America Wants a Trumperor

Is history repeating itself in a remarkable and disturbing way? Do you know what happened to the Roman Republic? First, did you know that the Roman Empire was preceded by a Republic? For about five hundred years just before the birth of  Christ Rome was governed by a Republic. It was not exactly like our [Read More…]

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Trump or Pope? Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve

I have been astounded to receive emails and FB attacks from Catholics who side with Donald Trump against Pope Francis. That so many Americans have fallen in love with this loud mouthed, lying, bragging, adulterous con man is bad enough, but when I read that a good number of Evangelicals are swooning at his feet [Read More…]

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Trump Dumps Pope in South Carolina

The Pope pops Trump Trump Dumps Pope. Has it occurred to anyone else that Donald Trump’s attack on Pope Francis has happened in South Carolina–a state not known (errmm) for its love of Catholics? After all, this is the state where the Bob Jones crowd protested the visit of John Paul II in 1987, and [Read More…]

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Scalia and Don Quixote Catholicism

    My latest blog post at National Catholic Register compares Justice Antonin Scalia to Don Quixote and says we need more like him… Addressing the Knights of Columbus, Justice Antonin Scalia said, “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools …If I have brought any message [Read More…]

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Why Don’t We See More Miracles?

Over at ChurchPoP they’ve reprinted one of my old blog posts about miracles. Why then, are there not more miracles reported amongst those who believe? There are a couple of reasons. For one, very often our “belief” in miracles is purely academic. We say we believe in miracles because it is part of our whole [Read More…]

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Confession in an Old Ambulance

View More: Live News|More News Videos A Louisiana priest is going out into the highways and byways to bring confession to the people. [Read more…]

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The Mysterious Case of Scalia’s Priest

I have to confess, I am fond of conspiracy theories. I like to ponder who really killed JFK. Why was the Bush clan so close to the Hinckley family whose son tried to assassinate Reagan when Bush Sr was VP? Is Jimmy Carter really one of the Kennedy boys and is Bill Clinton really a Rockefeller? [Read More…]

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Mercy is Free….But It Ain’t Cheap

Go here to read my article at National Catholic Register on the price of mercy. I can remember an old gospel preacher saying, “Mercy is free, but it ain’t cheap.” Like so many of the old-timers, he understood God’s unlimited, unmerited and unconditional mercy, but he also understood that it comes at a price. The [Read More…]

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An Unholy Trinity: The Three Great Temptations

Jesus’ battle in the wilderness is the battle with the three great temptations: the flesh, the world and the devil. The first is the temptation of the flesh. Jesus is fasting in the great tradition of forty days and nights. The great flood was forty days. Moses on Sinai fasted forty days. Elijah on the [Read More…]

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Virtue and Sleaze in Politics

My latest article for Aleteia discusses the need for personal virtue in public life. What is most disturbing is not that some politicians are crooked, scheming, corrupt and wicked but that so many of the electorate don’t seem to care. When issues of personal integrity are raised, the people shrug. When candidates are challenged on [Read More…]

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The Most Revealing Trump Moment…

…at Saturday’s debate I saw the most horrible Trump moment. It was not his vulgarity, his coarse language, his sexist attacks, or his crude aggressive name calling. It was not his lies, mendacity, manipulation and innate dishonesty. It was not his fake tan, fake teeth, fake hair and fake face. It was not his history [Read More…]

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Is Health Care a Pro Life Issue?

There are some Catholic  bloggers and commentators saying that it is okay to vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton because, even though they are pro abortion, they are “pro life” on other issues. Health care is a “life” issue, they argue. A living wage is a “life” issue. Good treatment of immigrants is a “life” [Read More…]

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T.S.Eliot’s Long Lent

My essay for The Imaginative Conservative this week considers Eliot’s poem Ash Wednesday and looks at his penitential life. Ash Wednesday was composed at the climax of Eliot’s disastrous relationship with Vivienne, and it clearly indicates that with his religious conversion he had also decided to embark on a new life which would be free of Vivienne. Ash Wednesday echoes [Read More…]

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Catholics, Evangelicals and Politics in Greenville

Embed from Getty Images Like the Nazgul descending on Middle Earth, the six remaining Republican candidates are here in the state of South Carolina. Yesterday some of them were at a Family Forum at my alma mater Bob Jones University–just down the road from our home. Tonight their debate comes from the Peace Center–our downtown [Read More…]

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Lent Series from the Suburban Hermit

Follow my daily (I hope) short readings from Thomas Merton’s The Living Bread over at my Suburban Hermit blog The short reading from Merton’s book will  be followed by a few of my thoughts on his work. Go here to read today’s entry. A second post at Suburban Hermit asks What is True Contrition? [Read more…]

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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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