Give More Money For Heaven’s Sake!

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Stop and think for a moment. Why are we commanded (its not an option) to give sacrificially to the work of the church? Most people assume its because the church has to pay the bills, the priest needs a salary, the church needs a new roof and we have to help the poor people. Yes [Read More...]

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It’s All or Nuthin’

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My article at The Imaginative Conservative this week compares St Therese of Lisieux with Friedrich Nietzsche In the musical Oklahoma! Ado Annie and Will Parker sing, “With Me It’s All or Nuthin’ is it All or Nuthin’ With You?” I like to imagine the duet being sung by Thérèse of Lisieux and Friedrich Nietzsche. I can just [Read More...]

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The Catholic Pentecostal Church

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Is it ‘me and Jesus’ or ‘me and the Church’? This is the question of ecclesiology and the difference between Catholics and Protestants on this issue is illustrated by two different perspectives on Pentecost. I think it is fair to say that most Protestants do not have an ecclesiology, or if they have one they [Read More...]

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Twelve Reasons Why I Never Argue With Internet Atheists

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Some atheists trying to pick a fight with padre, but I never argue with atheists Here’s why: 1. Most of the internet atheists I’ve come across are ignorant - I don’t mean they’re stupid necessarily, or that they are bad people. I don’t even mean they are uneducated in their particular field, but most of them are [Read More...]

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Hilarity and Holiness

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Earlier in the week I write a light hearted post saying that one of the most wearying things about atheism was simply how mind crushingly boring it is. The post is here. Atheism is Just So…Dull. I was tickled therefore, when an atheist blogger wrote a post about it, and of course, what was so [Read More...]

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Why Do So Many People Misunderstand Pope Francis?

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My article at Aleteia this week explores the communications problems Pope Francis is having. This week Pope Francis found himself in yet another media firestorm. Did he really say that Palestinians leader Mahmoud Abbas was “an angel of peace”? CNN clarifies the controversy here. It turns out the Pope gave Abbas a commemorative medal just as [Read More...]

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Pagans or Puritans…You Choose

Bacchus - The Roman God of Wine

You might remember that in C.S.Lewis’ Narnia stories Mr Tumnus the Faun recounts how they used to have jolly times with Bacchus and Silenus. Lewis was criticized for bringing such blatant paganism into his works. What was he thinking??!! In writing to Don Giovanni–a Catholic priest, Lewis commented on the matter and  observed that  modern man [Read More...]

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Tied Up in the Blame Game?

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I’ve written a fair bit about the immature reactions of blaming other for our problems. Go here. It’s part of being human, but it’s something we can overcome. Dr Greg Popcak has some good insights over here on how to get free from the tendency to blame others and take responsibility for our decisions and [Read More...]

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Top 12 Catholic Beards

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Here’s a grand post with pictures of the top eleven Catholic beards. As it happens, I’m letting my beard grow Can I be number 12? [Read more...]

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Hypocrites or Heroes?

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You know the old story: An old guy grumbles to the priest, “I don’t come to your church Father because of all the hypocrites.” Father says cheerfully, “Why not come along anyway? We can always make room for one more.” Over here feisty fellow blogger Rebecca Hamilton comes out guns a-blazin’ against hypocritical clergy and [Read More...]

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The Crisis in German Catholicism

George Weigel shoots straight here about the crisis in German Catholicism. There is a fundamental crisis of faith at the heart of the German church, but… When one tries to discuss this catastrophe with senior German churchmen, one rarely finds, these days, a sobered openness, born of the recognition that something has gone terribly wrong [Read More...]

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Ten Reasons Why Shakespeare Was Catholic

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There are probably no greater academic debating topics than the mysterious life of the Bard of Avon–William Shakespeare. Did he really write those plays? If he didn’t, who did? Was he involved in the Elizabethan spy network? Was he a secret Catholic? Are there pro-Catholic “codes” is his plays? I’m off to England in a [Read More...]

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Atheism is Just So… Dull

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It occurred to me the other day that one of the things that is so unattractive about atheism is that it is well, just so dead boring. It really is just such a yawn. I’m sure there are some fascinatingly fun atheists out there, but I have yet to meet one. They’re all so serious all [Read More...]

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The Smoke of Satan…

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From the Archives There are many problems in the Catholic Church that might be thought to be the ‘smoke of Satan’ entering the church, but for my money one thing, above all others, has been the successful work of Satan, which has undermined the church, emasculated her ministry, sabotaged the aims of the Holy Spirit [Read More...]

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Are the German Bishops Too Anglican?

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  My latest article for National Catholic Register draws uncomfortable parallels between the comfy church-state relationship in England and that of the Catholic Church in Germany. I’ll admit straight up that I am not an expert on the Catholic Church in Germany. I know Cardinal Walter Kasper and a good number of the German bishops are [Read More...]

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Armadeddon Outta Here…

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My essay for Imaginative Conservative this week called “Apocalypse Now and Then” focuses on the human weakness for Doomsday Scenarios I grew up in a fundamentalist church.” I explained, “where we heard terrible prophecies about the Great Tribulation and the end times. An impish evangelist named Jack Van Impe would visit our church and scare [Read More...]

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I’ll Fly Away Oh Glory…

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For Ascensiontide, today’s post is an excerpt from my book The Quest for the Creed. We say “What goes up must come down,” but if that which is goes up must come down, then according to the divine cosmic principles (which stand all expectations on their head) then what comes down must go up. That is [Read More...]

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Me and B.B. King

I was a vicar on the Isle of Wight in England when I was asked to do a series of inspirational radio spots for local radio. So I decided to play clips from famous pop songs about love and then apply them to God’s love for us. One of the clips was B.B.King’s track Guess Who. I [Read More...]

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Chasing Chastity

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A little quote from Pope St John Paul II has changed my perspective and my life. I don’t know where or when he said it but he said, “Chastity is the work of a lifetime.” I’ve pondered much on that saying and the more I do, and the more I hear confessions (where sexual sin [Read More...]

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Pope Francis and the Prophecies of Fatima

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My article at Aleteia this week continues my meditations on the messages of Fatima, but focusses on the role Pope Francis plays in these events. The Pope’s planned visit to Fatima and his celebration this week continues his interest and involvement with Fatima. His pontificate was consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, [Read More...]

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Fatima’s Vision of Hell

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It is sobering to remember that the visions of Fatima are not just the wishful thinking of three peasant children or the fanciful imaginations of ignorant children. The visions have been approved by the Church, validated by five popes and given credence by millions. Therefore we ought to take them seriously. So on this Feast [Read More...]

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Washington Post Says the Obvious About Hillary

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Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post today points out the obvious about Hillary: “Once again Democrats are reminded: The only thing Hillary Clinton stands for is getting Hillary Clinton elected.” She goes on: Obama and indeed all Democrats can never talk at length about poverty without making the discussion about inequality; it’s not enough to discover [Read More...]

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