Hot Off thePress

The first copy of my latest book arrived in the mail today. Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing is published by Our Sunday Visitor, and will soon be available in bookshops and through my website. [Read more...]

Dear Old England

After recent posts lamenting the decline of England a British reader has sweetly asked what I love about England. Here it is in no particular order: Walking the South Downs Way with a black labrador. The Long Man of Wilmington. Visiting castles. Fawlty Towers. The North Cornwall Coastal path. Sausages. Mustard. Sticky Toffee Pudding. Custard. [Read More...]

Staggering News

More evidence that Britain is descending into a drunken stupor. This article reports that Britain is top of the list for child and teen drunks and that Brits now drink more even than the Russians. Sad, sad news. I love England, and hate to see this. [Read more...]

Leaving to Get Married

There has been some comment in the combox about a Catholic priest named Fr Francis Mary Stone. I was unfamiliar with this story and did a quick check. He is the host of an EWTN program, and has stepped down to ‘discern his vocation’ after ‘getting involved with a widow.’ Our Scottish friend asks, “…just [Read More...]

Dumb and Dumber

Are Americans really dumber than other people? One of the favorite snobbish British laughs is about how dumb Americans are about geography. “They don’t have passports! They don’t even know whether Moscow is in Russia or Italy! How dumb can they be?” This is certainly true. I picked up a hitchhiker in Virginia once who, [Read More...]


Pope John Paul gets to the pearly gates and St Peter says, “Well, it’s good to see you, but you know you were a bit hard on the women down there. They wanted to be priests and so forth, but you kept them down. So your penance is to walk around down there for a [Read More...]

Obama not Catholic Friendly

Deal Hudson writes here about Obama’s lack of Catholic credentials. [Read more...]

Welcome Home

Nice! [Read more...]


An interesting point came up in the combox: Some people look at the huge numbers of Catholics who have left the church since the Second Vatican Council and say, “Well, it hasn’t done much good. Look at all the priests and religious who left. Look at the empty churches, empty seminaries, and lost souls.” Others [Read More...]

Why Wear All those Robes?…

…my Protestant mother once asked. To give her credit, she always asks because she really wants to know–not because she’s picking a fight. In fact, I wish cradle Catholics had a bit of her curiosity. When I see the tacky vestments in most Catholic Church cupboards I can’t figure it out. You mustn’t misunderstand, I [Read More...]

Religion in USA

Here’s more on that recent survey of religion in America: “The Roman Catholic Church has lost more members than any faith tradition because of affiliation swapping, the survey found. While nearly one in three Americans were raised Catholic, fewer than one in four say they’re Catholic today. That means roughly 10 percent of all Americans [Read More...]

Religion in USA

Carl Olson reports on American religious statistics here. Catholics, JWs and Mormons are up. Episcopalians, Liberal Baptists and Presbyterians down. Catholics are the largest single Christian group in USA. [Read more...]

Reform of the Formless

One of the best ways to tell if a parish is up to speed on the reform of the reform is to check out what their altar servers wear. If a bunch of girls show up in with high heels sticking out from below those white garments that look like oversized pillow cases you know [Read More...]

Wake Up Honey….NOW!

The Curt Jester has this story that teaches us that we should yell at our wives more… [Read more...]

Shroud to be Re-tested

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Oxford scientist who dated the Turin Shroud as medieval now has significant doubts, and is open to a new carbon-14 dating test. A BBC documentary to be shown on Easter Saturday will bring forward new archaeological and historical evidence supporting the authenticity of the shroud. I personally am a [Read More...]

Ad Orientem 3

Here’s the third installment of Fr Newman’s catechesis on ad orientem celebration of the Mass. [Read more...]

Holy Russia?

This article from The Daily Telegraph reports that the revival of the Orthodox Church in Putin’s Russia has a shadow side. It raises all sorts of basic questions about the church and the state being in bed together. Can a state church ever be free of corruption? Can a state church ever be free of [Read More...]

Tu es Petrus

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The Chair of Peter

We’re told that Moses ‘sat down’ to deliver the judgments interpreting the law (Exodus 18:13) and Jesus refers to this tradition when he says the Scribes and Pharisees occupy the ‘Seat of Moses’ (Mt.23.2) So from these two Scriptural details we can infer several things: the Jews had not only the written Scriptures, but an [Read More...]

All your Dreams Really Can Come True…

Looks like I was wrong. She’s not Lady McBeth, she’s Ronald McDonald [Read more...]

Inside Liturgy

Here’s my latest article for the Crisis Magazine’s website Inside Catholic. It’s called What in the Liturgy is Going On? [Read more...]

Go To Hell

If you want an easy to read introduction to The Inferno check out Paul Thigpen’s excellent book (with an awful title) My Visit to Hell. It is a fantastic version of The Inferno written as a modern novel. The hero enters hell through a storm sewer in the slums of modern day Atlanta. Dante‚Äôs infernal [Read More...]