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 [...]

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 [...]

25 07, 2022

Should You Obey Your Superior or the Bible?

By |2022-07-25T11:41:42+00:00July 25th, 2022|Theology|

Should You Obey Your Superior or the Bible?  Hopefully, both.  In happier days of the Church, there was never a rub between the two. But I keep getting emails and texts requesting help on understanding obedience. What does a physician do at a hospital if the CEO wants him to take an abortion-tainted injection? What does a teenager do if his parents tell him to go to a Drag-Queen story hour at the local library? What does a priest do if his bishop tells him to no longer preach on Fatima or offer the Traditional Latin Mass? These are questions I am getting from more than just traditionalists. In fact, [...]

19 07, 2022

Liberty as a Cloak for Malice

By |2022-07-19T23:01:56+00:00July 19th, 2022|Theology|

For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men, as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.—1 Pt 2:15-16. Catholics have been sinning for 2,000 years.  I'm under no illusions that major sin started in the lives of most Catholics only in the 1960s or 1970s.  However, if someone went to confession 100 years ago or 700 years ago or 1500 years ago, the penitent would generally be hard pressed to find a priest (good or bad) who gave a "pass" to his serious sins.  In other words, even [...]

2 07, 2022

“Ecclesia Dei Adflicta” Turns 34 Years Old

By |2022-07-29T17:06:38+00:00July 2nd, 2022|Theology|

June and July mark some bittersweet anniversaries in the traditional movement.  It was on 30 June 1988 that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer did episcopal consecrations without the approval of Rome.  Pope John Paul II quickly wrote a document called Ecclesia Dei Adflicta, meaning "On the Afflicted Church of God."  This is a barely-veiled reference to imply that Archbishop Lefebvre himself was "afflicting the Church of God" by consecrating bishops without the Pope's approval.  Three weeks later, on 18 July 1988, the FSSP was founded with the approval of Rome to remain both canonically regular and maintain the old-rite sacraments. I believe one of the main [...]

10 05, 2022

The SSPX is Not Schismatic

By |2022-05-21T00:56:06+00:00May 10th, 2022|Theology|

Although canonically-irregular, the SSPX (Society of Pope St. Pius X) founded by Archbishop Lefebvre (above picture) in the 1970s, is not schismatic.  In traditional papal encyclicals, a "schismatic community" is a Christian community adhering to valid sacraments but without recognizing the primacy of place of Rome or the importance of the papacy.  An example of this would be the Eastern Orthodox:  The Eastern Orthodox have valid sacraments, but many do not realize the primacy of place of Rome (or believe it was transferred due to error a thousand years ago.)  In any case, the SSPX has always recognized the papacy and the primacy of Rome.  The reciprocal is also true, [...]

5 04, 2022

Viganò “On Irregularities” of 2013

By |2022-04-06T22:53:31+00:00April 5th, 2022|Theology|

I report today on how Archbishop Viganò answered several questions posed by Aldo Maria Valli in Italian.  Thanks to Non Veni Pacem who first put them into Google Translate to get the English.  I'm asking some Italian friends to correct the Google translation (if necessary.)  It seems pretty good from my limited Italian.  I'm including only one Q/A here from the interview: Valli:  "Within the College of Cardinals, in your opinion, is there a credible, authentically Catholic figure on which the cardinals, in the event of a conclave, could make the votes converge for a total change of register compared to the current pontificate?" Viganò:  "Certain Popes, let us not [...]

29 03, 2022

How You Will Know When the Consecration Is Done Properly

By |2022-03-29T17:04:39+00:00March 29th, 2022|Theology|

Imagine you had a 12 year old son who punched your 10 year old daughter in the face.  Let's say that son was very stubborn and you knew getting an apology out of him was going to be difficult.  You bring your son and crying daughter into the same room and make him apologize.  You know this will be difficult so you give him the exact words:  "Say to your sister, 'I am sorry for punching you in the face.'"  You know you need to give him those nine exact words because of past subterfuge this stubborn son will play with word games. Your son initially says to his sister [...]

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