Aggressive Atheism

Atheists’ Mockery at ABC’s “Face Off” on God’s Existence NEW YORK, May 7, 2007 — A 100-year-old Baptist church in the heart of New York was the venue Saturday for an ABC debate on the existence of God. Actor Kirk Cameron and best-selling author Ray Comfort “faced off” against two atheists from the “Rational Response [Read More...]

By Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ

MAY is Mary’s month, and IMuse at that and wonder why:Her feasts follow reason,Dated due to season-Candlemas, Lady Day;But the Lady Month, May,Why fasten that upon her,With a feasting in her honour?Is it only its being brighterThan the most are must delight her?Is it opportunestAnd flowers finds soonest?Ask of her, the mighty mother:Her reply puts [Read More...]

The Traditional Latino Mass

This link predicts the future of Catholic worship in America. For many years Catholics who have disliked the new liturgy have been pushing for a wider use of the Traditional Latino Mass. Now in New York and in many places the Latino Mass is growing ever popular. Cubans in traditional Latino costumes–the men in tight [Read More...]

Pray for Madeleine

I have been very busy the last week, so very little time for blogging, however, please glance at this article about a beautiful English child who was snatched from her family while on holiday in Portugal. They’re Catholic. Prayers please. [Read more...]

Rapture and the Motu Proprio

My more traditionalist friends will forgive me for poking just a little bit of fun at the increasing mania over the motu proprio that is expected from Rome. If anyone is still ignorant about this, it is the rumour that Pope Benedict will soon grant universal freedom for the Tridentine Rite of the Catholic liturgy [Read More...]

Karen Armstrong–defender of Islam

Daily Telegraph journalist Damian Thompson is often a bit too effete for my liking, but his writing is more robust lately, and I’m on his side as he attacks an awful British ex-nun Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is a darling of the atheistic chattering classes in Britain. She’s written a series of predictably dull books on [Read More...]

Roses for May

Some time ago I posted about the relics of the true cross at the church of Sante Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. A comment was posted by one of the Cistercians who lives and works there. Brother Marco has a blog and hey, have a look at the rose garden they have in the gardens [Read More...]

Mary’s Month

Here is an excerpt from the chapter of my book Adventures in Orthodoxy on the Blessed Virgin: As I gazed on that luminous Madonna I made contact not only with something beautiful, but with Beauty. It was also an astoundingly intimate experience of purity and power. For a moment I caught a glimpse of a [Read More...]

Meme from the Phillipines

I’ve been tagged with a meme from the young blogger from the Phillipines who is a natural writer with a refreshing take on his Catholic faith. I’m supposed to tell you what I’m reading at the moment: I’ve always got several books on the go. I’m reading Eamon Duffy’s latest: Marking the Hours. I’ve got [Read More...]

St Joseph the Worker

On the first of May all the students of St Joseph’s Catholic School (where I serve as chaplain) have the day off to go out in the community to do charitable service. It was great to see 460 kids gather with their household to head out in convoy across the town. They were involved in [Read More...]

Just Because It’s a Great Picture

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Who Built the Ark?

You can read here about a Dutchman who has built a replica of Noah’s Ark. It’s huge, but only 1/5 of the size of the real thing. He’s filled it with models of animals and a wax figure of an exhausted Noah stretched out for a nap. I can remember being brought up in a [Read More...]

Anglicans Swimming

Amy Welborn mentions a post at the Midwest Conservative Journal with speculation about more widespread conversions from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith. Maybe whole American dioceses swimming the Tiber and using the Anglican Use Liturgy? Read it and see what you think: A few of those commenting have brought up the practical difficulties. One is [Read More...]


Jolt yourself from your comfy American life and read this beautifully written account of Catholic life in the Phillipines. [Read more...]

Get in the Habit

In the photograph on the post below this you can spot a couple of the famous London phone boxes. These friars are in London, and it reminds me of a little story… I was travelling across London a few years ago with a friend who was a lapsed Catholic. We spotted a couple of Hare [Read More...]

Friars of the Renewal

Check out Amy Welborn’s article about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal clipped from the NY Times. [Read more...]

The Fullness of Faith

Check a convert from Evangelicalism’s thrill at discovering the richness of Catholicism in the final comment on this post. [Read more...]

Resurrection Stories

I mentioned in an earlier post about the readings from Acts of the Apostles after Easter being crammed with ‘mini resurrections’. The little resurrections aren’t just Bible stories. They happen today. There was a knock on my door. A young woman in her twenties stood on the doorstep. She looked distressed, and was holding her [Read More...]

An Evangelical Catholic Speaks

There has been a fair bit of traffic on this blog about the concept of Evangelical Catholicism. There seems to be an opinion out there that Evangelicals who convert to the Catholic faith want the Catholic faith to be like their former denomination. This is exactly what they do not want, but the misunderstanding is [Read More...]

Amy’s Take

Amy Welborn has (as usual) an intelligent and insightful comment on the conversations going on here and elsewhere about Evangelical Catholicism. Stop by. [Read more...]

St Mark the Roman Catholic

Sometimes non-Catholic Christians question whether St Peter was ever in Rome. The New Testament itself offers pretty slim evidence. All we have is the verse at the end of the first epistle of Peter which says he is in Babylon with Mark. (1 Pt. 5:13) However, when the rest of the documentary evidence is compliled [Read More...]

St Mark the Evangelist

I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about today’s post. Did I dare to call St Mark an ‘evangelist’? After all, Protestants have Evangelists! Would I be accused of selling out to Billy Graham, Ernest Angely, Jimmy and Tammy and Jimmy Swaggart? If I used the word ‘evangelist’ would I be accused of being a 60′s [Read More...]