FaithWorks! – 28

My weekly newsletter started up again  this summer with a series on the ten commandments. Sorry I have forgotten to post the links here for blog readers. We are up to the fourth commandment, and here is the link to the new, shorter and more concise FaithWorks! If you want to subscribe go here. If [Read More...]

Pope Says to Anglicans “Come on Over!”

Come On Over!

Pope Francis has waved a welcome to Anglicans who are still shivering on the banks of the Tiber . They don’t even have to swim the Tiber anymore. They can walk across the bridge called “Ordinariate” In the wake of the Church of England’s decision to ordain women bishops the Ordinariate of Our Lady of [Read More...]

Why is Pope Francis’ Visit to Philly Important?

This report says that while the Vatican has yet to confirm the date, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia has indicated that Pope Francis will visit the city for next September’s World Meeting of Families. If the pope is planning to visit the City of Brotherly Love next fall what’s the big deal? Kathy Schiffer reports here that the [Read More...]

For St James Day – The Botofumeiro

For the Feast Day of St James, here is a video of the famous botofumeiro at the Cathedral of St James Compostella. For those who are not in the know, this is a thurible–incense container that is about four foot high. They put the incense in with shovels and then they swing the thing from [Read More...]

Demonic Infection and Victory Over Sin


Is there a demonic element to seemingly ordinary human problems? Sometimes. While full blown demonic possession is rare, it is much more common for souls to be troubled by what might be called “demonic infection”. In counseling people spiritually I have come to believe that there is a state of demonic influence in our lives which [Read More...]

Meriam Ibrahim and the Obamas

Here is a strange situation. Michelle Obama and her husband have championed the rights of the poor, taken the side of African Americans and profess to be Christians, but on the case of Meriam Ibrahim they have been silent. What gives? My article for Aleteia on Meriam as an icon of Christian suffering is here. [Read More...]

Joseph Pearce on the Muslim Threat


Englishman Joseph Pearce writes here about the threat of militant Islam in Europe. There is a demographic catastrophe happening in Europe which nobody wants to talk about,” he continued, “that we daren’t bring up because we are so cagey about not offending people racially. And rightly we should be. But there is a cultural thing [Read More...]

Thundering Through With St James


Here is my latest article for Catholic Exchange. It’s unlocks an interesting detail about St James and the dating of the New Testament. Bible scholars piece together details of evidence to build up a full picture of the New Testament authorship and dates. Their work is like that of a detective—picking up a hint here and [Read More...]

I’m Outta Here


My vacation happens to coincide with a Patheos update so while the techies are doing their thing for the next few days I’m outta here. I’ll be in the mountains enjoying the scenery and relaxing on the porch. I’ll not be blogging or moderating comments. See you on Saturday. [Read more...]

Coming Up: An Ecumenism of Blood


Pope Francis has appointed Enzo Bianchi the prior of the new ecumenical monastic community of Bose in Italy to join the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. For those who are unfamiliar, the community of Bose is one of the new ecclesial movements in the church. Like the community at Taize, it is composed of both [Read More...]

Brideshead Re-Visited Re-Visited

Charles Ryder

On vacation I had indulged myself and watched the entire Granada TV version of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Re-Visited.  What a lush show! It really is the most splendid and faithful literary film adaption ever made. With perfect casting, a top notch book – film script adaptation, beautiful and authentic scenery and excellent acting, it is absorbing [Read More...]

Watch Out For the Weeds


A detail from tomorrow’s reading at Mass will be missed by many people because of the translation of “tares” as “weeds”. Most people don’t know that this particular kind of weed called “tares” actually looks just like wheat. When they are first growing together they are both green and they are very hard to tell [Read More...]

Explaining Transubstantiation


I’m often surprised at the number of good, faithful Catholics who are well informed about their faith, who do not understand the doctrine of transubstantiation. In my experience they fall into two categories. The first do not believe the Eucharist is anything more than a symbol. The second believe the bread and wine become the [Read More...]

The Curse of Adolescent Progressivism


I was reminded this week of one of Pope Francis’ most memorable homilies from  last November in which he warned of “adolescent progressivism. There is a good report on the homily here. ” In the long run that phrase will become one of his memorable “one liners” which holds hands with Benedict XVI’s warning about [Read More...]

Pope Francis the Devil and the End Times


Russell Shaw writes here at OSV online about Pope Francis’ clear teaching about Satan, the anti-Christ and the End Times. It’s a good article because it shows how Francis steers through the maze of private revelations, hysteria about “false prophets” and the anti Christ and manages to encourage the faithful while also encourages us to [Read More...]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Gorillas vs. Guerrillas


I was going to write a review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which I saw earlier this week, but this review by Tim Robey at the Daily Telegraph says what I would have said and it coins the very smart summary of the film: “Gorillas vs. Guerillas.” Steven Greydanus also sums up what [Read More...]

How Can You Heal Your Family Tree?


Healing the Family Tree is a groundbreaking book by the British psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. I met Dr McCall when I lived in England, and used his book in my own developing healing ministry as an Anglican priest. Dr McCall was brought up in China as the son of Christian missionaries. While there he experienced exorcisms [Read More...]

Stratford Caldecott – a Tribute


As a tribute to our friend Stratford Caldecott–Catholic scholar, intellectual, husband, father, grandfather and comic book aficionado…I publish here Strat’s conversion story which was first published by Gracewing in my first book, the best selling  volume of conversion stories, The Path to Rome – Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church. Gnosis and Grace Contemporary Paganism [Read More...]

Friend Strat: Further Up and Further In!

Stratford Caldecott - who died today

News today that my friend Stratford Caldecott has died from cancer. Kathy Schiffer has a great tribute to him here. Which I can’t really top. She covers all  his accomplishments and Mark Shea relates an anecdote which captures Strat’s gentle, wry, intellectual personality perfectly. Go here. “Strat” Caldecott, the G.K. Chesterton Research Fellow at St. [Read More...]

Benedict the Blessing

Brothers in Arms

Tod Worner has a good post here on Pope Benedict’s real identity in contrast to the media depiction of him as the antithesis of the likable Pope Francis. Pope Francis has taken the world by storm. With an ever-present smile, affable demeanor and boundless energy, Pope Francis has waded deep into crushing crowds, ridden in tiny [Read More...]

The Queen Doesn’t Do Interviews…Neither Should the Pope


Queen Elizabeth doesn’t do interviews. She doesn’t have informal lunches with people who then go and spill the beans. She doesn’t call people up to counsel them about their personal problems. She doesn’t phone folks and say, “Good Morning, this is Betty calling…” Adam Deville writes here suggesting that the papal interviews be more controlled… The [Read More...]

What is the Point of Ecumenism?

He ain't heavy...

Here’s what I wrote at the end of my recent post about women bishops in the Anglican church: Does this mean ecumenism with Anglicans is over? Not at all. Ecumenical discussions continue. It’s just that now everyone should be much clearer about the identity of our ecumenical partners. My thoughts evoked this comment: What is [Read More...]