Mother Angelica and Margaret Thatcher

Here’s what I liked best about both Mother Angelica and Margaret Thatcher: They both beat the liberals at their own game. In an age when feminists were burning their bras Margaret Thatcher had her hair done, put on her hats and grabbed her handbag. Mother Angelica not only kept her habit, but reverted to a [Read More…]

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Easter Wings

Embed from Getty Images My article for Imaginative Conservative this week is a meditation on two poems for Easter: I was college student afflicted with a serious case of Anglophilia when I discovered George Herbert and his poetry. The discovery made my affliction worse. When I found that he forsook the allure of Cambridge and [Read More…]

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The King is Asleep

All powerful and ever-living God Your only Son went down among the dead And rose again in glory. In your goodness Raise up your faithful people buried with him in baptism to be one with him in the eternal life of heaven where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit One God, [Read More…]

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Why is Christianity is the Best Religion?

I know. I know. This is not really politically correct. You’re supposed to pretend that all religions are equal. The comparative religions professor (who has comparatively no religion) teaches that all religions are human inventions based on interesting and unique historical circumstances and cultures. The theory is that religions developed from animism when cavemen grunted [Read More…]

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The Resurrection and the Death of Atheism

This week’s article for Aleteia gives a brief outline of the arguments for the resurrection of Jesus Christ and why that is the best evidence for the existence of God. Atheists like to say, “Where is the evidence for the existence of God?,” and philosophical arguments aren’t really evidence as such. They work well enough, [Read More…]

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Nuns in Washington: Who’s Not There?

Embed from Getty Images I don’t know, so I’m simply asking. I’ve seen pictures of various Catholic religious women in Washington standing up for The Little Sisters of the Poor. All the pictures I’ve seen are women in religious habits. As you may know, the Catholic women religious in the United States are divided into [Read More…]

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Tonight I Will Kiss Feet

Tonight’s liturgy is the most poignant and tender of the year. We gather to commemorate the Lord’s Supper, and at the heart of the liturgy is the solemn ceremony of washing feet. The ceremony adds weight to the Chrism Mass earlier in the day when the priestly ministry is re-affirmed because the twelve men whose [Read More…]

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Be A Friday Fish Eater

My latest article for Aleteia explains why we give up meat on Good Friday and the Fridays in Lent (and I’d suggest every Friday) A Protestant friend who lived in Philadelphia once said, “You know why those Catholics eat fish on Friday? They’re all Italians, and the Italians have the fish market downtown. So they got the [Read More…]

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Blame Bad People not All People

What is it with bigotry? This week I’ve had people blaming whole groups for the crimes of a few. I’ve had Christians saying, “The Jews killed Jesus.” I’ve had Jews saying, “Catholics hate Jews because they say Jews killed Jesus.” I’ve had Christians saying, “Muslims are terrorists.” Stop. These accusations are stupid and dangerous. The [Read More…]

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How Tenderness Leads to the Gas Chamber

Flannery O’Connor wrote, “In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness.  And tenderness leads to the gas chamber.” Whaat? Here’s what she’s getting at: People who have left the Christian faith wish to retain the remnants of the Christian faith. They want beauty without truth. They want spirituality without religion. They want forgiveness without [Read More…]

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What is Fundamentalism?

You can ask me. I’m a Bob Jones graduate remember? When I was at Bob Jones the term “fundamentalist” was only just beginning to get traction as a pejorative term. The Protestant fundamentalists at Bob Jones wore the label with pride. It set them apart from the Evangelicals they considered to be sweet, soft and [Read More…]

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Killing the Way, the Truth and the Life

As we enter Holy Week we must remember the huge consequences of the choice made by human beings on that fatal week. The death of Jesus is not simply the tragic death of a good man. It is not just the heroic death of an idealistic martyr. It is not just the unjust execution of [Read More…]

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Tradition: The Democracy of the Dead

G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.” I’ve been pondering this for some time from a couple of different perspectives. First of all, in the present political maelstrom, when all seems uncertain and insecure, where the old definitions are dissolving [Read More…]

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Ben Hur Re-Visited

They’re finishing an exciting re-make of the classic film Ben Hur. Ben-Hur is a major Paramount Pictures/MGM motion picture hitting theaters nationwide on August 12, 2016. Bursting with action – including a new chariot race for the ages – and elevated by Christian themes of justice, liberty & radical forgiveness, it tells the classic story [Read More…]

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Ten Traits of the People Who Killed Jesus

In reading the daily gospels this passion week it is frightening to see the traits of the religious leaders who killed Jesus. They exhibit the kind of anti-religion that develops within any religious system. It has shown its ugly face with many different names. In one place Manicheanism, in another age Jansenism, in another place [Read More…]

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Movies and the Middle Ages

My article for Imaginative Conservative this week discusses the visual age we live in and why it is increasingly like the Middle Ages. One of the reasons I sometimes wax nostalgic for the Middles Ages is for the religious spectacle. This was an age of the dramatic gesture: St. Francis standing barefoot in the snow [Read More…]

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CRUX is Dead. Long Live CRUX

Yesterday the Boston Globe pulled the plug on its support for the Catholic website CRUX. I had the privilege of attending the star-studded launch of CRUX about a year and a half ago. I was in Boston at the time and went along to meet the folks and find out what was up. I knew [Read More…]

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Fighting the Fundamentalists…

…Why would you do that? My blog posts on Catholic fundamentalism this week have provoked the predictable tempest in a teapot. Some have questioned why I do not have a comments box on my blog and suspect it is because I do not have the courage to debate with people. The fact of the matter [Read More…]

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New OLR Video!

Check out this stunning video of the construction of our new church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville. Would you please help by sharing this as widely as possible? [Read more…]

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The Domestic Monastery…

…is another name for the Benedict Option. My latest article at National Catholic Register assesses the signs of the times and wonders if it isn’t time to emulate St Benedict–who headed for the hills when faced with a society in terminal decline. By the end of the fifth century, the Roman Empire was in ruins. [Read More…]

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Catholic Fundamentalists Take Two

In case anyone thought yesterday’s blog post on Catholic fundamentalists was some sort of hit job on traditionalists, the comments box at CRUX on my most recent article remind us that the wild eyed fundamentalists are not only conservative Catholics. They’e on the other side of the fence too. The radical trendies are just as [Read More…]

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Ten Traits of Catholic Fundamentalism

Within Catholic ultra traditionalist circles a new wave of ugliness has arisen. Numerous traditionalist blogs, websites and publications spew disrespectful hatred towards the Catholic church. They mock the Mass by despising the “Novus Ordo” they denigrate the Holy Father referring to him as “Pope Frank” or “Bergoglio” and refer to their mother the Catholic Church [Read More…]

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