Memories of John Paul the Great

On the third anniversary of the death of John Paul the Great, Owl of the Remove records his personal memories. He attended Mass in the Pope’s private chapel and was in Rome when the Pope died. Read it here. [Read more...]

Financing Eternity

If we are to build beautiful churches it will cost money. Lots of money. The pragmatists look at the price tag and pull back. “Surely we can make some cut backs!” “Surely we should be giving this money to the poor.” “Surely we don’t need quite such a big church or quite such expensive fittings.” [Read More...]

Beauty and Truth

I hope you found the recent cathedral quiz amusing. The mixture was supposed to show that the brutalist school of architecture produces church buildings that are not dis-similar to parking garages, concrete bunkers and shopping malls. The problem with many modern churches is a problem with the underlying philosophy of architecture, and underlying that is [Read More...]

cathedral Quiz 9

make a guess… [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 8

Go for it… [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 7

any guesses? [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 6

Don’t be shy. Give it a try. [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 5

Keep going… [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 4

Question 4…The palm trees are a giveaway. [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 3

Where’s this? More later. [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz 2

No. 1 was too easy. You have to get them all right. Is anyone able to identify this exquisite example? [Read more...]

Cathedral Quiz

A reader sent me this photograph. Not knowing what it was, I thought I’d open a competition for readers to identify the building. Large cash prizes will be given to all winners… [Read more...]

Married Priests

I see there is a little debate in the combox about married clergy-pro and con, and I’ve been asked for my thoughts. Many people wish to make a case for or against married clergy from a utilitarian argument. In other words, “celibate clergy have more time for their people and are more easily deployed where [Read More...]

St John Vianney Seminary

h/t American Papist [Read more...]

Lost for Words

Today at school our little chapel was full of middle school students for daily Mass in celebration of the Annunciation. My heart was full. There was so much going on spiritually in that small space, that I am lost for words. First of all is the beauty of twenty or thirty middle school students who [Read More...]

Testimony of a Convert

Mikael is a fellow from my RCIA class at St Mary’s. He, along with 22 others, was received into the Church on Easter Eve. Mikael is a big burly guy with shaved head and goatee. He’s a truck driver, veteran of the first Gulf War, and a former Baptist. He also makes the most amazing [Read More...]


The angel and the girl are met,Earth was the only meeting place,For the embodied never yetTravelled beyond the shore of space.The eternal spirits in freedom go. See, they have come together, see,While the destroying minutes flow,Each reflects the other’s faceTill heaven in hers and earth in hisShine steady there.He’s come to herFrom far beyond the [Read More...]

Divine Mercy

I love the image of Divine Mercy, but I wonder if our own society isn’t in need of the counterbalance: i.e. Divine Justice. Doesn’t American Christianity, (and that includes American Catholicism) already reassure everyone of the Divine Mercy–even to the exclusion of Divine Justice? What I’m talking about is the tendency towards universalism–that belief that [Read More...]


…the wordpress thing. Okay, okay, okay, so I flirted around with the competition a little bit. I’m sorry okay? Fugddaboudit. I liked the customized header. It looked good. The whole thing looked kinda classy. Y’know? But lemme tell ya, when I got into it, turns out you can’t post pictures real easy right? Can you [Read More...]

The Horizontal and the Vertical

A post here got me thinking about the ‘progressives’ and ‘conservatives’ in the Catholic Church. Thulcandra opines that the progressives are all about the ‘horizontal’ aspect of the church. For them it’s all about people. Remember the 1970s ‘up up with people!’ campaign? That’s them. For them the church is about us. Its about hugs. [Read More...]

BBC Shroud documentary

If you are interested in watching the BBC documentary on the new evidence for the Shroud of Turin which screened last weekend connect hereĀ and search for ‘Turin’. I’m told it will only be up to view for free for a few days. PS: This is only available for readers in the UK. [Read more...]

Lady MacBeth

London’s Daily Telegraph has to be the best paper in the world. The British coverage of the American presidential race is actually much better than the US coverage. The Brits have perspective on it all. They have nothing to lose if their guy (or gal) doesn’t win. They also have that somewhat cynical attitude that [Read More...]