Snake Handlers and the Holy Father

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Who are the “snake handlers” and where do they come from? “Snake handlers” are a small group of Pentecostal Christians–started in Appalachia during the Holiness revival movements and still operating today. They get all worked up and get “the anointing” which means they enter a trance like state through hyper emotionalism then they pass around [Read More...]

My Conversion Story

Is now posted at the Why I’m Catholic website. Go here. You can also read other versions of my conversion story at the Archived Articles section of this blog here, and you can download audio versions of My Journey to the Catholic Church and the story of how I ended up as a Catholic priest [Read More...]

Great Ones

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T.S.Eliot was a hero of mine ever since I read his biography in our World Book Encyclopedia when I was a kid. Here was an American who went to England and stayed there. I was intrigued. Funny how early in life something opens up. There’s a desire or a calling of some sort. I was [Read More...]

Welcome New Readers

Since moving this blog over to Patheos I am aware that there are a good number of new readers on board. Welcome! I hope you come often and stay to look around. My story is this: I grew up in Pennsylvania in a devout, conservative Evangelical home. After high school I went to the fundamentalist [Read More...]

Ripped Red Bikini Priest

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“Priestess” I should say. Just when you couldn’t imagine another outrage from the Episcopalians, along comes Rev. Dr. Amy Ricther, an Episcopalian priestess who does body building and poses in public in a red bikini. She says the body building displays remind her of the liturgy… …If you have the stomach (or the biceps) you [Read More...]

Homosexual Marriage and the Real Divide

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The Anglican Church is gearing up for the next round of battles over homosexuality as the debate moves from gay bishops to gay marriage. Conservatives and Progressives are squaring off, and one of the most interesting aspects is how this is not only a debate between conservatives and progressives, but between the Anglicans in the [Read More...]


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