Pope Francis and Fozzy Bear

This article explains how Pope Francis, in a recent meeting with religious superiors expressed his dismay at the growth of vocations among “restorationist” religious orders. He’s worried that they are too “rigid”. “The decline of religious life in the West worries me,” Pope Francis said in an exchange with superiors of men’s religious orders. Nevertheless the [Read More…]

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Why Do Priests Wear Fancy Robes?

My latest blog post for National Catholic Register poses the question from a Protestant, “Why do you Catholic priests wear those fancy robes? Go here to read the answer. Image Wikkimedia [Read more…]

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Peace or a Sword?

Yes it really is the sword Gibson used in Braveheart. I was in LA in a meeting with Steve McEveety about a film project and there it was in his office… Anyway, the point is (if you’ll excuse the joke)… From time to time I have been blamed for being divisive. Its a charge that [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons Why I’m For Betsy DeVos

Embed from Getty Images   I still don’t like Donald Trump, but if Betsy DeVos is for school vouchers I’m for Betsy DeVos. Here are ten reasons why school vouchers are a good idea. They Give Parents Choice – It is interesting how, when it comes to aborting unborn children liberals are all for parental choice, [Read More…]

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The Tale of Two Catholic Churches

I will be re-posting various article from the past that I have written for various outlets. This article was first published by National Catholic Register in 2008. The Tale of Two Churches I have been a Catholic now for thirteen years. Like most converts, I described my reception into the Catholic Church as ‘coming home.’ [Read More…]

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Donald Trump and Padre Pio

I’m a committed Catholic and a cautious conservative. I’m Catholic because I’m convinced of the truth of the Catholic faith. I’m a conservative because it has always seemed to me that the conservative philosophy has reason, experience and common sense on its side. However, I’m a “cautious” conservative because I am aware that any philosophy [Read More…]

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Why So Much Fear In America?

When I lived in England people were not so scared all the time. Here in the USA I hear so much fear from people. I’ve lived back in my home country now for ten years. For eight of those years Barack Obama was the president. From those who disliked the president there was so much [Read More…]

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Am I a Priest or a Projector Screen?

You know those screens they had when we were kids? Uncle Joe would wrestle with the tripod legs and pinch his fingers trying to raise the darn thing, then he’d plug in the projector and show his holiday slides until everyone was yawning. I sometimes feel like one of those projector screens. A woman writes [Read More…]

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Are Muslims Our Brothers and Sisters?

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement re-assuring everyone that Catholics are welcoming to refugees. This is unremarkable in itself and simply re-affirms other documents which  lay out Catholic social teaching on refugees and immigrants. It’s good to hear the church’s social teaching on these matters, but one does pause to wonder at [Read More…]

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Trump and the Media: Dumb and Dumber

Embed from Getty Images   The left clearly don’t like President Trump’s edict suspending travel from seven countries, but their hysterical hyperbole over the whole matter isn’t going to do them any favors. The executive order might be dumb. The media’s response is dumber. This post really isn’t about the order itself or about Trump. [Read More…]

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Healing the Father Wound

Today’s blog post over at the National Catholic Register goes through a topic I have written on before. God has created us to long for and need the unconditional love of a Father. Feminists can deny it. Children can rebel against it. Adults can think it doesn’t matter, but it’s there like a mountain. Its [Read More…]

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The Liberal Lie is Collapsing

Have you ever noticed how lies have to keep getting bigger and bigger? Take, for example, the lie of the sexual revolution. It started out being a kind of hippie dream. You could “love the one you’re with” and with artificial contraception, have complete and joyful sexual freedom. But it didn’t stop there. It couldn’t [Read More…]

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Euthanasia and the Bishops of Malta

I posted earlier today on this story in London’s Daily Telegraph. The short version is that a Dutch doctor had decided to kill an old lady who had dementia and the old woman began to resist, so the woman’s family was asked to hold her down while the doctor gave her the injection. In this [Read More…]

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Dutch Doctor Has Family Hold Down Grandma to be Euthanized

So called “Assisted Suicide” has been legal for some time in the land of tulips, wooden shoes and windmills. The Netherlands legalized murder by injection seventeen years ago, and the numbers of old people, depressed, terminally ill and disabled who are injected goes up year by year. To date there have been about 5,500 deaths. The [Read More…]

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Is Immigration a Pro-Life Issue?

Catholics are excited this weekend at the success of the March for Life and the appearance on the platform of the Vice President and White House advisor Ms. Conway. It seems the political tide may be turning in a pro-life direction. On the other hand, many Catholics are dismayed by President Trump’s stance on immigration [Read More…]

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Two Marches, Two Madonnas, Two Americas

Nothing illustrates the two Americas better than last weekend’s Women’s March and this weekend’s March for Life. The Women’s March had unbelievable coverage by the mainstream media. It was as if the major media were unpaid, national and international supporters of a left wing agenda driven campaign. Unless something changes, on the other hand, we [Read More…]

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Why Don’t We Build Beautiful Churches?

A reader sent me an email thanking me for the beautiful new Our Lady of the Rosary Church and asked why we don’t build more beautiful Catholic Churches. It’s complicated. First there is an ideological reason. Some modernists considered the second Vatican Council to be a kind of revolution in the church and that everything [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons Why the Women’s March Will Come to Nothing

Embed from Getty Images   First, let me say that I am totally on board with any woman who thinks Donald Trump’s vulgar words about women are worth protesting. I’m also totally with any woman who thinks his cheating on two wives and marrying a third is not only low class, but mortal sin. I’m [Read More…]

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The Problem with Protestantism

One of the complaints of Protestant converts to the Catholic religion from is that they miss the “fellowship” they enjoyed in their previous church community. By “fellowship” they mean the warm friendship, camaraderie, sense of shared faith and personal commitment. When they come to the local Catholic church they are likely to find not only [Read More…]

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Questions for the Archbishop of Malta

As an ordinary parish priest it falls to me to actually deal with the cases of divorced and re-married people. I’m the person on the front line, and am therefore the one who has to deal with their questions and help them in their chosen situation. Therefore I am grateful for any guidance from above, [Read More…]

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Worried About the End of the World?

It’s the year 2017 and the prognosticators and prophets have come up with a heady mixture this time. When you read history you realize that in every age people have been reading the signs of the times and predicting a great catastrophe. The end of the world, like an overdue bus, is always just around [Read More…]

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On Being a Critical Catholic

When I became a Catholic I had a few people snark, “How nice for you! You won’t have to think anymore.” I’d never deny that there are robotic Catholics who either can’t think for themselves or who think its a sin, but I haven’t met that many. Most of the Catholics I come across are [Read More…]

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