Church of England Lady Bishop Advocates Nudism

Long time readers of my blog may remember one of my alter egos named The Rev’d Humphrey Blytherington–a lovable but doddery Church of England country vicar. In this post from 2009 Humph was dealing with the outrageous subject of Christian nudism. The trendy female vicar from the next parish named Lavinia had been advocating the [Read More…]

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving and Narnia’s Puddleglum

Is there a link between atheism, Thanksgiving Day and Puddleglum from Narnia? I wonder on this Thanksgiving Day, therefore, what the atheist does. I admit that he may nurture a simple attitude of gratitude for the good things in his life, but does he stop to ask why he should feel grateful in the first [Read More…]

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Humility, a Monastery and the Mysticism of Einstein

Today at Suburban Hermit I posted A picture of Quarr Abbey church with a selection from T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets From the Old, Red Book, a quotation from Albert Einstein on mysticism Commentary on stages five through eight of Benedict’s teaching on humility Go here for your dose of monastic wisdom at Suburban Hermit   [Read more…]

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Catholicism: Caravaggio and Kitsch

Some time ago when I was out in Belize I happened upon this little Catholic church out in the middle of the jungle. This was the humblest of cement block churches in a clearing in the jungle. It was San Pedro’s. St Peter’s Catholic Church. One of the things I find appealing about the Catholic [Read More…]

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A Prophecy of the End Times

My latest blog post at National Catholic Register looks at the signs of the times and how false religion contribute With the increasing violence in the volcano of the Middle East it is difficult not to ponder the growing threat of war, the bitter enemies of Christ’s Church and the gathering storm clouds. As we [Read More…]

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For Catholic Men: Take the Risk of Faith

My first article for an excellent new website is published today. Those Catholic Men  is a site dedicated to helping strengthen Catholic men in their vocation and calling. The man who never made a mistake never made anything. Likewise, the man who never takes a risk never gets ahead. Whether it is starting your own business, [Read More…]

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The Darkness Visible

My latest article for The Imaginative Conservative website analyzes the spiritual value of horror films: In The Heart of Darkness Conrad’s madman Kurtz whispers his last words, “The horror. The horror.” The novella is aptly named for it takes the reader into the heart of darkness and is thus a forerunner of the horror genre in literature and film. The horror [Read More…]

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For Christ the King

Note: The following is what is called a ‘hymn’. A hymn has strong theology, beautiful poetry, noble and moving sentiments and a simple, worshipful and singable tune. This is not a praise song or a devotional ditty or a song which, if you changed the word ‘Jesus’ to ‘my baby’ could make it into the [Read More…]

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Can Islam be Reformed?

Can the religion of peace turn away from shooting schoolgirls in the head, slaughtering people on vacation, selling people into slavery and torching churches? William Kirpatrick writes here for Catholic World Report on the problems of identifying and assisting moderate, modernizing reform-minded Muslims. Given their circumstances, it’s unrealistic to expect the majority of Muslims to [Read More…]

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Today at The Suburban Hermit

Everything English at Suburban Hermit today An Anglican Prayer for Thanksgiving A post about Julian of Norwich–mystic and anchoress Whitby Abbey   [Read more…]

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Why Are Catholics Obsessed With Sex?

That’s the question non-Catholics often ask. “What’s the big deal? It’s just sex. Why are Catholics so uptight about it?” The attitude among those asking the question reveals the current understanding of sexual activity: it’s kind of like tennis–if you have a good partner you have a good game. In other words, “Sex is about [Read More…]

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Today at The Suburban Hermit

Today at the Suburban Hermit I have posted: a beautiful video of life at the traditionalist monastery of Fontgomault in France, a quip by Old Monk on Obedience Commentary on Ch.7 of the Rule of St Benedict on humility reflections on Benedict’s wisdom about silence and reverence in worship [Read more…]

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Inter Communion with Lutherans? A Convert Comments

Once again Pope Francis, in being pastoral and kind, has muddled things up and confused the faithful. His answer to a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic about receiving communion at Mass is ambiguous. Edward Pentin gives a full account here. The reason the pope’s comments are fuzzy is that, on the one hand he [Read More…]

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Should We Accept Syrian Refugees?

Everywhere I turn the talk is about the Syrian refugees and why we should take them or why we shouldn’t. What I’m not hearing is much common sense or Christian charity. Why all the idiocy about the refugee crisis? I’m talking about the stupidity and lack of common sense by those who want to throw open [Read More…]

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Why Don’t Catholics Read the Bible?

My latest article for CRUX examines the  different approaches to the Bible among Catholics and Protestants The truth is simply that Catholics and Evangelicals use the Bible in different ways. Therefore they have different kinds of Bible knowledge. Evangelicals use the Bible as a source book for doctrine and right moral teaching, and that’s good. 2 [Read More…]

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Is Islam Divisive and Violent?

My latest blog post over at National Catholic Register reminds readers that historically, Islam was viewed not so much as a major world religion in its own right, but as a Christian schism. The ninth ditch of Maleboge in Dante’s Inferno holds the schismatics. In his usual vividly appropriate imagery, Dante portrays the torture of the schismatics [Read More…]

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Vive la France!

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Paris Attacks: How Should One Respond?

One of the things which secular Westerners find so mind blowing about Islamic terrorist attacks is the irrationality of the evil. We cannot understand a religion that drives young men to such mindless barbarism. We don’t have the tools in our toolbox. We simply cannot understand their culture, their mentality, their religion or their reasoning. [Read More…]

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The Paris Attacks: The Consequence of Goodness Without Truth

Why are the so-called Christian countries so spineless in the face of the Muslim terror? Because for over fifty years we have gradually come to value goodness without truth. What I mean by this is that we have become complacent about our Christian faith. We have drifted into either lax unbelief, hedonistic agnosticism and finally [Read More…]

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The Cloister Garden

Today’s first post at The Suburban Hermit is a meditation on the meaning and beauty of the monastic cloister. From the outside the monastery is imposing like a fortress. The walls rise up and the windows are small. When you enter the feel at first is like a great old school or university. It is [Read More…]

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Joyful Catholic Apologetics

  My latest article for Aleteia outlines some of the basic principles of apologetics. Some Catholics get apoplectic about apologetics. They argue with atheists and pick fights with Protestants. They not only need to win, they want to bash the enemy. Valiant warriors for Catholic truth, they shout down the unbelievers and shoot Bible verses [Read More…]

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