Hypocrites or Heroes?

Grumpy Old Guy

You know the old story: An old guy grumbles to the priest, “I don’t come to your church Father because of all the hypocrites.” Father says cheerfully, “Why not come along anyway? We can always make room for one more.” Over here feisty fellow blogger Rebecca Hamilton comes out guns a-blazin’ against hypocritical clergy and [Read More...]

The Crisis in German Catholicism

George Weigel shoots straight here about the crisis in German Catholicism. There is a fundamental crisis of faith at the heart of the German church, but… When one tries to discuss this catastrophe with senior German churchmen, one rarely finds, these days, a sobered openness, born of the recognition that something has gone terribly wrong [Read More...]

Ten Reasons Why Shakespeare Was Catholic


There are probably no greater academic debating topics than the mysterious life of the Bard of Avon–William Shakespeare. Did he really write those plays? If he didn’t, who did? Was he involved in the Elizabethan spy network? Was he a secret Catholic? Are there pro-Catholic “codes” is his plays? I’m off to England in a [Read More...]

Atheism is Just So… Dull

Not a boring person

It occurred to me the other day that one of the things that is so unattractive about atheism is that it is well, just so dead boring. It really is just such a yawn. I’m sure there are some fascinatingly fun atheists out there, but I have yet to meet one. They’re all so serious all [Read More...]

The Smoke of Satan…

smoke of satan

From the Archives There are many problems in the Catholic Church that might be thought to be the ‘smoke of Satan’ entering the church, but for my money one thing, above all others, has been the successful work of Satan, which has undermined the church, emasculated her ministry, sabotaged the aims of the Holy Spirit [Read More...]

Are the German Bishops Too Anglican?

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx

  My latest article for National Catholic Register draws uncomfortable parallels between the comfy church-state relationship in England and that of the Catholic Church in Germany. I’ll admit straight up that I am not an expert on the Catholic Church in Germany. I know Cardinal Walter Kasper and a good number of the German bishops are [Read More...]

Armadeddon Outta Here…

The Rapture

My essay for Imaginative Conservative this week called “Apocalypse Now and Then” focuses on the human weakness for Doomsday Scenarios I grew up in a fundamentalist church.” I explained, “where we heard terrible prophecies about the Great Tribulation and the end times. An impish evangelist named Jack Van Impe would visit our church and scare [Read More...]

I’ll Fly Away Oh Glory…


For Ascensiontide, today’s post is an excerpt from my book The Quest for the Creed. We say “What goes up must come down,” but if that which is goes up must come down, then according to the divine cosmic principles (which stand all expectations on their head) then what comes down must go up. That is [Read More...]

Me and B.B. King

I was a vicar on the Isle of Wight in England when I was asked to do a series of inspirational radio spots for local radio. So I decided to play clips from famous pop songs about love and then apply them to God’s love for us. One of the clips was B.B.King’s track Guess Who. I [Read More...]

Chasing Chastity

Climbing Mount Chastity

A little quote from Pope St John Paul II has changed my perspective and my life. I don’t know where or when he said it but he said, “Chastity is the work of a lifetime.” I’ve pondered much on that saying and the more I do, and the more I hear confessions (where sexual sin [Read More...]

Pope Francis and the Prophecies of Fatima

francis fatima

My article at Aleteia this week continues my meditations on the messages of Fatima, but focusses on the role Pope Francis plays in these events. The Pope’s planned visit to Fatima and his celebration this week continues his interest and involvement with Fatima. His pontificate was consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, [Read More...]

Fatima’s Vision of Hell


It is sobering to remember that the visions of Fatima are not just the wishful thinking of three peasant children or the fanciful imaginations of ignorant children. The visions have been approved by the Church, validated by five popes and given credence by millions. Therefore we ought to take them seriously. So on this Feast [Read More...]

Washington Post Says the Obvious About Hillary


Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post today points out the obvious about Hillary: “Once again Democrats are reminded: The only thing Hillary Clinton stands for is getting Hillary Clinton elected.” She goes on: Obama and indeed all Democrats can never talk at length about poverty without making the discussion about inequality; it’s not enough to discover [Read More...]

2017, Fatima and the End of the World

Pope Francis Consecrates the World to OL Fatima, October 13, 2013

Today Catholics celebrate the anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in the Portuguese village of Fatima in 1917. These extraordinary events can be seen as ushering in the catastrophic twentieth century. By 1917 the first World War was grinding on with horrors never before imagined by the human race. [Read More...]

Modernism is Madness

Groovy Priests

You know the definition of insanity – when you repeat the same action over and over but expect different results. A good example of this is left wing economics. Every experiment in socialism and communism has been a social, economic, human and political disaster of gigantic proportions. Nevertheless, left wingers continue to believe that what [Read More...]

Why Are The “Nones” Leaving Religion?

Empty Churches

Everybody’s buzzing about this new survey which charts the decline of institutionalized religion in the USA. The statement which summarizes religious trends today is this: Catholics dropped both in market share and in real numbers. Despite their high retention rate for people reared in the faith, they have a low conversion rate. Today, Cooperman said, [Read More...]

How Does God Answer Prayer?


A reader writes to ask if it is wrong to pray to God that his kid does well in his really important baseball game. “Doesn’t God have better things to worry about than me asking for my boy to do well at the baseball game?” What’s the answer? It’s complicated. One the one hand I [Read More...]

It’s the ACTS of the Apostles, People!

Peter and prison

One of the things which gets me charged up during the Easter season are all the readings from the Acts of the Apostles. We take this marvelous fifth book of the New Testament for granted, but consider how important it is that the book records the ACTS of the apostles. Notice that it is not “The [Read More...]

Relativism and the Antichrist


My essay this week at Imaginative Conservative explains why “the dictatorship of relativism” is  not a catchphrase, but a reality. The most terrifying aspect to this truth is that the indifferent will cry out for the domination of the superman. Most dictatorships are welcomed for what they offer. In the lack of objective truth and [Read More...]

When Preaching Seems Pointless

francis preaching

Quite often when the decadence of our society and the breakdown of marriage is discussed good Catholic folks will ask, “Father, why don’t we hear more preaching against this from the pulpit?” Hmmm. From the reports I hear the preaching in Catholic churches is often pretty awful. Either it is unprepared, unlearned, inarticulate, unorthodox or [Read More...]

Blessed Virgin Mary – Higher Than Any Created Being?

queen of angels

Catholic praise God that the Blessed Virgin Mary is higher than any other created being. Higher than the angels even. That’s why one of her titles is Queen of Angels But why is she exalted above all others? Because she was unique. No other created being was so intimate with God that she bore his [Read More...]

From the Pious Puppy Dog…


…Good Lord Deliver Us I hope you will excuse me from venting, but has anybody else noticed the rise of what I call “the pious puppy dog”? The pious puppy dog is the kind of Christian who seems to be nothing but fluffy sweetness and light and happiness and goodness all the time. 24-7. He [Read More...]