The Pyramid of Hate in the Muslim World

This article gives some statistics about the atmosphere of hate in the Muslim world, and it illustrates the difficulty we face in disentangling the Islamic religion from Islamic culture. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is graciously optimistic about the religion of Islam, but in the inter faith section it doesn’t speak of the culture of [Read More…]

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Five Ways Islam is Different from Christianity

It’s easy in a secular, consumerist society to believe that all religions are really pretty much the same. You pays your money and you makes your choice. People see the different customs of the different religions, but put them on one side and they see the similarities. Hey, in the dark time of the year [Read More…]

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Should We Call it “Radical Islam”?

  This article makes specific what we have known for some time: that Hillary Clinton and President Obama refuse to use the term “Islam” when referring to jihadist attacks. Do they have their head in the sand? Their reasons are that they don’t want to help demonize all Muslims for the extremist views and actions [Read More…]

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Ten Things to Understand about Islam

One of the big problems in the strong emotions about Islamic violence is that we in the “Christian” West simply don’t know very much about the Islamic religion. No matter what you feel about Islam, it is worth stopping for a moment to learn more about it. If you want to read more than this [Read More…]

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How to Stem America’s Gun Violence

I’m not a gun owner and the Amish in me makes me tend toward pacifism and non-violence in all cases. However, the lack of common sense on both sides of America’s gun debate is astounding. Liberals who call for gun control can’t seem to see the bumper sticker common sense that “Guns don’t kill people. [Read More…]

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Is Fundamentalism a Sickness?

Pope Francis has been quoted saying, “Fundamentalism is a sickness.” Hey. I’m a graduate of Bob Jones University. Tell me about fundamentalism… Joking aside, is fundamentalism a sickness? I agree. Fundamentalism is a sickness, but that depends of your definition of fundamentalism. I’d say fundamentalism has several characteristics. First is an extreme literalism about religion [Read More…]

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In the Face of Islamic Terror- It’s Time to Ask What You Believe

Do you remember that climactic scene in the third Indiana Jones film? The Nazi sympathizer points a gun at Indiana Jones and says, “It’s time to ask yourself what you believe Dr Jones.” This is the situation the citizens of the secular West must ask themselves. In the first two movies Indiana Jones is pursuing [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons Why Conservatives Distrust Pope Francis

Pope Francis continues to be controversial and confusing with his off the cuff remarks. It makes conservatives nervous. My own feeling is that God is in charge and he has given the church the Pope we need at this time. Pope Francis brings a new approach and a fresh attitude to the papacy. If he [Read More…]

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Today at Suburban Hermit

Today at Suburban Hermit: a comment on the new Star Wars film using ancient Skellig Michael hermitage in Ireland as a location wisdom from Maria Boulding OSB from the Old Red Book Picture of the beautiful Romanesque Abbey Church at Fleury in France. some pictures and a personal reminiscence from Ely Cathedral in England [Read more…]

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Luke Skywalker and Skellig Michael

Today’s post over at Suburban Hermit comments on the fact that the new Star Wars film features the ancient Irish island hermitages of Skellig Michael I have a suspicion that Luke Skywalker is holed up there as a Jedi Knight-Monk. The movie comes out in a few weeks. If you go see it watch out for the [Read More…]

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Be A Mercy Pilgrim to Poland

If you have never been on a pilgrimage you need to plan one now. I used to be cynical about pilgrimages thinking they were simply expensive holidays for pious people. After I went on my first pilgrimage, however, I realized that there are special graces unlocked when you go on pilgrimage. You travel with fellow [Read More…]

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What is that Paris Climate Change Summit All About?

The world leaders are meeting in Paris for two weeks to come up with a plan to halt the “catastrophic threat” of global warming. This eye opening article in today’s Daily Telegraph punctures the hot air balloon of climate change fear mongering. For 30 years we have been told how, thanks to the dramatic rise [Read More…]

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Steenson Steps Aside as “Anglican” Ordinary

For those who are interested in the development of the so called Anglican Ordinariate (properly known as the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter) the best summary of what is going on is here. The first inkling that there was anything afoot at the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter came Tuesday [Read More…]

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Why St Andrew is My Favorite Apostle

St Andrew is my favorite apostle. Here’s why: I love the story of him at the feeding of the 5000. The disciples are disturbed by the hungry crowd and ask Jesus to do something about it. Jesus tells them to do something about it. They grumble that there’s not enough money to buy food for all the [Read More…]

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Christ and the Culture Clash

I gave a talk to our parish men’s group, the Fellowship of St Joseph on the relationship between Christ and culture yesterday. It was loosely based on the classic text by Reformed theologian H Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture. However, I always found Niebuhr’s analysis to be weak, subjective and vague. It also was not completely coherent with [Read More…]

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Angels on the Radio

I have started a series of articles called Angels of Advent over at Aleteia. The first is an overview of St Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on angels. While St. Thomas says the angels can assume a physical body it would be more precise to say they appear to be in physical form. Rather than the angel taking [Read More…]

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A Monastic Response to Violent Islam

The film Of Gods and Men is an intense experience of some Trappist monks’ interaction with violent Muslim extremists. My comments on the film are my latest article for The Imaginative Conservative website. “What can man do against such reckless hate?” asks the trapped and helpless Theoden King in Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers. He speaks for [Read More…]

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Ten Positive Principles of Personal Wealth

I was going to write a blog post criticizing what I call “faux Franciscanism”–that is the problem in the church in which poverty is praised for its own sake. We should be clear. Poverty is not a virtue on its own. The  poor are not blessed because they are poor. We should remember that poor [Read More…]

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Church of England Lady Bishop Advocates Nudism

Long time readers of my blog may remember one of my alter egos named The Rev’d Humphrey Blytherington–a lovable but doddery Church of England country vicar. In this post from 2009 Humph was dealing with the outrageous subject of Christian nudism. The trendy female vicar from the next parish named Lavinia had been advocating the [Read More…]

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving and Narnia’s Puddleglum

Is there a link between atheism, Thanksgiving Day and Puddleglum from Narnia? I wonder on this Thanksgiving Day, therefore, what the atheist does. I admit that he may nurture a simple attitude of gratitude for the good things in his life, but does he stop to ask why he should feel grateful in the first [Read More…]

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Humility, a Monastery and the Mysticism of Einstein

Today at Suburban Hermit I posted A picture of Quarr Abbey church with a selection from T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets From the Old, Red Book, a quotation from Albert Einstein on mysticism Commentary on stages five through eight of Benedict’s teaching on humility Go here for your dose of monastic wisdom at Suburban Hermit   [Read more…]

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