McElroy and Chaput on Chastity

This week we have an American bishop and Archbishop writing articles touching on the question of chastity. In this article for London’s Catholic Herald Archbishop Chaput comments that faithful Christians are the West’s “new dissidents.” In the midst of writing about the openly anti-Catholic attack on federal judge nominee Amy Coney Barrett by Dianne Feinstein, Archbishop Chaput notes that the battleground is human sexuality. the episode with Amy Barrett is part of a new and much wider “repressive turn” among… Read more

Introducing Fr Harvey Nicolaitan SJ

Guest blogger Fr Harvey Nicolaitan SJ, is a master of modern media. With a degree in Communications, he is a well known author and guest on reality TV shows, Fr Nicolaitan has been invited to speak at many of our nation’s greatest Catholic intellectual powerhouses. A member of the Vatican Confectory for International Dissimulation, he advises bishops on effective communication. Fr Nicolaitan is contributing a series on “Rules for Radicals or How To Be A Successful Catholic Dissident Today”.  I am very flattered to contribute to this blog,… Read more

Catholics Come Out Guns a Blazin’

Both sides came out guns a-blazin’ about Fr. James Martin’s rather slight and sentimental book about being friendly to gay people. Read more

The Flying Monk?

St. Joseph of Cupertino was a misfit mystic. His life of asceticism was so extreme that some people would say he had an eating disorder, that he was emotionally or mentally ill. Read more

Next up to Bat – Pius XIII?

Why Pope Francis may be on the way to being a lame duck pope. Read more

The Mutilation Generation

In Dante’s Inferno, the violent are confined in the seventh circle. This circle has three rings: the violent against one’s neighbor, the violent against one’s self and the violent against God, nature and art. In the second ring the suicides are imprisoned in trees. They have lost their bodily form because they destroyed their body through suicide. In other words, for whatever sad reasons, they hated themselves and their lives and their bodies so much that they thought it better to destroy… Read more

Catholic Socialism. Whatzat?

Dr. Taylor Marshall is a pretty amazing guy. He’s a novelist, theologian, Bible scholar, online educator and amazing convert. In this post he corrects the idea that there is such a thing as Catholic Socialism Go here to read more. Read more

Sharing the Passion of Christ

Why does God allow good people to suffer? Read more

The Three Kings and King Arthur

When I lived in England I made a visit to a place in Somerset called the Cadbury Hill Fort. It is an ancient hilltop settlement which, in various times was used as a fort, castle or fortified village. Some historians believe it was the location of King Arthur’s Camelot. When you visit it can be pretty convincing. We camped overnight and the next morning, rising from the mist was the Great Glastonbury tor in the town where Arthur was supposedly… Read more

Standing on My Head is On the Move

I’ve been blogging here at Patheos for a good number of years now and I’m grateful to the Patheos team for hosting my blog and widening my audience. However, in the next week or so I will be moving my blog to my own website. This enables me to return to a more personal style and to open the comments box again. There will be no ads and I will be speaking to perhaps a smaller audience about life, the… Read more

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