A huge problem for authentic Catholic witness is overcoming the prejudice born of ignorance. Take, for example, a tweet of the Humanist Society this morning which claims “Faith schools have a negative impact on social cohesion and foster the segregation of children along ethnic and religious lines..” A sentence so profoundly ignorant as to be laughable. […]

We witnessed evil at play in Manchester this week. Children and young people targeted by a depraved man. What darkness must have infested his soul to lead him to this demonic conclusion. And after the prayers and tears a nation is, again, left aghast. Why? Why must we endure these ever frequent horrors of terrorism? Why so much bloodshed and […]

This dear little boy went to church on Palm Sunday to worship God alongside his family and community. He never made it to the dismissal at the end of Mass because his life was cruelly taken by wicked men. He is one of 44 martyrs of the Coptic Church in Egypt killed by Muslim fanatics in […]

Another hideous murder by a Muslim fanatic, this time in France where a brother priest was martyred at the altar, and still the voice of elites refuse to confront the issue honestly. You know how the drill goes; we are told  Islam is not the problem, that the actions of the few are not representative, that all religions have bigots […]

Yesterday afternoon was busy with registration and welcome and meeting lots of interesting new people. There are nearly 1000 delegates here from 55 different countries. Dinner at my table was spent with three Americans, one Spaniard, an Irishman who works in Angola, an Argentine, a Lithuanian, a Ghanaian (yes he knows fr Jo!) and a […]

Last night Benedict Rogers treated us to a cracking lecture in which he shared some truly extraordinary tales. Tales arising from his life campaigning for religious freedom and speaking out for the powerless on behalf of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. This is a truly impressive Christian man. We heard about; a visit to North Korea, his being deported from Burma, […]

As the Synod on the family drew to a close I was teased by a former Anglican colleague who simply said “Welcome home!” I had to laugh. He is right. It was/is hard to believe this Synod was a product of the Catholic church with its fine reputation for clarity and fidelity to revealed truth. Instead it contained all the hallmarks of an Anglican […]

One of the main things dragging Christianity down in the 21st Century, making it so weak in the fight against secularism, is a mistaken belief that “tolerance” is a shining Christian virtue. It is not and it never has been. The reason should be obvious; if we uphold “tolerance” as a major virtue soon all criticism and discernment is silenced in it’s name. All […]

Below is a slightly adapted version of the sermon preached this morning on the feast of Pentecost. It helps us reflect on how we might bring about a genuine revival of faith in our day and it also reflects on the vote in Ireland yesterday. Today we celebrate Pentecost- or Whitsun- when the descent of […]

The pope surprised more than a few people this week by suggesting he would punch the person who was rude about his mother! Boom! Cue a little bit of South American machismo culture to stir up an over feminised Western Church and culture. It has led some to condemn him for inciting violence and others to suggest his words […]