Pope Francis’ Troubling Terminology

There is a principle in theology – which applies to other sciences as well – that we interpret the less authoritative, the less precise...

Gay Wizards and the Benedict Option

I enjoyed a discussion recently with some priest friends on the Benedict Option, particularly as this applies to education.  How much do we 'retreat'...
Wynne, Leave Our Kids Alone!

Bill 89: Whose Children Are They?

Cardinal Carlo Carafa, then President of the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, in a 2008 interview reported that he had...

Matthew, Save our Schools

Saint Matthew, the writer of the first Gospel, represents all those ‘called’ from sin, to the highest of virtues. We know little of his...

A.A., Catholics and Temperance

This is the 85th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, back in 1935 by Bill Wilson, a WW I veteran and stockbroker, and...

The Cappadocians and the Last Days

Today's fourth-century saints, Saints Basil of Caesarea (+379) and Gregory of Nazianzen (+389), comprise, together with Basil's brother Gregory of Nyssa (+395), the trio...

Pagan Idolatry and Catholic Fortitude

A writer must at times take back, or at least re-form, opinions once vaguely and lightly and perhaps too hastily held. Even the great...

Tales of Canterbury

(A re-posting of my reflections, nearly two years ago now, of my pilgrimage to Canterbury, in light of today's memorial to one of her...

Prayers Requested for Father Alphonse de Valk

We have been asked to pray for Father Alphonse de Valk, who is nearing his eternity. The message we have received runs as follows,...