In 2022, I wrote in an article titled Ecumenical: Old and New Definitions and it included these two definitions: "Ecumenical for the first thousand years of Christianity was an adjective to describe dogmatic meetings of orthodox bishops who cared about accurately defining the Catholic Faith," and New Advent's definition: "Ecumenical Councils are those to which the bishops, and others entitled to vote, are convoked from the whole world (oikoumene) under the presidency of the pope or his legates, and the decrees of which, having received papal confirmation, bind all Christians.'" Unfortunately, the term "ecumenism" has been commandeered in the 20th century by "progressive Catholics" to mean what was once called "the [...]
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him..—Mt 2:1-2, Gospel for Epiphany. Ven. Bartholomew Holzhauser was a Catholic priest and prophet of the 17th century. He outlined the seven ages of the Church which some say refer to the seven candlesticks of the Apocalypse (see medieval manuscript as featured image above.) The fourth age was the Middle Ages. The fifth age began an age of schism and [...]
What did it mean to pray for the Jews to pray for the First Coming of the Messiah? What does it mean for Christians to pray for the Second Coming of the Messiah? Notice that for the former, it was not a matter of despair, but rather of hope, to pray for the first coming of the Christ. This is revealed in the life of St. Anne as seen in a vision by Ven. Mary of Agreda in the Mystical City of God: The most fortunate Anne had a house in Bethlehem and was a most chaste, humble and beautiful maiden. From her childhood she led a most virtuous, holy [...]
I only recently discovered a treasure from St. Thomas Aquinas called the Compendium of Theology. I first wrote a commentary on his book here a month ago. St. Thomas continues the richness of his teaching today on the resurrection of the body in chapters 151-168. I was going to comment on it like last time, but the teaching of the Angelic Doctor will stand alone today. This is what you and I have to look forward to in both body and soul if we make it to heaven: CHAPTER 151 REUNION WITH THE BODY REQUISITE FOR THE SOUL’S PERFECT HAPPINESS We should note that the disquiet of the will cannot be [...]
One of the most heretical things I hear from neo-con non-trads is: "While hell is a real possibility, we do not know if any person has ever gone there." That's as irresponsible as telling teens, "Yes, we know car accidents are a real possibility, but we have no proof anyone actually dies in car wrecks." Of course, the neo-con non-trad would respond to the above paragraph by saying, "Well, I do believe there have been fatal car accidents, but we have no proof in the Magisterium that any humans have ever gone to hell." First of all, Jesus spoke about hell and those who have gone there (including Judas—by name) [...]
My last podcast was what I preached at a Requiem TLM in Holy Week. This podcast is the funeral sermon I preached at my parents' parish at a Mass in English (which I did not offer, but rather sat in choir.) I thank from the bottom of my heart our auxiliary bishop and the twenty priests of my Archdiocese who attended either the Vigil or the funeral Mass for my mother.
My mother, Claire Nix, fell asleep in the Lord on the third of April 2023. I was there with my whole family. This is the sermon I gave two days later. Please say an Our Father for my mother.
To say that an unnatural sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance is no sin at all is tantamount to denying Christ was ever crucified, for He died to save us from our sins. In fact, the notion that mortal sins are not sins at all is essentially asserting that sin does not exist at all. Such is tantamount to apostasy or even atheism. Traditionally, the Catholic Church has taught that for a moral act to be just, the object and intention and circumstances must all be good. If only one of those is missing, the entire act is evil. Heretics of moral theology of the past 70 years [...]
Catholic Church history reveals that during times of strong faith, superstition decreases. Also, during times of weak-faith, superstition increase. I believe modernist Catholics (not Medieval Catholics) are the most superstitious of all Catholics in history. One proof of this how many Catholics took an experimental mRNA injection made from aborted babies just to keep death away. (Even WaPo recently ran a story that those double-and-triple vaxxed were those still struggling with COVID-19, meaning it didn't even keep away the one bogeyman it promised to eschew.) But that is not the topic of today's blog post. Today's blog is in regards to how most modernist Catholics approach the life-and-death sacraments with [...]
Some leftist "Catholics" now call traditional Catholics names like "Pelagians." Pelagianism is the 4th century heresy that one could be saved by good works alone with no need for grace. It's very ironic that leftists call traditionalists "Pelagians" since we are always confessing our sins to obtain the grace of forgiveness. But the other reason it's ironic that leftists call traditionalists "Pelagian" is because nearly every lefty-Catholic is a Pelagian by virtue of their own theology. Here's why: Most lefty-Catholics believe that following one's own conscience is enough to be saved, even if you die a pagan or Jew or Muslim. That is exactly the same definition as Pelagianism, but [...]