18 08, 2022

God Once Permitted Most Bishops to be Arians

By |2022-08-09T03:09:35+00:00August 18th, 2022|Theology|

Shielding your conscience on moral or doctrinal or liturgical issues on anyone in the hierarchy right now won't get you to heaven.  You must study the Bible and the Magisterium to do that.  Christ said 2000 years ago towards those blue-collar folks who would hang their hat on the Jewish hierarchy, For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.—Mt 5:20.  A few hundred years later, most Arians were bishops and most Catholics trusted them.  Maybe they said things like "These are protected offices so God couldn't let 99% of all bishops be wrong." [...]

16 08, 2022

Epikeia: Why Common Sense Trumps Legalism

By |2022-08-07T02:03:53+00:00August 16th, 2022|Theology|

Wiktionary erroneously defines epikeia as "the principle in ethics that a law can be broken to achieve a greater good."  Of course, the notion that the end justifies the means can never be squared with Catholic moral theology.  As soon as one believes that the end justifies the means, one approaches the moral theology heresies of consequentialism and proportionalism.  I blogged against those errors here in a post called The Greater Good is Not a Catholic Moral System especially when applied to forcing people to take an experimental injection "for the greater good" a couple years ago. But St. Thomas Aquinas did hold epikeia to be an important virtue.  St. Thomas essentially [...]

11 08, 2022

Cardinal Von Galen: The Lion of Münster

By |2022-08-15T04:23:28+00:00August 11th, 2022|Theology|

The book above is written by Fr. Daniel Utrecht of the Oratory.  It is the book I'm reading on retreat. It's about Cdl. Von Galen of Munster, Germany who publicly resisted the Gestapo as early as 1941. Bishop Von Galen was a saint of charity and courage who took on the Nazis from the pulpit and even in the streets. But he wasn't alone: During the 1930s in Germany, he saw lay Catholics and priests who resisted the Nazis go to prison repeatedly for "currency speculation." Ever notice that godless regimes persecute good people on red-herrings like "currency speculation"? It completely reminds me of President Trump being raided by the [...]

9 08, 2022

Testimony from a New Catholic

By |2022-08-06T04:55:29+00:00August 9th, 2022|Theology|

Guest Author:  Dr. Francis Joel Smith Featured image above:  Fr. David Nix, Dr. Francis Joel Smith, Mr. Michael Alarcon (pausing from prayer outside Denver's Planned Parenthood.) Early life, including birth defects and challenges with other kids growing up I was born with Treacher Collins syndrome. That means, due to a genetic mutation, I was born without the bones that make up the ears, cheekbones, and eye sockets, as well as severe deformities of both jaws and a gaping cleft palate. Without ears, I have never been able to hear without special bone-conduction hearing aids. My jaw deformities have always made it difficult to breathe, speak, bite, chew, and swallow food. [...]

5 08, 2022

Be Rarely Angry but Never Arrogant About the Church Crisis

By |2022-08-03T23:12:27+00:00August 5th, 2022|Theology|

In full transparency, I do not categorize traditionalists as "joyless" any more.  The truth is that I find more joy in traditional communities than I do the normy Catholic world.  In fact, I currently find some of the highest levels of joy, happiness and fraternal charity in traditional communities than nearly any other community to which I am frequently exposed in the United States.  I would consider evangelical Christians way up there, too, actually. But "joy" doesn't matter too much, especially as we consider the Scriptures and the official ascetical theology of the Catholic Church.  Both teach that "gifts of the Holy Spirit" are given by God and they are [...]

4 08, 2022

RIP David Bawden (aka Pope Michael)

By |2022-08-04T11:19:28+00:00August 4th, 2022|Theology|

David Bawden (who went by "Pope Michael" in Kansas) has apparently died. God rest his soul. I thank God he apparently made a confession at the end, but it's not that big of a statement since I hope every person on this planet confesses before dying. People on social media are saying ridiculous things like he repented of "his apostasy" at the end just since he thought he was the Pope for the past decade or so. Let's get a few things straight: 1-Bawden did not accept the post-Vatican II Popes as valid. I do. At worst, this would make him "a schismatic," not "an apostate." In fact, I don't [...]

3 08, 2022

Three Red Rose Rescuers Get 90 Days in Jail

By |2022-08-04T00:40:35+00:00August 3rd, 2022|Theology|

Red Rose Rescue (with whom I've been arrested twice for peaceful counseling inside an abortion center) has some important news. Usually our jail time is only a short time.  But my friends Fr. Fidelis, Will and Matt (see above) just got 90 days in jail in New York for a rescue this summer.  Fr. Fidelis and I discussed this on the phone for awhile just a few weeks ago.  Now he's in jail for three months.  Red Rose Rescue reports: Father Fidelis, Will Goodman, and Matthew Connolly have all been sentenced to 90 days in jail. They were given a $200 surcharge, a $500 fine, and a $50 DNA charge...Quotes [...]

2 08, 2022

Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Description of the Final Antichrist

By |2022-08-03T02:24:19+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Theology|

Archbishop Fulton Sheen describes the final Antichrist thus:  Because his religion will be brotherhood of Man without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counter church which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ.—AB. Sheen's talk in 1947, fully linked below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3e6mTMlM-s

1 08, 2022

We Will Worship God Alone

By |2022-08-03T17:20:37+00:00August 1st, 2022|Theology|

Last week Cardinals worshipped the pagan gods with a turkey bone under the title of "western grandmother" in Canada. Cardinal Manning wrote in 1861, conglomerating numerous saints and Fathers: "Rome shall apostatise from the faith, drive away the Vicar of Christ and return to its ancient paganism... Then the Church shall be scattered, driven into the wilderness, and shall be for a time, as it was in the beginning, invisible hidden in catacombs, in dens, in mountains, in lurking places." The prophesy to "drive away the Vicar of Christ" may have a few meanings, found here and here and here (all non-traditional links.) The Cdl Manning quote above also reminds [...]

28 07, 2022

“Equally Yoked” with Mary

By |2022-07-31T18:55:37+00:00July 28th, 2022|Theology|

If you watch any of the Marvel Comics series of movies, you are probably disappointed at the increasing lack of chastity among the superheroes.  There's obvious exceptions.  For example, X-Men's teleporting Nightcrawler is religious in the movies.  In the original comic book, Nightcrawler had even been ordained a Catholic priest.  Sadly, today, however, more and more "superheroes" are being produced by "woke" companies under pressure to portray alternative and impure lifestyles that has nothing to do with the plot-line.  I imagine even agnostic followers (who aren't leftists) of Marvel Comic movies are getting tired of the slimy agenda when they just came to the movies to see the good-guys beat [...]

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