The Church Triumphant

If you are experiencing some Lenten lows, zip over the Roving Medievalist for one of the most powerful, moving and beautiful posts ever. Don’t delay. Do it today. [Read more...]

Gargoyle Code – 6

Hogwart, I write in haste; my conservative Catholic patient has been diagnosed with cancer, and suddenly all my good work is threatened. Not only is he panicking, but he knows he is panicking. He is starting to think that his religiosity is not good enough, and he has started to re-read that book on the [Read More...]

Gargoyle Code – 5

Hogwart, did you learn nothing in your basic training? First of all you flatter me for my success with the conservative Catholic. (If you’re seeking promotion, you should know flattery does not work with me.) Then you make the most banal and ignorant statement I’ve ever heard. “I’m so glad the conservative Catholics have been [Read More...]

Gargoyle Code – 4

My Dear Hogwart,I must add a short note to let you know how things have turned out with my ultra conservative Catholic patient. In my earlier days I would have been alarmed at the sight of him picking up a book with the title The Holy Spirit Heals Today. Such books are very dangerous. With [Read More...]

The Gargoyle Code – 3

The coded messagesfrom international intelligence cell phone listening posts are being unscrambled and translated with increasing confidence and speed. The latest message: Dear Hogwart, You will remember from your days of basic training how to keep your patient from that odious occupation called prayer. The astonishing thing is that the little chimpanzees actually believe they [Read More...]

Breaking News

The tomb of Jesus has been discovered in Ohio!! Go here to see for yourself. [Read more...]

Gargoyle Code 2

Another fragment of a message from the Gargoyle has been intercepted, de-coded and translated: …should any of the vermin attempt to fast during this period they call Lent, you may think it right to tempt them with the thing they have vowed to give up. Sometimes this works, but more often it is counterproductive. Remember [Read More...]

Sermon Series

I’m doing a series of sermons for Lent at St Mary’s, Greenville. Click here for a link to the sermons. Last week’s for Lent 1 is available in text form. Go the box marked ‘page downloads’. Last week’s sermon was ‘To Fight or Not to Fight.’ Today’s and the rest of the series will be [Read More...]

The Gargoyle Code

The international listening posts of the Central Lack of Intelligence Agency have unscrambled various messages that have been sent electronically from sources unknown to destinations that have yet to be specified. These messages were filtered out from the millions of electronic impulses radiating through the atomosphere. The messages were disguised and coded within the billions [Read More...]

Mad Cows and Englishmen

You’ve heard of the epidemic of mad cow disease in England a few years ago? It seems the disease has not finished, and has, in fact, passed into the human population. The happy result of this worrying trend is that there seems to have been a quantum leap in the intellectual capacities of both the [Read More...]

Poem for Lent

Confiteo While running the race I stumbled and fellWent flat on my face, and spitting up dust,got up on my knees as others ran past.I’m down and out, and for all I can tell,the race is over. I’m finished. I’ve lost. Then another runner reached down and tookmy hand. He gave me a smile and [Read More...]

The Task of Catholic Art

What is art supposed to do, and I don’t mean Art Garfunkel. In a world obsessed with practicality, efficiency and the bottom line, does art have a function? First what do I mean by art? I mean any human activity where we are creative. Art would therefore include everything from cooking and gardening and crafts [Read More...]

Truly Catholic Deeply

If you want to see a truly Catholic movie watch Hardball with Keanu Reeves. It’s not about a saint. It’s about a sinner. Reeves plays Connor O’Neil, a young guy with just about every problem you can get: unemployed, gambling addict, drink problem, drugs problem, truth problem…you name it. To avoid the guys with the [Read More...]

Tolkien on Awful Liturgy

Roving Medievalist weighs in on the lessons learned from awful liturgy. He quotes Tolkien on the subject. Check it out. This quote not only makes the main point, but it reminds us that awful liturgy, venal priests, silly music and human frailty have always been with us. I sometimes get the impression from the extreme [Read More...]

Like the Birds of the Air

The birds have no bordersthey call no country ‘home’.Their range is the wide skyboundless in blue and calm.They travel light, withoutpassports or visas signed.Checkpoints and border guardsnever stop their kind.They have no roads or traffic;their routes remain unplanned,except by the stars and sun,the seasons and the wind.The birds fly free over land,and widely they roam.they [Read More...]

Learning from the Liturgy

There’s been a fair bit of comment about fine liturgy and the lamentable state of liturgical practice. I’m on the side of those who want to improve things, and have enough Catholic liturgical horror stories to write a book. Top of the list was the old Irish priest in Northern England who used to wipe [Read More...]

Getting Grumpy

I can tell that Lent is starting to bite because I am getting grumpy. Part of it is the fasting. I always get grumpy when I’m hungry. But there is more to it than that. I’m determined to engage in the spiritual battle. I’m trying to pray more, and I believe when we really try [Read More...]

The Church Mediocre

Among converts and those thinking of converting and those who are thinking of converting but denying it, there is a lot of talk about how awful the Catholic Church is when you actually stop reading books of apologetics and visit the local branch. Here you thought it was the Church Militant and it seems like [Read More...]

The Hypocrite

Words unspokensound loudest for those who hearwith the inward ear. A smile unbrokenby kindness is knownto maim, wound and kill. For those who feel,it’s a cut to the bone.When one smiles in silence, it is sharp, polished steel,or perfect benevolencecarved in stone. [Read more...]

Newman in Canterbury

Fr Newman has a new website and blog. Under the link Divine worship you can go through a cool slide show of High Mass at St Mary’s. How blessed we are to have been brought to such a vibrant parish! For Ash Wednesday the place was packed, the liturgy was splendid and the spirit truly [Read More...]

Immaculate Conception

In a recent comment a reader asked about the Immaculate Conception: about the Immaculate Conception. As a mere Anglican I still wonder ‘why?’. It may be so but surely Our Lady would still be unique in creation even if she were not immaculately conceived?Good question. May I humbly recommend my book Mary: A Catholic-Evangelical Debate? [Read More...]

Feast or Fast?

Every year this argument comes up in our household: I’ve heard that every Sunday is a feast day of the resurrection so you can break your Lenten fast on Sundays. Sure enough, if you count the ‘forty days’ from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday there are actually 46 days, so if you take out the [Read More...]