History and Heresy

The Cowper Madonna by Raphael

“To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant” wrote Bl. John Henry Newman. As part of my research for a book on married priests I am reading Christian Cochini’s tome Apostolic Origins of Priestly Celibacy. It’s a masterful piece of scholarship which examines the early church’s views on marriage for the clergy. As [Read More...]

Can the Convergence Movement Converge with the Ordinariate?

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Bishop Tony Palmer–the friend of Pope Francis who died last week in a motorcycle crash–was representative of a new movement in non Catholic Christian circles called the “convergence church movement”. What is “convergence church” and why does it matter? The convergence movement must be distinguished from two other similar sounding Protestant church movements. “Convergence Christianity” [Read More...]

Thundering Through With St James

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Here is my latest article for Catholic Exchange. It’s unlocks an interesting detail about St James and the dating of the New Testament. Bible scholars piece together details of evidence to build up a full picture of the New Testament authorship and dates. Their work is like that of a detective—picking up a hint here and [Read More...]

What That Church of England Vote is Really About…

Church of England's General Synod

On Monday the Church of England did not simply vote to ordain women as bishops. The members of the General Synod made an even more historic decision. They decided once and for all the true nature of the Church of England. After the Protestant Revolution of the sixteenth century it was very clear for three [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...]

Francis: Reformer or Revolutionary?

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From the first days of his papacy Francis has been hailed as a radical reformer. The mainstream journalists have enjoyed creating a new narrative: The shadowy Dan Brown-type Vatican (as we all know) is worm eaten with secret pedophiles, a cadre of homosexuals, mobsters running the Vatican Bank, an ancient, sinister international conspiracy and Cardinals [Read More...]


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