Catholicism – The Original Mega Church

Pope Francis in crowd

View image | Pope Francis’ record breaking visit to the Philippines reminds the world of the sheer power of numbers when it comes to debates about religion. Let the Oxford intellectuals like Dawkins squawk all they want about the evils of religion and the goodness of atheism. They are a fly not even worth [Read More...]

Climbing the Spiritual El Capitan

rock climbing

These week two amazing guys did the first free climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite. Kevin J0rgeson and Tommy Cauldwell spent nineteen days on the cliff face ascending a granite wall twice the height of the Empire State Building. Read about it and see the interview here. One of the climber said [Read More...]

Satan and the Banality of Evil

Adolph Eichmann on Trial

  An article in the Daily Telegraph reports on a new film being made about the man who televised the trial of Nazi death camp criminal Adolph Eichmann. Eichmann was the chief organizer of Hitler’s “final solution” to exterminate the Jews. As the Nazis began the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, their Jewish policy changed [Read More...]

Pope Francis in the Phillipines

Pope Francis

View image | The Daily Telegraph has a great photo gallery of the Pope in the Phillipines. Go here What I love about these big papal visits hit me when I learned that they are called “Apostolic Visits” This is the successor of Peter and Paul doing what Peter and Paul did. They travelled. [Read More...]

Ten Reasons Why I Am Grateful for Atheists

Brilliant Atheist?

Not long ago I was engaged in an email conversation with an atheist. He wrote to me out of the blue responding to a blog post I had written. He seemed friendly enough so I went along with the conversation, first assuring him that I don’t argue with anybody online. Arguments are out. Discussions are [Read More...]

Bruno the Bald

Mock Ye Not Bald Prophets

In attempting to collect a pantheon of bald headed saints we have come across the difficulty of the tonsure. Was the saint really bald headed or was his head shaved? A reader sent me this splendid photo of St Bruno–the founder of the Carthusian order, but we are uncertain if he is really bald or [Read More...]

Is This a Miraculous Image of the Divine Mercy?

divine mercy

This article reports a miraculous image of the Divine Mercy in the Northern Lights. Is this really what it is or we seeing things? This phenomenon is called pareidolia. Go here to check it out. It is the ability to “see things” or hear things that aren’t really there. Typical examples are seeing things in [Read More...]

No Mary? No Jesus

cowper madonna

This week’s article for Aleteia highlights the Holy Father’s homily for the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God In his homily for the Solemnity of the Mother of God on New Year’s Day Pope Francis made the very clear point that we cannot have Jesus without Mary.  The Pope taught, “The two were together, just [Read More...]

Myth and Magic in the Mundane


My article this week for the Imaginative Conservative discusses the way the ancient myths were embodied in the history of the Hebrew people What very few have stopped to realize is that in the midst pagans telling fantastical stories of star gods visiting earth and titanic struggles between the deities of their pantheons, the same [Read More...]

Dialogue with the Devil

Temptation of Eve

Some time ago a blogger wrote an “open letter” to me inviting me to engage in discussion on a topic where we disagreed. To avoid specifics and get down to the core issues, let’s say the topic was the pastoral care  of remarried divorced people in church. So I went to the blog and read the [Read More...]

Atheism or Catholicism – You Choose


I’ve got this gadget on my home page that generates quotable quotes. You don’t know what you’re going to get next. Some are funny, some wise, some rude, some silly, some stupid. My favorite silly one is from Groucho Marx: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” Geddit? Anyway, there’s one from [Read More...]

Pope to Canonize Another Bald Headed Saint

Bl Junipero Serra

Pope Francis announced that he plans to canonize the Franciscan missionary to California Junipero Serra It thrills my heart to learn that he is to make a saint of another bald headed person. St Junipero Serra joins St Francis de Sales, St John of the Cross, St Maximillian Kolbe, St Paul, and the prophet Elisha. [Read More...]

Philosophy and Fat Folks on Welfare

fat lady

I suppose that headline grabbed a few readers. It’s a serious topic though, and this article in the Daily Telegraph profiles a mother and daughter who weigh over 600 pounds between them. A mother and daughter who get £34,000 ( $51,000.00) a year in handouts because they are too fat to work say they’d rather be [Read More...]

Want to Be a Writer? Don’t Give Up Your Day Job

T.S.Eliot - Bank Clerk

Carol is a friend of mine in England who had a good writing gig. She churned out romance novels under an assumed name. She produced four a year and she was good at it. Many people have romantic ideas about writers. They assume we live in a garret surrounded by piles of books, writing novels [Read More...]

Pope Francis the Hindu?

View image | So Pope Francis was wrapped in a Hindu prayer shaw? I expect before too long he will  have stones thrown at him by angry and frightened Catholics for compromising the faith. They’ll use the picture from now to eternity along with the one of Pope St John Paul II kissing the [Read More...]

Apologetics 101


Whenever I am involved in conversations with non-Catholic Christians I go straight to the authority question. If that question is not resolved then every other discussion is only matter of swapping opinions. It is important, therefore to be clear on the basics of the Catholic understanding of authority. It is rooted in the fact that [Read More...]

Fighting Fundamentalism

View image | How do you fight fundamentalism? An article in London’s Daily Telegraph reports that a British government attempt to stop young Muslims from being turned into jihadist radicals is not working. Baroness Manningham Buller, who was the director general of the Security Service at the time of the 7/7 bombings, said the [Read More...]

The Puri-Fire


I was talking with a man I’ll call Henry today who lost his wife just before Christmas. She was only in her early sixties and had premature dementia. It was a terrible disease. Horrible to see an intelligent, active, prayerful woman laid low, and terrible to see the suffering of her husband and family as [Read More...]

Black People Aren’t Real…

Boko Haram Killers

…this would seem to be the message the world’s media is trumpeting in the wake of the silence over 2,000 slaughtered by the Boko Haram in Nigeria. London’s Guardian paper asks why the massacre in Baga has been ignored. France spent the weekend coming to terms with last week’s terror attacks in Paristhat left 17 dead. The [Read More...]

Pause for Prayer


To be led by God’s patient love into this attitude of unconditional self surrender is painful, but there is no avoiding it for anyone who seriously wants to pray. It requires no special conditions or peculiar way of life. The ordinary experience of work, daily hardships and living with people is the field of obedience [Read More...]

English Snobs and Yobs

English Snob

There’s an amusing article here in today’s Daily Telegraph by an Englishman chortling away at Americans’ ignorance about Britain. The author does a pretty good job of tossing off the usual snooty English comments about Americans. British visitors to America often report how shocked they are to discover how little is known about their country. [Read More...]

Kansas City Sees First Female Catholic Priest?

David Bawden - "Pope Michael"

The headline is linked to this article online about Georgia Walker who claims to be a Catholic priest. You can go here for a very entertaining picture gallery of the “ordination” If they are not aware of it already, folks should  realize that Georgia Walker in Kansas is as  much a Catholic priest as David Bawden is Pope [Read More...]