The Most Revealing Trump Moment…

…at Saturday’s debate I saw the most horrible Trump moment. It was not his vulgarity, his coarse language, his sexist attacks, or his crude aggressive name calling. It was not his lies, mendacity, manipulation and innate dishonesty. It was not his fake tan, fake teeth, fake hair and fake face. It was not his history [Read More…]

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Is Health Care a Pro Life Issue?

There are some Catholic  bloggers and commentators saying that it is okay to vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton because, even though they are pro abortion, they are “pro life” on other issues. Health care is a “life” issue, they argue. A living wage is a “life” issue. Good treatment of immigrants is a “life” [Read More…]

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T.S.Eliot’s Long Lent

My essay for The Imaginative Conservative this week considers Eliot’s poem Ash Wednesday and looks at his penitential life. Ash Wednesday was composed at the climax of Eliot’s disastrous relationship with Vivienne, and it clearly indicates that with his religious conversion he had also decided to embark on a new life which would be free of Vivienne. Ash Wednesday echoes [Read More…]

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Catholics, Evangelicals and Politics in Greenville

Embed from Getty Images Like the Nazgul descending on Middle Earth, the six remaining Republican candidates are here in the state of South Carolina. Yesterday some of them were at a Family Forum at my alma mater Bob Jones University–just down the road from our home. Tonight their debate comes from the Peace Center–our downtown [Read More…]

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Lent Series from the Suburban Hermit

Follow my daily (I hope) short readings from Thomas Merton’s The Living Bread over at my Suburban Hermit blog The short reading from Merton’s book will  be followed by a few of my thoughts on his work. Go here to read today’s entry. A second post at Suburban Hermit asks What is True Contrition? [Read more…]

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Should Pope Francis Celebrate the Reformation?

Embed from Getty Images My latest article for CRUX asks what Pope Francis is doing by planning to go to Sweden in the Fall to commemorate the Reformation Pope Francis has built bridges with Protestants in remarkable ways. His personal friendship with the late Anglican-style bishop Tony Palmer, and his video greeting to American pentecostal [Read More…]

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Lenten Thoughts from The Suburban Hermit

What do you really want? Today’s Lent post at the Suburban Hermit makes you think… My brother in law is an artist and a wise man. He is fond of saying, “Every person, everywhere will always do whatever they can to get as close as they can to what they perceive as love.” During the [Read More…]

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Take Up Your Cupcake and Follow Me?

In today’s gospel Jesus says we must take up our cross and follow him. The Anglican Church–ever on the lookout for a new way to be trendy, relevant and cool has suggested that we take up our cupcake instead. Across the water Fr Ed Tomlinson reports that the Anglican Diocese of Leicester distributed cupcakes to [Read More…]

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Why Are Young People Cheering for Socialism?

Embed from Getty Images Winston Churchill said something like, “If a man is not a socialist in his twenties he is a scoundrel. If he is still a socialist in his fifties he is mad.” He was acknowledging the attractive idealism of the young. He was also acknowledging its impracticality. So often I heard, “All these people [Read More…]

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Bad Catholics? Fuhgeddaboudit

What do you say when presented with the bad example of bad Catholics? My latest blog post for National Catholic Register thinks about it. Father,” said the middle aged man,  “When I was ten years old I was a faithful altar server and I turned up one day to serve wearing sneakers and the priest [Read More…]

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Lent, Fasting and the Purpose of Prayer

My latest article for National Catholic Register explains why we fast and how our prayer connects with the will of God. It is posted today here. In the fourth century, Anthony of the Desert and his fellow hermits retreated into the wilderness to live in caves. They practiced vegetarianism, extreme fasting and mortification of the [Read More…]

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Eliot’s Ash Wednesday

T.S.Eliot was baptized in 1927 and turned away from a life in the wasteland of modern atheism, decadence and despair His new found Christian faith inspired his great poem of repentance–Ash Wednesday. Go here to read the poem, and even better, click on the window on the top right to listen to Eliot himself reading [Read More…]

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That Divine Mercy Movie and Me

It seems that Jim Gaffigan, Harry Connick Jr. and a host of other stars get to be in the same movie with me. Wow! Lucky them! Seriously. I had no idea when I was asked to do a short comment on the Divine Mercy for a new film that it would be featuring some big [Read More…]

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Ten Lessons from Padre Pio for Lent

With Padre Pio’s relics visiting Rome for the Year of Mercy we’re reminded of his amazing biography and how infused his whole life was with the miraculous. This website chronicles some of the astounding miracles attributed to him. The one thing which is most devastating for the Catholic faith is modernism. Modernism is like a watery [Read More…]

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The Suburban Hermit on Lent

Over at The Suburban Hermit is my first post on Lent This is not because physical things are bad and we must punish ourselves, but because we are disciplining our appetites. If we cannot control our stomach, our need for sexual pleasure, our need for alcohol, our need for sleep which are visible things,  then why do [Read More…]

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Madeleine Albright Believes in Hell!

Who woulda thunk it? The  former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright believes in hell. I wasn’t aware of Ms Albright’s interesting background. She was born to a Jewish Czech family who converted to Catholicism. Brought up as a Catholic, the very accomplished lady (she speaks four or five languages) became an Episcopalian when she got [Read More…]

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Blog Shifting

I can hardly believe that I have been blogging at Standing on My Head for nearly ten years. I got started when we moved to the USA when blogging was a fairly new phenomenon, and I started blogging in order to publish stuff that I wanted to write that wouldn’t get published anywhere else. I’ve [Read More…]

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The Candidate I Would Vote For…

Since I seem to be equally negative about all the candidates, some people have said, “OK, Father. Who would you vote for?” The presidential candidate I would vote for would have these policies: 1. A  universal health insurance plan collected at the state level and administered at the county level. 2. A military policy based strictly on self defense. We [Read More…]

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Good Man. Good Monk. Good Beer

My article for Aleteia this week is an interview with Br Augustine Wilmeth–a monk of Norcia. I first met Brother Augustine Wilmeth when he was one of the students where I served as chaplain. As a convert, he was intensely interested not only in his new Catholic faith but in the more traditional expressions of [Read More…]

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Why Catholic Education is Crucial

Go here to listen to my homily from Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Sunday on why Catholic Education is Crucial… [Read more…]

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Can a Catholic Vote for Bernie Sanders?

As always when I comment on politics be clear that I am making observations. I am not endorsing any candidate and I am not telling anyone who they should vote for. Sanders says he is a Socialist, and Catholic social teaching condemns socialism right? Pope Leo XIII most famously condemned socialism in Rerum Novarum, and Pope Pius IX wrote [Read More…]

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Iowa? Call Me Cynical

It was intriguing watching the results of the Iowa caucuses come in last evening, and in case any body is biting their nails about a priest writing about politics, take a deep breath. I’m not telling anyone how to vote. I’m not endorsing anyone. I’m writing as an American citizen and making some personal observations. [Read More…]

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