates on the ultimate meaning of… Read more

Merry Old England…Not

I’m off to speak at Coming Home Network’s Deep in History conference this weekend. The topic is the English Reformation, and I’ll be on the platform with English friends, Jamie and Joanna Bogle and biographer Joseph Pearce as well as fellow former Anglican priest, Ray Ryland, Marcus Grodi, Scott Hahn and others.I’m giving an overview of the Church in England up to the Reformation and focussing on correcting some widely held myths. The Protestant view of the Reformation is that… Read more

The Silent Majority

I was a young Anglican priest and Father Richard was a venerable old man who had sacrificed much and suffered much as a priest. We had daily Eucharist in our parish at 8am, and on winter mornings the light would slant in through the stained glass set in the ancient stone walls. Very few people would venture out for the eight o’clock service. One Monday, later in the afternoon I met Fr. Richard and asked if there were many there… Read more

Witches and Wizards

The other day my thirteen year old asked if witches were real. It’s a good question. In our society its difficult to discern between fact and fiction. Special effects in movies make the mot fantastic creatures seem very real indeed. Meanwhile, most of the media conspires to shield us from reality as effectively as possible.Are witches real or are they just the stuff of Harry Potter books, Wizard of Oz and Narnia? Are witches just ‘pretend’ like fauns and fairies… Read more

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