March 1, 2018

There is an increasing amount of talk about the tribalism and division in American society. They topic of the talk is true. There is a great divide in America, but the contours of the divide that are pinpointed are rarely correct. The reasons for the divide are rarely accurate. The identity of the different tribes is rarely true. The real divide in America is not between rich and poor, coast or heartland, Catholic or Protestant, black or white, Democrat or… Read more

February 21, 2018

I’m a Catholic priest, but Billy Graham is one of my heroes. Why is that? Because I was brought up in a strict Evangelical home where we were used to Billy Graham’s kind of old time religion. We memorized Bible verses and believed that you had to “get saved.” Our heroes were the missionaries and traveling evangelists and we heard them when they came to our church, preached the gospel and called for people to “bow their heads and close… Read more

February 21, 2018

News broke yesterday about Vatican financial problems on a grand scale. LifeSite News publishes the story here. Their story is based on leaked documents, but like all news stories, corroboration may be needed and further details will shed more light on what has happened. A word of explanation might be necessary for those who are not in the know about the key players. The Papal Foundation is a highly respected Catholic charity established by Pope St John Paul II to… Read more

February 19, 2018

Fr James Martin SJ is a very popular Catholic priest who is an activist for gay liberation. He has written a book called Building a Bridge–which advocates a better relationship between Catholics and gay people. I commented on the book for CRUX here some time ago. Fr Martin may, of course, say and write what he wants, but like Donald Trump, some of his Twitter comments must be written hastily and without much thought. After one or two were brought… Read more

February 16, 2018

What about this week’s Florida shooting? Should America have more gun control? I don’t see why conservatives are so touchy about this. I’m in favor of more gun control. Let’s face it, why does anybody need a semi automatic rifle? Have a shotgun or a rifle if you need one for home defense and carry a pistol if you must, but keep the guns small and with limited bullets before you have to re-load, and limit the number of guns… Read more

February 5, 2018

The screaming headline this weekend was that German Cardinal Marx has given the nod to Catholic priests blessing same sex unions. The debate is, as you would expect, complicated. However, the main point of my post over at my main blog is that it should not be. Jesus said, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.” Whenever there is confusion and ambiguity you are seeing a smoke screen… …and where there’s smoke there’s fire. Go here to… Read more

February 3, 2018

Cardinal Parolin as Vatican Secretary of State will be the one heading up the long term discussions with the Chinese authorities about the Catholic Church in China. Most readers will have gathered that in 1957 the Chinese Communist government established the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association–a state approved Catholic Church. Instead of the Russian attempt to stamp out Christianity altogether the Chinese did a Henry VIII number: they tried to eliminate the Catholic Church by starting their own Catholic Church. The… Read more

January 31, 2018

On Monday fourteen Senators who identify publicly as Catholics voted for late term abortion to be legal in the United States. We should be clear. Late term abortion means the dismemberment of an unborn child, the crushing of its skull and removal from the mother’s body. Usually the child is killed first with a lethal injection, but if it is not, then the science shows that the child feels pain as his arms and legs are ripped off. This morning,… Read more

January 30, 2018

Yesterday was a day of shame and horror for Catholics in America Fourteen of our senators who identify publicly as Catholics voted against a bill that would outlaw late term abortion. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this barbaric procedure, here is a reminder. Remember the baby feels pain at this stage as he is dismembered. The senators who vote to allow this to continue in America are: Maria Cantwell – Washington Susan Collins -Maine Dick Durbin – Illinois Kirsten… Read more

January 26, 2018

Todd Starnes comments here on the weirdness that the new Google talkback gadget knows who Allah and Buddha are but draws a blank on Jesus. Some folks across the fruited plain are wondering if their Google Home smart speakers have an aversion to Christianity. A number of users have complained that Google’s popular virtual assistant can identify Allah and Buddha but cannot identify Jesus Christ.  When she asked Google who Jesus Christ was, the device replied, “Sorry, I don’t know… Read more

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