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...]

Mother of God at the Poolside

Last year the attendance for the Mass for the Solemnity of the Mother of God was poor so the parish pastor decided to have just one Mass today. Happily the church was packed. Our splendid choir sang, there were seventeen perfectly drilled young male servers. Fr Michael Cassabon–our newly ordained priest was home from Rome [Read More...]

Christianity in the UK

The Daily Telegraph has more on the changing face of Christianity in the UK. It’s a very objective, newsy article telling us that the African charismatic churches are growing very quickly while Anglicanism, Methodism and the Baptist churches are all in rapid decline. Catholicism is growing more gradually, but this (like the Pentecostal growth) is [Read More...]


One of the regular commentators on this blog is a British fellow who was brought up a Catholic and has left the Catholic Church for charismatic Protestantism. It’s great to have him here because his questions and comments are always lively and, although sometimes punchy, are always put with good humor and a charitable spirit. [Read More...]

Over the Hill

Here’s an amusing story about a man who sent Christmas cards the year after his death. [Read more...]

St John the Apostle

One of the lines I love most about the first Eucharistic Prayer is the prayer for the Catholic Church and all bishops who ‘preach the Catholic faith that comes to us from the Apostles.’ In the creed we profess “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic” Church, and in my discussions with non-Catholic Christians from Reformation communities, [Read More...]

Pope’s Blessing

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful on Christmas Day. Vatican watchers have observed that Benedict chooses to wear much more traditional vestments and papal regalia. Check out the tall miter. Shawn Tribe tells us that the pope’s is wearing a cope embroidered in gold that was John XXIII’s together with a mitre of Pope Benedict XV… [Read More...]

Merry Christmas to All

Welcome all wonders in one sightEternity shut in a spanSummer in Winter,Day in NightHeaven in Earth, God in ManGreat Little One, Whose All embracing BirthLifts Earth to HeavenStoops Heaven to Earth –Richard Crashaw [Read more...]

Catholicism UK’s top Religion

The Daily Telegraph reports that Catholics attending mass outnumber members of the established Church of England. Pentecostals come in third. Lest Catholics crow in triumph, the increase in numbers is not attributable to the dynamic state of the Catholic church in Britain, but it can be put down to the large numbers of Eastern European [Read More...]

Tony Blair a Catholic

The Daily Telegraph reports Tony Blair’s reception into the Catholic Church. I don’t think it’s fair to take easy pot shots at Blair because of his previous views on abortion, gay rights etc. We should give everyone the benefit of the doubt and give him a warm welcome. People do change their minds about certain [Read More...]

Open Mouth Insert Foot

Archbishop Rowan Williams has publicly debunked the traditional Nativity as ‘legend’. Anyone who has read the New Testament in detail will know that the stuff of medieval paintings, crib scenes and Christmas cards include a good deal of non-Biblical ‘embroidery’. However, one doesn’t need to deconstruct all of that to somehow prove one’s intellectual credentials. [Read More...]

Merrie Ole England…hic

If you’re squeamish don’t read this article. It reports the disturbing rise of female binge drinking in the UK, and of course, the attendant rise in unwanted pregnancies, abortion and sexually transmitted infections. G.K.Chesterton said “Every argument is a theological argument.” Behind alcoholism is despair and behind despair is the lack of anything to live [Read More...]

Go Up Thou Bald Head

I was greatly encouraged today to see that St John of the Cross was bald headed, and a very polite female colleague told me today that, “God only created a limited number of perfect craniums, and that’s why certain men are bald…” The prophet Elisha is the most famous saintly baldy. When he was mocked [Read More...]

Happy Priest

Today is the first anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. These are the new violet vestments made for St Joseph’s School. [Read more...]

John of the Cross

In order to arrive there, To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not, You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy. In order to arrive at what you do not know You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance. In order to possess what [Read More...]

Golden Compass Goes South

American Papist reports the delightful news that the Pullman atheist propaganda film is a box office flop. This shouldn’t be a surprise. The fact of the matter is that atheism just doesn’t delight anyone. Narnia enchants people because it is positive and full of light and faith. Lord of the Rings is built on beauty, [Read More...]

Religion of Peace?

Read here about the death threats a British ex-Muslim girl received from her family. The article outlines how capital punishment for conversion from Islam is an integral part of the Islamic religion. In The Independent Dominic Lawson comments on the same issue, saying part of the reason for the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Britain [Read More...]

Immaculate Conception

How silently and secretly God chose to give humanity a new start. How silently and secretly he created the second Eve. How silently and secretly she who would trample Satan underfoot was conceived in this dark world. How silently and secretly God’s plan for redemption began. [Read more...]

The Darth Vader Code

Art experts in Italy have uncovered images of Darth Vader in Leonardo DaVinci’s masterpieces. They can only be found when mirrors are placed in certain spots of the paintings. In the meantime another scholar has uncovered a previously undiscovered manuscript in the secret Vatican libraries showing that “DaVinci” is actually a shortened codename version of:Darth [Read More...]

Martyr in the Bible Belt

The Shriners of Whapping have this interesting story about Fr James Coyle, a priest shot by a Ku Klux Klansman in Alabama in 1921. [Read more...]

Advent Joy

This is my first Advent as a Catholic priest. I had forgotten the majestic joy of the season of Advent. It comes to me through the readings in the Divine Office. It comes to me through the somber and majestic prophetic readings at Mass. It comes to me through the violet vestments, the extra candles, [Read More...]