St Michael and All Angels

What do I miss about England? Well, when I lived on the Isle of Wight in England I would go to Mont St Michel on retreat. I’d take the night ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo and then hitchhike along the coast to the Abbey. What a fantastic place! At the time there was a [Read More...]

More on the Servers of St Mary’s

Someone has asked how to improve the band of servers.  I can only pass on the advice from what I have done at St Joseph’s Catholic School, and the advice from my friend and mentor, Fr Newman–pastor of St Mary’s. My own knowledge on this is supplemented by watching Fr Christopher Smith and Dn. John [Read More...]

Sovana Cathedral

“I  wish to create a church so beautiful that it would move even the hardest heart to prayer.”  –the unknown architect of Glastonbury Abbey click on picture to enlarge H/T Roving Medievalist — (who else?) [Read more...]

Me and Mel

OK then, here’s the Mel Gibson story: I was living in London, and it was the year before Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ came out. There was some doubt as to whether Gibson would be able to get backers to help with the distribution of the film. He came to London to meet with [Read More...]

Servers from St Mary’s

Here are three of our noble band of servers from St Mary’s. These guys (with about a dozen more) serve at the 11:00 High Mass. We have all male servers at St Mary’s, and one of the things we do in their instruction is to remind them that they are helping to lead the worship [Read More...]

Branagh’s Hamlet

I just finished watching Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet again. The settings, costumes, direction and acting from the stellar cast are simply splendid. Branagh’s direction and vision for the film is powerful, dignified and beautiful to look at, and the cast of stars–from Derek Jacobi and Julie Christie and Kate Winslet to Jack Lemmon and Charlton Heston [Read More...]

More on Confession

When people come to confession they often have something on their conscience which makes them feel guilty, ashamed or scared. Most often this is something where they’ve lost control. Maybe it is a sin that is ‘below the belt’, something to do with food, drink or drugs, losing one’s temper, being violent etc. This sin [Read More...]

Website Renovation

Ok folks, take a moment and pop over to my newly refurbished website. It’s got: Snazzy new header more appropriate for a priest lots more of my articles archived in new categories and pages updated books page with get this!! reduced prices on all my books PayPal facility to buy my books online bookings page [Read More...]

Why Confession?

Because the fast way to hell might be through a big, nasty, dirty and shocking mortal sin (with sudden death soon to follow) but the slow way is to take the ‘broad way that leads to destruction.’ The road to hell is shoulder to shoulder with nice people who never do anything very bad, but [Read More...]

Different Kinds of Killing

Here’s my latest article for InsideCatholic. It’s entitled, Why Abortion and the War in Iraq are not Equivalent. Take time to read the comments. It’s amazing how people read something into an article. The piece was a modest attempt at an analysis of the moral arguments that equate the unjust war in Iraq with the [Read More...]

Not Quite an Atheist

A friend and I drove up to Belmont College near Charlotte last night to hear Michael Novak deliver a lecture about his new book which counters atheism. It was a good chance to see the campus and learn more about the good things happening there. At these events it’s amazing how many people I meet [Read More...]

Mary Shades

Does your priest doubt the apparitions of Mary at Lourdes, Medjugorje and Fatima? Buy him a pair of these new Virgin Mary sunglasses. See how happy this priest is? With a pair of these special 3-D Mary specs your priest will not only look ‘spec’tacular, he’ll be looking at something spectacular. When you wear these [Read More...]

Faithful Citizenship

I confess that I have been somewhat flippant in my posts on the presidential campaign, and perhaps not been treating the subject with as much gravitas as it deserves. I encourage all readers to be informed by our Catholic bishops about their proper rights and responsibilities. Their wise counsel is to be found here in [Read More...]

Temper Temper

I’ve had a very angry email from a reader (who does not have the courage to even give his name) scolding me for supporting particular presidential candidates by name. I was told as a priest that I am not allowed to do this. Furthermore, I am apparently violating tax rules and using my non-profit status [Read More...]

Sarah Get Your Gun

Sarah Palin has now been compared to Margaret Thatcher, Evita Peron, Maria von Trapp, American frontier women, the Wicked Witch of the West and any number of other strong women, but hasn’t anyone else realized that she’s really the Annie Oakley of the campaign? She’s right out of the musical, Annie Get Your Gun: consider: [Read More...]

The Apostle

We watched The Apostle last night. Now that’s one sweet Christian movie. One of the difficulties in making a film about faith is that movies are, well, motion pictures. They are pictures that move, and faith is an inner, invisible gift. This is why so many Catholic films about saints are worthy, but boring. The real [Read More...]

Biden for VP

I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging over the last few days. To tell you the truth, I have simply been too excited by the candidacy of Sarah Palin, but because I’m not supposed to be pushing any particular candidate, because I’m a priest and all that, I have been keeping my peace. I realize that [Read More...]

The Cafeteria is Closed

Cardinal Newman on the impossibility of cafeteria Catholicism At the time of the apostles a Christian was bound to take without doubting all that the Apostles declared to be revealed; if the Apostles spoke, he had to yield to an internal assent of his mind…immediate, implicit submission of the mind was the only necessary token [Read More...]

Biblical Caption Competition

“Bodily exercise profiteth little…” I Timothy 4:8 [Read more...]

Steve McCain

Is it my imagination or is there an increasingly striking resemblance between American presidential candidate Steve Martin and the famous comedian Mr John McCain? It is clear that they both like guns and are very funny men.  Is there any chance they are related? I think we should be told. [Read more...]

No Questions Asked

This article tells us that a leading scientist in England has resigned from his post at the Royal Society (a prestigious intellectual club) after an outcry from the scientific establishment. The man suggested that maybe, just maybe it could be okay, in some circumstances, in order to further the educational process, you know, in order [Read More...]

Self sacrificing Dad

Here’s a story from the Washington Post about a committed Catholic Dad who died saving his  son’s life… [Read more...]