22 06, 2024

In Defense of Archbishop Viganó

By |2024-06-23T01:38:24+00:00June 22nd, 2024|Theology|

Last week, Archbishop Viganó wrote this on his site: "The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith has informed me, with a simple email, of the initiation of an extrajudicial penal trial against me, with the accusation of having committed the crime of schism and charging me of having denied the legitimacy of 'Pope Francis' of having broken communion 'with Him' and of having rejected the Second Vatican Council. I have been summoned to the Palace of the Holy Office on June 20, in person or represented by a canon lawyer. I assume that the sentence has already been prepared, given that it is an extrajudicial process.  I regard the [...]

20 06, 2024

Bad and Good Catholic Art

By |2024-06-19T15:30:50+00:00June 20th, 2024|Theology|

The top-left picture was drawn by Fr. Mario Rupnik SJ.  The top-right is an icon I snapped at the Greek Catholic Church in Athens earlier this year.  National Catholic Register wrote about the Jesuit who drew the above left picture: "Father Rupnik, a priest and artist, has been accused of spiritual, psychological, and sexual abuse of religious sisters. He was removed from the Jesuits last June."  Even the Knights of Columbus wanted his removed from the National Basilica in DC as Detroit Catholic reported.  It's unfortunate that "art" which mocks Our Lord and Our Lady and the saints is asked to be removed only once "the artist" is found to [...]

18 06, 2024

More Reasons for Kids Not to Have Cell Phones

By |2024-07-05T06:34:50+00:00June 18th, 2024|Theology|

Many conservative and traditional Catholic parents know the dangers of kids having cell phones.  These dangers include inappropriate images and bullying. But most good Catholic parents somehow still think their children are beyond the reach of predators because they have relatively-obedient children.  In this article, you're going see why that's you need to put away that pipe-dream forever. Ex-SEAL Shawn Ryan now has over 2.5M subscribers on his YouTube channel alone, not to mention many more listeners on other forums.  He's a conservative podcaster who recently became a Christian.  A year ago, he twice had on his show a 30 year old man named Ryan Montgomery who is known as [...]

13 06, 2024

Flow-Chart For Salvation-Emergencies

By |2024-06-14T21:49:57+00:00June 13th, 2024|Theology|

What do you do if you come across a dying person?  Should you prioritize getting a paramedic or a priest?  What can a lay person do for a dying person who is baptized or unbaptized?  What should a priest do for a dying person who is baptized or unbaptized? The traditional answers are relatively simple.  They come from what the Bible and Catholic Church has always taught.  The following Flow-Chart For Salvation-Emergencies is going to focus on the faith-aspects of helping people die.  As an ex-paramedic who has come across a lot of emergencies even as a priest (and I wrote about one here) one needs to consider both the [...]

11 06, 2024

St. Catherine’s Letter to Cardinals Under an Antipope

By |2024-06-11T13:00:55+00:00June 11th, 2024|Theology|

These days, St. Catherine of Siena is frequently quoted in her love of the pope of her day (as well she should be.) However, she is less frequently quoted in what she had to say about the antipope of her day.  There have been 20-40 antipopes in history, so a discussion on this topic is not “anti-Catholic," or "schismatic," as the following account of St. Catherine clearly demonstrates. The website Virgo Sacrata reads: “In 1378, after the election of Pope Urban VI, the majority of Cardinals, Prelates and the people recognized Clement VIl as pope, even though he was in reality an antipope. Thirteen out of sixteen cardinals questioned the [...]

6 06, 2024

Discernment Rules on Secular Decisions

By |2024-06-06T18:52:36+00:00June 6th, 2024|Theology|

Last year I wrote an article titled, Why Do Rad-Trads Keep “Guessing” Everything Right? In it, I explained it was not a coincidence that traditional Catholics were accurate on everything from resisting "the covid vaccine" to seeing the current Church crisis accurately.  Why is this? It wasn't because my Google-button worked better than the priests that were ordained before me.  It wasn't because I wanted to save lives by avoiding an mRNA gene therapy injection while other more lukewarm Catholics wanted their loved-ones to die.  The reason was not physical.  Rather, it was spiritual.  We all might have good-wills, but we were informed by different beings. If Rad-Trads Guessing was [...]

4 06, 2024

Should Those Who Commit Abortion Be Punished?

By |2024-06-04T14:13:12+00:00June 4th, 2024|Theology|

In the more righteous days of Christendom, Catholic countries did indeed reserve the death penalty for men or women who had killed children.  This is seen in the fact that in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Church Fathers and the Popes held that the death penalty was not only for safety for society, but it was a just punishment upon the guilty.  This was especially true when the guilty killed even one innocent person (like an unborn baby.) In case you think the Catholic Church has changed her teaching on the death penalty, just realize that such a notion is impossible.  The dogma of the Catholic [...]

30 05, 2024

Hope For America in the Heartland

By |2024-05-29T02:46:15+00:00May 30th, 2024|Theology|

Riding my bike around Denver as a 12 year old boy, I got good at maps.  These were obviously the days before cell-phones and GPS, so I studied my maps as a hobby.  I studied city maps of Denver and Chicago, state maps of Colorado and the Eisenhower Interstate System.  I would look at globes for hours, memorizing countries all over the world.  For me, my map study was always about both location and meaning. The current return to tradition that Catholics are making across the globe is strong, especially places like France and the United States.   As I mentioned above, for people obsessed with geography like me, I [...]

28 05, 2024

When the Priest Decided Which Parishioners Could Receive the Eucharist

By |2024-05-27T21:49:58+00:00May 28th, 2024|Theology|

Last week in Florida, a woman demanded Holy Communion from a 66 year old priest named Fr. Rodriguez.  When he quietly informed her in that Communion line that she had to be a practicing Catholic, she grabbed numerous hosts (the body of Jesus Christ) in his ciborium.  As she crushed them in her hand, he had no arms to push her away, so he lunged at her and bit her forearm to defend the Holy Eucharist.   I do not believe he broke the skin, but it appears he was still charged by police. The question of a priest physically repelling a lay-assailant upon a ciborium or chalice is essentially [...]

23 05, 2024

Did Christ’s Nature Change at His Baptism?

By |2024-05-20T17:59:23+00:00May 23rd, 2024|Theology|

One of the more common heresies over the last 50 years goes something like, "Jesus discovered His vocation at His baptism." Of course, that denies the Divinity of Christ.  But a reader recently told me about the opposite heresy she came across.  She saw that I recently said on social media that I do not read Private Messages (PM) or Direct Messages (DM.) So, she saw my email is on my Donate page. She wrote: Hello Father Nix. I enjoy your posts and podcasts I just saw your recent Facebook post regarding social media messages. I had sent you the following message on April 26. I’d like your input because [...]

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