Married Priests?

Mrs. Longenecker has an inadvertently ironic news headline clipped out and stuck to the fridge. It comes from a Catholic paper and says, “Married clergy Argue for Celibacy from Personal Experience”. As a married former Anglican priest who is now a Catholic I sometimes hear Catholics say things like, “Excellent, and it’s about time too! [Read More...]

Ancient Christian Commentaries

I was delighted this evening when the UPS man arrived with my order from Amazon. Six volumes of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. It comes in twenty eight volumes, so I bought the ones dealing with the gospels first of all. The ACCS is an ambitious project involving Biblical scholars from the three ‘great [Read More...]

Capitalism and the Cardinal

Cardinal Cormac  Murphy O’Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said that capitalism has collapsed. Much has been made over the observation from Pope John Paul II that there were two materialistic, atheistic systems in world power: communism and unrestrained capitalism. Cardinal Murphy O’Connor seems to be echoing those sentiments by [Read More...]

Vote Now!

It only takes a moment to click on the logo and vote for Standing on My Head. Fr.Z already has an impressive lead, so come on folks! Other things you can do to help the vote: blog about the contest and get others to vote. Vote on every computer you have access to. Send a [Read More...]

St John Neumann

Today is the memorial of St John Neumann, the great Bishop of Philadelphia. Here’s a link to his shrine. Damian Thompson’s blog links to Fr Blake in Brighton who has criticized the English Bishops. After waiting ten years in England to be ordained, and having nothing happen, I tend to be sympathetic. I could say [Read More...]

Podcasts Have Started

Check posts printed in blue for the first two podcasts of homilies from St Mary’s. [Read more...]

Pope Benedict is Failing Fast

Because he only attracts 2.2 million pilgrims a year instead of 2.8. CMR comments on a report from the Time of London here. [Read more...]

Feed Me…

…Feed me now. Go here to subscribe to my feed. It’s just been updated with Feedburner and should send you regular updates as well as my the new podcast feature with my sermons from ST Mary’s, Greenville. [Read more...]

Fr Newman on the Epiphany

(Click to enlarge) Fr Newman’s parish bulletin letter this week is especially good. He gives an explanation of the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the history of the feast, and how it links with both the Nativity and and the Baptism of the Lord–all of them being part of the same manifestation of Christ the Light [Read More...]

T.S.Eliot (RIP)

Today is the forty third anniversary of the death of T.S.Eliot Did you know he conducted a friendly correspondence with Groucho Marx? They were mutual admirers. They met once and discussed jokes, poetry, cats and cigars. [Read more...]

Journey of the Magi

Eliot wrote this in 1927–just after his baptism.  A cold coming we had of it,Just the worst time of the yearFor a journey, and such a long journey:The ways deep and the weather sharp,The very dead of winter.And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,Lying down in the melting snow.There were times when we regrettedThe summer palaces [Read More...]

Podcast 2 – Epiphany

Link here for the homily for Epiphany from St Mary’s. This second podcast should be easier to use. It is in the proper MP3 format. The Epiphany homily is early since I often celebrate the vigil Mass at St Mary’s on the first Saturday of the month. Let me know if this is better. [Read more...]

Adoration of the Magi

This painting is situated in the East end of one of the most glorious buildings in Christendom: Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. I was chaplain at the choir school there for two years, (in my Anglican days, and was able to see this picture every day. There ought to be a movement to restore sacred paintings [Read More...]

Christ of the Abyss

I spent some of my down time during the Christmas holidays playing with the computer, and have added an iGoogle homepage. One of the gadgets is a feed of National Geographic photographs, and this morning I was delighted to find this photograph of ‘Christ of the Abyss‘ I was immediately reminded of these words from [Read More...]

Update on Podcasts

The first podcast was uploaded as a .wav file. I now realize that it needed to be encoded as an MP3 file. This will enable a faster download time and instant access through subscription to iTunes. [Read more...]

Good New Year’s Resolution

St Gregory of Nazianzen wrote this about his brother in Christ, Basil the Great: Our single object and ambition was virtue, and a life of hope in the blessings that are to come; we wanted to withdraw from this world before we departed from it. With this end in view we ordered our lives and [Read More...]

More Convert Clergy

Ruth Gledhill of The Times in London reports here on two former Anglican priests–a father and his son–who have both been ordained as Catholic priests. (b/t to the Curt Jester) [Read more...]

Award Winning Blog

Imagine that! Standing on My Head is a finalist in the Weblog Awards in the Religion category. When I mentioned this to Mrs Longenecker she asked how many finalists there were. “10″ I replied. She looked up from her book, “Twelve nominations?” One of the best arguments for married priests is that a wife is [Read More...]

Podcast 1 – Solemnity of the Mother of God

Here is the first podcast–from the Vigil for the Solemnity of the Mother of God. This was preached at St Mary’s on New Year’s Eve at 5:00. Link here. Please let me know if you have been able to download this or listen to it through this link successfully.  Check out the panel on the [Read More...]

British Missionaries Imprisoned

Here’s an article about a husband and wife Pentecostal missionary team from the UK who have been imprisoned in Muslim Gambia. They were accused of sedition for sending emails that criticize the Islamic regime. Please remember David and Fiona Fulton in your prayers. Pentecostals and Catholics may have their disagreements, but Pentecostal pastor, Richard Wurmbrand, who suffered [Read More...]

Podcast Trial

I got a dandy little digital recorder for Christmas, and have now managed to make and upload this sample podcast recording for you. It tells you how the weekly podcast of my homilies will be managed. Listen in and tell me what you think. [Read more...]

Holy Family

When I was visiting London for the day and had a bit of extra time to kill I would drop by the National Gallery to see this picture. It’s very large and this little reproduction doesn’t do it justice. I love the way the composition shows how the Holy Family reflects the Holiest Family of [Read More...]


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