Chust for Nice

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Twin Towers Collapse?

Here’s more grim news about the world economy. I wish I could remember where Pope John Paul II said this, but he said there were two atheistic, materialistic world systems: communism and unrestrained capitalism. Both, he predicted, would collapse. It’s almost as if the twin towers were a metaphor of the two global materialistic power [Read More...]

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho…

…it’s off to school we go. St Joseph’s starts up on Thursday. This week we finished faculty orientation, lots of meetings, last minute this and that, and tomorrow new student orientation. I count myself very lucky to be part of St Joseph’s Catholic School. It’s a terrific school, started fifteen years ago by a group [Read More...]

To Cassock or Not to Cassock…

…that is the question. I’m thinking of starting to wear my cassock every day. Up til now I have worn ‘ordinary’ clerical dress every day except Friday (when we have our school mass) and Sunday. What do readers think? Do you prefer to see your priest in cassock or black trousers and clerical shirt and [Read More...]

Beach Work 2

The next day I thought it would be a good thing to attempt a cathedral in sand. The central tower leaves something to be desired, and comments were made that the whole thing looks more like something out of Mordor instead of something out of the Middle Ages.  [Read more...]

Beach Work

Being the sort who finds sitting on a beach sizzling to be one of the most boring things in the world, I have developed a tradition of building ever larger sand structures with the kids.  This year we built ‘Clock Castle’. This one’s just for you Roving Medievalist… [Read more...]

Interview with TAC

David Virtue has an interview with Bishop John Hepworth, the head of the Traditional Anglican Communion. David Virtue is a conservative Evangelical Anglican who operates the biggest Evangelical conservative news service online.  Hepworth is the head of the worldwide, 400,000 strong, Traditionalist Anglican group who petitioned Rome last Autumn to move toward some form of [Read More...]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Greenville has a terrific ballpark for the local minor league team. Fluor Field is situated downtown, and is a small, retro-looking baseball field. We’ve been to two games this season. It’s a perfect outing for the family for a summer evening. The only problem is, it’s difficult to remember who’s on first… [Read more...]

Missing Person Reported

Regular readers of this blog may have noted the disappearance of Catholic-gone-charismatic-sectarian, James ‘Captain’ Hastings. According to his latest comment he is no longer ‘reading and contributing’ to this blog. His withdrawal co-incides with my blogs on charismatic snake handling, the Toronto Blessing and Benny Hinn. Rather than defend these ‘signs and wonders’ that he [Read More...]

Episcopal Convert Priest Blog

Here is the blog of Fr Ernie Davis, a former Episcopal priest, now a Catholic priest.  [Read more...]

NCR Article

Here’s my latest for National Catholic Register. It’s a further analysis of the Anglican Agonies. [Read more...]


We got back from the beach in time for the first day of teacher orientation at school and the celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption. This illustration from Roving Medievalist. The Assumption has become my favorite Marian feast. I realize that our non-Catholic brethren have a real problem with the Assumption because it isn’t [Read More...]

Tubing not Blogging

No blogging for a few days. We have family here and today we’re tubing down the Green River in North Carolina, then on Monday we’re off to Myrtle Beach (the Redneck Riviera) for a few days.  Tasteful friends asked, “But why Myrtle Beach?” Answer: “Because between us the two families have eight kids. It’s cheap. [Read More...]

Feast of the Transfiguration

The Feast of the Transfiguration is all about seeing things as they really are. Last week I was saying Mass in our little chapel at school, and it seemed to me that there was, beneath the altar, another whole realm of being. This other realm was connected to this visible realm in more complex and [Read More...]

Our Lady of the Snows

Read here why it ‘snows’ every August fifth in Rome. More pictures too. [Read more...]


Here’s why benevolent secular humanism (aka atheism) leads to genocide: If you don’t believe in anything other than this physical realm, then the only thing worth doing is trying to improve the one world you’ve got: this one.  You can improve this world in one of two ways: 1. by simply making yourself more comfortable [Read More...]

Quo Vadis Canterbury?

Here’s my latest article for Inside Catholic. It’s a round up on the Anglican’s disastrous summer.  For those of you who are tired of the Anglican posts, now that Lambeth is over I’ll be moving on too. [Read more...]

Liturgical Dance Conference

In response to Pope Benedict XVI’s conservative liturgical movement, liturgical dance experts from around the world gathered over the weekend for a phenomenal display. Daphne Farnsworth, spokeswoman for LEOTARD (Ladies Endorsement of Tights and Relevant Dancing) said, “You can keep your choreographed altar servers. Liturgical Dance is here to stay.” [Read more...]

Fellowship Church Names

Since moving to South Carolina I’ve been somewhat amused/bemused by the trendy names given to the new ‘community churches’. Sometimes they are just named by their local community. We have a big one here in town called ‘Brookwood’ which, I guess, is the name of the local subdivision. It’s the ones with ‘creative’ spiritual sounding [Read More...]

Reactions to Lambeth

Damian Thompson comments sharply on the speech by Ugandan Anglican Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi. (left) He’s one who has boycotted the Lambeth Conference. He speaks of his sense of betrayal and hints at what will happen next. Meantime, the Catholics are also speaking clearly about the Anglican situation. Damian comments about Cardinal Dias and Cardinal [Read More...]

Benny Hinn

This is Benny Hinn, a faith healing evangelist for the twenty first century. Here is an article that exposes his fakery. I looked very hard for something, anything on the internet that was positive about Mr Hinn’s ministry, but was hard pressed. Everyone attacks him from his fellow Evangelicals through to atheists and skeptics of [Read More...]

Oxford Movement

Solemn Pontifical Vespers, Merton College, Oxford. More pictures here. [Read more...]