The Dogmatic non Dogmatist

OBAMA: Yeah, although I don’t, I retain from my childhood and my experiences growing up a suspicion of dogma. And I’m not somebody who is always comfortable with language that implies I’ve got a monopoly on the truth, or that my faith is automatically transferable to others. This is so fashionable. So easy. It’s John [Read More...]

Bloggers Meet

Fr Christopher Phillips was here this weekend as the commencement speaker for St Joseph’s Catholic School graduation. He is pastor of the well known Anglican use parish in San Antonio, and blogs for his parish here.  Fr Phillips grew up on a farm in Connecticut as a Methodist, became an Episcopalian at college, heard the [Read More...]

What Lucy Saw

Here’s my latest article for National Catholic Register. It compares Lucy in Narnia to St Therese. [Read more...]

A Catholic Church

Check out the chapel Duncan Stroik is planning for St Thomas Aquinas College in California. No teepee churches here then. [Read more...]

Mass at St Augustine

It was a joy today to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine with our eighth graders. You can see the still existing altar rail in this church, so I took the opportunity to instruct them how to kneel at an altar rail to receive communion. All of the Catholics (adults too) had [Read More...]

St Augustine

This is the 200 ft cross erected in 1965 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first Mass said on American soil. The Spanish priest recorded the event in his diary. He came ashore flanked by the soldiers, with banners flying and trumpets playing. From the ships in the bay the cannons were firing a [Read More...]

New Indy Old Indy

Took the kids to see the new Indiana Jones flick over the weekend. I think the best review said it was ‘Indiana Jones by number’. It was pretty formulaic. Kind of like they said around the table, “Right, where are we going to put the creepy crawly scene? How can we put in some snakes, [Read More...]

The Sacred Filter Down Effect

Fr. Z says, “Save the Liturgy, Save the World.” An overstatement by a zealous liturgy lover? Perhaps, but on the other hand, ask yourself why there is so little sense of the sacred in our lives. Why do young people not respect their elders? Why the disintegrating social manners? Why the foul language, the commonplace [Read More...]

Peaches Hot Dogs and Bad Taste

Geesh, I’m getting it in the ear for suggesting that the Gaffney Peach is ‘bad taste’. C’mon, it is bad taste, just like the hot dog car and those those bottles of holy water from Lourdes shaped like the Blessed Mother with the crown that unscrews. The question is not whether it is bad taste [Read More...]

Pretty Cool

How cool is this? I’m on a bus somewhere in Georgia as a chaperone on our eighth grade trip to St Augustine in Florida. The bus has a wireless connection, so I’m listening to Barber’s sublime violin concerto on my headphones, while still able to blog away to my heart’s content. I’m not complaining about [Read More...]

Gaffney Peach

The post on cherry picking led to comments about the abundant peach orchards of upstate SC. This prodigious crop has been immortalized by the famous ‘Gaffney Peach’. This water tower can be seen alongside I-85 a few miles north of Greenville as you drive to or from Charlotte. This is one of the things I [Read More...]

English Bishop speaks up

I had said the English hierarchy were silent on the British abortion vote. Well, the Archbishop came out with a rather bland statement, and I posted a link. Here is Bishop O’Donohue’s statement on the recent barbaric vote in the British Parliament. Pretty good stuff. Much stronger, intelligent, articulate and straight. One of the things [Read More...]

Cherry Picking

There is a cherry tree in our yard, which we thought was dead. All the fruit didn’t have a chance last year because of a late, heavy frost. This year all the fruit trees promise much. We went out last weekend to find the cherry tree absolutely laden. I’ve spent hours this afternoon and evening [Read More...]

Archbishop Speaks

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor expresses his views on the recent British abortion vote. [Read more...]

Politics, Sentimentality and Utilitarianism

One of the problems with the pro-life debacle this week in Britain is that the pro-life cause relied too much on political, sentimental and utilitarian arguments. The political argument is, “This is a matter of women’s rights.” or “This is a matter of the unborn human person’s right to life.” When you argue something in [Read More...]

Silence is deafening

After the disastrous defeat of the pro-life cause in Britain this week, why have we not heard from the Catholic bishops? Does it really take so long to stand up, call a press conference and denounce Parliament’s decision? I understand the complexities and subtleties of public relations and diplomacy, but sometimes we need to hear [Read More...]

British Baby Killers

The UKs Daily Telegraph reports a disastrous vote in parliament. This week the British have voted in favor of human/animal embryonic hybrids being created, voted to allow children to have two biological mothers and no father (through artificial insemination and genetic engineering for lesbian couples) and they also voted not to reduce the time limit [Read More...]

Images of Christ

There was some discussion in the comboxes about the preferred  images of Our Lord. Some people favor a resurrected Lord, others the crucifix, still others the empty cross which carries both meanings. One person said that images of the resurrected Lord were more predominant in the early church than crucifixes. If they mean an image [Read More...]

Will the last one out turn off the lights?

The Daily Telegraph reports the highest number of Britons leaving the UK for a century. We’re among the number. What did we have in the UK? I could write reams about our horror stories of local petty crime, drunkenness in the streets, appalling behavior in schools, sky rocketing prices for all things, astronomical taxes, total moral anarchy [Read More...]

Protestants and Primitivism

One of the underlying foundations of the Protestant movement in the church has been Primitivism and Restorationism. Primitivism is the assumption that the early church was purer and closer to the essential gospel than that which accumulated over the centuries. Restorationism is the belief that Christians should attempt to restore the church to its original, primitive purity [Read More...]

The Cosmic Liturgy

Shawn Tribe has an excerpt here of the Pope’s Wednesday catechesis on St Dionysius the Areopagite. Bewdiful. [Read more...]

Suffering and Salvation

There are some Evangelical sects out there who shoot at the Catholic Church for teaching that suffering is useful in the process of salvation. We’re blamed for ‘not believing in healing’. It’s worth taking a moment to clarify the Catholic position. First of all, the Catholic Church has always believed in the healing ministry. That [Read More...]