Gandalf the Grey

Great image of Gandalf the Grey. The archetypal patriarch, hermit, wizard, prophet, holy man. He could be Elijah, Merlin, St Jerome, St Benedict, St Bruno, or Fr. Zossima of The Brothers Karamozov. [Read more...]

New Meme

I’ve been tagged for a meme by Peter over at Cum Grano Salis: Three non-fiction books everyone should read1. Saints and Sinners by Eamon Duffy – Brilliant history of the papacy2. The Hidden Face – by Ida Gorres – Classic study of Therese of Lisieux3. The Next Christendom – by Philip Jenkins – see that [Read More...]

David Questions Marian Devotion

For Mary’s month, an excerpt from the book I co-wrote with David Gustafson–Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate. This is from the chapter on Marian Devotion. David has been taking us on a little tour of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. He’s been describing the various chapels dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. As [Read More...]

Ascension Day

Can anybody explain why Ascension is celebrated on Sunday here? Is the Holy Day of Obligation shifted to a Sunday in order to make it easier for people to fulfill their obligation or so people will get a chance to celebrate Ascension? It seems daft to me, but what do I know, I’m only a [Read More...]

Our Lady of Caversham

Continuing my little ‘May is Mary’s Month’ series of Marian shrines of England, here is a little known shrine: Our Lady of Caversham. For a very nicely written history of the shrine link here. Some folks underestimate the destruction of the English Catholic Church during the time of the Reformation. They think it was simply [Read More...]

Quite an Eye-full

Fr Nicholas posts some interesting photos of relics of the English martyrs. Have a look. [Read more...]

Ordaining Relativism

You can read my article in the National Catholic Register this week here. It’s about the arguments for women’s ordination in the Anglican Church, and why they were flawed. Do Catholics evangelize? This article reports on Catholic missionary work in Mexico. Over 50,000 young Catholics out doing door-to-door visiting among the poor. The Mexicans were [Read More...]

Mysterious New Blog

Owl of the Remove is a curious and eccentric new blog with a mysterious name by an anonymous English priest who lives in USA. Does he go in my blogroll as a UK blog or a USA blog? I think he should cultivate his mystery man status. He should also learn how to post photos. [Read more...]

Catholic London

Mulier Fortis blogs about her walk around Catholic London recently, while Fr Newman discusses liturgy at two of London’s finest churches: Westminster Cathedral and the Brompton Oratory.Is this how you start a meme? Here are my top five places in Catholic England:1. The Shrine of St Etheldreda in Ely 2. Westminster Cathedral3. Quarr Abbey4. Downside [Read More...]

LOTR Musical–a Big Myth-take?

London’s Daily Telegraph reports the success of Lord of the Rings–the Musical. I can hear the purists moaning already, and wading in with wisecracks. Will we have tap dancing hobbits? Orcs doing a soft shoe number? Will there be a romantic duet between Aragorn and Arwen? Will Pippin and Merry provide the light relief and [Read More...]

Bl. Damien of Molokai

Is there anyone who doubts if the Catholic Church has heroic missionaries? Today is the Memorial of Blessed Damien of Molokai. Tomorrow at our school mass I will tell the students about his life.Lepers Adoring the Hidden Face of ChristIt is a little known fact that Father Damien laboured to established perpetual adoration of the [Read More...]

Transubstantiation across the Ether?

London’s Daily Telegraph reports the idea that Brazilian bishops want Mass to be able to be celebrated online. Can somebody explain what this is all about? Shorely there is shome mishtake? It reminds me of how the TV Evangelist Ernest Angeley used to scream, “Heal! Heal!” at the TV cameras and invite the listeners at [Read More...]

Sola Kevin

Some time ago an acquaintance from my Protestant fundamentalist days was in touch by email. Kevin is now a Baptist pastor working on his PhD. He wished to engage me in conversation to help me see my way out of the murky waters of Catholicism into the pure clear light of his religion. I had [Read More...]

Habitual Witness

A conversation: Bob: Father, did you wear your black clerical gear to that family wedding on the weekend. Fr. Dwight: No Bob: What! Why not? Fr. Dwight: I didn’t want to scare the horses. Bob: V. funny. Okay, so most of the family are Protestants of various stripes. You were worried about offending them? Fr. [Read More...]

Podcasts from St Mary’s

My homilies from St Mary’s Greenville for Easter 3, Easter 4 and Easter 5 are available here as podcasts…if anybody has trouble sleeping they could tune in and I guarantee they’ll be snoring in no time. [Read more...]

The Great Tradition and GKC

Francis Beckwith’s resignation as a leading Evangelical theologian is chronicled here among other places. The thing that interests me most about this event is that some Evangelical theologians are recognizing that they must discuss ‘the Great Tradition’. If they want to remain Protestants they had better watch their step. What C.S.Lewis said about atheists applies [Read More...]

Our Lady of Glastonbury

Bare ruined choir of Glastonbury–one of the largest and most ancient monasteries in England. It’s last Abbot, Richard Whiting, defied wicked King Henry and (although he was in his eighties) was taken to the top of Glastonbury Tor and hung, drawn and quartered. Read more about his martyrdom here. Glastonbury was also the home of [Read More...]


The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was one of the most heavily visited shrines in the Middle Ages. Peasants and Kings made the pilgrimage to the little Norfolk valley to venerate the ancient image of the Blessed Virgin. The shrine was destroyed by England’s Stalin (Henry VIII) but a shrine has been restored in [Read More...]

Leading Evangelical Becomes Catholic

Amy Welborn posts here about leading Evangelical scholar Francis Beckwith returning to the Catholic Church. There are good comments and links. [Read more...]

Wimmin Down Under

In Australia Peter posts about the foolishness of the feminist theologian’s penchant for the gnostic gospels. They must have trouble with the following snippet from the gnostic Gospel of Thomas 114. Simon Peter says to them: Let Mary depart from among us, for women are not worthy of the life. Yeshua says: Behold, I shall [Read More...]

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...]