Catholic or Madman?

The Curt Jester records a fascinating exchange between the sad alcoholic Christopher Hitchens and the saintly and heroic convert from Anglicanism Fr George Rutler: [Read more...]

Signs and Wonders

An interesting discussion has been developing in the combox of my most recent post. One commentor said he left the Catholic Church because it was legalistic and he became a non-Catholic charismatic because that’s where the miracles are happening. That’s funny. I left the Protestant church and became a Catholic for the same reason: Protestant [Read More...]

Split Imminent

The crisis in the Anglican communion is coming to a head. Mgr Graham Leonard, (the former Anglican Bishop of London) writing in The Path to Rome has said, “There is a realignment occurring between those one the one hand who believe the Christian gospel is revealed by God, is to be heard and received and [Read More...]

A Conference of Priests

A skein of Canadian geese flew in,circled around and settled on the lake.They were a somber band, dressed all in blackwith patches of white at their throat. Like foreignagents, or soldiers of an élite corps;they were leaders of the resistance,bound by a solemn oath of obedience,and a secret code of honor learned at war. After [Read More...]

Dean Koontz – The Taking

On the drive to Myrtle Beach and back, then up to the mountains, I listened to talking book of Dean Koontz’ The Taking.Seriously cool stuff. The heroine wakes up one morning to find nature has gone awry. The wild animals are scared. Strange torrential rain is falling and terror lurks in the night. As the [Read More...]

Bless Me Preacher for I Have Sinned

It seems some Protestant churches are offering confession to their faithful. Here’s the report from London’s Daily Telegraph. Before I became a Catholic I can remember a good Protestant lady once saying to me, “Well, you know those Catholics just go and confess their sins, and then turn around and do the same thing again [Read More...]

I want my Roving Medievalist back!

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Gene Savoy

One of the delightful things about the English Daily Telegraph are the obituaries. They regularly record the deaths of the worlds’ great eccentrics: wacky inventors, decadent aristocrats with weird hobbies, artists who were genuine crazies, bishops who went off the rails, or people who have simply lived lives that make you gasp with their accomplishment, [Read More...]

A Secret Language

Here is a poem written on retreat We wrestle with the mystery of words,hammering from the vast inchoateuniverse, the pointed spears and sharp swordswith which we marshal the inarticulatechaos of the soul. With precisionwe discuss, dissect and delineate;then define and decide. Each decisionis set in stone—not open to debate. But beneath the dogma something rebels.We [Read More...]

See Ya Later…

Not much blogging for a time. I’m off to Myrtle Beach, SC tomorrow to take part in our diocesan family conference called Fire at the Beach. Back for Masses at St Mary’s on Sunday, then off on Monday to the mountains of North Carolina to Episcopal Retreat Center called Kanuga for the Diocesan Priests’ Retreat. [Read More...]

Why Remain Protestant?

Here are one guy’s thoughts H/T to Bob Catholic [Read more...]

Damien and Darwin

Daily Telegraph journalist Damien Thompson doesn’t like Evangelical Christians’ theory that Darwinism lead to Hitler’s death camps. He thinks this is another example of American religious right wing lunacy. I won’t dispute with Damien that there are some seriously nutty right wing Evangelical Christians in America, but I don’t think this particular theory of theirs [Read More...]

Moses

Holy Moses! What I love about the man is his meekness. Brought up in the royal household, but kills a man and runs for his life. Learns the name of God at the Burning Bush, but doesn’t flaunt it. Returns to court and steps up to the plate and leads God’s people even though he [Read More...]

Abraham

What I love about Abraham is the child like quality of his faith. God calls him to leave his country and his people to go to a new land, so he up and goes. Mind you, he never gets to enter the land, and only ever gets a glimpse of it, and wanders for the [Read More...]

Going Down

In London the world’s super rich are digging deep for more leisure space. I guess it’s a good idea. They can get used to going down below, and if the leisure space has a sauna they can get used to the heat as well. [Read more...]

The Royal Portal

The Royal Portal at Chartres Cathedral. See Christ enthroned in eternal majesty. See him supported by the mystical winged beasts who are the gospel writers. See him surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, the patriarchs and prophets, the apostles and martyrs. This great image: a vast icon in stone reveals and conceals Christ [Read More...]

Splendor

When faced with such inexplicable splendor, any Christian must stop and ask, “What is this about? Why did someone take such trouble, go to such expense and make such sacrifices to create a temple such as this?” The simple Protestant may well protest and say, “But this is money that could be spent on the [Read More...]

Beauty and Liberation

“If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beatuty and [Read More...]

The Day I Met Mother Teresa

My friend James had been brought up in India, so when he asked me in 1985 if I wanted to go to India with him for three weeks I jumped. We went on the tourist trail in Northern India, and wound up in Calcutta. James and I had taken a collection in England for Mother [Read More...]

Evangelicals and Anglicans

I have, from time to time, been critical of Evangelical Protestants and Anglicans. I don’t apologize for this. I think it’s okay to criticize as long as you try honestly to see your own faults, and accept the criticism of others with good humor. However, I also want to record the good stuff I received [Read More...]

BBC on the African-Anglican Consecrations

The BBC is supposed to be one of the world’s finest news organizations, priding itself in objective, balanced and fair reporting. Check out this article on the recent Anglican/ECUSA episcopal consecrations in Africa to see how biased the BBC’s reporting is. This article is typical. Having lived in England for 25 years, I can testify [Read More...]

It’s a Mystery

An Evangelical friend of mine we’ll call Tom, was engaging me in debate some time ago, and whenever he raised an argument he thought particularly convincing he would ask me to explain and add, “But maybe it’s just a mystery.” So, for example, he’d say, “Tell me Dwight, how do you explain the use of [Read More...]


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