CSL and JFK – Two Jacks

Two Jacks

Today is the fifty first anniversary of the death of C.S.Lewis. He died, of course, on the same afternoon that JFK was gunned down in Texas. Both men were nicknamed “Jack” and that’s pretty much where the similarity ends. The two Jacks symbolize two different ways through the world. Jack Lewis stands for the world of [Read More...]

Living in the Past in the Present

Wilbur Burnham designing a stained glass window

Part of being a Catholic is to live in the past in the present. What I am getting at is the idea that the universality of the Catholic faith means that it transcends not only particular cultural circumstances and particular locales, but it also transcends time. Think about it. At Mass the priest comes out [Read More...]

Are US Bishops Attacking Pope Francis?

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My article for Aleteia this week asks whether conservative Benedict XVI appointed bishops are out to get Pope Francis. In a highly biased report, radical progressive Michael Sean Winters twisted the Archbishop’s comments into criticism of Pope Francis. Archbishop Chaput replied, “There are people who…deliberately want to twist the truth, and divide the Church, and [Read More...]

Is There a List of Mortal Sins?

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One of the strengths and weaknesses of the internet age is that people write to strangers with personal problems which are often complex, but there is no context or background. So I’ll get an email out of the blue from someone I don’t know asking “What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? [Read More...]

Life is a Casting Off

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What is it in me that likes the difficult sayings of Jesus more than the easy sayings? Everybody loves Jesus who says, “Let the little children come to me” and “Neither do I condemn you” But have you read the gospels lately?  Jesus’ teaching is much more forceful and strident than we like to remember. [Read More...]

The Vulnerability of Beauty

The Abbey of St Antimo, Tuscany, Italy - one of the inspirations for the new Our Lady of the Rosary

A friend of mine once exclaimed, “Oh, the vulnerability of beauty in a world of useful things!” What he was observing is the fact that beauty cuts across utilitarian and economic ideals. Of course a thing that is efficient and useful might also be beautiful, but something which seeks to be beautiful first of all [Read More...]

One of God’s Little Women Warriors

St Frances Xavier Cabrini

Mother Cabrini was frail and tiny of body but strong of soul. Read about her here. Cabrini was born July 15, 1850, in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, in the LombardProvince of Lodi, then part of the Austrian Empire, the youngest of the eleven children of Agostino Cabrini and Stella Oldini, who were wealthy cherry tree farmers. Sadly, only four of the eleven [Read More...]

Hate the Sin Love the Sinner – How Do I Do That?

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It’s a typical Christian bromide: “Hate the sin. Love the sinner.” The problem is–how do I do that? The sinner sins. How do you separate the sin from the sinner, and to be honest, at the final judgement it is the sinner who is condemned for his sin. It’s not like Jesus says, “There, there, [Read More...]

The Ancient Radical Vision of the Family

Extended happy family standing in the park.

Here is an article/interview on marriage for Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs: I have a very subversive and radical vision for Christian marriage. It is just as radical as it was when it first hit the scene in the Roman Empire in the first and second centuries. It is this: that one [Read More...]

Women Priests: A Mini-Debate

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Here is a debate between Mary and Jerry about women priests. Mary and Jerry are not real people. MARY: I don’t see why the church forbids women from being priests. Women have entered every other profession. We have women doctors, lawyers, politicians, soldiers and entrepreneurs. Why not a woman priest? JERRY: Being a priest is different than those other [Read More...]

Disneyland, Desire and Destiny

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In re-reading C.S.Lewis’ wonderful  sermon The Weight of Glory he begins with comments on the nature of desire. Christianity is known by those outside for it prohibitions. It seems to be a religion of “Thou shalt not.” Lewis reminds us that desire is good because it is a desire for the good. Even when the desire is [Read More...]

Mantilla the Hon on the Cappa Magna

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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. Lemme tell you hon, that Cardinal Burke, he some kind of crazy [Read More...]

Answering Margery Eagan on Homosexuality

Margery Eagan

Margery Eagan, the spirituality columnist at Boston Globe’s CRUX website poses a question about homosexuality in this column. Listening to the reading at Mass this week from Ephesians Margery heard St Paul say, “Slaves be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling.” The priest explained that times were different back then and St [Read More...]

Does Beauty Matter?

Interior new Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, SC

True story: here in the Bible Belt a young Baptist high school kid goes into a Catholic Church. He’s smart and amazingly well read. Already by eleventh grade he has rejected Baptist fundamentalist Christianity. He’s explored the other world religions and rejected them all. He’s on the brink of atheism Then he steps into a [Read More...]

Troubled by Evil Spirits or Demons?

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Are all evil spirits demonic? I don’t think so, and here’s why: From time to time I will have someone come to see me who thinks they are demon possessed. They may be hearing voices telling them to do bad things or they might be having hallucinations which they interpret as devils. They might have [Read More...]

Get Real Here and Now

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I’ve worn out the keyboard on my laptop. Honestly. The keys don’t respond. Maybe my laptop is telling me something. I spend so much time on the laptop because I write, write, write. I’m blessed with lots of ideas so I clutter up the blogosphere, websites and publishers with my tappety tappings. (this is the [Read More...]

The Intellectually Secular Insane

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Fr George Rutler has a clever and rollicking essay here at Crisis Magazine in which he twits the twits in the ivory towers of the Ivy League in their ridiculously blind defense of radical Islam Public thinkers have been usurped by practical atheists who are politely styled “secularists.”  Essentially, the secularist is not without religion: [Read More...]

Ten Things That Are Killing the Family

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The Synod fathers this month were trying to address a real crisis in the human race: the disintegration of the family. The problems are very complex and are not simply a matter of people disobeying God’s law and running around with whoever they please. Is promiscuity a problem? Of course. Is divorce a disaster? Without [Read More...]

How Close Is This Church to Reality?

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Readers of this blog have been following the progress of an exciting new church building project at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, South Carolina. In the heart of the Bible Belt we are building a church that looks Catholic to proclaim our Catholic faith with vigor, joy and confidence. Why is this [Read More...]

Duane Mandible on Welcoming Grays

Duane Mandible

Guest blogger, Duane Mandible is a contributing editor to The Truth Hurts, a bi-monthly journal of politics, economics and opinion. He also contributes regularly to Freedom Monthly; Illuminations and The Sojourner. Duane is the author of Guns and Knives will Save Your Children’s Lives. He is Vice President of the Sacred Society of St Philibustre, and enjoys hunting rattlesnakes, square dancing [Read More...]

Why Build a Romanesque Church Today?

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When I arrived at Our Lady of the Rosary parish one of my first tasks was to meet with the Building Committee. The folks in the parish had been trying to build a church for about twenty years off and on and for various reasons it simply didn’t get done. Now it was my job. [Read More...]

Conversion or Come to Daddy?

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I read a smart comment yesterday: “Conservatives want to convert people by arguing with them. Liberals want to convert people by agreeing with them.” It’s pithy I can see the distinction, but I’m not sure it is merely a “conservative-Liberal” clash. Underlying the tensions within the Catholic Church –which blew up at the recent synod [Read More...]


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