What is a Hymn and What’s it For?

Last month I paid a visit to the parish of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio TX. Wow! The kids at Atonement Academy all take music lessons every day and you should hear them sing! They all belong to a choir and at Mass the singing is like something out of heaven! They [Read More…]

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Norcia: Brothers in Arms

I was blessed last summer to visit Norcia–the birthplace of St Benedict– with my friend Sid Tate. We had gone to Italy on pilgrimage to venerate the Holy Shroud of Turin, and too the opportunity to visit Norcia and spend a short time with my former student Philip Wilmeth–now Brother Augustine–one of the monks of Norcia. Terrible [Read More…]

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America: There May Be Trouble Ahead…

Whoever is elected president, I predict that America will enter into four years of turmoil. The passions stirred up in this election have revealed an America more divided than ever before, and the divisions are bound to get worse. Racial divisions are at boiling point. Class divisions are brewing. Educational disparities are obvious. Ethnic suspicions [Read More…]

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Twelve Ideas for Making America Great Again

You’ll be glad to hear that I’m not running for President, but here are my twelve ideas for making America great again. Give bigger tax breaks for charitable giving – Rather than taxing rich people to death, give them bigger tax breaks for charitable giving. Regulate charities more – Make sure charities really do charitable work and are [Read More…]

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Queen Hillary and King Henry

This article in the Boston Globe (of all places!) gives you the run down on Hiliary Clinton’s anti Catholic stance. What I like about it is the comparison to Henry VIII AFTER KING HENRY VIII broke ties with the Catholic Church because of a dispute over marriage, Catholics were treated very badly. Bishops were locked up. [Read More…]

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Who Says You Can’t Afford a Beautiful Church?

One of the most common misconceptions about traditional church architecture is that it has to be expensive. Sure, if you go with a prima donna architect with an international reputation you’re going to pay over the odds. Our little parish in the poor part of town has just built a beautiful church, and we did [Read More…]

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Clinton’s Anti-Catholic Team

Part of this week’s leaked email release features an exchange from Clinton team members about “conservative Catholicism”. This article from Catholic News Agency reports on the comments. What is frightening about these ideologues is that their ignorance is always combined with arrogance. They clearly know very little about Catholicism, but they deride it and despise [Read More…]

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An Ideologue or an Egotist?

A friend recently voiced their doubts and fears about a Hillary Clinton presidency and it made me think. In a few weeks’ time Americans will go to the polls. Over the last year I have posted harsh words about Donald Trump, and people have got on my case for it. “Oh Father, why are you [Read More…]

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Ten Practical Ways to Win the Pro Life Battle

It is natural during a Presidential election year for the people who are pro-life to get pretty passionate against the candidate and party who are actively pro-abortion. We are also apt to get passionate in favor of the candidate or party who pledges to be anti abortion. That’s all well and good, and we definitely [Read More…]

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What I Will Do If Hillary is Elected

If Hillary Clinton is elected President I will continue to fight against abortion by supporting our local charity that helps women in crisis pregnancies, by teaching the kids in my parish school about the evils of abortion, by marching for life, by preaching on the dignity of each human person from the pulpit, by working [Read More…]

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Anglicans and Romans Celebrate Closer Ties?

My friend Edward Pentin reports here on some events in Rome this week celebrating fifty years of Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical talks. Far be it from me to rain on anyone’s parade, but the fifty years of ecumenical talks have been a resounding disappointment. I’m sure it must be a very good thing for theologians to sit [Read More…]

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Pence and Kaine: Two Bad Catholics?

Embed from Getty Images Last night’s VP debate was interesting from a religious point of view because it pitted a departed Catholic against a dissident Catholic. In doing some demographic studies of the church recently I came across the statistics I already knew–that former Catholics are one of the largest religious groupings in the USA. [Read More…]

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Take the Pill and Get Depressed

An interesting study reported in London’s left-leaning The Guardian here has upheld a clear link between the hormonal birth control pill and depression. A newly published study from the University of Copenhagen has confirmed a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression. The largest of its kind, with one million Danish women between the ages of 15 and 34 tracked for a [Read More…]

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Is the Crucifix is a Symbol of Hate?

In today’s news a group concerned with hate crime on campus reports that one of the complaints they had was from someone who objected to a crucifix because it was “a symbol of oppression and hate of the LBGT+ community” This article reports how the University of Wisconsin/La Crosse have a “bias/hate” reporting system through [Read More…]

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Trump and the American Macho Pushback

I’ve been pondering the Trump phenomenon and it is truly incredible to watch. His performance in last night’s debate was pretty awful, but that will not matter in the least, and he knows it. He is rising to power, and I predict that he will continue to do so no matter what he does. This [Read More…]

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Why Go to Confession?

Why go to confession? Because the fast way to hell might be through a big, nasty, dirty and shocking mortal sin (with sudden death soon to follow) but the slow way is to take the “broad way that leads to destruction.” The road to hell is shoulder to shoulder with nice people who never do [Read More…]

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Extreme Conservatives Join in Smacking Mother Teresa

You have to admit, the Catholic Church, being universal truly includes everyone. We have our saints. We have our sinners, and like every family, we have our crazy uncles. While millions of Catholics rejoice at the canonization of Mother Teresa guess what, some of the more wild eyed conspiracy theory types think she’s a stinker. You [Read More…]

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If the Left Smacked Pope Francis As They Do Mother Teresa…

What if the left wing secular atheists attacked Pope Francis the way they do Mother Teresa? I expect it would read something like this: Can you believe what this so called “saintly pope” did yesterday? He gave 1500 homeless people a pizza party. That is sooo condescending? He’s able to live an a Renaissance palace if [Read More…]

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War and Abortion

There’s some fuzzy thinking among Catholics on the issue of abortion and war. The argument goes like this: “Vote Democrat and innocent babies get killed through abortion. Vote Republican and innocent people get killed in an unjust war. Since you’re going to end up with killing either way, let’s ignore those issues and focus on [Read More…]

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Why Blogs Will Die

It doesn’t seem possible that I have been blogging for ten years, but it’s true. I started Standing on My Head in September 2006. For the last six months I have been blogging less and less and I have been wondering why. One of the reason is that I have simply run out of steam, [Read More…]

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Is Your House Built on the Rock?

We live in turbulent times. There is much transition and many sense that historic events are taking place before our eyes. Things we thought were solid and secure are shifting and changing. We seem to be dancing on quicksand. As a result of this transition and change people are bewildered, confused, discontented, angry and afraid. [Read More…]

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On Mark and Simcha

Everybody in the blogosphere seems obliged to weigh in on Mark Shea’s release from National Catholic Register. I should say up front that I like Mark Shea. He’s a friend of mine, and I’ve always taken his huffing and puffing with a shrug and a smile. He reminds me of  bellicose Hilaire Belloc who was [Read More…]

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