Meeting the Master

Supper at Emmaus by Rembrandt

When discussing the problem of the Catholic Church one of the main culprits is “poor catechesis”. The lukewarmness of the laity, the misguided political correctness, the sentimentality, and bland, suburban do-gooder mentality prevalent in the pews is all blamed on “poor catechesis.” “If only the people had been taught what the Catholic Church really teaches. Then [Read More...]

Woman Priests Courageous Pioneers?

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The Anchoresses fumes over the latest “ordination” of a Catholic woman here. I cannot disagree. One of the things most offensive to anyone with a Catholic sensibility is the women priests’ taste in vestments. These are not happy events. Ecclesiatical fashionista–Mantilla the Hon had a fair bit to say about it here. One of the [Read More...]

Ear of the Heart

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Okay, so I’ve got this book review pile which is like one of those friendship cakes that keep on growing no matter how much you eat, and one of the books sat there most of the summer was The Ear of the Heart by Mother Dolores Hart. I glanced at the hype about the book and [Read More...]

The Case for Catholic Pacifism

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Can a Catholic be a pacifist? I’m probably genetically biased. My ancestors were Mennonites. Like the Amish and Quakers and some other sects that emigrated to Pennsylvania, the Mennonites are pacifists. They not only are against war, they register as conscientious objectors and will not join the military. I don’t think it is possible to [Read More...]

Sisters in Crisis

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A new edition of Ann Carey’s book gives an update on the crisis in women’s religious orders in the USA. This professionally researched and meticulous book will remain a historical resource for all those who wish to understand how in the space of forty years an army of faithful Catholic sisters ended up as new [Read More...]

Tolkien’s ‘No’ to Narnia

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If I had a time machine that could not only set me down not only in a particular date, but a particular place, I’d choose the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford on a Tuesday night in 1950 when C.S.Lewis was reading selections from his Chronicles of Narnia. He’d be there before a roaring fire [Read More...]


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