Love and Marriage: What Can Be Done?


With the upcoming Synod of the Family some Catholics are biting their nails that there is going to be a revolution in church discipline and that suddenly all divorced and re-married Catholics will be permitted to receive communion. Probably not according to Cardinal Pell. The fathers of the church realize that Our Lord’s teaching on the [Read More...]

A Little Literary Tour of Oxford


Here is my article for the Imaginative Conservative this week. It is an imaginary tour of literary Oxford. No other city in the world oozes literature as Oxford does. So come with me on a little literary tour of the city. We are going to start in the street called St Aldate’s at the front [Read More...]

The Marriage Mess


Some Catholics are worrying themselves over whether the pope will allow Catholics who are divorced and remarried to receive communion. I am as concerned as anyone else about this issue and feel that the rule cannot be changed without changing the Catholic understanding of marriage. Indissoluble marriage is part of the revelation from Adam and [Read More...]

Why Do Catholics Fall For the New Age Movement?

Sharon Gigenti

I always meet fascinating people and new friends when I come to EWTN to tape programs. I had lunch today with Sharon Giganti of the New Age Deception website. We discussed what made the New Age Movement so attractive to so many Catholics. I traveled to EWTN today in my clericals, and as usual I had [Read More...]

Drill Sergeant Wanted


It never ceases to amaze me how soft and spineless we are when it comes to our Catholic faith. Everything else takes precedence. “It’s the annual retreat for your sons and daughters. Your kids have to be there.” “They’ve got a volleyball game that weekend we’re so busy I don’t feel comfortable asking my child [Read More...]

The Truth and Charity Trap


In observing the Christian world in which I live and move and have my being it occurs to me that we too often fall into one of two different traps: we are charitable without truth or we are truthful without charity. By “charity” I mean the desire and inclination to be loving, kind and good [Read More...]

Flexible Marriage Vows? Enter Polygamy


John Allen reminds us that two thirds of the world’s Catholics are outside the developed world and their concerns about moral matters and family issues are not always the same as ours. While we debate divorce and re-marriage for Catholics and think same sex “marriage” is a hot topic, in many African cultures the difficulties [Read More...]

We’re So Much Better Than ISIS….Really?

In Jennifer Fulwiler’s conversion story Something Other Than Godshe recounts the time when she and her husband began to wake up to the implications of their pro-abortion convictions. She was into her second pregnancy when the reality of their views suddenly clashed with the reality of the ultra sound scan of their new baby. Here [Read More...]

The Day I Met Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley

Dr Ian Paisley was good friends with Dr Bob Jones Jr.–the son of the founder of Bob Jones University. In fact Paisley’s doctorate was an honorary doctorate from BJU. Paisley used to come to Bob Jones University every Spring to preach at their annual Bible Conference. I was a student at B0b Jones from 1974-1978 [Read More...]

Ten Things to Remember When You’re Fed Up With Other Catholics

angry kid

Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to hear an increasing amount of grumbling from about the state of the church. Some folks complain about the new generation of priests, “All these guys seem to care about is lace and china tea cups! Are they all pansies? What’s going on? Why do they have to [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Malley at Crux


Last evening I attended the official launch of Crux–the Boston Globe’s new website dedicated to “all things Catholic.” The venue was the splendid campus of Boston College. In the afternoon I had the chance to tour the campus with fellow Patheos blogger Tim Muldoon, and had the better part of an hour with theologian Fr [Read More...]

Conversion or Conquest?


My latest post for Aleteia is here. It asks the question, “Is conquest the way to ultimately defeat Islamic radicals?” The military response may provide an adequate defense, liberate prisoners and bring a limited justice and a fragile peace, but it does not solve the deeper problem. One can be forced to convert outwardly to [Read More...]

Iron Lady Film – Masterpiece or Mess?


My contribution to The Imaginative Conservative website this week is a review of the film The Iron Lady –a biopic on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Many criticized the film because it focussed on the retired premier’s dementia and did not laud her political achievements sufficiently. This is to misunderstand both the film and the art form. The [Read More...]

Distorted Desires


I have been asked to contribute a new series of articles for Catholic Exchange on the Seven Deadly Sins Here is the first one: an introduction to the seven deadly sins. The seventeenth century poet Thomas Traherne is known for his joyful and positive spirit. He affirms that human souls are driven by desire, and that [Read More...]

How to Use the Lord’s Prayer as a Spiritual Weapon


I once attended a seminar on the deliverance ministry conducted by the author and psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. During the questions and answers three rather excitable women told Dr McCall that there was a witches coven meeting in their town and they wondered how to get rid of it. Dr McCall was a very softly spoken [Read More...]

Foolishness and Fullness

Here is my latest article for ZENIT. It counters the Church of Nice with the challenge of total transformation in Christ The main problem with Christianity today is that it has forgotten these astounding ambitions promised in the New Testament. Christians of all sorts–and Catholics especially–have turned Christianity into a bland exercise in trying to [Read More...]

St Patrick? What Has He Got to Do With a Parade?


My goodness, what a lot of huffing and puffing over the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. Some homosexuals want to march in the parade and Cardinal Dolan is the head honcho of the whole big folderol. Some Catholics are therefore up in arms. Cardinal Dolan is a wicked, corrupt bishop in their [Read More...]

This Will Make You Cheer Up!

If there are such wacky and wonderful things in life, then you’d better cheer up and praise God. [Read more...]

St Patrick’s Day Parade: What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus Eats With Sinners

Some Catholics are up in arms over Cardinal Dolan agreeing to be the Grand Marshall of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York which has been infiltrated by homosexual activists. Elizabeth Scalia has stirred the pot with this post comparing Dolan to Jesus who ate with sinners, did not condemn the woman taken in adultery, [Read More...]

Come to England With Me!


Are you planning to come on the exciting pilgrimage to England with me and my friend–the author and biographer Joseph Pearce next June? We’re going to have a fantastic time visiting the sites associated with the English Martyrs, celebrating Mass in ancient churches and combining this with visiting the pilgrimage trail of famous English converts and [Read More...]

Jesus’ Ancestors: Murderers, Cheats, Prostitutes, Refugees, Adulterers…

Rahab the Harlot

Today is the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and at mass this morning I inflicted upon the faithful the long genealogy of Jesus at the beginning of Matthew’s gospel.  It’s here if you want to read it. I did so for a good reason. The genealogy is a very  unusual document. Firstly, it is [Read More...]

Truett Cathy: What If We All Stayed Home On Sunday?

Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-Fil-A has died. Like Colonel Sanders he was a true Southern Christian gentleman. I was somewhat disappointed, however, that Truett Cathy didn’t wear a white linen suit, a ribbon tie and carry an ivory topped cane. He famously decided to keep his restaurants closed on Sundays to give his employees [Read More...]