The Romance of Religion

Some readers may be familiar with my book Adventures in Orthodoxy. This book is referred to as ‘a Chestertonian romp through the Apostles’ Creed.’ I highly recommend it to all those who would like some theology with the windows open. It is the favorite of my books, but alas, not the favorite of the reading [Read More...]

St Luke

The ancient tradition is that St Luke knew the Blessed Virgin and used her as a source for his gospel. This painting illustrates the tradition. I like the two people on the bridge over the canal in the background. [Read more...]


It’s a busy time of year at school and in the parish. After a full week at school, including homecoming and Spirit Week, I had full duties on Saturday–Mass at the convent at 8:00, confession for one of the Poor Clares at 9:45; homecoming festivities, confessions at 3:30; Mass at 5:00 and then on Sunday, [Read More...]


Tonight at RCIA some interesting details emerged. We were discussing the Blessed Virgin Mary, and I pointed out that the word ‘overshadowed’ in the story of the annunciation was a linguistic reference to the story of Ruth and Boaz in the Old Testament. You may remember that the young widow Ruth presented herself for marriage [Read More...]


I missed Signs when it came out in the cinemas, and never got around to watching it on DVD until last night. I was very impressed. Shyamalan’s direction is stylish, tight and perfectly matching the suspenseful storyline. With creative camerawork he manages to convey the ordinaryness of the home life while infusing the whole thing [Read More...]

Domincans Resurgent

The Dominicans in England are enjoying a good number of young vocations. Godzdogz has some great photos of a solemn profession in Oxford and the clothing of some new novices in Cambridge here. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Domincans ever since I was as student and Oxford and used to attend the [Read More...]

Archeology Supports Christian Claims

This article tells us about new archeological evidence from late 2nd century that proves Christians worshipped Jesus as God. A prayer found in mosaics in a Christian worship hall in Israel names a benefactor called Gaianus who is described as a centurion. Another mentions a woman called Akeptous who ‘…offered this table in memorial of [Read More...]

The Play, the Play’s the Thing…

…in which I’ll catch the conscience of the King. What, you mean, dear readers, that you are unaware of the Catholic subtext of Hamlet? The theory goes like this: Shakespeare was secretly a recusant Catholic. Under Elizabeth’s strict penal laws he could lose everything by being openly Catholic. For the full and best argument on [Read More...]

Mel’s Hamlet

I just finished watching Zefferelli’s Hamlet with Mel Gibson in the title role.  It’s actually pretty impressive. The script editors have taken great liberties with the text, not only cutting large chunks, but putting some speeches in other scenes to move things along and make it all more intelligible. I don’t have a problem with this. [Read More...]

Catholic Quiz

Take part in this exciting quiz! Remember, there are points, and points mean prizes…. The clergy in the photograph above are: A: Catholic Charismatics from the Diocese of Los Angeles B: Members of the Society of St Pius X C: English Anglo Catholics D: Members of a Protestant Sect E: C & D F: None [Read More...]

Abortion and the FInancial Crisis

Here’s an observation by a friend that links abortion with the financial crisis: As the baby boomers got rich they invested wildly in housing. Not only did they buy a house to live in. They wanted to buy a beach house, a lake house, and houses to rent to other people. The housing market boomed [Read More...]

The Fall of the Wall

Here is my latest article for InsideCatholic on the current economic crisis. [Read more...]

Pro Life Chain Greenville, South Carolina

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Shameful Sexism

Pornographer and champion of filth (whoops, I was meant to say free speech wasn’t I?) Larry Flynt has filmed a sick dirty movie with a Sarah Palin lookalike as star. Doubtless this will be received by the liberal press with mild approbation if any disapproval at all. But let’s imagine a right wing film maker [Read More...]

More on the Servers of St Mary’s

Our band of servers for the 9:00 Mass at St Mary’s. Our oldest son, Benedict, back left. Second son, Theodore, front left. Ben takes pride in serving as crucifer and MC. Theo is a first year server and holds the book and serves at altar. This picture was taken this morning. We often have two [Read More...]

The Centrality of Sacrifice

Here’s my latest article for National Catholic Register. It describes the history and necessity of sacrifice, and why we should view the Mass as sacrifice. Here’s the link. See what you think. [Read more...]

Palin’s Performance

Sarah Palin delivered a charismatic, exciting and professionally polished speech at the Republican National Convention. Out on the campaign trail she draws tens of thousands and delivers invigorating, fresh speeches with plenty of time away from the teleprompter to respond and ‘go live.’ In the live debate she held her own. She was articulate, polished, [Read More...]

Newman Update

Fr Ray Blake has an interesting update on the re-internment of the remains of soon to be Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. [Read more...]

Guardian Angels

I don’t know if I told this one before: My sister met a missionary once who felt called to minister to the tribes of Burma. Burma was then, as now, pretty much a closed country and foreigners were not welcome–especially foreign missionaries. This fellow would cross the border through the jungle and try to meet [Read More...]

Altar Girls

I wasn’t going to opine any further on altar servers, but a reader asked my opinion about what to do with altar girls if you have them. First of all, it is obviously okay to have altar girls. Rome allows it. You don’t have to have them, but you may. If I went to a [Read More...]

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

I have had a few fingers wagged at me for being enthusiastic about the candidacy of Sarah ‘Annie Oakley’ Palin, and I have to admit that after Thursday’s debate–and losing the election– maybe I’ll have egg on my face and I’ll have to watch her skulk back North with her tail between her legs. However, [Read More...]

Therese Book Buy

I was sitting in a lecture in Oxford by my friend Fr John Saward when I was thinking of St Therese. I had just re-read the Rule of St Benedict and at the end he says, “I have written a little rule for beginners.” I thought, “Little Rule – Little Way”. I wonder if Benedict [Read More...]