Lewis, Tolkien, Art and the Sacraments

Beneath it all Catholicism not only has the seven sacraments, she has a sacramental vision of reality. [Read more…]

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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…]

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Spadaro, Straw Men and Scapegoats

When will these people learn that not all conservatives are Wal-Mart shoppers with a gun rack in their pick up? [Read more…]

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From My Side of the Screen

Hearing confessions is not easy. Its actually hard, often tiresome work. [Read more…]

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On European Ignorance and Arrogance

There are few things more frustrating than ignorance and arrogance combined. I lived in England for twenty five years, and I’ve lived in America for about thirty. I can tell you from experience that an awful lot of Americans are pretty darned ignorant. This is not to say they are stupid. Its to observe that [Read More…]

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Falling Short of God’s Glory

Some time ago I got an anonymous email which said something like, “Get over the idea that there is such a thing as sin. Sin is a stupid idea made up by religious people like you to fleece people of their money and scare them about hell. People like you are evil and wicked and [Read More…]

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We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

Today’s first reading at Mass was the story of Jacob’s Ladder. You remember the one–where he is traveling and he camps out by a shrine and take a rock from the shrine as a pillow? He dreams of a stairway to heaven with angels going up and down. He wakes up and calls the place [Read More…]

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Is All Sin the Same?

Any kid in a half decent confirmation class will be able to tell you that all sin is not the same. [Read more…]

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Can I Judge Another Person or Not?

The simple message is, “Look to yourself and your own sins first.”
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Is Doctrine Divisive?

From time to time one hears from the progressives that “doctrine is divisive”. We’re to have “a pastoral approach” and not speak about doctrine and discipline in the church. This is a lie, and not even a very smart one, and yet it is amazing how many people fall for it. Rather than doctrine and [Read More…]

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St John Fisher: A Lone Voice

Why was St John Fisher–the holy Bishop of Rochester– the only English bishop to stand up to Henry VIII? It is easy, with hindsight, to dismiss the other English bishops as cowards and compromisers. However it is not so easy. Consider the circumstances. First of all, they were in a completely new situation. Europe had [Read More…]

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On Doctrine, Diamonds and Fluffernutters

A Fluffernutter Catholic is one who combines sweet fluffy sentimentality with a certain nutty-ness in their opinions…. [Read more…]

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Faith, Grace and Good Works

An email came in the other day which showed some confusion about the role of grace, faith and good works in our salvation. The Catholic was worried because a friend said salvation was by grace alone. I think he confused this with the Protestant heresy that salvation is by faith alone. Then the Protestants protest [Read More…]

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Some Straight Talk on Sex

This is the radical view of sexuality that is taught by the Catholic Church. [Read more…]

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Growling the Gospel

What if we were to actually breathe as much hell fire into the world and growl out the gospel like we meant it? [Read more…]

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On Priests, Cars and Cigars

My post about a priest and a sports car raised more comments over at Facebook than almost anything I have written in the past. The opinions were about 50-50. Many saying, “Go ahead Father. The people who care don’t matter and the people who matter don’t care.” Others were more cautious, saying that even if [Read More…]

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Challenging Faux Poverty

Should a priest drive a sports car? [Read more…]

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Anglicans and Catholics Meet at Waffle House

The Catholic News Agency reports here that the ARCIC (Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission) met in Germany to discuss ecclesiology. This is code for “let’s get together and talk about the dwindling number of things on which we agree.” Once again our heroes have come up with an “agreed statement”. Unfortunately the article doesn’t have much [Read More…]

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12 Things Kathy Griffin Might Have Considered Before Her Anti-Trump Stunt

Anybody who reads this blog knows I am not a fan of Donald Trump, but the “beheading” stunt of Kathy Griffin was not only outrageous and offensive, but it was simply overwhelmingly stupid and crass. [Read more…]

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President Trump in Europe – A Shining Success?

The majority of the world’s population is more motivated by their religion than their politics.

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