Bishop’s Move

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Church of England is going to allow foreign bishops to oversee dissenting parishes in the UK. This really is a completely new idea of what a bishop is. From the beginning a bishop was the chief elder of a particular city or geographical area. What seems to be emerging [Read More...]


My friend Carl Olson over at Ignatius Insight has written on the Dumbledore homosexual thing. Like him, I haven’t read one sentence of the Harry Potter books, and dozed off in the only one of the movies I was dragged off to see. What I’ve seen and heard of them makes me think they’re derivative [Read More...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe

As part of our pro life emphasis for October, today at school mass we had the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The missionary image is a perfect facsimile of the real image in Mexico. After Mass the students filed forward to venerate the image. It was moving to see them reach out and [Read More...]

Suffering Servant

When I survey the wondrous crossOn which the prince of glory diedMy richest gain I count by lossand pour contempt on all my pride. [Read more...]

Get Ready

New attacks on Christian belief in the increasingly Stalin-esque United Kingdom. This Christian couple have helped 30 children in foster care over the years. Now they’re being sacked because they won’t endorse homosexuality and tell an 11 year old about the homosexual lifestyle. [Read more...]

Abortion in Britain

The government in Britain and the medical establishment are working together to resist any lowering of the present 24 week abortion limit. Despite the fact that premature babies at just 23 weeks gestation born and nurtured in British intensive care units have a pretty good survival rate, they are still refusing to lower the time [Read More...]

Look Ma, No Hands!

The Daily Telegraph reports that Padre Pio faked his stigmata with carbolic acid. What next? The insane thing about those who attack the Catholic Church is that they often say that Catholic beliefs are incredible, yet they push out stuff like this. In recent years we’ve had Pius XII–Hitler’s Pope, all the DaVinci Code junk, [Read More...]

Vote Now!

Go on! See if we can make it up to ten votes… [Read more...]

Traditional Anglican Communion writes to Papa

Shawn Tribe reports on moves from one of the Anglican ‘continuing’ churches to establish ‘sacramental unity’ with Rome. I can’t keep up with all this. Traditional Anglicans are already welcome to establish ‘sacramental unity’ with Rome. It’s called being received into full communion with the Catholic Church a.k.a ‘becoming a Catholic.’ In a comment Fr. [Read More...]

Slogging Away

No blogging. Slogging away on my book The Gargoyle Code. It’s a Screwtape Letters take off. (If only I had an original idea !) It is designed to be read day by day through Lent. I’m in the process of finishing the book and looking for a publisher. I’ve finished week 5 and have two [Read More...]

Dressed as a Buffoon

This is by the Russian artist Vasnetov, who also painted the wonderful Mother of God pictured below. More of his work can be viewed here. [Read more...]

St Luke

St Luke is represented by the Winged Ox. Here’s a good article on the Biblical background for the four winged beasts representing the four gospel writers. I was in the Bob Jones art gallery some time ago, and they have a great 18th c. Italian collection of the four gospel writers: a portrait of each [Read More...]

Retreat in France

Join me for St Benedict and St Therese Retreat in France. March 24 – April 2 2008 We’ll be flying to Paris, stopping at Chartres on the way to Normandy in the Northwestern part of France. We’ll visit Lisieux, see Les Buissonets, the childhood home of Therese as well as all the other Theresian sites [Read More...]

Hail, Full of Grace

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JP2 Still on Fire for God

The Daily Telegraph reports the appearance of a vision of Pope John Paul the Great from within a bonfire. Make of it what you will, but it certainly proves that Catholics have more fun. [Read more...]

Been Away

Sorry no blogging. I’ve been away again: this time taking 88 ninth graders from St Joseph’s Catholic School on the Freshmen Retreat. They’re fantastic kids. I just with someone would find a way for me to have an energy transfusion from them to me. [Read more...]

Saint Antimo

Jeffrey’s got a particularly stunning sequence of pictures from an Abbey in Tuscany. These are my two favorites. Double click on the interior shot. It enlarges nicely. [Read more...]

The Abortion Pill

Some English doctors want women to be allowed to pop a few pills to have their own abortion at home. They say the use of these pills are find and dandy up to nine weeks into a pregnancy. I know very little about the medical aspects of this, but they say that a couple of [Read More...]

Devotional Reading

“Now the layman or amateur needs to be instructed as well as to be exhorted. In this age his need for knowledge is particularly pressing…. For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await [Read More...]


One of my joys at the moment is teaching the RCIA course at St Mary’s Greenville. We have an excellent team who organize all the paperwork, the small groups, the schedule etc. We have forty catechumens, a good number of which come from a Baptist/Evangelical background, including a few from the world of Bob Jones [Read More...]

Francis Beckwith’s Story

Aimee Milburn has a nice summary of Tim Drake’s interview with former Evangelical theologian (and now Catholic revert) Francis Beckwith. here’s a snippet: Beckwith explains: I returned again to the Fathers and found in them, very early on, the Real Presence, infant baptism, and apostolic succession as well as other “Catholic” doctrines. Even in the [Read More...]

Pro Life Blog

Through the Curt Jester I found this excellent pro life blog. it’s called The Truth About Margaret Sanger. [Read more...]