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So the Church is a Mess? Not Sure What to Do?


At dinner with friends the other night the conversation turned to the traditionalists with a fair bit of sympathy. Along with the obnoxious voices of the radical traditionalists there are many good Catholics who simply feel let down by their church leadership. They may be willing to put up with a liturgy they don’t like [Read More...]

The Solution to the AmChurch Problem


Three timely books are available which diagnose the problem of the American Church and the solution to the problem. Russell Shaw’sĀ American Church – The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America brilliantly presents the history of the problem and the present day crisis. In his usual easy going and personable style, [Read More...]

Why is “Christian” Music so Awful?

A friend of mine used to quip, “When you’re talking about Christian music it’s pretty safe to substitute ‘bad’ for ‘Christian’. Who hasn’t had to endure a Christian rock band or sit through a worship with some aging trendy strumming a guitar and inflicting folk music or light rock on everyone? Why is it that [Read More...]

Mantilla the Hon on Comfortable Churches


Guest blogger Mantilla Amontillado is the founder of Veritas Vestments. She holds a degree in Ecclesiastical Haberdashery from Salamanca University. She has done the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella three times on horseback and is engaged to the famous matador, Senor Augusto Torquemada. Okay hon. Sorry I not been writing here for such a long [Read More...]

On Awful Catholic Music

John Zmirak rants here about the sappy, dreary hymns sung in so many Catholic churches. What he doesn’t get into (because he’s too busy being witty) is the reason for such excruciatingly bad Catholic music. The reason is (with apologies to the Holy Father) the dictatorship of sentimentality. Catholics in English speaking countries (and maybe everywhere [Read More...]

What’s Wrong With the Church?

You know the old story about G.K.Chesterton. There was a series of articles and letters in the paper about what was wrong with the world. So he writes, “Dear Sir, What is wrong with the world? I am, Yours Sincerely, G.K.Chesterton. The same might be answered about ‘What’s wrong with the Church?” After rather a [Read More...]