Is the Latin Mass the Magic Bullet?

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I love the enthusiasm some of my friends have for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. They take time and go to great expense and effort to make sure the worship of God is reverent, traditional, beautiful and transcendent. I’m giving them a thumbs up, straight A’s, a shout out and genuine appreciation. Unfortunately, some [Read More...]

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The Error of Arianism

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  My blog post for National Catholic Register this week points out the heresy of Arianism and how it is not just a fourth century issue. Arianism, simply defined, is the belief that Jesus Christ was not equal with God the Father, but was a created being. In the fourth century the Cappadocian fathers, St. [Read More...]

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Cecile Richards, Kim Davis and the Dictatorship of Relativism

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In watching the grilling that Cecile Richards–the CEO of Planned Parenthood received yesterday, what I found interesting was the way she deflected all questions that had anything to do with what might be right or wrong. She made it clear that Planned Parenthood was “judgement free” and that they respected the choices the women had [Read More...]

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On Women Priests? That Cannot Be Done

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On the now customary plane home press conference Pope Francis once again firmly closed the door to the possibility of women priests saying, “Women priests. That cannot be done.” Go here for my short debate on the Catholic understanding of priesthood and why women cannot be ordained. Go here for a more in depth discussion. [Read more...]

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Aliens, Elephants and Angels

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I don’t know if anyone else has noticed a seemingly profound, but ultimately silly discussion which is prevalent within popular culture. It’s called the Fermi Paradox and it goes like this: “There are billions of stars out there like the sun. Therefore, statistically there must be billions of planets like earth where intelligent life has developed. Given [Read More...]

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Are Angels Real?

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St Michael and All Angels. Today’s feast day reminds me of that section in C.S.Lewis’ science fiction books where his hero Ransom discusses the reality of the angel-like beings the Eldils. It’s a cool argument. He suggests that the Eldils (angels) are invisible to humans not because they are less real, but more real. What does [Read More...]

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Pope Michael and Other Episcopal Oddities

Bishops of the Celtic Orthodox Church

My article for Imaginative Conservative this week explores the delightfully weird world of wandering bishops or episcopi vagantes.  One area of eccentricity that never ceases to interest and delight are the “episcopi vagantes” or wandering bishops. These schismatics are often quaintly bizarre. On the fringes of lunacy, they set themselves up as bishops, archbishops, popes, patriarchs, [Read More...]

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Catholicism: the Original Mega Church

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This picture of Madison Square Garden last night reminded me of the pictures you sometimes see of Joel Osteen’s church and other mega churches. Permit us a bit of triumphalism, but the Catholic Church is the original mega church. We are full of faults and flaws because we are full of sinners, but a papal [Read More...]

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Was Shakespeare Gay?

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In a brilliantly titled essay my friend Joseph Pearce dismantles the current idiocy that William Shakespeare was gay. Contrary to Friedlander’s own glib acceptance of the myth of Shakespeare’s homosexuality, isn’t it unlikely that Shakespeare would have escaped punishment in a culture in which homosexual practice was punishable by death if the sonnets were so [Read More...]

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Why Are the Crowds Frantic for Francis?

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The Pope’s visit has been an astounding success with tens of thousands crowding to get a glimpse of him, the President and his family going out to greet him and the Majority Leader reduced to tears and chucking in his job as a result. What’s happening? Are we about to witness a religious revival in [Read More...]

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On John Boehner’s Tears and Mine

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For me here is the best moment of the Pope’s visit so far. The man has given a speech to thousands at the White House. The next day he gives a historic speech to both houses of Congress with the Supreme Court Justices in the front row. Then he comes out on the balcony of [Read More...]

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Ten Encouraging Things to Remember About the Pope

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Somebody has said there are an equal number of people who are delighted by what the pope has said and an equal number who are distressed by what he didn’t say. Here are ten things to remember about a papal visit which should help put things in perspective. 1. In Congress, at the White House and [Read More...]

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Pope’s Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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This article in National Catholic Register confirms that the Pope’s unscheduled visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor was a visual and symbolic shout out to emphasize his point on the White House lawn about religious freedom. Matt Archbold comments on the controversy here. Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters [Read More...]

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Poverty and the Pope

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My article for Aleteia today analyzes the Catholic understanding of poverty. Pope Francis speaks so much about poverty and wealth that you might assume that the Catholic Church thinks wealth is intrinsically evil and poverty intrinsically good. This is to misunderstand what is a subtle and profound understanding of the relationship between the spiritual and [Read More...]

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Nitpicking the Pope

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Reading through the commentary in the press and on social media it amazes me how snarky and nitpicking people are about Pope Francis’ visit. I think it was pretty much universally appreciated that he skipped lunch with Pelosi, Biden, Boehner and the other nitwits on Capitol Hill in favor of visiting with the homeless, but [Read More...]

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A Papal Quibble

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I admit. I’m somewhat confused. I’m generally enthusiastic about Pope Francis, but I do wonder why does he keep going on and on to his bishops and clergy about the need to be kind and gentle and merciful? In Cuba he told the priests not to be harsh and judgmental in the confessional. To the [Read More...]

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Links to White House Ceremony Welcoming Pope Francis

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A beautiful September morning for Pope Francis to visit Washington. Kudos to Pope Francis for speaking in English at the White House You can read his speech here. It’s good, but I wish he had woven in a mention of defending the unborn and the persecuted Christians around the world when speaking about our responsibility [Read More...]

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From Pope Francis: Five Zingers for Left and Right Wingers

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With Pope Francis coming to America I can’t believe how polarized Conservatives and Liberals are. Why can’t people be smart enough to realize that both sides want the best and affirm some things that are good and true, and both sides have blind spots where they think they’re right, but they’re actually off beam. The [Read More...]

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Women’s Ordination Conference in Philly Ends

Women Priests?

Deacon Kandra features a video of the closing liturgy of the women’s ordination conference that just concluded in Philadelphia. Go here if you would like a glimpse of their liturgical style. I should warn those who are enthusiastic about the extraordinary form of the Mass that they will probably be disappointed. While Acts of the Apostasy [Read More...]

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What Would A Truly Catholic Political Party Look Like?

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If you’re like me you look at the Republicans and the Democrats and wish they both would go away. They seem to quarrel with one another constantly and yet their actual behaviors are much the same: corrupt, venal, lying, self serving, ambitious and doing everything they can to support the big boys who back them. [Read More...]

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Why a Pope Is Necessary

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For Christianity to be both dogmatic and relevant it must have an infallible interpreter My latest blog post over at National Catholic Register discusses this idea briefly. Here’s the problem: if Christianity teaches unchanging truth how does it adapt to different cultures and different ages? If it does not adapt it ceases to be relevant. [Read More...]

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Breaking News: MSM Uses Correct Catholic Terminology

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Catch a breath. The Mainstream media has reported here on Pope Francis in Cuba and the reporter has used the correct terminology! The headline actually says that the Pope “celebrated” Mass. Yes. You heard correctly. The reporter used the correct terms. He said the Pope “celebrated” Mass. They did not say that the pope “Did [Read More...]

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