Spe Salvi

Read the text of Pope Benedict’s new encyclical here. For non-Catholic readers, a pope’s encyclical is a pastoral letter through which he teaches the faithful, corrects error and guides the church. If you are a non-Catholic reader of this blog, follow the link and read the encyclical. It would be great to have your comments [Read More...]

Beauty, Truth and Goodness

For Advent and Lent I return to my favorites for reading. Advent: Lord of the Rings. Lent: Divine Comedy. For those who are interested, here beginneth a little series of reflections on the tale. Starting with Fellowship of the Ring, I am struck once again with the simple radiance and goodness of the text. Where [Read More...]


St Andrew is my favorite apostle. Here’s why: I love the story of him at the feeding of the 5000. The disciples are disturbed by the hungry crowd and ask Jesus to do something about it. He tells them to do something about it. They grumble that there’s not enough money to buy food for [Read More...]

Christus Rex

I can remember being rather irritated once to hear an earnest Anglican clergyman refer to ‘the commonwealth of God’ in a sermon. He had clearly changed the language because he thought all this talk of ‘kings and kingdoms’ was not really terribly politically correct. Afterwards I raised the subject with him. He explained that Jesus [Read More...]

Mont St Michel

Fr Ray has a post with some good links about Mont St Michel. A French traditionalist monastic order now has an outpost there, and the worship is traditional and impressive. Mont St Michel is one of the stops on my upcoming tour of Northern France. Click on the banner above for more information. [Read more...]

Pope Benedict Discusses Anglican Petition

This news item from CNA reports recent discussions in the Vatican about the increasing numbers of Anglicans and Episcopalians who wish to become Catholics. Certainly this is referring to the recent letter from the Traditional Anglican Communion asking for sacramental unity with the Catholic Church.Positive steps forward are very possible with this pope. It should [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving

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Benedict and Bartholomew

There has been some exciting progress forward in the quest for unity between the Catholic and Orthodoxy Churches. The Shriners at Holy Whapping have the story. What interests me about this is the shriners paragraph on authority. The major excitement about this story is that the Eastern Orthodox have agreed that in the early church [Read More...]

Hoarding Warning

Are you a hoarder or a chucker? Do you hoard stuff–never knowing when you might need it, or do you chuck stuff, always trying to live a simpler life? I’m more of a chucker than a hoarder, so here’s a story that will be a warning to all you hoarders out there… [Read more...]

The First Thanksgiving

The story of the real first Thanksgiving: It was bean soup. It was in Florida, and it was Catholic. Tomorrow instead of mashed sweet potato with marshmallows on top (yucchh!!) we’re going going to serve baked beans as a side dish. I suggest this should start a new Catholic American custom. [Read more...]

Another Episcopalian Bishop Comes Home

News is in that John Lipscomb, Bishop of Southwest Florida recently resigned and has announced his intention to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. You can find his open letter here. (H/T Amy Welborn) Pray for him and his family and his people as they take this step of faith. Amy also [Read More...]

Baldies Beware

This article has been drawn to my attention concerning a man who was beaten and robbed because he was bald. This is another incident in the increasing problem of persecution of bald people worldwide. One theory is that people with hair feel threatened by bald men because it is well known that bald men are [Read More...]

Wimmin Priests

A friend has sent me the following. “The website of the Young Women Clergy Project claims to be “powered by faith, verve, chocolate, and really great shoes.” At the Beauty Tips for Ministers blog, a telling phenomenon in its own right, one finds discussions of clergy eyeliner, lingerie, and lip gloss. At ECUSA‘s site, we [Read More...]

London Bound

There’s a possibility I may be in London the second week of December. Any London-based Brits want me to come and do a speaking gig? Any British bloggers want to meet at the Cardinal pub for a few pints and a chin wag? Only come if you promise to bring Fr Whinder. Seriously, would any [Read More...]


Bella is a success. The film makers have created a great little movie that tells a human story with humor, quiet passion and genuine integrity. Never “inyerface” with it’s message, it shows ordinary people coping with the question of an unwanted pregnancy with practical realism, compassion and honesty. Some critics have dumped the movie because [Read More...]

Pied Piper of Atheism

Carl Olson has an interview with Pete Vere–author of a critique of atheist Philip Pullman’s poisonous books. Check it out [Read more...]

Church Competition

On the top is the a building in Tuscany, Italy. Below it is a building in Middlesborough, England. I am running a competition to see which building readers think is a Catholic Church, and which one they think might be a dentist’s office. Here’s an article I wrote for Touchstone Magazine some time ago about [Read More...]

Long Ago and Far Away

The combox on the previous post has been buzzing with a good discussion about authority in the Church, and I thought it might illuminate matters if I moved from theory to personal experience. It seems long ago and far away when I was an Anglican priest in England. Then and there in the 1980s the [Read More...]

Disagreements, Difficulties and Division

We Catholics are prone to point out the fissiparous nature of Protestantism, and observe that this is the result of the sixteenth century break from the unified authority structure of the Catholic Church. On this blog I have commented on the continuing disintegration of Anglican unity, and not a few times have lamented the fact [Read More...]

Latter Day Knight

It may be that I am simply becoming even more of a grumpy old man, but the older I get, the more I feel that onset of what can only be called “the warrior mentality”. That is to say, I am increasingly convinced that there is no forward motion without friction, you can’t make omelettes [Read More...]

ECUSA Diocese of Fort Worth plans to pull out

Here is the correspondence between Bishop of Fort Worth, Jack Iker and presiding Bishop-ette Mrs Schori. Tough talk from both sides as yet another Episcopal Diocese plans to pull out of the ECUSA. I like this line from Bishop Iker: “I must remind you that 25 years ago this month, the newly formed Diocese of [Read More...]


Here’s a cool video from the French Abbey of Fontgombault. This is one of the places we’ll be visiting on the pilgrimage tour of France I am leading in the Spring. Don’t miss it! Click on the banner above for full information. [Read more...]