World Youth Day Winds Up

World Youth Day in Sydney wound up with a papal Mass at a racecourse outside the city. Estimated crowd was half a million souls. An aerial shot here records the event. I wonder if these events ever give our Protestant friends pause for thought. Is the Catholic Church that old, decrepit, legalistic dinosaur they pretend [Read More...]

Off to Camp

This morning after celebrating the Maronite Divine Liturgy for Fr Bart who is out of  town, I’m heading off to Camps Kahdalea and Chosatonga near Brevard NC to be camp chaplain for a week. They have a wifi connection, so I should be able to blog. I hope to blog this week on the healing [Read More...]

Catholic Charismatic Conference

Yesterday I spoke at the Regional Catholic Charismatic Conference. I began my talk by admitting to the group that I was not a card carrying charismatic, but went on to thank them for their contribution to the church and shared with them the ways that the renewal movement has influenced my life and ministry for [Read More...]

Man Healed by Becoming Catholic

Went out for dinner with some friends last evening and was told the story of how (we’ll call him Brian) who was an Anglican priest, fell and hurt his head. He was seriously disabled, with inability to do his job, lack of balance, inability to read, amnesia and various other symptoms. His young wife had [Read More...]

The Pope in Sydney

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Knife Crime in UK

Knife crime is at epidemic proportions in Britain’s inner cities, with an attack of some kind taking place every four minutes. In London alone 21 young people have been stabbed to death this year. A church group has come up with a new solution. It’s reported here. The suggestion is that church leaders should move [Read More...]

Biblical Criticism

Some time ago I read a book by a guy who says he lost his Catholic faith when he began to study science and discovered that there was no evidence for the existence of angels. Duuh. Angels are non materialistic beings. Trying to devise a trap for an angel is like trying to make a [Read More...]

Kitty Stands Up for Tradition!

This article from the Daily Telegraph says Mrs Schori will be asking the ABC to stop parishes and diocese defecting from her church because it ‘goes against tradition’. It’s okay, of course, to break with tradition and have female clergy and homosexual bishops. Come along, Mrs. Schori. This is a  “new and fresh direction of [Read More...]

Evangelistic Enterprise

This evening at St Mary’s we’re having a modest event to share the faith with others. Challenging Catholics is an opportunity for the general public to ask questions about the Catholic faith. We have put together a panel of ‘experts’ who will each take an area of questions. An MC will ask the questions and there [Read More...]

Angels in My Hair

Peter Stanford interviews an Irish housewife who sees angels. Read it here. [Read more...]

Something to Cheer About

Damian Thompson moves on from his usual fussy controversial tone to write powerfully and movingly of Pope Benedict’s address to the youth and World Youth Day.  Here are some excerpts: Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf. [Read More...]

Benedict Converts Snake Handler

It’s just been revealed that during his recent visit to the USA Pope Benedict XVI took time out to fly to the hills of Tennessee to convert a charismatic Christian who is a member of a snake handling sect. This sect also drinks poison to prove they are holy. After receiving the new convert into [Read More...]

Caption Competition

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Another Hint

Damian Thompson quotes Archbishop Myers (the one who is in charge of the Pastoral Provision) giving another hint that Rome is preparing a way for whole congregations or even whole ‘continuing denominations’ to convert to Rome. It is worth remembering that the Church of England is just one player in the Anglican Communion, and the [Read More...]

Einstein, Insanity and Humane Vitae

The Daily Telegraph reports the record number of teenage pregnancies and abortions in the UK. In response the government wants more contraceptive education, more abortion clinics, more free condoms and more sex education for younger and younger children. This has provoked a conservative response that points out quite rightly that the policy of free contraception, [Read More...]

B16 Rides in to the Rescue!

The UK’s Independent newspaper has this article which is also featured in the Daily Telegraph. Both articles give the ridiculous impression that Pope Benedict is one hundred percent behind Rowan Williams and is actually shunning any converts to Catholicism. From their tone you would think B16 had abandoned World Youth Day and chartered a jet [Read More...]

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...]