Rise of The Hospital

Thanks to  The Law and Religion Forum for the heads-up on the next must add to my to-be-read list. From the book's amazon page: In The Medieval Economy of Salvation, Adam J. Davis shows how the burgeoning commercial economy of western Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, alongside an emerging culture of Christian charity, led to the … Continue reading Rise of The Hospital

Joe Biden is Denied Communion

Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony's Church of Florence South Carolina (not too far down the road from my own parish)  DENIED COMMUNION to Joe Biden because of the former VP's support of abortion. When reached for comment, the faithful priest said, "While I'm personally opposed to denying public and scandalous sinners Communion, Canon Law is … Continue reading Joe Biden is Denied Communion

In Praise of Christopher Columbus

I was going to title this post, 'In Defense of Christopher Columbus' but the truth is, the man doesn't need any defending. But for those who might insist Columbus does need defending, allow me to direct you to  Father John A Hardon. For myself, Christopher Columbus has the distinction of being the first genuine hero of … Continue reading In Praise of Christopher Columbus

Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman

via Today we sing Cardinal Newman’s hymn, “Lead, Kindly Light,” which his own life embodied and faith made bold: “I do not ask to see the distant scene, one step enough for me.” John Henry Newman was many things. The article above will give those unfamiliar with the Church's newest Saint a succinct summary of … Continue reading Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman

The Converts – A Book Recommendation

This 1967 novel opens a wide, picturesque window onto life in the Roman Empire in the 5th Century. Curiously, if not eerily, the view is a mirror to our own time. The window the novel provides for us to peer through are the sharply intelligent eyes of Alypius, the young, sensitive friend of Saint Augustine … Continue reading The Converts – A Book Recommendation

The Summit of Hypocrisy and the Depths of Apathy

Without Archbishop Vigano's participation, I knew the recent Vatican summit on sexual abuse by the clergy was going to be a farce. Without Vigano in attendance, the gathered bishops could, with little resistance, pretend with the world at large that the Roman Catholic Church has a pedophilia problem when, in fact, the evidence suggests that … Continue reading The Summit of Hypocrisy and the Depths of Apathy