On the Reality and Relevance of Relics

We are heading home after a fantastic parish pilgrimage to Poland where we were uplifted, astounded and inspired by Catholic Poland. Part of the reason for our journey was to receive first class relics of Pope St John Paul II and St Faustina to be housed in the new Shrine of the Divine Mercy in [Read More…]

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Eucharistic Miracles and Protestants?

I’m blogging from Poland, and meant to do a fair bit of writing from this wonderful country, but the schedule of our pilgrimage has been full of faith and fellowship, so the blogging and writing has gotten pushed back. On our departure a week ago we heard about the new Eucharistic miracle at Legnica in [Read More…]

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Does Amoris Laetitia Encourage Communion of Divorced and Re-Married?

Embed from Getty Images This article from Aleteia re-affirms two things about Pope Francis’ exhortation. First of all Cardinal Schonborn affirms what Cardinal Burke said in his interview at National Catholic Register that the exhortation needs to be read in continuity with the whole of the magisterium. The magisterium of the church’s teaching is, as it [Read More…]

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Amoris Laetitia – Chapter 8 and That Footnote…

Readers have asked for my opinion about the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation, and apart from a couple of posts over the weekend about the issue of marriage in general I haven’t commented that much. That’s because I haven’t had the time to read the exhortation. Now, having read it, my reactions are much the same [Read More…]

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Praying the Hail Mary for Spiritual Warfare

  One of my favorite Catholic images is that of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the child Jesus, standing on the globe crowned with twelve stars, trampling a serpent under her feet and offering the rosary to the world. This image from the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation captures the majesty and power [Read More…]

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Worried? Upset? Confused? Here’s a Great Problem Solver

The other day a woman came to see me with a problem. During her prayer time she saw an angel. It was a beautiful angel who smiled at her. She told me all about her vision in great detail and waited for my reply. I said, “Wonderful. What are you going to do about that?” [Read More…]

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Cardinal Burke Knocks the Armchair Critics of Amoris Laetitia

In this article for the National Catholic Register Cardinal Burke sets out exactly what the pope’s exhortation is, what it attempts to do and how it should be received. He says clearly that those who set themselves up as critics of the Holy Father and the exhortation are wrong and are causing scandal. The behavior [Read More…]

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Is It Time to Head for the Hills?

My latest article for CRUX explores the “Benedict Option” Is it time to head for the hills? That’s what St Benedict did. By the end of the fifth century the great Roman Empire had completely collapsed. The center of government had moved to Constantinople. The Vandals and Goths had sacked Rome, and the church and [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons for the Marriage Mess

The two synods on the family and the Holy Father’s exhortation published last week provide guidance for Catholics who are enmeshed in what I call the Marriage Mess. The fact of the matter is, the whole human race–and not simply Catholic Christians are going through a crisis that is bigger than just the question of [Read More…]

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The Pope’s Exhortation – A Parish Priest’s Perspective

In the wake of yesterday’s publication of Amoris Laetitia allow me to weigh in with a parish priest’s perspective. In the midst of a busy day in the parish I didn’t actually have time to read the exhortation. Neither did I have time last night or this morning. However, I have read some of the online commentary, [Read More…]

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On Crocodiles, Cannibals and Corpses

Here is an excerpt from my book The Quest for the Creed about the resurrection of the Body…      Any school child that thinks about the resurrection of the body soon starts asking delightfully gruesome questions. After all, if they’ve ever seen a cat hit by a car, then been to a funeral and seen Uncle Mitch [Read More…]

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I Saw Mary Queen of Heaven Yesterday

Our separated brothers and sisters often wonder why we Catholics venerate Mary as we do. They protest that the Marian Dogmas are not found in Scripture. But they are. We simply have to read the Scriptures with Catholic eyes and understand the  Jewish context of the Scriptures to see how the Catholic beliefs about Mary [Read More…]

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The Doubting Disciple and the Divine Mercy

I’ve always thought it a special grace to think that the doubting disciple is featured as a key player in the gospel for the Sunday after Easter. It is as if the whole church is saying, “See Thomas? It is okay to doubt.” But let me qualify that. It is okay to have difficulties. Bl [Read More…]

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Did We Experience a Divine Mercy Miracle?

Yesterday here in Greenville, South Carolina we had a mini-pilgrimage for Divine Mercy Sunday. About 300 Catholics met to walk along Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit trail from County Hall to St Mary’s Church where our local Jubilee Holy Door is located. About another 200 people were gathered at the church. Here’s a picture of the procession. [Read More…]

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That Remnant Retraction

For those who are interested in the recent conflict with the editor and staff of The Remnant,  I would like to clarify matters. Some time ago I wrote this article which discussed ten traits of fundamentalists. I was very clear in the opening paragraphs that this was not about all traditionalists, but about a tendency among [Read More…]

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New Church Progress at OLR

Check out this video of the progress of the new Our Lady of the Rosary Church Go here to learn more. [Read more…]

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Got Some People Problems? Avoid the Drains

Some years ago I went to a seminar about relationships. The speaker’s mantra was, “Avoid the drains.” By “drains” he meant a certain type of negative person in your life. A “drain” is a person who, like a drain, sucks you into a downward spiral. A drain sucks you dry. A drain leaves you empty. [Read More…]

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Mother Angelica and Margaret Thatcher

Here’s what I liked best about both Mother Angelica and Margaret Thatcher: They both beat the liberals at their own game. In an age when feminists were burning their bras Margaret Thatcher had her hair done, put on her hats and grabbed her handbag. Mother Angelica not only kept her habit, but reverted to a [Read More…]

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Easter Wings

Embed from Getty Images My article for Imaginative Conservative this week is a meditation on two poems for Easter: I was college student afflicted with a serious case of Anglophilia when I discovered George Herbert and his poetry. The discovery made my affliction worse. When I found that he forsook the allure of Cambridge and [Read More…]

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The King is Asleep

All powerful and ever-living God Your only Son went down among the dead And rose again in glory. In your goodness Raise up your faithful people buried with him in baptism to be one with him in the eternal life of heaven where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit One God, [Read More…]

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Why is Christianity is the Best Religion?

I know. I know. This is not really politically correct. You’re supposed to pretend that all religions are equal. The comparative religions professor (who has comparatively no religion) teaches that all religions are human inventions based on interesting and unique historical circumstances and cultures. The theory is that religions developed from animism when cavemen grunted [Read More…]

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The Resurrection and the Death of Atheism

This week’s article for Aleteia gives a brief outline of the arguments for the resurrection of Jesus Christ and why that is the best evidence for the existence of God. Atheists like to say, “Where is the evidence for the existence of God?,” and philosophical arguments aren’t really evidence as such. They work well enough, [Read More…]

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