I found this snap over on Shrine of the Holy Whapping. Captions anyone? Here’s mine: “It’s a bird, It’s a plane, it’s the second coming….” Read more

A Catholic Mom in Hawaii records a priest’s out of body experience. He claims to have made a visit to Heaven and Hell.As Esther explains, nothing in this private vision contradicts church teaching. Even if it is inauthentic it sobers one up at the beginning of Advent. Read more

The bitter battles in the Anglican communion continue. Since September eight ECUSA dioceses have rejected the leadership of Kate Schori and asked for ADO (Alternative Episcopal Oversight). The Dioceses are Dallas, Central Florida, Fort Worth, Fresno, San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Quincy, Springfield and South Carolina.In other developments, individual clergy and parishes across the country are seeking ways to pull out of their dioceses. Among others, the large, ancient, wealthy and influential parishes of Falls Church and Truro are thinking about pulling… Read more

Here’s a Newman quote for you:If Christianity is both social and dogmatic, and intended for all ages, it must, humanly speaking, have an infallible expounder, else you will secure unity of form at the loss of unity of doctrine, or unity of doctrine at the lost of unity of form you will have to choose between a comprehension of opinions and a resolution into parties—between latitudinarian and sectarian error.Read it a couple of times. It’s dynamite. Read more

I met Paul Lew at a Youth2000 conference in England a few years ago. He was a smart young Catholic who already had a college degree, and he had just been asked to leave seminary in England because he was ‘too rigid.’ Paul went out to work in the Phillipines with the poor, met some Dominicans and decided to join them. He’s now at Oxford as Fra Lawrence…he’s one of the guys who has started a great new blog called… Read more

Remember Groucho Marx’ quip that he wouldn’t want to join a club that would have him as a member…It reminds me of a curious fact about belonging to the Catholic Church. there is a desire in the human heart that want wants to belong to the club. We want to sit at the high table, belong to the inner circle, fit in with the establishment, belong to the ‘in’ crowd, and be among the ones who make the decisions, call… Read more

I once joked to a priest friend, “You say you took Holy Orders as a celibate. As a married man I have to take holy orders everyday. My wife orders me to do this and orders me to do that…’By God’s grace I was ordained deacon yesterday in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Charleston. Nice touch… to be ordained in a Baptist cathedral here in the homeland of the Southern Baptists.The main picture is myself with Bishop… Read more

    Has anyone noticed that Protestant preachers like Dr Bob Jones Jr and Dr Jerry Falwell aren’t shy about using their doctorates as titles of respect? Maybe Catholics could pick up on this custom and start referring to Doctor of the Church, St Therese of Liseux as “Dr. Therese Martin” What about “Dr Teresa Avila” or “Dr Edith Stein”? If you’re familiar with the life of Dr. Martin, you’ll know that despite her name ‘the little flower’ she was… Read more

A favorite maxim of mine is by the Victorian English liberal F.D.Maurice. He wrote, A man is most often right in what he affirms and wrong in what he denies.It is a dangerous saying, and the more you think about it, the more it makes you stand the world on its head. So often we define what we believe and what we do by what we deny, not by what we affirm. We expend huge amounts of energy being against… Read more

In 1979 I went to study in England, and apart from vacations in the USA, have lived there until June of this year. During that time I celebrated Thanksgiving just once–during a family reunion year. After living abroad, and having returned home after twenty five years what am I thankful for about the United States of America? Optimism – Americans are still optimistic about the world, about their country and about themselves. They believe that if there is a problem… Read more

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