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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Women at Home in the Church

I remember a curmudgeonly priest once shocking me by saying, “Women have a place in the church…on their knees…either scrubbing the floor or praying.” Errm. Maybe or maybe not. In fact, although ordination is reserved to men in the Catholic Church, my article for Aletia this week shows that ministry of women in the Catholic [Read More…]

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Are You Afflicted with Father Freelance?

One hears rumbles and grumbles from time to time about priests who think they know better than the church and treat the liturgy like a suggestion rather than a script. You know the sort of priest who feels that he has to improve the language of the liturgy by “making it more understandable” Others are [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons Why Catholics Don’t Evangelize

At a priest’s conference not long ago the speaker quoted some statistics. Christians of different traditions were asked percentage wise how important evangelization was to their understanding of the Christian faith. Mainline Protestants answered 60%. Evangelical Christians answered 85%. Catholics said 3%. We Catholics skate around this one muttering catch phrases like “The New Evangelization” [Read More…]

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A Memo from Hell

Memo: from: His Eminence, Thornblade, DMn President and Director of Communications Department of Infernal Security Re-Education Division   to: Heads of Department – Bowelbages University CONFIDENTIAL Diabolical Doctors, It has come to our attention that there has been a dangerous lapse in security. Our surveillance systems have been compromised, and transcripts of lectures and conversations [Read More…]

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Understanding the Power of Prayer

My latest blog post for National Catholic Register discusses the inner dynamic of prayer: What is it and why does it work? When we pray for specific things we are putting it all into God’s hands. We may say, “Give us this day our daily bread” but we also say, “Thy will be done on [Read More…]

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New Anglican Schism = Old Protestantism

You remember the three “R’s” of “Readin’ Writin’ and “Rithmatic”? Consider three “R’s” that are tearing apart global Anglicanism: Relevance, Relativism and Revolution. Edward Pentin writes here about the formal schism that faces the worldwide Anglican Communion. To put it briefly, the modernists in the Anglican Church are facing a widespread walkout by those who [Read More…]

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Who Is Tom Bombadil?

My latest post for The Imaginative Conservative website asks who the mysterious character Tom Bombadil from Lord of the Rings is supposed to be or represent… One of the mysteries of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is the character of Tom Bombadil. Who is this odd, hill-leaping, silly-song-singing, farmer in the dell? Is this cavorting, yellow-booted [Read More…]

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Ten Tricks of the Devil to Watch Out For

Satan is a snake. Remember that. He is a liar and the Father of Lies. He is at work in your life trying to tempt you into sin and to draw you away from God, but he is also at work in the world, trying to deceive you, confuse you. He wants you to lose [Read More…]

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Can You Be a Happy Traddy?

An article by Steve Skojec has surfaced on social media in which he argues that traditionalist Catholics need to be happy, joyful folks so that everyone realizes what a great treasure they have in the Tridentine Mass. He criticizes traditionalist Catholics of an extreme sort, explaining what it was like when he started to attend [Read More…]

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When Action is the Only Argument

The crisis began when I realized that teenaged boys were looking at hard core pornography on their cell phones. It continued when I read that most Christian young people don’t get the argument against same sex marriage. The crisis got worse when I realized that a majority of American Catholics don’t actually believe the basics [Read More…]

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Epiphany Homily

My Sunday homilies from Our Lady of the Rosary Church are now available as podcasts online for you to download listen and share. Go here for Sunday’s homily for the Feast of the Epiphany which explains who the wise men were historically and reminds us of the gifts they (and we) bring to the Christ [Read More…]

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