Is My Dog a Better Catholic Than Me?

I came down the steps this morning and caught the dog jumping down from the sofa. Anna knows she is not allowed on the sofa. She was guilty and she looked it. She glanced over her shoulder at me and went scooting off to her bed. She was afraid of being punished. She knew she had [Read More…]

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Twelve Things to Remember About Confession

Catholics are expected to go to confession at least once a year. Maybe a good New  Years resolution we should resolve to do at least that, but also to try to attend more frequently. Here are – things to remember about making a good confession. Examine Your Conscience – The first thing to remember about [Read More…]

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Ten Types of Holy Innocents Today

Invariably the Memorial of Holy Innocents gets swamped with post-Christmas celebrations. We’ve got a house to clean up, kids to amuse, relatives to visit, gifts to return AND most of us are supposed to get back to work. Priests usually take a few days off. At our parish the office is closed this week and Father [Read More…]

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Christmas, Paganism and Frodo Baggins

  Will the atheist cynics and Protestant scoffers never cease with the old canard that Catholicism is simply old paganism in a new dress? These critics notice similarities between certain Roman Catholic customs and the old Roman religion and snipe that our faith is no more than paganism with a face lift. “Christmas!” they cry, [Read More…]

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Conservative or Liberal?

One of the websites I write for is The Imaginative Conservative, and if I have to take any kind of label, then it would be “conservative”. I’m conservative because, by instinct and upbringing I’d rather put my energies into conserving the best from the past rather than innovating for the future. Somebody has to do [Read More…]

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Racism: The Last Remaining Sin

I was thinking the other day about the secularists’ shock and horror at racism. I think I had just seen some progressives screaming about racism and accusing old white men (and everybody else they didn’t like) of being racist. It got me thinking about why this is such a big deal. Don’t get me wrong. [Read More…]

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Clericalism? Whazzat?

Pope Francis’ latest scold is against clericalism. You can read about it here. He makes good points and it is clear that he is addressing the situation in Latin America. However, there is another side to the coin. It is certainly easy to criticize priests who dominate the church and get all high and mighty. [Read More…]

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The Secret of Star Wars’ Success

This week Rogue One–another Star Wars movie hits the box office, and it is probably going to take off just like the others. What’s the secret of their success? The aficionados of the Star Wars movies are religious in their passion for the films. I realize it was a spoof, but in 2012 the census [Read More…]

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Mantilla the Hon on Being Rigid

Guest blogger Mantilla Amontillado is the founder of Veritas Vestments. She holds a degree in Ecclesiastical Haberdashery from Salamanca University. She has done the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella three times on horseback and is engaged to the famous matador, Senor Augusto Torquemada. I have to admit it hon, since Papa Francisco my business Veritas [Read More…]

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Has Pope Francis Slapped Young Rad Trads?

A Detroit newspaper published this slap to Pope Francis accusing him of insulting young Catholics who like the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Millennials are leaving religion in droves, recent surveys find. Churches are roiled, but it appears Pope Francis isn’t worried he may accelerate the exodus. The “Who am I to judge?” pope recently told an interviewer [Read More…]

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Francis: Castro’s Pope?

Remember when the secular Catholic hating media started crowing about Pius XII being “Hitler’s Pope”? Funny how they thought it was wonderful when Popes JP2, B16 and Francis all paid a visit to Cuba and knocked on Castro’s door. History is now showing that Pope Pius XII put up stout resistance to the Nazis as [Read More…]

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Sin is Soooo Boring!

OK. I admit it, and I’m sure every other priest will admit it too. We get bored in the confessional. Don’t get me wrong. I am not bored by people. I love people and am endlessly fascinated by people. People aren’t boring. Their problems aren’t boring. But sin is boring. Really. To be honest, there [Read More…]

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What is a Hymn and What’s it For?

Last month I paid a visit to the parish of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio TX. Wow! The kids at Atonement Academy all take music lessons every day and you should hear them sing! They all belong to a choir and at Mass the singing is like something out of heaven! They [Read More…]

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Norcia: Brothers in Arms

I was blessed last summer to visit Norcia–the birthplace of St Benedict– with my friend Sid Tate. We had gone to Italy on pilgrimage to venerate the Holy Shroud of Turin, and too the opportunity to visit Norcia and spend a short time with my former student Philip Wilmeth–now Brother Augustine–one of the monks of Norcia. Terrible [Read More…]

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America: There May Be Trouble Ahead…

Whoever is elected president, I predict that America will enter into four years of turmoil. The passions stirred up in this election have revealed an America more divided than ever before, and the divisions are bound to get worse. Racial divisions are at boiling point. Class divisions are brewing. Educational disparities are obvious. Ethnic suspicions [Read More…]

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Twelve Ideas for Making America Great Again

You’ll be glad to hear that I’m not running for President, but here are my twelve ideas for making America great again. Give bigger tax breaks for charitable giving – Rather than taxing rich people to death, give them bigger tax breaks for charitable giving. Regulate charities more – Make sure charities really do charitable work and are [Read More…]

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Queen Hillary and King Henry

This article in the Boston Globe (of all places!) gives you the run down on Hiliary Clinton’s anti Catholic stance. What I like about it is the comparison to Henry VIII AFTER KING HENRY VIII broke ties with the Catholic Church because of a dispute over marriage, Catholics were treated very badly. Bishops were locked up. [Read More…]

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Who Says You Can’t Afford a Beautiful Church?

One of the most common misconceptions about traditional church architecture is that it has to be expensive. Sure, if you go with a prima donna architect with an international reputation you’re going to pay over the odds. Our little parish in the poor part of town has just built a beautiful church, and we did [Read More…]

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Clinton’s Anti-Catholic Team

Part of this week’s leaked email release features an exchange from Clinton team members about “conservative Catholicism”. This article from Catholic News Agency reports on the comments. What is frightening about these ideologues is that their ignorance is always combined with arrogance. They clearly know very little about Catholicism, but they deride it and despise [Read More…]

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An Ideologue or an Egotist?

A friend recently voiced their doubts and fears about a Hillary Clinton presidency and it made me think. In a few weeks’ time Americans will go to the polls. Over the last year I have posted harsh words about Donald Trump, and people have got on my case for it. “Oh Father, why are you [Read More…]

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Ten Practical Ways to Win the Pro Life Battle

It is natural during a Presidential election year for the people who are pro-life to get pretty passionate against the candidate and party who are actively pro-abortion. We are also apt to get passionate in favor of the candidate or party who pledges to be anti abortion. That’s all well and good, and we definitely [Read More…]

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What I Will Do If Hillary is Elected

If Hillary Clinton is elected President I will continue to fight against abortion by supporting our local charity that helps women in crisis pregnancies, by teaching the kids in my parish school about the evils of abortion, by marching for life, by preaching on the dignity of each human person from the pulpit, by working [Read More…]

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