Does the Bible Support the Papacy?

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It’s a slow news day, so take time to read this long apologetics article which shows how the Bible and Apostolic Fathers support the ministry of the Pope. In a world where everybody seems to have the questions, but nobody dares to have an answer, Catholics believe they do have a source for some answers. [Read More...]

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Babies Born Alive for Organ Harvest

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The Center for Medical Progress released their fourth video today. As predicted, this video is worse than the last one. We see Planned Parenthood officials discuss how they alter the abortion process to achieve “better” harvesting results. The most terrible detail: how a former StemExpress employee had to cut open the face of an “intact [Read More...]

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The Coming Plague of Gender Confusion

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Let’s imagine for a moment that everyone forgot what eating is for. Eating is first and foremost for nutrition. However, eating is also pleasurable. Eating is also for conviviality. We share food with others and so we share life with others. If everyone deliberately rejected the nutritional aspect of eating what would happen? Let’s imagine [Read More...]

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The Screen Revolution: Learning, Literacy and Liturgy

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My latest article for National Catholic Register considers how the screen revolution should affect our worship With tablets, WiFi, Internet and e-books, learning is portable, visual and immediate. It is possible, therefore, that schools, colleges, libraries and universities as we know them will evolve, grow, change and maybe even disappear altogether, as new modes of [Read More...]

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Hillary Clinton and the Question of Trust

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One of the parts of my job as a parish priest is working with couples whose marriages are going through a crisis. One of the most crucial aspects of most marriage breakdowns is the question of trust. Honesty and trust are vital in any relationship, and once trust is broken it is very difficult to [Read More...]

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Full Participation at Mass: How Do I Do That?

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How many times have I heard priests exclaim their enthusiasm for ‘full participation’ at Mass. It is a kind of modern Catholic mantra. Indeed, not only a Catholic mantra, it has become an ideological slogan before which all must bow. So, in the name of ‘full participation’ we have overturned 2000 years of church architectural [Read More...]

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St George and the Dragon

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My article for Imaginative Conservative website this week is a review of Dr Taylor Marshall’s excellent novel,Sword and Serpent Taylor takes us to fourth century Rome to tell the story of St George and the Dragon. He’s done a great job weaving together legend, myth, history and a traditional hero’s quest story. His accomplishment in Sword [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: It’s Summertime and the Living is Easy

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My article for Aleteia this week echoes Pope Francis’ message at his audience on Wednesday. Take some time off and relax! Beginning a three-part teaching in support of the family, Pope Francis began with the subject of celebration. His down to earth teaching in his usual accessible style was a reminder of the third commandment [Read More...]

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Is the Antichrist One World Government About to Appear?

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I should say straight up that I am not a political animal. I’m Amish. That is to say, my usual response to politics is to shrug and say, “A plague of both your houses.” My cynicism about politics springs from several instincts. The first is that anybody who wants to be in power probably shouldn’t [Read More...]

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EWTN Partners With Sophia Institute Press

News is out that Sophia Institute Press (along with Crisis Magazine and Catholic Exchange websites) will soon be holding hands with EWTN This is good news. Small publishers are finding it increasingly difficult and EWTN’s media muscle and global reach will help promote their books, authors and websites. In turn, Sophia Institute Press will be able [Read More...]

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Mexico? You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

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One of the most disgusting things we are witnessing in the present political turmoil in the United States is how much xenophobic racism is still around. Not only does it disturb me that it’s there, but it disturbs me even more that it’s here. What I mean is that I  am instinctively and naturally a [Read More...]

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The Shroud of Turin: The Evidence Atheists are Looking For

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My article for Imaginative Conservative this week is a report on my recent visit to Italy to see the Shroud of Turin. So what formed the image? The best description is that it is an extremely delicate singe marking. Italian physicist Paolo Di Lazzaro concedes in an article for National Geographic that every scientific attempt to replicate [Read More...]

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Is God Going to Punish Us?

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With the rise in violence, abortion, sexual immorality, the breakdown of family, abuse of children, extreme economic inequality, pollution, genocide, terrorism and war many people are saying, “Surely God can’t allow this to continue.” People ask if God is going to punish us. They remember what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah. They think of natural disasters [Read More...]

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Admitting the Divorced and Re-Married to Communion?

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John Allen reports here on the continued conversations about how to  best deal with divorced and re married Catholics. Every pastor feels sympathy for the spouse who has been abandoned by a creep of a husband or a tramp of a wife. The innocent party in a marriage break up has to suffer? Why can’t we [Read More...]

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Women Priests and Married Priests: Are These Two Joined Together?

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The other day some rumors started flying that one of the newly appointed bishops of LA–Fr David O’Connell, was on the record as being in favor of married priests and women priests. The comment was from a statement somebody, somewhere dug up about Fr O’Connell from 2002. I’m sure if it is true that he [Read More...]

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What if St Paul Debated the Donald?

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Viewing a few clips of Donald Trump and realizing that he has millions of Americans cheering him on, I wonder, does anybody in the United States stop to question the underlying values that so many Americans seem to swallow without thinking? I’m talking about what I call the Alpha American Achievement culture. Go, go go! [Read More...]

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Lewis, Tolkien, Chesterton and Fantasyland

Joseph Pearce has an excellent article over at Imaginative Conservative that summarizes the influence of G.K.Chesterton on  C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien t is difficult to overstate the influence of G.K. Chesterton. Apart from the numerous converts who have come to Christianity, at least in part, because of an encounter with his writings, two of the bestselling [Read More...]

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My Visit to Norcia

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My latest article for CRUX reflects on my visit in June to the Monks of Norcia Historically the monks have endured great hardships without complaint or self-concern. They have been persecuted, slandered, and imprisoned. Their monasteries have been turned into prisons and poor houses. Their buildings have been razed, only to be raised again. Time [Read More...]

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Children, Porn and Playtime

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If you want a sampling of the state of our culture jump over to this article in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph. It is shocking beyond belief, and be warned, some of the language is graphic. Here’s the setting: nice, upper middle class English woman is having a picnic with some friends and their kids. Then the [Read More...]

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Five Reasons Why the Transfiguration Really Happened

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You know the old schtick from the New Testament scholars: all those miracles stories and supernatural events? They’re all pious fiction. Somebody made it up. It’s “mythical”. They added that stuff to make Jesus more special. They added that stuff to make it seem like he was fulfilling Old Testament prophecy. They cooked up those [Read More...]

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Sin? There’s Nothing Original About It

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Sin is never original What I mean is that there is nothing new or fresh about sin. The devil never created anything. He can’t create anything new. All he can do is twist and distort something that already exists. C.S.Lewis points this out regarding human creativity as well. While we are very creative, he says, [Read More...]

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Ross Douthat Lays Out the Evidence on Planned Parenthood

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The videos from Center for Medical Progress have raised lots of emotions and passionate articles. Ross Douthat, with his usual razor sharp intelligence, lays out the evidence against the wishy washy argument that abortion restriction legislation causes more people to need abortions. The essential argument of people like Dana Milbank here is that de-funding Planned Parenthood will [Read More...]

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