I Wanna See a Miracle!

An interesting story has popped up about miracles taking place in India. I’ve heard church workers report that the growth of the church in Africa is also attributed to a rush of miracles happening there. So why no miracles here? First of all, to see a miracle you have to believe in miracles. C.S.Lewis said [Read More…]

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Banal Hymns at Mass

Anthony Esolen has a good moan here about some of the hymns he has to endure at Mass. Anthony is an English professor and noted translator of Dante. So he knows something about poetry. Why oh why are such awful hymns allowed in the Catholic Church? I’ve mused on the bad music myself in this [Read More…]

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Would God Send Anyone to Hell?

Would a good God send anyone to hell? Some folks tootle on about the Christian God being some sort of “invisible moral enforcer”. He’s the big school monitor in the sky; the eternal policeman. They reject that sort of God, and that’s okay because that’s not really the God of the Catholic faith anyway. We [Read More…]

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Can You be Good Without God?

Atheists like to tell us that they can be “good without God.” What they rarely do is define what they mean by “good”. If they mean they can have good manners, do volunteer work, give to worthy causes to make the world a better place, then of course they can be “good without God.” If [Read More…]

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The Erosion of Freedom

On this feast day of St Thomas More we do well to remember that the Tudor Revolution in England (sometimes given the euphemistic term: Reformation) was not immediately violent and catastrophic. It began with Henry VIII and his counsellors deciding that the church courts should not deal with cases of civil law. In the Middle [Read More…]

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Pride, Prejudice and Rational Religion

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Caroline says to Mr Bingley, I should like balls infinitely better, if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the [Read More…]

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