Saturday, July 5, 2014

Apostate Church





This ain't nothing a good ol' fashion Inquisition couldn't cure us of!

Monday, June 30, 2014

4th of July Promotions!

In celebration of July 4th, I am running two separate promotions of my novel,

 The House of War: Book One of The Omega Crusade 

  1.    The E-Book version will be available as a free download  July 4th - 8th 2014.



  2.   Goodreads members (in the continental United States of America) will be eligible to sign up for their chance to win one of ten autographed copies of the paperback. This goodreads' giveaway promotion ends on July 4th, so sign up today!


Clicking on the Sample tag will allow you to read the fist 100 pages of the novel.


A Happy Fourth of July to All.
           
Happy Birthday America!

Pope warns against DIY Christianity


Fr. Robert Barron on Bill Maher and Biblical Interpretation




Monday, June 16, 2014

Guns and Rosaries

Our Lord's Admonishment  in Luke 22:36 is reason enough to ignore any call to disarm oneself.


Click below to read the Catholic Vote article:

Guns & Rosaries

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review of "A BITTER TRIAL" Edited by Alcuin Reid

 


In this short but powerful book, one can really feel the anguish that the sweeping changes to the liturgy caused Evelyn Waugh. Through the various letters to Cardinal Heenan, friends and assorted editors, Waugh not only points out the various problems with the Novus Ordo - presciently calling to mind Pope Benedict XVI's critique of the new Mass as often being banal & pedestrian - but he also confesses that the changes were a serious challenge to his faith, reducing Mass attendance from a holy obligation to a "tedious duty."

Reading such a painful confession one can't help but think of the alarming numbers of parishes, seminaries & convents that closed down as pews emptied in the wake of these changes, changes that were not called for by Vatican 2 but were rather wrought by what Waugh summed up as "a strange alliance of archeologists absorbed in their speculations on the rites of the second century and modernists who wish to give the Church the character of our own deplorable epoch..."

These two groups, spiritual heirs of the Vandals if ever there were any, in a misguided (to be charitable)attempt to simplify the liturgy, stripped it of its beauty, which in their Philistine arrogance they dismissed as 'the accretions of centuries..." And like the baby & the bathwater, much of the liturgy's reverence was ejected with its beauty. In his most succinct and poignant complaint, which to me is the crux of the matter, Waugh wonders why "the Church [which] rejoices in the development of dogma; why does it not also admit the development of liturgy?

Why not indeed?

I enjoyed the book tremendously & all throughout it I kept thinking of the quote from Hans Urs von Balthasar with which I will close:

"We no longer dare to believe in Beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order to more easily dispose of it. Our situation today shows that Beauty demands for itself at least as much courage & decision as do Truth & Goodness, & she will not allow herself to be separated & banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance. We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name as if she were an ornament of a bourgeois past - whether he admits it or not - can no longer pray & will soon no longer be able to love."