The Gloves are Off

The news reports on the decay of liberal Protestantism seem to be flying in faster than we can record them this summer. Here’s one  about the Presbyterian  Church of the USA. There are dozens of Presbyterian denominations, and this is the most liberal of them. The report says, the PCUSA General Assembly, “which took place [Read More...]

The Black Hole at the Heart of Liberalism

The Daily Telegraph reports an attempt by a liberal Anglican group called ‘Inclusive Church’ to offer an olive branch to those who dissent from the liberal feminist/homosexualist agenda.   Those who are conservatives need to try to get inside the skin of the typical liberal. He really does not believe in such a thing as [Read More...]

St Bonaventure

“For this passover to be perfect, we must suspend all the operations of the mind and we must transform the peak of our affections, directing them to God alone. This is a sacred mystical experience. It cannot be comprehended by anyone unless he surrenders himself to it; nor can he surrender himself to it unless [Read More...]

Pope Arrives in Oz

The Pope arriving in Australia for World Youth Day 08. Can’t wait to see images of the Pope’s visit. Fantastic to see his stamina and the joy and power with which he undertakes his apostolic journeys. It is also great to see how the Holy Father is the only Christian leader who truly has a [Read More...]

Now Shoot the Other Foot

Not content with the already inflamed situation in his church, the Anglican Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, (who is also an old friend of Rowan Williams) declares that he would be more than willing to consecrate an openly gay man to be a bishop. He is pictured here on the left with Episcopal bishop [Read More...]

Wot the English Do Best

From time to time I have a little moan of grief on this blog about what England has come to.  Let me put on the record that events like the one pictured and described here give me great hope for old Blighty. It is a ‘Chaps Olympics’ founded for fellows who have no interest in sport [Read More...]

Biker Biretta Not

Sorry. The Biker Biretta, like the Anglican via media, is nothing but a good idea. For all you biretta junkies, here is a shot of me in my biretta with the servers at St Joseph’s Catholic School. [Read more...]

New Fellowship

OK. I’ve done it. I’ve joined the fellowship of bikers. Don’t tell me its my mid life crisis. I had that ten years ago. It all has to do with the rising price of gas… Besides it’s really fun. I haven’t actually bought a dream machine quite like the one pictured. A friend has allowed [Read More...]

St Benedict

One of the things I love about the Benedictine Way is that it is so locked into everyday life. Not for Benedict the intensity of mystical paths of perfection, creative meditation techniques and ascetical programs of prayer. Instead he expects his followers to find God within the ordinary round of work, prayer and study. The [Read More...]

Kitty Weighs In

Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, Katherine Jefferts Schori gave a speech in England of unusual sensitivity, depth and theological and historical insight. She says opponents of women’s ordination, “Just don’t like women.” It’s reported here. [Read more...]

The Path to Rome

The Path to Rome – Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church was my first book. It is a collection of mostly Anglican conversion stories which was put together just after the Church of England’s decision to ordain women. The majority of the contributors are former Anglican clergy. Graham Leonard, the former Anglican Bishop of London [Read More...]

Fellowship of St Gregory the Great?

Damian Thompson blogs here about something called The Fellowship of St Gregory the Great. This, he claims, is the proposal being put to the Vatican by the Anglican traditionalist bishops. It will be a fellowship presided over by a Catholic bishop. (Bishop Alan Hopes–a former Anglo– Catholic priest now an auxiliary Bishop of Westminster–would be [Read More...]

T Shirt for Converts

Come on in. The water’s fine! (h/t Free Republic  you can buy one here) [Read more...]

Charity for Anglo Catholics

I have read comments and posts from Catholics in comboxes on other blogs which reveal ignorance and a lack of charity towards Anglo Catholics. Catholics need to be reminded that our ‘separated brethren’ are not all in a state of conscious heresy, schism and rebellion against Rome. Many of them have received their faith in [Read More...]

If I Were Pope…

…I’d ask Bishop Alan Hopes, a former Anglo Catholic priest who is now auxiliary of Westminster to head up a personal prelature to help integrate Anglicans worldwide into the Catholic Church. He (along with a team he’d choose) could organize their instruction, the re-training of their clergy, regularize marriages, grant dispensations from the vow of [Read More...]

Clarity for Anglo Catholics

This message from Anglican Bishop Edwin Barnes is astonishing. Bishop Barnes was one of the so called Flying Bishops in the Anglican church. (He’s now retired) These men were appointed to minister to Anglo Catholic congregations and clergy who could not accept the ministry of women as priests. The Church Union is a confederation of [Read More...]

Anglicans on Anglican Agonies

Link here to a website where conservative Anglicans write and comment on the crisis in their church. This site is a blog by liberal Anglicans on the issues of the day. Notice they call their site ‘Thinking Anglicans’. I love this. It is so typical of the liberal elite. They are the ones who ‘think’. All [Read More...]

Checklist for Anglican Tiber Swimming

In 1994 I was an Anglican priest on the Isle of Wight. I had a wife and two young children. We lived in a beautiful Victorian vicarage in the country. I had two beautiful Norman churches to look after. (Brading Church pictured above) My church was growing. My congregation were loving and kind. I wanted [Read More...]

Light from Fides et Ratio

It’s ten years now since JP2′s encyclical Fides et Ratio. It is a great analysis of what B16 calls ‘the dictatorship of relativism’. Part of the encyclical analyzes the underlying assumptions in our relativistic society which contribute to the relativism of our day. The four types of thought which Pope John Paul discusses are: eclecticism, [Read More...]

Peter Brooks in The Times…

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Picture England twenty years from now. The Church of England is on its last legs. They have far too many buildings. The clergy are ancient and have to look after ten or fifteen parishes. The atheistic English government has refused to step in and maintain the ancient medieval churches, cathedrals and abbeys. The Church of [Read More...]

Anglo Catholic Blog

De Cura Animarum is a blog by a young American Anglo Catholic priest called Jeffrey Steel. Check it out for an insider’s thoughts and feelings on the current Anglican Agonies. UPDATE: Here’s another Anglo Catholic blog. Geesh, these folks have beautiful churches and splendid vestments!! This blog, called Anglican Wanderings  is by a couple of priests, [Read More...]