Pullman on Pullman

Evidently the Pullman movie is not as bad as the books. The problem remains that very often the films draw the viewers to read the book. If you’re in any doubt about Philip Pullman’s intentions, here are his own words: “‘I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief,’ says Pullman. ‘Mr. Lewis [C.S. Lewis, [Read More...]

Prayer for First Week of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his [Read More...]

The Fullness of Faith

Sometimes my heart is simply full with the glory, the splendor the majesty, the fullness of the Catholic faith. I can’t express it, but this doorway at Chartres speaks for me. I wish I could place it before you life sized–in the fullness of its position as part of the whole cathedral, but here it [Read More...]


Here’s an article from the BBC about abortion. Indian culture prizes boys more than girls, and with expensive dowries to pay Indian couples regard too many baby girls as a disadvantage. With pre natal scanning they are choosing to abort their daughters—simply because they are female. What is interesting about this report is that the [Read More...]


One of the marks of genius in Lord of the Rings is the way Tolkien builds suspense and the sense of uncertainty, fear and danger as the quest progresses. And yet within the confusion fear and setback there is woven a thread of some deeper meaning. Characters appear to assist or save the hero, but [Read More...]

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...]