Aggressive British Atheism

The Telegraph of London gives space to secularist A.C.Grayling, who argues that religious believers are dangerous kooks. Grayling dishes out the weary old argument that all religion is dangerous because of the atrocities committed in it’s name. What I can never quite grasp is that these arguments come from guys who, on paper, seem to [Read More...]

Size Matters

Over at Pontifications there is an interesting thread about Anglicans converting to Catholicism. It is easy to compare the two churches, thinking that they are pretty much the same, and forgetting that the Catholic Chuch is simply much, much larger than the Anglican Church. Fr. Newman chucks out this statistic: there are more Catholics at [Read More...]

UK Catholic Bloggers Meet

Last night in London, England the inner circle of UK Catholic bloggers met to plan their takeover of the world of Catholic blogging. In this rare photograph, the highly secretive cabal can be seen for the first time. Left to right are Fr.Nicholas of Roman Miscellany The mysterious conversant with cows, Dunadan, Fr Tim Finigan, [Read More...]

Gargoyle Code – 11

It’s true my patient has agreed to go to a Healing Mass Hogwart, but you needn’t gloat quite so much. I’m not sure how you found out, but I expect you are already building up a network of sneaks and fiends who will sell their best friend for the assurance of promotion. Don’t worry; I [Read More...]

Quo Vadis Anglicans?

There is a telling comment by Anglican theologian Ephraim Radner. He finally admits that those who wish to follow the historic Christian faith are not welcome in ECUSA. So that’s news? Anyway, Fr.Al Kimmel has a good post in reply with a good stream of comments about the future for orthodox Anglicans. I know many [Read More...]

ECUSA Bishops Kick Communique

For those following the ATC (Anglican Train Crash) you won’t be surprised that the Communique which came out of the conference in Tanzania a few weeks ago has been kicked out by the Episcopalian Bishops. The communnique was a last attempt to bring the Episcopal Church to heel regarding homosexuality. In it the bishops of [Read More...]

Let St Joseph Drive

I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to post on St Joseph on Monday. Fr Christopher has a beautiful St Joseph story. He tells how St Joseph got him into the Catholic Church. Here’s one from our family: My younger brother, Daryl had become a Catholic. My older brother, Don (Yes, all five of us [Read More...]

Modern Britain

Check out Auntie Joanna if you would like to visit a typical British town on a Saturday night… … arrived in Manchester late on Saturday night, and the city centre was lively with shrieking, shouting young people, many drunk, a few vomiting or slumped in pub doorways. With intermittent blasts of driving rain, it was [Read More...]

Satan’s Way

Go here if you would like to listen to the podcast of my sermon at St Mary’s for the fourth Sunday in Lent. The series is: ‘The War of the Worlds’. First Sunday is in text form. Second Sunday is a podcast: The Way of the World. Third Sunday is The Way of All Flesh. [Read More...]

The Gargoyle Code – 10

Hogwart, Slubgrip has ordered me to write to you about the sexual temptation of females. You should know that someone of my experience is far too busy to chat with juniors like yourself, but when Slubgrip exerts his considerable ‘charm’ how can one resist, or should I say, ‘How can one dare resist?’ I’ll be [Read More...]

Priest Poem

Lenten Incense The boy kneels as the Father prods the coalsthat glower in the thurible. The grayash sticks, then crumbles, shifts and falls away.The embers surge orange before the granules,like tiny jewels, are spooned onto the fire.It is a simple ritual—almost quaint–done with ancient courtesy and restraint.In the burnt brass bowl, like a little pyre,the [Read More...]

The Night is Far Spent

If you love C.S.Lewis, T.S.Eliot, J.R.R.Tolkien and all that gang, pick up Thomas Howard’s latest book. It’s a collection of essays and talks that he has given over the years. In his witty, inimitable style, Howard takes you into the imagination of Lewis and Tolkien. He shows you what they thought, why they thought it, [Read More...]

The Gargoyle Code – 9

Dear Hogwart, How typical of you to bring up the topic of sex. Your bragging that you got your patient to spend a whole hour viewing pornography on the internet is so infantile. I can almost hear you sniggering in delight as you poke Squirmtuggle in the ribs. I suppose you may be commended for [Read More...]

In the Pink

And you thought only the priests wore pink on Laetare Sunday… Hat Tip to Obnoxiously Pious, who tells us that the sisters in question are Adoration Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Do they know about the noble wife in Proverbs 31? Verse 22 says ‘she is clothed in fine linen and purple.’ [Read more...]

Great Hat

Go ahead. Tell me Catholics don’t have the best headgear. (Hat tip to Dappled Things) Captions please… [Read more...]

The Gargoyle Code – 8

Hogwart, my patient bumped into his parish priest on the golf course yesterday afternoon and spent a whole hour with him at the bar. I tried very hard to get my man to criticize the priest for being at the golf club at all, but to no avail. He actually likes his parish priest! This [Read More...]

Obnoxiously Pious

I’ve often said that there’s at least one thing the Catholics win hands down: clerical headgear. A fun new UK Catholic blog called Obnoxiously Pious has some pictures if you’re interested. The real collector of this stuff is over at Dappled ThingsIt’s not easy to find out who is behind ‘Obnoxiously Pious’ Does the ‘OP’ [Read More...]

The Boy Bishop

For St Nicholas Day I posted about the tradition of the Boy Bishop. Our blogger at Westminster Cathedral in London (not to be confused with the ecclesiastical museum Westminster Abbey) has lots of pictures and stuff about their recent Boy Bishop ceremony. Have a look. It’s a pity about the mitre. Surely Watt & Co. [Read More...]

The Way of All Flesh

My Lenten sermons at St Mary’s have been recorded and are available to stream, download or transfer to your iPod or MP3 player. Sermon for Lent 3 is called The Way of All Flesh and starts off with the story of a chocoholic who was cured by a self help expert. See what you think… [Read more...]

A Letter from Papa

Here is a link to the new Papal exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis. This new letter on the Eucharistic sacrifice is deeply rooted in Scripture and the Fathers of the Church. Take time to read it, and if you can’t read the whole thing the Queen of Catholic bloggers (Amy Welborn) has posted excellent excerpts. Roving Medievalist [Read More...]

An Evangelical Comes Home to Rome

Aime–a very articulate convert to Catholicism from Evangelicalism explains why she became a Catholic. Check it out. (H-T to Amy Welborn) What strikes me about Aimee’s story is the same as so many Evangelical-Rome conversion stories. Usually the convert is not rebelling against his or her former beliefs. Almost always they remain thankful for all [Read More...]

Hype Headlines and Hypocrites

The last time one of my books came out my wife read the blurb about the author and burst out laughing. The blurb was the usual bookseller’s blather trying to puff me as ‘the next Chesterton’ or as ‘well known author, apologist, speaker, broadcaster…blahblahblahblah. None of it was untrue, but neither was it an accurate [Read More...]