Mercy Me

Here’s the link to the podcast of my homily for 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time…all about Gollum, Frodo and what it means to be merciful. After Mass a literary type was enthusiastic…”C.S.Lewis, Tolkien and Shakespeare in one sermon! Wow!” He missed the T.S.Eliot. But hey, I’m a one trick pony. Those are the only four [Read More...]

Of Chocolates and Contraceptives

For those who enjoy the English sense of humour (note spelling all you Brits) Fr Tim Finigan relates a tale from Oxford. The story has to do with the early attempts to sell contraceptives more widely in Britain. Now, of course, condoms are handed out willy nilly (‘scuse the rude pun Brits) in schools, shops, [Read More...]

In These Signs Conquer

Hat tip to Radical Catholic Mom for this link to a witty ecumencial dialogue for Ash Wednesday. Check out this conversation between Baptist, Catholic and Pentecostal. It reminds me of a story I heard about a Baptist pastor who was exploring more liturgical stuff with his congregation. Before Christmas he introduced them to Advent, had [Read More...]

The Archbishop’s Steering Committee

Who’s directing whom? Ruth Gledhill of The Times of London gets to the heart of the matter in the communique from the Anglican Primates meeting in Tanzania. Despite the gooey language, the Anglican Communion has rapped the knuckles of the Episcopal Church and called for action. Gledhill’s article includes the whole communique. I have to [Read More...]

One Flock One Shepherd

Just what did Jesus mean when he said there was to be “one flock and one shepherd”? (John 10:16) This is in the context of his extended parable of the Good Shepherd, and Jesus Christ himself is clearly the Good Shepherd. He says so in verse 14. What interests me about this passage is that [Read More...]

Anglican – Catholic Re-union?

Ruth Gledhill of The Times reports that the Anglican and the Catholic churches are just about to unite??!! Read the whole story here: (Hat tip to Jay) It’s an inflated headline. When you read the full story, it turns out that the report suggests ‘ways forward’ and calls for continued work. Fr Christopher comments pretty [Read More...]

If You’re a Convert join the club

There is a new Catholic Converts blog. Chris Landsell invites converts of all stripes who have a blog to drop him a line and add their blog to his list, and maybe link to their conversion story. He’d probably post your conversion story on his site if you send it to him, and he welcomes [Read More...]

Online Pilgrimage

You can pay a little online pilgrimage to G.K.Chesterton’s church and grave in Beaconsfield, England by going over to Cally’s Kitchen. The visit is in two parts. I referred to Tokien in my sermon today at Mass and someone said they had visited his grave in Oxford last summer. Anyone got photos of Tolkien’s grave? [Read More...]

Bookish Anglican Priest Comes Home to Rome

Here’s a blog by an Anglican priest who has recently crossed the Tiber. It’s a bit academic, but he explains his pilgrimage and his reasons in detail and with passion. (hat tip to the Pontificator) [Read more...]

Church of the Atonement blog

Church of the Atonement is the founding church of the Catholic Anglican Use parishes. Their priest, Fr Christopher Phillips, has a new blog. Read about his conversion story, became one of the first pastoral provision priests and started the most well known Latin Rite, Anglican Use parish. There’s going to be a conference in a [Read More...]

More from the Catholic Body shop

Some time ago we were made aware of the Pope’s Cologne. I’m now pleased to say that David Palmer has discovered a Catholic line in lip balm. Key marketing verse for Catholic lip balm: …Job 8:21 “Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. Buy some today! [Read more...]

How Sweet it is…

I don’t know if it’s universal youth slang yet, but the kids at St Joseph’s use the word ‘sweet’ for ‘that’s cool!’ I’ll tell you what’s sweet… I have been a Catholic priest now for two months. It is the most amazing and wonderful gift. Brothers, do not fail to respond to God’s call to [Read More...]

Sly and the Family… (built on the Rock)

Following my post about the future of the continuing churches; today I received the following news about one of the founders of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. Think what a great gift it would be if more Evangelical Anglians were to enter the Catholic Church! We need them, their gifts and their love for the Lord. [Read More...]

East Saves West?

UPDATE: Mark at Rise and Pray posts on the plight of the migrant workers from Eastern Europe in the UK. This article in The Times of London is important not so much for the fact that the Catholic Church is on the ascendant in England, but for three other important factors that the journalist misses. [Read More...]

Anglican Bishops Worldwide – a Prophecy

My first entry into liturgical, historical Christianity was in a little Episcopal breakaway church in Greenville, South Carolina called deliciously, The Holy Trinity Anglican Orthodox Church. The little congregation of conservative former Episcopalians belonged to a denomination based in North Carolina founded by Bishop James Parker Dees. The Anglican Orthodox Church was regarded as a [Read More...]

Sweetness and Light

OK. This is a day late, and I know these kind of articles are a little bit, well, gooey and greeting-card-sweet, yeah, it’s schmaltzy but go ahead and read it, and see if your eye stays totally, utterly and completely dry. See if your lips stay totally, utterly and completely down turned. If not, it’s [Read More...]

Triuimphant Toledo

Our man in Toldeo (that’s Ohio, not Spain) who already produces the beautiful, witty and unmissable blog Roving Medievalist also produces an equally wonderful blog called Triumphant Baroque. This continues the reverent, enthusiastic, jolly, crunchy and cheerfully grumpy tone which the blogger projects so well. It’s all so thoroughly Catholic and full of juice. Put [Read More...]

Sweet Heart

Here’s your Valentine’s card. The devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus is pretty hard for a convert to understand. I once visited the Monastery at Conyers in Georgia, and a nice Catholic lady was showing me around. She told me a story about the time she was showing one of her Southern Baptist friends [Read More...]

Pointy Hat

Dr George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury who pushed women’s ordination through the Church of England in the early 1990s has been in North Carolina for some weeks now. The story is that he is globe trotting, quietly ‘ministering’ to the morally conservative Anglican Evangelicals. This is code for ‘rallying all the Evangelicals’ to fight [Read More...]

Red Meat

In the wake of the present crisis meeting for Anglicans in Africa, Fr Al Kimmel has some pretty juicy stuff about Anglicans and private judgement. If you want a juicy theological steak to sink your teeth into, zip over to Pontifications. [Read more...]


Can anybody resist George Herbert? An intellectual with the highest connections who decided to be a humble country parish priest. You can still visit the little church in Bemerton, near Salisbury in Wiltshire where he lived, ministered, wrote his simple, beautiful poetry and where he finally died, and where he is buried. You can’t visit [Read More...]

Blog Awards

In keeping with clerical humility, modesty, blah blah blah…I was determined to take no notice of the Catholic Blog awards. Not for me the check up to see if I was nominated. Not for me a shameless plea for votes. Not for me the daily biting of nails to see if I won an award. [Read More...]