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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Should Catholics Apologize to Protestants?

In his homily on the annual ecumenical Vespers to close the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St Paul’s Outside the Walls, Pope Francis apologized for the wrongs committed by Catholics against other Christians. Speaking as Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis asked for mercy and forgiveness on account of [Read More…]

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Strategies for Spiritual Warfare

My latest article at Those Catholic Men website discusses the right approach to spiritual warfare. I had to speak with Tom about his passion for spiritual warfare. His zeal was unquestioned, and his desire to fight the good fight was admirable. He had his warrior’s rosary, his prayer book, his holy water and his scapulas all in place. [Read More…]

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Hobbits and Hermits

My latest blog post for National Catholic Register is here. Give me the hobbit’s life of adventure. I want to shrug on my backpack, pick up my stick and set off on the open road. I want to sleep rough with nothing but the freedom of the quest. Give me dragons to fight and giants [Read More…]

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Does Ecumenism Demand Open Communion?

The optimistic ecumenist suggests that the Catholic practice of barring Protestants from receiving communion is an obstacle on the path to unity. A Lutheran pastor (who was a cradle Catholic) wrote to me the other day saying that he didn’t understand why anyone should be refused communion. The call to the Lord’s table, he opined, [Read More…]

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From Trendy Zendy Architecture…

…good Lord deliver us. Have we not learned our lessons from the decaying, carpeted crashed flying saucer churches that litter our American suburbs? Here is an article that gushes lovingly over the designs for a new church in New Jersey by New York architect Carlo Enzo. Amenities include gallery and museum space to attract visitors [Read More…]

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Anglicans, Africans and Future Church

My article this week for Aletia explores the impact the Anglican decision to suspend the Episcopalians has on the Catholic Church The center of gravity for worldwide Christianity is shifting away from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America. This shift from North to South is cultural and demographic. Christians in the [Read More…]

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Exorcism and Superstition

My latest blog post at National Catholic Register is here Exorcism movies are popular, but when you see one what is your reaction? Will you respond with superstition or supernaturalism? Superstition is any sort of belief or behavior which is magical. A magical understanding of religion is primitive, immature and dangerous. It involves sympathetic magic [Read More…]

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