Ten Traits of Catholic Fundamentalism

Within Catholic ultra traditionalist circles a new wave of ugliness has arisen. Numerous traditionalist blogs, websites and publications spew disrespectful hatred towards the Catholic church. They mock the Mass by despising the “Novus Ordo” they denigrate the Holy Father referring to him as “Pope Frank” or “Bergoglio” and refer to their mother the Catholic Church [Read More…]

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Priest Holes and the Holy

My article at Imaginative Conservative website this week considers the priest’s holes which were created during the Elizabethan terror in England. If you visit Oxburgh Hall in England you can tour one of the ancient country houses occupied without break since 1482 by one of the most venerable Catholic families in England. Last summer, while [Read More…]

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Ugly Churches and the Dictatorship of Populism

Soon after the plans for the new traditionally styled church in our parish were planned, I showed them with some enthusiasm to a liberal priest who happened to be visiting from England. He turned up his nose at the style and asked why we would build such  a church which was “against Vatican 2” Knowing [Read More…]

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Only Priests and Deacons May Preach. Why Is That?

Following a speculative essay in an Italian paper that women should be allowed to preach at Mass there is now a conversation going on about the issue. My blog post yesterday addresses the issue. It’s not about women or men per se, but about clergy and laity. Women are not forbidden from preaching because they’re [Read More…]

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Should Women Preach at Mass?

An essayist in L’Osservatore Romano– the Vatican paper–suggests that women should be allowed to preach at Mass. On Facebook, popular “Public Figure” Fr James Martin agrees. I wholeheartedly agree. Not hearing women reflecting on the Gospels at Mass impoverishes us, limits us, and prevents us from hearing the wisdom and experience of fully half of our church. I [Read More…]

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Men at Church

Why does Catholic worship appeal to men? It has to do with liturgy. This is why the feminization of the liturgy is so unattractive to men. When well-meaning liturgists and priests feel they have to make everything in the liturgy emotionally relevant and “meaningful” to everyone, many men switch off. When Father Fabulous insists on [Read More…]

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Does a Catholic HAVE to Vote for Hillary or Donald?

If we are faced with the choice of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as presidential candidates an increasing number of Catholics are saying, “What do I do? Both of them are awful! Do I vote with two hands–one to hold my nose? Do I have to vote? Isn’t a vote a participation in evil?” This [Read More…]

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Homily Podcast – The Joy of Being Wrong

You can listen here to my homily from Our Lady of the Rosary from last Sunday – the third Sunday in Lent. In the homily I discuss self righteousness and how wrong it is to be “right” and how right it is to be wrong. Go here to listen and share. [Read more…]

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Sin Makes You Stupid…and Violent

One of Mark Shea’s memorable (if not eloquent) quotes is “Sin Makes You Stupid.” It’s another way of echoing St Paul’s wisdom in the first chapter of his epistle to the Romans 1 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their [Read More…]

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Pippin and Providence

My essay for Imaginative Conservative this week focuses on Tolkien’s driving force of providence behind his plot lines. While I feel Pippin’s pain, I have confidence, because like the omniscient one, I know how Lord of the Rings ends. I can see that Pippin and Merry’s capture was no mistake. Their ordeal brings them to Fangorn to [Read More…]

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Trump and the Mob: A Theological Observation

You may have seen the clip from Donald Trump’s rally where he said he wanted to punch a protester in the face. What disturbed me most about his bullying was not so much that he wanted to punch the guy, but that the crowd ate it up and roared their approval. The root problem was not [Read More…]

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What I Learned When I Visited a Casino…

I was brought up very strictly in a Christian home. We didn’t go to movies. We didn’t go to dances. We didn’t smoke or drink. Heck, we weren’t even allowed to play cards because they were linked with gambling. Then some years ago I visited Detroit and my host took me out to lunch. Bob [Read More…]

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Praying for Princes and Politicians

My article for Aleteia this week recommends prayer for politicians. One of the charming things about being an Anglican were the petitions in the Book of Common Prayer for “HMQ” aka Her Majesty the Queen. How quaint and Queenly is this beautiful prayer? Almighty and everlasting God, we are taught by thy holy Word, that [Read More…]

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Should A Priest Comment on Politics?

My blog posts criticizing Trump have elicited some pretty nasty emails from Trump supporters blaming me for being a Sanders supporting Communist, Marxist and blaming me for never condemning Clinton, Nancy Pelosi or Biden. Anybody who has read this blog with any frequency at all will know that I’ve thrown plenty of stones at that [Read More…]

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The Chair of Peter: Furniture Matters…

As a convert you come across some unusual practices within the Catholic faith (said he, making the understatement of the year) One of them for me was to find that there was a feast day for a chair. What was I–poor Bob Jones graduate that I was–to make of such an odd celebration. There it [Read More…]

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America Wants a Trumperor

Is history repeating itself in a remarkable and disturbing way? Do you know what happened to the Roman Republic? First, did you know that the Roman Empire was preceded by a Republic? For about five hundred years just before the birth of  Christ Rome was governed by a Republic. It was not exactly like our [Read More…]

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Trump or Pope? Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve

I have been astounded to receive emails and FB attacks from Catholics who side with Donald Trump against Pope Francis. That so many Americans have fallen in love with this loud mouthed, lying, bragging, adulterous con man is bad enough, but when I read that a good number of Evangelicals are swooning at his feet [Read More…]

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Trump Dumps Pope in South Carolina

The Pope pops Trump Trump Dumps Pope. Has it occurred to anyone else that Donald Trump’s attack on Pope Francis has happened in South Carolina–a state not known (errmm) for its love of Catholics? After all, this is the state where the Bob Jones crowd protested the visit of John Paul II in 1987, and [Read More…]

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Scalia and Don Quixote Catholicism

    My latest blog post at National Catholic Register compares Justice Antonin Scalia to Don Quixote and says we need more like him… Addressing the Knights of Columbus, Justice Antonin Scalia said, “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools …If I have brought any message [Read More…]

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Why Don’t We See More Miracles?

Over at ChurchPoP they’ve reprinted one of my old blog posts about miracles. Why then, are there not more miracles reported amongst those who believe? There are a couple of reasons. For one, very often our “belief” in miracles is purely academic. We say we believe in miracles because it is part of our whole [Read More…]

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Confession in an Old Ambulance

View More: Live News|More News Videos A Louisiana priest is going out into the highways and byways to bring confession to the people. [Read more…]

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The Mysterious Case of Scalia’s Priest

I have to confess, I am fond of conspiracy theories. I like to ponder who really killed JFK. Why was the Bush clan so close to the Hinckley family whose son tried to assassinate Reagan when Bush Sr was VP? Is Jimmy Carter really one of the Kennedy boys and is Bill Clinton really a Rockefeller? [Read More…]

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