The Benedictine Way – 2

The Benedictine monk vows stability, and this means he will stay in one place. He’s not on the move like a friar or a missionary. He can’t be whisked here and there like a diocesan priest. He stays put. That’s why a Benedictine, when asked will not just say, “I’m a Benedictine monk.” but “I’m [Read More...]

St Irenaeus

This quotation of St Irenaeus of Lyons helped to bring me into the Catholic Church: Therefore we will refute those who hold unauthorized assemblies–either because of false self importance, or pride, or blindness and perversity–by pointing to the tradition of the greatest and oldest church, a church known to all men, which was founded and [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 1

Here Starts a little series on the Benedictine Way The Benedictine Monk takes three vows: Stability, Obedience and Conversion of Life. The three vows are braided together like three strands of a strong rope. Each of the vows has a concrete expression. The vow of stability means the monk promises to remain in one community [Read More...]

Anglo Islamic Female Priest??

Damian Thompson reports on an Anglican woman priest who is also a practising Muslim. This follows an Anglican priest in England last year who was also a Hindu priest. There is a long tradition of this sort of thing in the Anglican Church. For many years there has been a strange phenomenon called ‘Anglo-Catholicism’. This [Read More...]

Recent Ordinations

Watch this slide show of ordinations in New York. Courtesy of the Franciscan Friars of Renewal. The joy you can cut with a knife… [Read more...]

God Not the Father…

The guy over at Catholidoxies has noticed that Protestant Christians in the mainstream are less and less inclined to refer to God as ‘Father’. He posts on this and expresses his reserve about this practice, wondering if it is heresy or not. Yes it is heresy for some very good reasons. First reason is that [Read More...]

Independent Catholic Christian Church

Here’s a new one I hadn’t heard of before. They claim to be Catholic, but they’re independent. Whaat? From their website: We proclaim the faith of the Nicene Creed:Jesus Christ is fully God and fully humanJesus Christ saves humankind through His death and resurrectionWe celebrate the seven sacraments and preserve the apostolic successionWe welcome all [Read More...]

Clear Creek Monastery

The Abbey Church of Fontgombault You may already know of the new Benedictine monastery going up in Oklahoma. Its a monastery of the Solesmes congregation in France, and an offshoot of the famous Abbey of Fontgombault. I haven’t been there yet, but hope to visit next Spring while on a speaking tour of Oklahoma. The [Read More...]


First thing this morning my wife screamed, “The cat’s got a chipmunk!” Frodo (that’s the cat) had captured the little critter and brought it inside the house and was chasing it around our bathroom. The kids came rushing in to see the spectacle and Dad the hero got a waste paper basket and was chasing [Read More...]

New Music Minister for St Marys News Scoop: Fr Newman has just appointed a new music minister for St Mary’s Greenville. [Read more...]

Daily Mass

Today I went to St Mary’s to celebrate the daily Mass at 12:00. I was busy. There was business at school and people to talk to. I was running late. The traffic was heavy and every traffic light was red. I arrived a few minutes late and felt bad because I had not left enough [Read More...]


Somebody has suggested that I write my conversion story. I’m not sure about autobiographies as a genre. It seems to me that you have to assume that a good number or ordinary folks will cough up twenty dollars of their hard earned money just to read all about your life. Isn’t that about tops for [Read More...]


Have I recommended this new blog? A young Evangelical searching for the Truth of the historic faith. I wish he’d get hold of a couple of my books and read them and recommend them to others. I can’t seem to get hold of him by email. Maybe he’ll read this and be in touch… [Read more...]

Not Just the Catholics

Some time ago during the height of the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church my friend David said that plenty of the same stuff went on in Protestant Churches, but because they are much more unaccountable and without a strict hierarchical system they don’t get picked up. Here’s a link which proves he was [Read More...]

Latin Answers

Thank you to all the people who have answered my questions on the Latin Mass and expressed their opinions. The combox is now closed on this one. A summary of my own feelings is this: I do actually appreciate the Latin Mass, and hope a wider permission is granted for the Latin Mass to be [Read More...]

Suicide Attack in Gaza

Today’s reading from the Office of Readings is the story from the book of Judges of Samson pulling down the temple of Dagon on the heads of the Philistines. It could be yesterday’s headline: Israeli Suicide Attack on Palestinian Mosque… Except that the Jews seem to have learned a few lessons since Samson’s time, and [Read More...]

Latin Questions

OK, I’m not a liturgical expert. I’m only a convert, and a new priest at that, but I have been trying real hard to understand the attraction of the Latin Mass. Some time ago I attended a Latin Mass and enjoyed it up to a point, however, I have some questions. Don’t get me wrong. [Read More...]

Schindler’s List

One of the great things about Netflix is the availability of almost any movie you want to see. I ordered Schindler’s List and have just finished watching it with my teenagers. Pretty terrifying, and like the best of Spielberg, the whole film has layer upon layer of meaning.The subtle interplay of Judaism and Schindler’s Catholicism [Read More...]

Sometimes I Wake up Grumpy…

…and sometimes I let him sleep in. Is the name of a book by some sort of Christian Erma Bombeck humorist. It was a cheerful ‘Sunshine on the Soapsuds’ kind of book. I was reminded of it by a comment by someone who signs themself ‘anonymous old friend’ in my combox. AOF said that one [Read More...]

Aloysius Gonzaga

One of the most wonderful and interesting and amazing things about being a Catholic is that you keep on discovering more saints. I’d heard of Aloysius Gonzaga, but I’m afraid I first came across the name ‘Aloysius’ (and couldn’t figure out how to pronounce it) as Sebastian Flyte’s teddy bear. Then I happened into St [Read More...]

Down, but not Out

Sorry so few posts over the last few days. I’ve been on the go for over a year without a break. The last few days I’ve crashed. nuthin serious. Ahm jist tard. [Read more...]

Mork the Dork

Tim Staples sent this in: New York, Jun 20, 2007 / 10:14 am (CNA).- Robin Williams has decided that he won’t pay any consequences for ridiculing the Church in public, says The Catholic League. On Monday night’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Williams equated all priests with pedophiles and mocked confession. Leno invited the actor [Read More...]