Killing the Way, the Truth and the Life

As we enter Holy Week we must remember the huge consequences of the choice made by human beings on that fatal week. The death of Jesus is not simply the tragic death of a good man. It is not just the heroic death of an idealistic martyr. It is not just the unjust execution of [Read More…]

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Tradition: The Democracy of the Dead

G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.” I’ve been pondering this for some time from a couple of different perspectives. First of all, in the present political maelstrom, when all seems uncertain and insecure, where the old definitions are dissolving [Read More…]

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Ben Hur Re-Visited

They’re finishing an exciting re-make of the classic film Ben Hur. Ben-Hur is a major Paramount Pictures/MGM motion picture hitting theaters nationwide on August 12, 2016. Bursting with action – including a new chariot race for the ages – and elevated by Christian themes of justice, liberty & radical forgiveness, it tells the classic story [Read More…]

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Ten Traits of the People Who Killed Jesus

In reading the daily gospels this passion week it is frightening to see the traits of the religious leaders who killed Jesus. They exhibit the kind of anti-religion that develops within any religious system. It has shown its ugly face with many different names. In one place Manicheanism, in another age Jansenism, in another place [Read More…]

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Movies and the Middle Ages

My article for Imaginative Conservative this week discusses the visual age we live in and why it is increasingly like the Middle Ages. One of the reasons I sometimes wax nostalgic for the Middles Ages is for the religious spectacle. This was an age of the dramatic gesture: St. Francis standing barefoot in the snow [Read More…]

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CRUX is Dead. Long Live CRUX

Yesterday the Boston Globe pulled the plug on its support for the Catholic website CRUX. I had the privilege of attending the star-studded launch of CRUX about a year and a half ago. I was in Boston at the time and went along to meet the folks and find out what was up. I knew [Read More…]

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Fighting the Fundamentalists…

…Why would you do that? My blog posts on Catholic fundamentalism this week have provoked the predictable tempest in a teapot. Some have questioned why I do not have a comments box on my blog and suspect it is because I do not have the courage to debate with people. The fact of the matter [Read More…]

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New OLR Video!

Check out this stunning video of the construction of our new church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville. Would you please help by sharing this as widely as possible? [Read more…]

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The Domestic Monastery…

…is another name for the Benedict Option. My latest article at National Catholic Register assesses the signs of the times and wonders if it isn’t time to emulate St Benedict–who headed for the hills when faced with a society in terminal decline. By the end of the fifth century, the Roman Empire was in ruins. [Read More…]

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Catholic Fundamentalists Take Two

In case anyone thought yesterday’s blog post on Catholic fundamentalists was some sort of hit job on traditionalists, the comments box at CRUX on my most recent article remind us that the wild eyed fundamentalists are not only conservative Catholics. They’e on the other side of the fence too. The radical trendies are just as [Read More…]

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Ten Traits of Catholic Fundamentalism

Within Catholic ultra traditionalist circles a new wave of ugliness has arisen. Numerous traditionalist blogs, websites and publications spew disrespectful hatred towards the Catholic church. They mock the Mass by despising the “Novus Ordo” they denigrate the Holy Father referring to him as “Pope Frank” or “Bergoglio” and refer to their mother the Catholic Church [Read More…]

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Priest Holes and the Holy

My article at Imaginative Conservative website this week considers the priest’s holes which were created during the Elizabethan terror in England. If you visit Oxburgh Hall in England you can tour one of the ancient country houses occupied without break since 1482 by one of the most venerable Catholic families in England. Last summer, while [Read More…]

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Ugly Churches and the Dictatorship of Populism

Soon after the plans for the new traditionally styled church in our parish were planned, I showed them with some enthusiasm to a liberal priest who happened to be visiting from England. He turned up his nose at the style and asked why we would build such  a church which was “against Vatican 2” Knowing [Read More…]

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Only Priests and Deacons May Preach. Why Is That?

Following a speculative essay in an Italian paper that women should be allowed to preach at Mass there is now a conversation going on about the issue. My blog post yesterday addresses the issue. It’s not about women or men per se, but about clergy and laity. Women are not forbidden from preaching because they’re [Read More…]

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Should Women Preach at Mass?

An essayist in L’Osservatore Romano– the Vatican paper–suggests that women should be allowed to preach at Mass. On Facebook, popular “Public Figure” Fr James Martin agrees. I wholeheartedly agree. Not hearing women reflecting on the Gospels at Mass impoverishes us, limits us, and prevents us from hearing the wisdom and experience of fully half of our church. I [Read More…]

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Men at Church

Why does Catholic worship appeal to men? It has to do with liturgy. This is why the feminization of the liturgy is so unattractive to men. When well-meaning liturgists and priests feel they have to make everything in the liturgy emotionally relevant and “meaningful” to everyone, many men switch off. When Father Fabulous insists on [Read More…]

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Does a Catholic HAVE to Vote for Hillary or Donald?

If we are faced with the choice of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as presidential candidates an increasing number of Catholics are saying, “What do I do? Both of them are awful! Do I vote with two hands–one to hold my nose? Do I have to vote? Isn’t a vote a participation in evil?” This [Read More…]

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Homily Podcast – The Joy of Being Wrong

You can listen here to my homily from Our Lady of the Rosary from last Sunday – the third Sunday in Lent. In the homily I discuss self righteousness and how wrong it is to be “right” and how right it is to be wrong. Go here to listen and share. [Read more…]

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Sin Makes You Stupid…and Violent

One of Mark Shea’s memorable (if not eloquent) quotes is “Sin Makes You Stupid.” It’s another way of echoing St Paul’s wisdom in the first chapter of his epistle to the Romans 1 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their [Read More…]

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Pippin and Providence

My essay for Imaginative Conservative this week focuses on Tolkien’s driving force of providence behind his plot lines. While I feel Pippin’s pain, I have confidence, because like the omniscient one, I know how Lord of the Rings ends. I can see that Pippin and Merry’s capture was no mistake. Their ordeal brings them to Fangorn to [Read More…]

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Trump and the Mob: A Theological Observation

You may have seen the clip from Donald Trump’s rally where he said he wanted to punch a protester in the face. What disturbed me most about his bullying was not so much that he wanted to punch the guy, but that the crowd ate it up and roared their approval. The root problem was not [Read More…]

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What I Learned When I Visited a Casino…

I was brought up very strictly in a Christian home. We didn’t go to movies. We didn’t go to dances. We didn’t smoke or drink. Heck, we weren’t even allowed to play cards because they were linked with gambling. Then some years ago I visited Detroit and my host took me out to lunch. Bob [Read More…]

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