FaithWorks! for Lent – 2

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My weekly newsletter on the practical practice of the Catholic faith is published today. This is for the second week of Lent and we’re following a series on the precepts of the Church. Go here to read and share. Go here to subscribe. [Read more...]

Now It’s Sado Masochism for the Suburbs

hands tied

Be warned that you may find some aspects of this blog post distressing. Now that we’ve learned to be all cheerful and wholesome about sodomy it’s time to turn to sado-masochism! Never mind that the rigors of anal sex destroy people’s bodies and lives, cause disease and damn souls, we’re supposed to overlook all those unpleasant facts. [Read More...]

Ten Catholic Answers to “Why Do You Call Your Priests ‘Father’”?


If you have encounters with non-Catholic Christians you might hope that they will ask you questions that really matter like, “Why do you trust church tradition in addition to the Bible?” or “Do you worship the Pope?” or “What is the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary?” Unfortunately one of the most common challenges is [Read More...]

Did They “Bury a Bum” at the Vatican?

Willy Herteleer

  My latest article for CRUX highlights the controversy that has arisen over PewSitter’s offensive headline about the burieal of homeless pilgrim Willy Herteleer On Dec. 12, Willy died in a hospital near the Vatican and a few of his friends began to look for a burial place for him. German journalist Paul Badde, author [Read More...]

Managing the Mystery of Money


Money. Stuff. Greed. Geesh! The problems it causes! Here’s one from parish life. Recently my car was in the shop for repairs so the insurance company put me into a rental car. It happened to be a new Chevy Malibu. My usual car was a seven year old Volvo sedan. So I park the  Malibu [Read More...]

Remembering the Armenians


As the wolves of ISIS have captured whole villages of Christians we should remember the horrors of the Armenian genocide which took place in the same part of the world with the same culprits. ZENIT reports on the work of German historian Michael Hesemann who has discovered a cache of documents concerning the Armenian genocide [Read More...]

Eliot in Love

T.S.Eliot - Bank Clerk

  My article this week for Imaginative Conservative is about the women in T.S.Eliot’s life. His disastrous marriage to Vivienne Haigh Wood and his happy marriage to Valerie Fletcher are well known. What is not so well known is that he had a long term friendship with an old college flame, Emily Hale. Between the [Read More...]

Do You Enjoy Being Miserable?

Vivien Leigh as Blanch Dubois in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Let’s face it. Some people enjoy being miserable. Here’s why: First of all, it could be that it is simply their personality type. When I ran a business training company before I was ordained we used a personality type program to help people improve working conditions. I soon realized that there were three personality types [Read More...]

How Death Gave Mozart the Joy of Life


From a Letter Mozart wrote to his father shortly before his father’s death…. As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have found during the last few years much closer relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, so that his image is not only no [Read More...]

The Mystery and Meaning of Martyrdom

Insane Beast from "I Am Legend"

When faced with the new horrors confronting Christians in the world today one comes back time and again to ask “Why”? First of all we consider the enemy. Within the world there is an irrational rage that surges out into violence. One cannot enter into any kind of discussion with such violent and irrational rage. [Read More...]

The Christian Holocaust Continues

libya jihad

The Christians captured by ISIS forces earlier in the week are now being executed according to this report from ZENIT Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate – with reports that around 15 are dead.  In a message sent to Catholic agencies working [Read More...]

Is Yoga Dangerous?


Television preacher Pat Robertson has warned viewers not to practice yoga because they will be unwittingly be praying to Hindu gods. What is yoga and is it incompatible with Catholicism? Fr John Hardon explains more about it in this short article Yoga is incompatible with Catholicism because the best known practice of Hindu spirituality is [Read More...]

FaithWorks! for Lent

Hi Res redpreacher2

My weekly newsletter FaithWorks! is being published again for Lent. During Lent I’ll be writing a series of articles on the seven precepts of the church and why they’re important. The first is on our duty to  attend Mass weekly. Included in the newsletter are practical teaching points, resources and links to helpful information and [Read More...]

Red for the Blood of the Martyrs


My latest article for Aleteia notices the disturbing co-incidence that the day after 20 new cardinals were created 21 new martyrs gave their lives on a Libyan beach. There was a chilling synchronicity in the religious news this last week. On Saturday, standing with twenty new cardinals, Pope Francis made twenty-one. The next day the [Read More...]

ISIS Wolves Devour Christians


The AP reports here that ISIS terrorists have swept through Christian villages in Northern Syria kidnapping nearly 100 Christians. The latest assault began before dawn on Monday, when the militants swept through the villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province. The area is predominantly inhabited [Read More...]

Paradise and Paranoia

Adam and Eve

This week’s article at Imaginative Conservative looks at our need for happiness and what happens when we are disappointed. The problem is that the paradise is never achieved. There is always disappointment and a fly in the ointment. The search for pleasure ends in addiction instead of satisfaction, and the search for utopia ends in [Read More...]

Pipteazle on Porn for Gals


In this excerpt from The Gargoyle Code Slubgrip’s colleague Pipteazle instructs Dogwart on how women are tempted by a different type of porn than men. It seems appropriate during the disgusting hype over Fifty Shades of Grey. Ms. Pipteazle Archsecretary Female Division Lilith Hall, Seventh Circle Dogwart, Slubgrip has ‘asked’ me to write to you about the temptation of [Read More...]

Why Sado Masochism Is Going to Be Huge

50 shades

I held back from writing about Fifty Shades of Grey because I hadn’t read the book or seen the movie and don’ t want to. I didn’t want to give yet more publicity for something which decent people should hardly be aware of. This is the stuff of dark dungeons of desire, and not M&S [Read More...]

How Generosity Gives Back


My father used to tithe 15% of his income. Really. That was before taxes…and he had five children and a retail clothing store that was struggling to stay afloat. Once when I was in eighth grade we had to do a pie chart of our family’s finances for an economics class. I can remember making [Read More...]

The Joy of Being Wrong


Here is my article for National Catholic Register for Ash Wednesday. It celebrates being wrong, “for whenever men are right they are not young” Ash Wednesday is the day when we wear our error on our brow. The ashes declare to the world, “I’m wrong. It was me.” With the ashes, we put our hands [Read More...]

Two Pictures Tell a Horrible Story…

Dawkins cure

Take a moment to consider these two photographs, and figure out how they are connected. A comfortable Oxford intellectual continually spouts anti-religious hate speech with impunity. Indeed, he is lauded as a leading intellectual and a darling of the chattering classes. Some people even read his books, and his books, and his constant stream of [Read More...]

What is the Unforgivable Sin?


Some time ago I had a bust up with a colleague. He walked into my office and insulted me straight up. It was real ugly. He accused me of stuff of which I was innocent. So I asked him to sit down. Although I was furious I said, “You have just insulted me very badly. [Read More...]