To Live by Faith or Die Hard

I watched the newest Die Hard movie the other night and realized that the hero, John McCain is running for president. Then I stopped and listened a bit harder: whoops, the Bruce Willis character is John McClane, not McCain. Nevertheless, the comparison is apt. John McCain is campaigning for the Republican nomination as a hard [Read More...]

Read Inside Catholic

Crisis Magazine is not longer a magazine–at least not in the old fashioned “send it to the printers, then send it out by mail” kind of magazine. A few months ago they moved over to a totally electronic form Inside Catholic is the website that is now what Crisis Magazine used to be. Like the [Read More...]

High School Witness

From a junior in high school: “Father, one of the reasons I want to join the Catholic Church is that I have been searching or the truth for a long time. All the other churches have obviously come from the Catholic Church in the first place. They say they have the Bible, but how could [Read More...]

Anglican Women Priests Come Home to Rome

Damian Thompson reports on an article about the Archbishop of Westminster’s ecumenical officer (and famous convert maker) Fr Michael Seed. In passing he mentions the Anglican women priests who have converted to the Catholic faith. They said they were fed up with being treated shabbily by their fellow Anglicans. [Read more...]

Nice Yanks Rude Brits

Daily Telegraph blogger Andrew Gimson thinks Americans are more polite than Brits. Brits have become yobbish, drunken, self centered louts while Americans are well mannered, articulate, considerate and kind. He expresses exactly what I experienced on moving back to USA from England last year. Joseph Pearce is our neighbor here in Greenville. He is married [Read More...]

Calvinists Told to Lighten Up

A Presbyterian paper in Scotland has urged members of the conservative denomination known for being dour spoil sports to cheer up. You can read about it here. I can think of some Catholics who could do with the same advice. I think it was the famous atheist Bertrand Russell who quipped about sour puss Christians, [Read More...]

Praying to God with the People of God

The Daily Telegraph reports that Pope Benedict recently celebrated Mass facing East in the Sistine Chapel. Shawn Tribe has a picture and more scholarly comment. Fr Ray has more photos and comment. It makes a lot of sense to me. There are certain parts of the Mass that are clearly the priest’s prayer and offering [Read More...]

Mitt the Mormon

After Mass today someone asked me, “Is Mitt Romney a Christian?” What would you answer? I confess that I don’t know much about the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. Mitt Romney professes to follow Jesus Christ and he has been baptized. Does that mean he is a Christian? This website argues [Read More...]

Double Think

In your conversations with conservative Evangelical Christians, has anyone else ever noticed a strange double think? It is a common tactic for Conservative Evangelical Christians to find some abuse of liberal Catholics and beat all Catholics with that abuse. Let us say that the conservative Evangelical discovers that Catholics do not believe in healing miracles, [Read More...]

New Man

Damian Thompson reports the imminent beatification of Fr. Newman….that would be J.Henry, not J.Scott…. [Read more...]

Flying Visit

Somebody asked in the combox “Where is Fr. Dwight?” The answer is, London. I flew out on the night flight from Charlotte on Monday, went to a meeting on Tuesday, and flew home on Wednesday morning arriving back in Greenville at 6pm. Wasn’t even there long enough to get jet lag. It was all pretty [Read More...]

A Theology of Suffering

Our ex Catholic friend in the combox criticizes Catholics for indulging in a theology of suffering. Didn’t the Master say we must ‘take up our cross and follow him’ if we would be his disciple? Now what could that possibly mean except that we ought not only expect, but accept the suffering that comes to [Read More...]

Muslim Intolerance in Britain

Anglican bishop Michael Nazir-Ali (who’s family immigrated to Britain, who’s father converted from Islam to Catholicism and who is a convert from Catholicism to Anglicanism) warns that certain parts of Britain are being taken over by extremist elements of the predominantly Muslim population, making these parts of Britain dangerous for Christians. When will liberal Christians [Read More...]

Church Militant or Church Mollified

In conversation with a young seminarian last week we were discussing the problems within the Catholic Church. My own opinion is that the problems have little to do with all the external things we focus on: choice of hymns, type of liturgy, church architecture, preaching styles, etc. etc. etc. All these things are important, but [Read More...]

Going for Baroque

A commenter notes about Benedict XVI’s more exalted taste in regalia that he doesn’t think Peter the fisherman would be comfortable in such outfits. This is a commonplace argument when faced with the glories of Catholic regalia, liturgy, music or architecture. “What!” says the tourist when faced with an Austrian baroque church, “this is hardly [Read More...]

More Papal Regalia

More recent photographs of the papal regalia. h/t Roving Medievalist. [Read more...]

Go to Church ladies

Says here women are more likely to get depressed and turn to drink if they let their religion lapse… [Read more...]

Mother of God at the Poolside

Last year the attendance for the Mass for the Solemnity of the Mother of God was poor so the parish pastor decided to have just one Mass today. Happily the church was packed. Our splendid choir sang, there were seventeen perfectly drilled young male servers. Fr Michael Cassabon–our newly ordained priest was home from Rome [Read More...]

Christianity in the UK

The Daily Telegraph has more on the changing face of Christianity in the UK. It’s a very objective, newsy article telling us that the African charismatic churches are growing very quickly while Anglicanism, Methodism and the Baptist churches are all in rapid decline. Catholicism is growing more gradually, but this (like the Pentecostal growth) is [Read More...]

Miracles

One of the regular commentators on this blog is a British fellow who was brought up a Catholic and has left the Catholic Church for charismatic Protestantism. It’s great to have him here because his questions and comments are always lively and, although sometimes punchy, are always put with good humor and a charitable spirit. [Read More...]

Over the Hill

Here’s an amusing story about a man who sent Christmas cards the year after his death. [Read more...]

St John the Apostle

One of the lines I love most about the first Eucharistic Prayer is the prayer for the Catholic Church and all bishops who ‘preach the Catholic faith that comes to us from the Apostles.’ In the creed we profess “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic” Church, and in my discussions with non-Catholic Christians from Reformation communities, [Read More...]


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