Should Pope Francis Celebrate the Reformation?

Embed from Getty Images My latest article for CRUX asks what Pope Francis is doing by planning to go to Sweden in the Fall to commemorate the Reformation Pope Francis has built bridges with Protestants in remarkable ways. His personal friendship with the late Anglican-style bishop Tony Palmer, and his video greeting to American pentecostal [Read More…]

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Lenten Thoughts from The Suburban Hermit

What do you really want? Today’s Lent post at the Suburban Hermit makes you think… My brother in law is an artist and a wise man. He is fond of saying, “Every person, everywhere will always do whatever they can to get as close as they can to what they perceive as love.” During the [Read More…]

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Take Up Your Cupcake and Follow Me?

In today’s gospel Jesus says we must take up our cross and follow him. The Anglican Church–ever on the lookout for a new way to be trendy, relevant and cool has suggested that we take up our cupcake instead. Across the water Fr Ed Tomlinson reports that the Anglican Diocese of Leicester distributed cupcakes to [Read More…]

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Why Are Young People Cheering for Socialism?

Embed from Getty Images Winston Churchill said something like, “If a man is not a socialist in his twenties he is a scoundrel. If he is still a socialist in his fifties he is mad.” He was acknowledging the attractive idealism of the young. He was also acknowledging its impracticality. So often I heard, “All these people [Read More…]

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Bad Catholics? Fuhgeddaboudit

What do you say when presented with the bad example of bad Catholics? My latest blog post for National Catholic Register thinks about it. Father,” said the middle aged man,  “When I was ten years old I was a faithful altar server and I turned up one day to serve wearing sneakers and the priest [Read More…]

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Lent, Fasting and the Purpose of Prayer

My latest article for National Catholic Register explains why we fast and how our prayer connects with the will of God. It is posted today here. In the fourth century, Anthony of the Desert and his fellow hermits retreated into the wilderness to live in caves. They practiced vegetarianism, extreme fasting and mortification of the [Read More…]

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Eliot’s Ash Wednesday

T.S.Eliot was baptized in 1927 and turned away from a life in the wasteland of modern atheism, decadence and despair His new found Christian faith inspired his great poem of repentance–Ash Wednesday. Go here to read the poem, and even better, click on the window on the top right to listen to Eliot himself reading [Read More…]

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That Divine Mercy Movie and Me

It seems that Jim Gaffigan, Harry Connick Jr. and a host of other stars get to be in the same movie with me. Wow! Lucky them! Seriously. I had no idea when I was asked to do a short comment on the Divine Mercy for a new film that it would be featuring some big [Read More…]

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Ten Lessons from Padre Pio for Lent

With Padre Pio’s relics visiting Rome for the Year of Mercy we’re reminded of his amazing biography and how infused his whole life was with the miraculous. This website chronicles some of the astounding miracles attributed to him. The one thing which is most devastating for the Catholic faith is modernism. Modernism is like a watery [Read More…]

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The Suburban Hermit on Lent

Over at The Suburban Hermit is my first post on Lent This is not because physical things are bad and we must punish ourselves, but because we are disciplining our appetites. If we cannot control our stomach, our need for sexual pleasure, our need for alcohol, our need for sleep which are visible things,  then why do [Read More…]

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Madeleine Albright Believes in Hell!

Who woulda thunk it? The  former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright believes in hell. I wasn’t aware of Ms Albright’s interesting background. She was born to a Jewish Czech family who converted to Catholicism. Brought up as a Catholic, the very accomplished lady (she speaks four or five languages) became an Episcopalian when she got [Read More…]

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Blog Shifting

I can hardly believe that I have been blogging at Standing on My Head for nearly ten years. I got started when we moved to the USA when blogging was a fairly new phenomenon, and I started blogging in order to publish stuff that I wanted to write that wouldn’t get published anywhere else. I’ve [Read More…]

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The Candidate I Would Vote For…

Since I seem to be equally negative about all the candidates, some people have said, “OK, Father. Who would you vote for?” The presidential candidate I would vote for would have these policies: 1. A  universal health insurance plan collected at the state level and administered at the county level. 2. A military policy based strictly on self defense. We [Read More…]

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Good Man. Good Monk. Good Beer

My article for Aleteia this week is an interview with Br Augustine Wilmeth–a monk of Norcia. I first met Brother Augustine Wilmeth when he was one of the students where I served as chaplain. As a convert, he was intensely interested not only in his new Catholic faith but in the more traditional expressions of [Read More…]

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Why Catholic Education is Crucial

Go here to listen to my homily from Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Sunday on why Catholic Education is Crucial… [Read more…]

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Can a Catholic Vote for Bernie Sanders?

As always when I comment on politics be clear that I am making observations. I am not endorsing any candidate and I am not telling anyone who they should vote for. Sanders says he is a Socialist, and Catholic social teaching condemns socialism right? Pope Leo XIII most famously condemned socialism in Rerum Novarum, and Pope Pius IX wrote [Read More…]

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Iowa? Call Me Cynical

It was intriguing watching the results of the Iowa caucuses come in last evening, and in case any body is biting their nails about a priest writing about politics, take a deep breath. I’m not telling anyone how to vote. I’m not endorsing anyone. I’m writing as an American citizen and making some personal observations. [Read More…]

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Modernism and the Balrog’s Whip

My article for Imaginative Conservative this week touches on the whip of the Balrog and how it there is a “sting in the tail” of a modernism that seems to be dying. If Fr. Tomlinson is right that secular modernism in the church has had its day, we must still beware the Balrog’s whip. There is [Read More…]

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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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