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The Bible And The Catholic Faith

The Bible And The Catholic Faith

Our faith is steadfast, unfeigned, and the only true one, having clear proof from these Scriptures (St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, III.21.3) I was minding my own business sitting quietly in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport catching up on emails. Then there was that sudden sense that someone was beside me, staring down. I looked up to find a nice, [...]

The Genie is Out of The Bottle

The Genie is Out of The Bottle

My first two parishes were in rural areas where fellow priests were twenty-five miles away. Things changed when I moved to my present parish. The mother parish had three priests on staff not including the mission priests. Even better they were all members of the apostolic clergy group. This was a group made up of Orthodox, Roman and Anglican [...]

Don We Now Our Lady’s Mantle

Don We Now Our Lady’s Mantle

Go ahead. You know you want to sing it. A title like this demands an obligatory “Fa la la—la la la—la-la-la.” Deep into a slightly longer Adventide than usual, and I’m already saying my mea culpas for tempting you with Christmastide before the Holy Family even leave for Bethlehem; before the Altar Guild and volunteers have had the chance [...]

God’s Gift of Life

God’s Gift of Life

A young, unmarried woman receives very unexpected news. Her fiancé does not handle it well. She anticipates the scorn of her close-knit, religious community. The woman’s story sounds all too familiar. However, her story is anything but normal, because this is Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The child in her womb was anything but a mistake—He [...]

The Creche, The Cross, And Mary

The Creche, The Cross, And Mary

From the Prologue of the Gospel of St. John, vs. 1-4, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, [...]

A Christmas Homily

A Christmas Homily

“Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (St. Luke 2:15) It is Christmas, and once again and these words of the shepherds have become our own. We too journey with them to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus once again. Bethlehem is a real place, not some imaginary village. [...]

Reverent Silence

Reverent Silence

“Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep.” So wrote an anonymous priest in the early centuries of the Church. “Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep.” He wrote this for a [...]

Thinking Out Loud, William Murchison Discerns a Threat

Thinking Out Loud, William Murchison Discerns a Threat

Maybe the first question to be raised about the U S. Civil Rights Commission’s recent blast at religious liberty is, did you ever hear previously of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission? Not, probably, unless you have a long memory, as I do, or pay minute and unwonted attention to the ways our unelected functionaries in Washington, D.C., spend [...]

Religious liberty is under attack on many different fronts today. I focus here on only one: the possibility that American religious institutions may have to shut down if they do not comply with new federal rules concerning same-sex marriage and transgender lifestyles. This threat first came to light two summers ago in the case of Obergefell v. [...]

Toronto’s New Bishop

Toronto’s New Bishop

Not the Suffragan Bishop of Toronto The Diocese of Toronto, in the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC), has a new Suffragan Bishop in the person of Kevin Robertson. Following his election in September, Robertson said this, from the chancel steps of St. Paul’s, Bloor Street: “I’m very overwhelmed, I didn’t really expect to be standing [...]

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