“Amoris Laetitia”: Pastoral Reflection.

During my life as a priest the sacrament of marriage has been a major interest of mine. We say, “Marriages are made in heaven”, but that seems to be one of those pious phrases we could do without. In the marriage service we say about marriage that it is...

Survey on Mass attendance

NICK’S BLOG  – CHRISTMAS 2014 I have just read an article in the English Tablet (December 13, 2014) about a survey made by Benedictine University in Springfield, IL, USA about why people are leaving the Church. They are: 1.     Disagreement with certain Church...

Why Don’t Catholics Want to Belong?

We were giving a renewal in Westport, CT last week. During Question Time someone asked about the people leaving the Catholic Church and joining evangelical churches. It was suggested that the Catholic Church doesn’t seem to want to build community or family...

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

ZEALOT: Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth A few months ago I read about an interview on the Fox network that made an ugly accusation. Reza Aslan who had written a book on Jesus Christ was an Islamic. What gave him the right to publish such a book? They didn’t...

The Older Son

EMBITTERED MORALIZING – AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD FOR GOOD, FAITHFUL PERSONS In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story: Imagine a man who during his whole life is entirely...