August 16, 2019

Is there any other Christian denomination or church that still holds to the Lord’s uncompromising teaching on marriage? Today’s gospel was this: Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his… Read more

August 14, 2019

We cannot rejoice in the death of any man, and any suicide is a tragic waste of life. However, Jeffrey Epstein’s recent downfall and fate should make us take a long, hard look at the philosophy Epstein obviously shared with many other men and women in our society. It can be called the Playboy philosophy for want of a better term. Pioneered by Hugh Hefner, and snowballing in the sexual revolution, it portrays sexual relations as no more than a… Read more

August 13, 2019

When trying to make sense of the recent mass shootings we are faced with mindless violence–an absurd, howling kind of insane violence. It seems like the devil himself is stalking the streets–seeking whom he may devour. An exorcist told me one of the most disturbing and maddening things about exorcism is that one can rarely diagnose the problem completely. “You see,” he said, “the devil is a liar and the father of lies. Once you have identified the demon you… Read more

August 9, 2019

I have refrained from commenting on the mass killings so far because I am trying, like most of us, to make some sense of it all. I do know this…the superficial causes and solutions will get us nowhere. This is not just a case of “If those boys had had a good momma and daddy and gone to a fine Christian school they wouldn’t have done this.” The problem is much, much deeper and goes to the very heart of… Read more

August 6, 2019

The Washington Post reports here that the Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland is closing its doors, selling their property and giving $1m to worthy causes. The liberal congregation belongs to the Alliance of Baptists–a confederation of progressive Baptist churches. The folks at Twinbrook Baptist noted their congregation was graying not growing. In fact it was shrinking fast, so they faced the reality of their situation and decided to sell up. Interestingly, they have sold the property to a Hispanic… Read more

August 1, 2019

Over at Imaginative Conservative an article of mine surfaced from my pilgrimage to Italy in 2015 to venerate the Shroud of Turin. In the article I outline some of the well known discoveries and some of the more recent, and go on to speculate about how the Shroud of Turin is the evidence that so many atheist demand. How so? Firstly, the forensic and scientific evidence related to the shroud needs to be analyzed. I’m speaking about the weave of… Read more

July 31, 2019

Joseph Pearce has a great article on the erosion of Truth, Beauty and Goodness over at Imaginative Conservative. He winds up with a beautiful quote from Pope Benedict XVI The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb. Better witness is borne to the Lord by the splendor of holiness and art which have arisen in the community of believers than… Read more

July 31, 2019

There are many studies that show how religion and spirituality are good for you. Religious people live longer, have better marriages, are more productive, have less stress, cope better and so forth. But is Catholicism top of the list? Are there benefits that Catholicism brings that other religions do not? Yes, I know I’m biased. I’m not only a Catholic, but a Catholic priest. But I think there are objective aspects of Catholicism that are pretty impressive. My blog post… Read more

July 17, 2019

A book that came out in Italian last year has now been translated into English. Antonio Socci is a journalist specializing in Vatican affairs. He’s written a book in three parts. The first examines the details of Benedict XVI’s historic resignation. He speculates about international conspiracies and a plan to oust Benedict for Francis. The second part analyzes the present situation. Is Benedict still pope? The answer is ambiguous but interesting. The third part of the book digs into the… Read more

June 16, 2019

This item pumps a new show on the History Channel about UFOs It’s much the same old story: unidentified flying objects zoom are spotted zooming about in the sky at incomprehensible speeds and performing stunts that are impossible according to known technology and physics. Co incidentally I have been listening to an episode on a podcast during my walk about UFOs, and what interests me about all the discussions is that almost universally, the discussions focus on materialistic answers. They… Read more

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