Vatican Statement on Ordination of Women Bishops

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  Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that [Read More...]

Church of England Votes for Women Bishops


The Daily Telegraph carries coverage here of the historic vote in the Church of England’s General Synod to allow women bishops. The vote also means that the next Archbishop of Canterbury or York could be a woman. Campaigners celebrated the breakthrough, just 20 months after the previous attempt to admit women to the episcopate failed [Read More...]

Slubgrip’s Catholic Hot Gossip Update!

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Guest blogger Slubgrip teacher Popular Culture 101 at Bowelbages University in the seventh circle of the Infernal Kingdom. His letters of diabolical instruction have been published as The Gargoyle Code and a volume of his lectures on popular culture will be published next year as Slubgrip Instructs. Ooh! So much hot Catholic gossip to spread [Read More...]

Deliver Us From Evil


My article for Imaginative Conservative this week is an analysis of exorcism films and how they make evil visible. Popular culture is awash with the horror genre. Television shows, video games, movies and literature on the occult gush forth seeming to make the ironic point that the more our society becomes scientifically secular the more [Read More...]

The Real Celestine Prophecy

Pope St Celestine V

The Celestine Prophecy is a New Age spirituality title that has nothing to do with Pope Celestine V. Instead of the New Age novel I’m interested in Pope Celestine. Why is Pope Celestine V–who only reigned for six months–so important to modern popes? My article at Aleteia explains why Celestine V is important and why [Read More...]

Are Witches Ugly?

Wicked Witch

  This light hearted little rant about adolescent type behavior warranted a rash of comments from irate pagan/witchcraft types. Seems their green skin is pretty thin. (that was a joke) We all have to laugh at ourselves a bit, and I was surprised that the pagans–who I usually perceive as laid back and easy going–were [Read More...]

Pope Pelosi Protector of Children?


Nancy Pelosi, who was awarded the Margaret Sanger Eugenicist of the Year Award by Planned Genocide  Parenthood (go here)has now proclaimed herself the protector of children. This article trumpets her new child protector status… House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday described herself as a “lioness” when it comes to protecting children. She also called [Read More...]

Monkey See Monkey Do


Terry Notary is the man behind the mask in the new film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  He is a Hollywood “movement coach” and this fascinating article from London’s Daily Telegraph goes into detail of his work. Notary work in a “mocap” suit– mocap being short for “motion capture”. This is the technology [Read More...]

Hey Texans! Let’s Meet!

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  I’ll be at the Fullness of Truth Conference in San Antonio in August. Dates are 22-24. Go here for more info: [Read more...]

From an Ancient Abbot to a Modern Papa


My book Listen My Son- St Benedict for Fathers is a book of daily readings for dads. Well, it’s good for moms too, and it’s especially useful as one of those books that Moms buy for Dads. In Benedictine monasteries and convents they read a chunk of the Rule of St Benedict every day. I [Read More...]

St Benedict Luminous Star


Daniel Stewart writes here very well about St Benedict–who’s feast day we celebrate today. Today, monasticism is usually seen as an archaic practice of insulation and irrelevance and is portrayed as quaint or even silly. Inside our fast-paced culture of connectivity and entertainment, it can be difficult to imagine the cloistered life as vibrant and significant. [Read More...]

Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”?

Pope Francis Meets with Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical Leaders

After meeting with a group of Pentecostal Evangelicals Pope Francis reportedly wants to preach in a Protestant church in Rome. This article reports on the meeting held in Rome with Pope Francis and TV Evangelist Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical leaders including theologian Brian Stiller and Anglican bishop Tony Palmer. The Pope wants to go [Read More...]

Archbishop Welby Prepared to Bulldoze Synod

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This article from London’s Guardian reports that, should the Church of England General Synod again reject the ordination of women as bishops that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has plans to bulldoze the measure through–trampling on the whole synodical process in the Church of England. For those who don’t know how it works, the Church [Read More...]

Child Sex Abuse: Are We Protecting Our Kids?


Here is my latest article for Aleteia asking if the church is doing enough to protect children.  This week Pope Francis met privately with victims of priestly sex abuse from Ireland, Britain and Germany…. Expressing the feelings of most Catholics, Pope Francis said, “Before God and his people, I express my sorrow for the sins and [Read More...]

House Falls on Teen Witch


HuffPo–always ready to celebrate diversity–has this report on “Tova”– a modern witch who has suffered for her beliefs…  During her kids’ earlier years, the family faced social challenges because of Tova’s beliefs, she said. “As a mother, I’ve had many instances where, when my children were younger, [the situation was], ‘Oh, well, they can’t have [Read More...]

Me and Michael Voris: No More Mr Nice Guy

Angry Bald Guy

A very nice person, David Mills, comments here that nice people can be deadly. “Those who are described as ‘agreeable, conscientious personalities’ are,” according to a study in The Journal of Personality reported on news.mic, “more likely to follow orders and deliver electric shocks that they believe can harm innocent people, while ‘more contrarian, less agreeable personalities’ are [Read More...]

The New Misogyny – Double Dads


Jennifer Hartline rails rightly here against same sex surrogate parenthood. She comments on the phenomenon of gay men being “married” and then creating babies artificially through medical technology and an “unrelated gestational carrier.” aka “Mom”. Anyone truly devoted to the good of a child will not create by design a motherless or fatherless home for [Read More...]

All You Need is Love…


Love is all you need? A United Church of Christ minister, Chuck Currie writes here at the HuffPo about religious freedom. He disagrees with the recent moves by some Christians to have the freedom to not purchase certain types of contraceptives for employees and he does not want them to have the freedom to hire [Read More...]

English Lord Patten to Take Vatican Communications Job

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Chris Patten, a veteran English Catholic politician will head up the Vatican’s new communications and media team. The Catholic Herald reports here. former chairman of the BBC Trust and former chancellor of the University of Oxford, will serve as president of the commission. The 70-year-old British public servant is a Catholic and was co-ordinator of [Read More...]

A Prophecy: The Vocations Crisis is Over


When I say this is a prophecy I don’t want to suggest that I have had some sort of supernatural vision. This is not a prophecy in that sense, but a prophecy because prophets not only sometimes have supernatural revelations, but they are people who are also able to see the big picture, understand the [Read More...]

Would You Embrace a Pedophile Priest?

Convicted Pedophile Fr John Geoghan

Pope Francis famously kissed a man with a horrible physical deformity, but what if he kissed a man who was even more horribly deformed in his soul? What if he were to go to prison to hear the confession of a pedophile priest? The Pope has met with some victims of priestly sex abuse and [Read More...]

Catholic Church – Auditorium or Temple?

Interior Proposed New Our Lady Rosary Church Greenville, SC - rendering by Matthew Alderman

  This article on church architecture challenges modern Catholic Church architecture. What is it all about anyway? What is a church for? Architects will quibble about the “form follows function” dictum, but assuming that there is at least some truth to it, we can then ask, “What is a church for?” If we are being [Read More...]