Peter the Model Disciple

Jesus Christ

  Today at Arlington Diocese’s “Risk Jesus” Conference I’ll be telling my conversion story, and then pioneering an idea which may turn into a new book: Peter as the Model Disciple. I’ll only have time for four points, but there is more to it. The Question: Who Do You Say That I AM? That’s the [Read More...]

Are You in Northern Virginia?


I’ll be speaking at the Arlington Diocesan “Risk Jesus” conference tomorrow with Jennifer Fulwiler. If you’re in the area come and join us! I’ll be doing two talks: first my conversion story and second “The Risk of Faith” Get a boost in your faith and join us at Hylton Memorial Chapel Events Center. Registration starts [Read More...]

Building a Beautiful Church in the Poor Part of Town

New Church at Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville

Here’s a dilemma: my parish is in the worst socio economic area of our town. Across the street from our campus is a crappy old motel which was built along I-85 probably forty years ago. It’s a notorious flophouse. What goes on there? Suffice it to say that they offer weekly, daily and hourly rates…It’s [Read More...]

Where is Jesus?

Deacon Kandra has an excellent post here about the placement of the tabernacle in the new Christ’s Cathedral in California. Many people like it placed centrally behind the high altar, but that is a comparatively late innovation in Church history, and there are good reasons for it being placed elsewhere. When you visit the ancient [Read More...]

Witness from Albania

Pope Francis embraces Rev Ernest Troshani

  This story is from Pope Francis’ visit to Albania. An old priest tells the story of how he was imprisoned, tortured, sentenced to death and finally spent over thirty years in a forced labor camp for his Catholic faith. During his visit to Tirana, Albania, on Sept. 21, Pope Francis met with priests, religious, [Read More...]

From Kilvert’s Diary


One of the delights of my life is the diary of the Rev Francis Kilvert. If you would like to learn more about him go to this article I wrote for Imaginative Conservative. Kilvert was an Anglican country parson in the 1870s. He kept his diary regularly and recorded the scenes and people from his [Read More...]

Christ’s Cathedral California: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


I’ve taken the time to look at the pictures and plans for The Diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral and it presents some very interesting problems and solutions. First of all one has to take the building as it is and wonder at it. We are confronted first of all with the problem of modern architecture for [Read More...]

Exciting Church for Our Lady

New Church at Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville

Before this blog went to Patheos, every October I ran a “Stick ‘Em Up!” campaign. This was a plea for readers to donate to my work by hitting the “Donate” button and helping out your poor padre blogger. Now, of course, I get sent checks every month for huge amounts from the people at Patheos [Read More...]

Should the Catholic Church be Up to Date?

Should the Catholic Church adapt herself and get up to date? Holy deacon Kandra reports here on a survey on why Catholics stop going to Mass. four major reasons why some Roman Catholics stop going to church, among them: Disagreement with church doctrine on birth control, women as priests, homosexuality; A view that there are [Read More...]

Call on the Woman Who Tramples the Serpent


So many saints tell us that the Blessed Virgin has great power over Satan. “The rosary is the weapon against evil” they say. “Call on the Blessed Mother in time of need!” they command us. The exorcists say how the demons hate with a terrible hatred the Mother of the Lord. Why is this and [Read More...]

Is Bishop Cupich A Closet Anglican?

John Allen

John Allen here with his usual common sense analysis. He acknowledges Archbishop of Chicago designate Cupich as a “moderate left leaning” character, and mentions the snide comments that Cupich is leading the “Anglicanization” of the Catholic  Church. In other words, in the opinion of some Cupich is just another wishy washy peace and justice liberal [Read More...]

English Cathedrals


Go here for a little picture gallery of English medieval cathedrals. Drop me a line at if you would like more information about the 10 day tour of England I will be leading with Joseph Pearce next June. We’ll be visiting some great cathedrals, sites associated with English martyrs and great literary figures. [Read more...]

Gluttony and Mr Creosote

Here is the latest in my series on the seven deadly sins for Catholic Exchange To put it plainly, the glutton seeks in food, alcohol or drugs the comfort, and sense of well being and happiness that he should find in a strong relationship with God and a life of true goodness, truth and beauty. [Read More...]

Be Still and Know


Here’s a thought about the need for silence and time to listen to God from Romano Guardini: When we come into church from the outside our ears are filled with the racket of the city, the words of those who have accompanied us, the laboring and quarreling of our own thoughts, the disquiet of our [Read More...]

Kitty Schori Steps Down


This bit of news from the Episcopal Church today informs us that Katherine Jefferts Schori–the presiding bishop is not going to stand for re-election. I haven’t much to observe about Schori and the kerfuffle in this small, American Protestant denomination doesn’t hold much interest except that in her announcement Mrs. Schori outlined the way she [Read More...]

Internet Overload and Living Local

I’ve had a few days away from blogging and I can’t say I missed it. Here’s why: sometimes I simply get internet overload. I get frustrated with what I read and run out of things to say about it. Headlines scream out about all the bad stuff happening around the world. Hungry for hits, loggers [Read More...]

Do Not Put Your Trust in Princes

  My article this month for The Catholic Thing is a critique of those who think Vladimir Putin will be the savior of the papacy and of decent moral values. A few weeks ago I wrote a column entitled, “Prepare for the Rise of the Right,” in which I observed that in the face of [Read More...]

The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King

James III

My article for this week in The Imaginative Conservative tells the story of the man who gave up the throne of England for his Catholic faith. The Queen of England was on her deathbed without an heir. Exiled to France, the twenty- six-year-old prince was the rightful king. The English courtiers wrote to offer him [Read More...]

God the Father or Sugar Daddy?


Here is my latest post for ZENIT: Is it God the Father or Sugar Daddy in the sky? Atheists sometimes blame Christians for believing in a Heavenly Father who is great big sugar daddy in the sky who will take us to heaven when we die. Our God, they say, is like Colonel Sanders—always beaming [Read More...]

Could St Joseph of Cupertino Really Fly?

St Joseph of Cupertino - Patron Saint of Pilots and Aviators

Today is the feast day of St Joseph of Cupertino. To learn about his life go here. Joseph was born into a poor family in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. His father was a poor carpenter who died before he was born, and his impoverished mother gave birth to him in a stable. The poor boy [Read More...]

Stigmatics Today


Today is the memorial of the Stigmata of St Francis. Stigmata are one of those unusual phenomena within the Catholic religion which remind us of that the body, mind and spirit are completely interlinked. The word stigmata comes from the Greek word stigma or “mark” and this word is used in Galatians when St Paul [Read More...]

The Greed Creed


I’ve got a series of article on the seven deadly sins being published over at Catholic Exchange. Go here for this week’s article on Greed We think of greed as a fat cat banker who pays himself a million dollar bonus after already receiving a salary of three million for working a seventy hour week doing [Read More...]