Once in Royal David’s City…

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For two years as a young Anglican priest I had the privilege of serving as chaplain to Kings’ College Cambridge Choir School. This is the prep school where the choristers of the famous Kings College choir are educated. It was my job to help mentor and chaperone them as well as teach religion and English. [Read More...]

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Ten Reasons Why Atheists Should Celebrate Christmas

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Sometimes I hear Christians grumbling about atheists celebrating Christmas. So they’re hypocrites. Big deal. Aren’t you? In thinking it through, there are good reasons why Christmas matters for atheists and for everyone. If they don’t realize why it matters, maybe the prominence of the season will  make some of them stop and think twice and [Read More...]

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God is With Us. Do Not Be Afraid

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My latest blog post at National Catholic Register tries to calm you down in the midst of the Christmas rush. Whew! Have you encountered the shopping mall, main street and the Christmas rush? There is a kind of panicked grasping after material happiness. Not only do we want to pack the tree with goodies, we want [Read More...]

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What’s Wrong with Santa?

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From the Christmas archives comes this article at the Imaginative Conservative in which I ask what’s good, bad and indifferent about Santa Claus. Some time ago a pastor friend of mine incurred the wrath of a squadron of militant mama bears when he preached at a school service against Santa—calling him a “fat pagan elf.” [Read More...]

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My Christmas Gift to Jesus

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Every year my Baptist neighbor puts a sign in his front yard, “Keep Christ in Christmas” and I’m tempted to get a sign for my front yard which says, “Keep Mass in Christmas”. Despite the un-ecumenical impulse, I agree with my neighbor’s yearly cliche. Furthermore, this Christmas I’m feeling that keeping Christ in Christmas isn’t [Read More...]

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Monsters and Monks in Star Wars

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One of the riveting themes within the Star Wars saga is the existence of monasticism. The Jedi Knights are also monks. Connecting with the warrior monks of Eastern religions, they also connect with the religious orders of knights in medieval Christendom. The Jedi clearly  remind of the spiritual truths of the New Testament where St [Read More...]

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Heaven and Hell at Christmas?

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My homily last week at Our Lady of the Rosary was on two of the Four Last Things I tied Heaven and Hell up with a meditation on how we are created in God’s image with Free Will and Eternal Souls. Therefore we will live forever somewhere and God gives us the choice of where. [Read More...]

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The Politically Correct Force Awakens

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I went to see the new Star Wars film last night. It was pretty much a re-make of A New Hope  but it was fun and I enjoyed it. It was certainly better than the plastic and shallow prequels. It was great to see Han and Leia back in the story and I loved seeing Luke [Read More...]

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Angry Blogger On the Attack?

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There is a curious range of reactions to my blog posts that “attack” people. Some progressives accuse me of being an angry, white, male reactionary, arch traditionalist who longs for a pre Vatican 2 church. Meanwhile some conservatives accuse me of being a spineless shill, a “neo con” sell out, member of the Patheeos Francis Church [Read More...]

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Heaven, Hell and Your Heart’s Desire

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You can go here to listen to my homily for the Fourth Sunday in Advent on two of the Four Last Things: Heaven and Hell [Read more...]

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Join Me for A Jubilee Mercy Year Pilgrimage to Poland

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As part of our pilgrimage to Poland we will have the opportunity to pass through the Holy Door which is actually at the Shrine to the Divine Mercy itself! This really is a once in a  lifetime opportunity. Come along with me to visit sites associated with Pope St John Paul II, see his birthplace, [Read More...]

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The Discontented Catholics

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Dave Armstrong picks on Michael Voris over here for suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI was shamming illness so he could play hookey from the papacy. Armstrong goes on to point out how dissident conservative Catholics often end up going off the deep end completely. No one is ever as faithful as they are. No one else [Read More...]

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Podcast Homilies – Advent Three

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We have started posting my homilies on the Our Lady of the Rosary website To listen to my homily for the Third Sunday of Advent go here [Read more...]

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True Contrition and True Mercy

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I am totally one hundred percent in favor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. I do worry, however, that in our society the idea of mercy is weakened by our lack of understanding about sin and repentance. When we hear “Mercy” we too often think, “Oh, that just means that nasty old Catholic Church has [Read More...]

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Don’t Fall Into the Scapegoat Trap

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Don’t fall into the scapegoat trap. In the Old Testament the scapegoat was literally a goat onto whom the people projected their sins. The goat was then sent out into the wilderness to wander alone until it died of thirst or was devoured by the wild beasts. Here’s the passage from Leviticus 16 where this [Read More...]

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The Angel and The Girl

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My latest article at Aleteia continues my series Angels of Advent  This week the angel is Gabriel, who appeared to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation The unique truth of Christianity is that God reveals himself as Love. This love, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches, is the energy force that binds together the three persons of the [Read More...]

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Excuse the Amish in Me

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If you want to know the truth there’s Amish in me. My ancestors came to Pennsylvania in the 1770s from Switzerland. They were Mennonite. They settled in Lancaster County along with the Amish. Go to Lancaster County and Berks County. You’ll find lots of Longeneckers. The Amish hunker down and mind their own business. Coming [Read More...]

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St Peter’s Magic Lantern Show

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Conservative pundits are all worked up about the super duper climate change slide show on the facade of St Peter’s yesterday. Life Site News here goes all conspiratorial about the connections of the groups that funded the show and how it was all a left wing, climate change, one world government, population control propaganda exercise. Well, [Read More...]

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The Syrian Refugee Solution in Five Easy Steps

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The solution to the Syrian refugee problem is simple. It goes like this: First we have to admit that we can’t take everyone. Therefore there has to be a selection process. Quite sensibly we should acknowledge that there might be a problem of terrorists sneaking in as refugees and we want to weed them out. [Read More...]

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Twelve Ways Donald Trump Reflects America Today

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Why is Donald Trump so popular? Because we elect the leaders who are like us. We get who we deserve. Far from being a renegade, a wild card or an outsider, Donald Trump is the ultimate twenty first century American. He typifies America. He is America. He can clothe himself in the flag he is [Read More...]

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Debate with Evangelical on The Immaculate Conception

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David Gustafson was a classmate of mind at Bob Jones University. We met again after many years and after a long running discussion via email about things Catholic and Protestant we wrote a book together called Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate.  The book is now out of print and I’m working to make it available again. In [Read More...]

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The Quest for Mercy

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My latest blog at National Catholic Register is Indiana Jones and Finding Mercy The gospel says “Seek and you will find” and one of the ways of seeking is to go on a treasure hunt. This is how I’ve come to regard the ancient Catholic tradition of going on pilgrimage. You set out from home [Read More...]

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