Kitty Comes Out Swinging

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Kate (Kitty) Jefferts-Schori has come out swinging against those who are against the trend of the Episcopal Church becoming a gay-lesbi-trans religious sect. You can read the whole story here. In response to the Diocese of San Joaquin’s withdrawal from the Protestant denomination, Kitty has inhibited the Diocesan bishop from all priestly [Read More...]

United Methodist Pastor Comes Home

Rev Allen Hunt, pastor of the third largest United Methodist Church in the world is to resign his ministry and be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. You can read his statement here. Welcome home Allen! May your new ministry be blessed abundantly, and as you come, may your Evangelical insights, deep faith [Read More...]

Vote Longenecker for President

All of the pollsters in the current presidential race report the same phenomenon. They like some things about some candidates, but not everything about any candidate. To date, not one candidate pulls together all the great qualities of each candidate. They like Fred Thompson’s star appeal and policies. They like John McCain’s tough guy stance. [Read More...]

Tiresome Preachers

Fr Ray of St Mary Magdalene, Brighton on boring preachers. What I don’t get is this: when you’re up there preaching you can see the people. You can tell if they’re sleeping. You can actually see when they are bored to tears. Why then, do preachers week in and week out continue to preach poorly [Read More...]

Wimmin Priests

A commenter on an earlier post asked me my opinion of the women priests in the Anglican Church as I worked with them. Were they sillier or more radical or more whatever than the male priests? One of the interesting findings about the women priests in the Church of England was that they are more [Read More...]

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...]


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