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...]

Catholics and Charismatics

I recently commented on the desire of Catholic Charismatics to welcome the new liberties for the Latin Mass to be celebrated. Within the post I joked about what a Charismatic Tridentine Mass might be like…a tambourine instead of the sanctus bell etc. Well, all the way from Wales comes a most bizarre post. It seems [Read More...]

Saints Meme

Brad tags me for this meme: The assigned task is to list my four favorite saints, one favorite blessed, and one person I think should have been a saint. Here goes. Four favorite saints: St Joseph, St Therese of Lisieux, St Benedict, St Elizabeth Ann Seton. Favorite Blessed: Bl. Teresa of Calcutta The last category [Read More...]

The Mystery of Psalm 46

St George’s Day is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Do you know the mystery of Psalm 46? It goes like this: William Shakespeare was 46 years old the year the King James Version of the Bible was published. Get out your KJV (you good Catholics who don’t own one will have [Read More...]

Catherine of Siena Institute

The folks over at the Catherine of Siena Institute are the people behind the brilliant ‘Called and Gifted’ workshops. They have posts about the kerfuffle on this blog about the term ‘Evangelical Catholicism’. If you would like to get away from the snap judgements, bias and name calling and get some sober professional and learned [Read More...]