Don’t Be Scared of Spirituality

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My latest blog post for National Catholic Register is here. It analyzes why we’re sometimes a bit leery of spirituality. Why is it that among ‘conservative Catholics’ there seems to be so little interest in spirituality? We’re big on apologetics. We’re big on dogma. We’re big on the moral teaching of the Church. We’re big [Read More...]

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Is Pope Francis Setting the Stage for Further Reform?

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In the wake of the liberal defeat in the Synod of the Family a narrative is emerging that goes like this: Pope Francis, the great reformer, has been stymied in his attempts to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to come to communion. The harsh, old judgmental conservatives, who were all appointed by John Paul and [Read More...]

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Shock Horror!! Corruption in the Vatican!

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Two people have been arrested at the Vatican for leaking information about alleged corruption in the Vatican. This report recounts the sensational news that is about to be published in two new books, one by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. Nuzzi’s 2012 best-seller, “His Holiness,” based on leaked papal correspondence detailing corruption, infighting and intrigue in [Read More...]

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Eyewitness Report from the Exorcism House

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Anyone who saw the “exorcism” TV show last night will probably agree with Deacon Kandra’s report here in which he quotes the review from Variety. Frankly, the producers seemed to squander an opportunity with their taped packages, which relied heavily on over-the-top dramatic recreations, which looked pretty pallid compared to clips from the movie. Given that most people are familiar [Read More...]

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How to Spot the Sugar Bully

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My latest blog post over at National  Catholic Register analyzes a phenomenon I call “sugar bullies” Sugar bullies are everywhere in our society. They push for progressive causes in schools, in politics, in business and in the Church. The sugar bullies appeal is one of total sentimentality. The sugar bully manipulates you by trying to [Read More...]

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Ten Reasons Not to Watch “Exorcism Live!”

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  Exorcism? It’s real. It’s ugly. You don’t want to go there. I witnessed a person being delivered from the bondage of Satan once. She had been involved with a witch’s coven. It was the only brush I’ve had with real exorcism, and believe me. If you had seen what I have seen you would [Read More...]

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Relics of Saints for All Saints

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At Our Lady of the Rosary Church this All Saints Weekend we have the opportunity to view and venerate the first class relics of twelve saints: St Stephen Pope St Gregory the Great St Bernard of Clairvaux St Maria Goretti St Margaret Mary Alacoque St Therese of Lisieux St Theresa of Avila St Catherine Laboure [Read More...]

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Confession: The Pathway to Mercy

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Am I disturbed about all the talk about mercy? You bet I am. This is not because I am opposed to the church being the agent of God’s mercy, but because I am in favor of it. I’m in favor of it big time. I’m glad the pope has announced the year of mercy. I’m [Read More...]

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Mercy, Mercy Me. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be

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I’m having problems with the present talk about mercy in the church. Of course I don’t have problems with the Divine Mercy, but the way some churchmen and the press are using the concept of mercy to twist the Catholic Church’s teaching and practice. Consider this headline: Cardinal Wuerl: The Catholic Church is moving from [Read More...]

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From the Fury of Liberal Intellectuals…

Grandfather of all modernist intellectuals Rudolf Bultmann

…Good Lord Deliver Us. My latest blog post over at National Catholic Register expresses my opinion about the attack on my friends and fellow converts Ross Douthat and Edward Pentin by a gang of elitist intellectual bullies. One of the things in which I rejoice is that the Catholic Church’s direction is determined by the [Read More...]

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Oscar Wilde’s Deathbed Conversion

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Gay icon and martyr figure Oscar Wilde converted to the Catholic faith on his deathbed. You can read the fascinating story here. In 1900, Wilde developed cerebral meningitis and became very sick. When it became clear he might die, his friend and apparent homosexual lover Robbie Ross who was with him called for a Catholic priest. When the priest [Read More...]

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C.S.Lewis and Loving Muslims

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  My latest article for National Catholic Register asks, “Loving Muslims? How Do I Do That?” It is a reminder of the document Nostra Aetate–on non Christian religions published fifty years ago today. C.S.Lewis comes into the equation with the story from The Last Battle–the last Narnia book. As usual, one of the best ways to [Read More...]

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Visit Poland for the Year of Mercy

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I invite you to join me for an exciting pilgrimage to Poland next April during the Year of Mercy. This is a wonderful pilgrimage to sites associated with Pope St John Paul the Great and St Faustina. We will be visiting all the holy sites and the shrines associated with them as well as the [Read More...]

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Sanity, Sanctity and Sexuality

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Catholics are often blamed for being obsessed with sex, and the ones who lay this charge are usually sex obsessed secularists. We are interested in sexuality however, because we believe that what we do with our bodies is connected with the destiny of our souls. This is because we believe the human body is not [Read More...]

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Engaging Fr Martin

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Fr James Martin SJ is an engaging priest. With helpful books on God’s  sense of humor and practical spirituality he has helped make Catholicism approachable for many people. However, he does seem to have some remarkable blind spots. In  an article published over at CNN he asks, Why are Catholics so Afraid of Change? Fr Martin [Read More...]

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The Vicar on Lady Bishops

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Guest blogger, The Rev’d Humphrey Blytherington is former Vicar of St Hilda’s, Little Snoring with All Saints, Great Snoring. He is a graduate of Plymouth University. He completed his studies for the ministry at Latimer Hall, Durham. He is married to Daphne and enjoys home brewing, model railroading and was, until retirement, an avid member of the [Read More...]

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Has the Synod Offered a Pathway to Destruction?

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I have not read the final document from the synod on the family in full yet, but there are some conservative grumblings about the ambiguity of a couple of paragraphs. The document seems to encourage the resolution of second marriage issues with the use of the “internal forum”. This is a situation where the couple, [Read More...]

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Marcus Grodi: Done Roamin’

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My article for Aleteia this week is a profile of Marcus Grodi and the Coming Home Network Marcus Grodi’s pun for life could be “Done Roman” because when he was received into the Roman Catholic Church the former Protestant pastor had found his spiritual home and was finally “done roamin’.” Grodi was brought up in [Read More...]

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Introducing Sister Bruce

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OK. I know it sounds dumb, but I’ve always wanted to be a nun. You know what I mean? So when that Jenner guy decided to be a girl I says to myself, “What the heck! Go for it man!” Then when they made him “Woman of the Year” I just about choked on my [Read More...]

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Huck and Pip: Innocents Abroad

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My article for Imaginative Conservative this week is an essay on the tale of two orphans: Huck Finn an Pip from Dickens’ Great Expectations Both Pip and Huck are faced with similar difficulties. Pip is apprenticed to a blacksmith and dominated by his harpy of a sister, while Huck is trapped in the stifling atmosphere of [Read More...]

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Progressive Talk on Sin is Smoke and Mirrors

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After the synod, this from Belgian bishop Lucas Van Loony. “If this synod were the Church, I would say that it’s the end of judging people, the end of a Church that passes judgment on all the situations,” said Belgian Bishop Lucas Van Looy. “It’s a Church that welcomes, a Church that accompanies, a Church [Read More...]

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Synod Fathers Keep the Faith

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Thomas D Williams gives an update here on the synod as the final report is about to be released. He doesn’t have much time for Jesuit priest Thomas Reese Though the synod was convened to discuss the many issues facing Christian families in the world today, Reese and his cohort had a considerably more narrow [Read More...]

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