Why Am I Standing on My Head?

Some people wonder about the title of this blog. It comes from a Chesterton quote that “Very often a scene is best seen when it is seen upside down.” This excerpt from the foreword of my book The Quest for the Creed explains things a bit further. There are some brave revolutionary souls who stand on their head [Read More…]

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Why I Won’t Argue Anymore

The other day somebody on some blog somewhere went on the attack and junked something I’d written and junked me at the same time. It was a smart, sarcastic attack with no real substance, full of anger, lack of information, false assumptions and personal abuse. Then somebody else pointed me to the article and wanted [Read More…]

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Why Everybody Loves Bernie….and Donald

All the innerleckshuls are consternated, frustrated, irritated, annoyed, befuddled, confused and amused by the popularity of the Donald and Bernie show. “Why are they so popular? What is the attraction? How can so many Americans be in love with an unrealistic, pie in the sky socialist on the one hand and a fake tan, fake [Read More…]

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Getting At the Wildcat in Lent

My friend told me a story of the time they had a mother cat with a litter of kittens in the house. They came home and a stray dog walked through the door. He saw the storm coming and hurried the dog out the door, but not before it brushed against his wife’s leg. Momma [Read More…]

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Should Catholics Apologize to Protestants?

In his homily on the annual ecumenical Vespers to close the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St Paul’s Outside the Walls, Pope Francis apologized for the wrongs committed by Catholics against other Christians. Speaking as Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis asked for mercy and forgiveness on account of [Read More…]

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Strategies for Spiritual Warfare

My latest article at Those Catholic Men website discusses the right approach to spiritual warfare. I had to speak with Tom about his passion for spiritual warfare. His zeal was unquestioned, and his desire to fight the good fight was admirable. He had his warrior’s rosary, his prayer book, his holy water and his scapulas all in place. [Read More…]

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Hobbits and Hermits

My latest blog post for National Catholic Register is here. Give me the hobbit’s life of adventure. I want to shrug on my backpack, pick up my stick and set off on the open road. I want to sleep rough with nothing but the freedom of the quest. Give me dragons to fight and giants [Read More…]

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Does Ecumenism Demand Open Communion?

The optimistic ecumenist suggests that the Catholic practice of barring Protestants from receiving communion is an obstacle on the path to unity. A Lutheran pastor (who was a cradle Catholic) wrote to me the other day saying that he didn’t understand why anyone should be refused communion. The call to the Lord’s table, he opined, [Read More…]

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From Trendy Zendy Architecture…

…good Lord deliver us. Have we not learned our lessons from the decaying, carpeted crashed flying saucer churches that litter our American suburbs? Here is an article that gushes lovingly over the designs for a new church in New Jersey by New York architect Carlo Enzo. Amenities include gallery and museum space to attract visitors [Read More…]

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Anglicans, Africans and Future Church

My article this week for Aletia explores the impact the Anglican decision to suspend the Episcopalians has on the Catholic Church The center of gravity for worldwide Christianity is shifting away from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America. This shift from North to South is cultural and demographic. Christians in the [Read More…]

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Exorcism and Superstition

My latest blog post at National Catholic Register is here Exorcism movies are popular, but when you see one what is your reaction? Will you respond with superstition or supernaturalism? Superstition is any sort of belief or behavior which is magical. A magical understanding of religion is primitive, immature and dangerous. It involves sympathetic magic [Read More…]

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The Mystery of Marriage

My homilies from Our Lady of the Rosary are now being recorded and are accessible on the website here. Here is my homily for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. It outlines the different levels of meaning packed into John’s account of the wedding at Cana in Galilee. There is a theological, ecclesiological and liturgical [Read More…]

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Twelve Reasons Why Progressive Christianity Will Die Out

The recent furore in the Anglican Communion has highlighted yet again the real division in world Christianity. I have analyzed it here. The division is between Christian who, for want of a better term might be called “historic” Christians and those who are “progressive” Christians. The historic Christians believe their religion is revealed by God [Read More…]

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Slubgrip on Apes and Angels

Lent is early this year. Ash Wednesday is Feb 10. Do you have a good book for Lent? Do your teenagers or college students? I have written The Gargoyle Code and Slubgrip Instructs to be especially good reads. They have a plot line running through them and are broken down into daily readings for Lent. You can get [Read More…]

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What is the Real Division In Anglicanism?

The Anglican Church is once again in turmoil, this time over the suspension of the Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion for a period of three years. Observers of the Anglican scene will feel that the Church of England and her worldwide confederation are engaged in one constant battle after another. Those who are familiar [Read More…]

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Why Ted Cruz is the Smartest Wolf in the Pack

OK. Right up front in case anyone is getting all nervous about a priest commenting on politics: This is not an endorsement of Ted Cruz. Stop biting your fingernails. I’m not telling you to vote Republican. I’m not saying Ted Cruz is a great guy or would be a great president. However, I am commenting [Read More…]

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Reformation or Revolution?

  My article for Imaginative Conservative this week challenges the idea that the Reformation was “a good thing.” A Catholic friend of mine is fond of referring to the Protestant Reformation as “the Deformation.” Well, perhaps. Certainly the Reformation in England was a deformation. Henry VII’s stripping of the altars was not only a monumental [Read More…]

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Proud Episcopalians Defiant

UPDATE: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church has stated that they have no intention of reversing their decision to endorse same sex marriage. The AP reports, In a phone interview from England, where he attended the gathering of top Anglican archbishops, Curry said he told his fellow leaders they should expect no change. [Read More…]

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Seven Ways the Episcopalians Will React to Suspension

The progressive Episcopal Church of the USA has been suspended from the Worldwide Anglican Communion for three years because of their formal endorsement of same sex marriage. The point of the suspension is to encourage the Episcopalians to reconsider their decision and return to the moral values of historical Christianity and the Biblical principles of Christian [Read More…]

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Proud Episcopalians Play the Victim Card

Did you think that perhaps the Episcopalians would respond with humility and repentance in the wake of their suspension from the Anglican Communion? Of course not. They have responded openly and bluntly with pride. We could have predicted this. In response to the suspension of the Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion, immediately the Episcopalians [Read More…]

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What Does the Episcopalian Suspension Mean?

UPDATED POST When I was an Anglican I remember one of the stories that came out of a Lambeth Conference (the once a decade meeting of all Anglican bishops in Canterbury) An Episcopalian bishop got into an argument with an African over homosexuality. He finally said to the African in a patronizing, snooty Anglican way, [Read More…]

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Transhumanism: The Future Horror is Here

In 2004 Dr Irving Weissman, director of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regnerative Medicine injected brain cells from aborted human fetuses into the developing brains of healthy mice where the cells grew into normal human neurons. The popular press called it he “StuartLittle Experiment”after the children’s book character who is a feisty [Read More…]

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