Worried About the Synod? Here Are Ten Things to Remember

Worried about that Synod in Rome? Read This

  UPDATE: Here is John Allen’s summary of the day’s happenings at in Rome. He says the synod is turning out like a high drama soap opera…Go here. Whew! has there ever been such a furore amongst the faithful! We’ve got the clash of cardinals, a bash up among bishops and vitriol in the Vatican! The [Read More...]

On Being Supernaturally Normal

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I had a terrific compliment last week. This person didn’t praise me for being extraordinary. She didn’t thank me for being intellectual or handsome or holy or amazing. She thanked me for being normal. We are so often attracted to what is weird. We follow the details of the lives of the stars of athletics [Read More...]

A Plea to the Pope

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  Here is my latest article for Crisis Magazine, in which I promise to do my job but plead with the pope to do his. I want to be that kind of priest. I want to be Jesus to the world. I long to care for the poor and hungry, minister to their needs, welcome [Read More...]

Why I Distrust Church Synods

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As a former Anglican I distrust church synods. Here’s why. The General Synod of the Church of England is at it’s foundation, a democratically minded, man made institution. It was founded in 1970 on the foundations of the Church Assembly which had been in existence since 1910. The Church Assembly was a consultative body of [Read More...]

Sin and the Synod

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I have now read what some are calling the “Relativistic Relatio” from the Synod on the family and I’m afraid that I am not impressed. It is not that the language is wishy washy, vague and confusing to the faithful. I’ve commented on that here and here. It fails to impress not because of it’s [Read More...]

Compassion, Puppies and Kittens

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Don’t get me wrong. I love the Divine Mercy mission. I’m all for compassion and mercy, forgiveness and love, warmth and welcome. I’m totally in favor of the priests being like the father welcoming home the prodigal with a kiss, clean clothes and a banquet. The problem I have with the current narrative coming from [Read More...]


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