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...]

Our Lady of Sorrows Magnificat

It’s a beautiful thing that the Memoria of Our Lady of Sorrows follows directly after the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. Our Lord’s suffering on the cross is magnified through our Lady of Sorrows. That is her role. She magnifies the Lord. When she says, “My soul magnifies the Lord’ of course it [Read More...]

Brits Back Barack

Here’s a ridiculous piece that’s typical of the snobbish Brits. It’s written in their usual lofty, arrogant style–totally misunderstanding Americans and what makes America tick. The tone is basically, “We educated and cultured Europeans call on our backwoods cousins in America to rise above their religion and guns for a moment and vote for Barack [Read More...]

Sorry Charlie

This article tells us that the Church of England is about to issue an apology to Charles Darwin for rejecting evolution. Just when you thought the Church of England couldn’t come up with any further lunacy they cook this one up. What next, an apology to Picasso for not appreciating cubism? An apology to Nietzsche [Read More...]

The Three Reverend Tenors

The Telegraph reports on the success of a ‘Holy Trinity of Singing Priests’. They’ve been signed for a big recording contract. Read about it here. That would be Fr Donald, Fr Ray and Fr Mike. Do, Re and Mi…geddit? [Read more...]

The Triumph of the Cross

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (or Triumph of the Cross) we honor the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The public veneration of the Cross of Christ originated in the fourth century, according to early accounts, beginning with the miraculous discovery of the cross on September 14, 326, by [Read More...]

Pay Grade?

Why did the media allow a Presidential candidate to squirm out of an awkward, but crucial question by saying, “That’s above my pay grade.” but a Vice Presidential candidate is mocked, berated and scorned for being slightly confused over the ‘Bush Doctrine’ (something many Americans have never heard of) which has four or five different [Read More...]

Palin the Disney Princess?

In a smart article over at Inside Catholic Mark Shea points out how dumb the Democrats will be if they continue to attack Sarah Palin’s ‘ordinariness.’ Is her winning narrative something out of a ‘bad Disney movie’ as actor Matt Damon has protested? Yes it is. As a matter of fact, it is this same [Read More...]