Category Archives: Catholicism

This Disastrous Papacy

Something snapped last Friday, when Pope Francis used the day’s Gospel reading as one more opportunity to promote his own view on divorce and remarriage.

It’s becoming clear and obvious that the Pope would rather use homilies and speeches to declare his point of view but won’t go as far as declaring it dogmatically.  Those around him know that approach would destroy his work and reset their efforts back 60 years.  Social media, creating ties with governments and charitable organizations, decentralization of authority, constant establishment of authoritative commissions which act with executive power, infiltrating and replacing key players, and demonizing the opposition is the successful path for any underground movement.

Be faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, pray, fast, and know that leadership changes but Christ doesn’t.  We pick up our cross and suffer along with Christ, happy to walk in his footsteps.

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The Church Cannot Teach Error, Because She Was Founded by Jesus Christ, Who is God Himself

The Church has no fear of being on the “wrong side of history”, for her Bridegroom is seated at the right hand of the Father.

I do not suggest that in the long view the universal Church won’t correct its course or correct a theological error after a merry stroll down the cultural lane but our Church’s long experience and that of today surely shows that we can proclaim and live out error for a while.  (Silence from Rome demonstrates agreement with this statement)

If the princes of the Church can declare and demand obedience to error without the Vatican providing a correction what else are we to believe?  Are the Bishop’s to be considered outside the Church?  I haven’t heard anyone say so.

I understand the desire to calm fears as if we were children in a storm but as those with an adult faith we should steel ourselves for the long haul and understand this correction might take a lifetime and another Trent Council to correct.  We need to weather the storm with resolve and fierce faith.  Like those in a tornado, just hunker down and ride it out.

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Imagine waiting for hours, in stifling heat, for the possibility of Mass and the Eucharist

After a car and then bike ride that lasted hours and left him exhausted and covered in sweat and dirt he found the villagers eagerly and patiently waiting for Christ.

Though Africa seems so distant we must see and seek to model their example of faith and perseverance.  This is the dirty and difficult road on the journey towards sanctification that must be faced with patience and hunger for Christ.  A way that we will either seek by choice or be forced to follow in persecution.  If we seek there will be peace and joy in it while we wait for Christ who is coming.

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Pope Francis rebukes ‘lazy,’ ‘egotistical,’ ‘constantly condemning’ Christians

New papal homilies from Tuesday and Friday reproach those not aligned with his progressive agenda.

Folks, the attacks on faithful Catholic’s who hold to Church teachings and question the progressive “new horizon” of change is growing every week.  We in the US, just now coming off a presidential campaign year, have seen this very tactic of demonizing ones enemy for months now.

We who hold to the faith decry the claim and characterization that we are Pharisees only interested in rules and not the heart of Gods justice and mercy.  Why have we been called names every week by our own Church? Isn’t the fight against the spirit of the age that would deny what we have been taught?  Isn’t this exactly what St Paul taught when some came with new teachings? 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2 Timothy 3:14, Titus 1:9, Phillippians 4:9, 2 Timothy 2:1-7, etc.  Who is putting themselves in opposition to the scriptures?

It seems to me to be a simple diversionary tactic in the face of increased pressure to answer the dubia.  Wouldn’t it be better to clear the waters, speak the truth, and lead the little ones to safety? Luke 17:1-2.  Woe is the warning.

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How to keep Christmas while the world races toward the next big thing

Check this article out. It has some great ways to keep Christmas going through this liturgical season. It’s nice to get disconnected from the worldly calendar speeding it’s way to the next shopping season.

Are You Christian or Catholic?

May we all walk out our love of Christ Jesus with joy and enthusiasm in faithful obedience to his teachings and Church. This is how we know through the writings of the Church Fathers (St. Ignatius of Antioch around 107AD talks of the Catholic Church) that the earliest Christians demonstrated to all that they were Catholic.

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Doctrine of Justification

As a follow up to my earlier posts on Ecumenism I wanted to post the joint declaration between Lutherans and Catholics on the Doctrine of Justification.  Here is the link to the document resulting from that historic event…it is an example of the Holy Spirit continuing the work of unifying the Church of Christ.  It’s a quick read and contains many of the referenced documents at the bottom…about half the document is the list of references.

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Is Ecumenism a Heresy?

[By: Fr. Brian Harrison O.S.]

Vying with the Declaration on Religious Liberty for the honor (or disgrace, depending on one’s theological outlook) of being the Second Vatican Council’s most doctrinally innovative document is its Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio (UR). Those at both traditionalist and liberal ends of the Catholic spectrum have seen this Decree (with sentiments of glowering gloom and gloating glee respectively) as representing a significant departure from traditional doctrine. The latter, of course, emphasized Catholicism as the one true religion, to which separated Christians will simply have to return if ever unity is to be restored. In this short article I shall limit myself to a comparison between UR and the pre-conciliar papal document most frequently cited as being incompatible with it, Pope Pius XI’s 1928 encyclical on fostering true religious unity, Mortalium Animos (On Religious Unity). This encyclical set out the Catholic Church’s position regarding the fledgling movement for religious unity which had been gathering steam in liberal Protestant circles since the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue reading

Ecumenism and Vatican II

[by Peter John Vere, JCL/M (Canon Law)]

Many traditionalist Catholics— among them, many members of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) — believe that the Second Vatican Council contradicted Church Tradition in its teachings on ecumenism. If they are correct, then the Catholic Church has a serious problem: Vatican II could not be legitimate, since a legitimate ecumenical council may develop but may not contradict the earlier dogmatic teaching of the Church. A canon lawyer who once belonged to the SSPX tells how he resolved this critical issue.

Do Vatican II’s teachings on ecumenism and religious liberty really conflict with Traditional Catholic teaching?

In his first Envoy article on traditionalist apologetics [see “All Tradition Leads to Rome,” Volume 4.6], canon lawyer Pete Vere identified seven common arguments offered by the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in defense of their schism, and how he overcame these objections during his journey back to the Catholic Church. Some readers responded that this schism, initiated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988, isn’t merely about the Latin Mass. The SSPX also takes issue with the Second Vatican Council, particularly on the issue of ecumenism. These readers knew Pete would have wrestled with the Second Vatican Council as an SSPX adherent and wondered how he overcame his doubts towards the Council in his spiritual pilgrimage back to the Catholic Church. Here is his response. Continue reading

Authentic Ecumenism

[by Matt Abbott (Catholic Online)]

Ecumenism is a vital mission of the Church that needs to be understood more fully and correctly, especially as we enter this ostensibly pivotal third millennium. Does ecumenism require Catholics to compromise their faith?

The answer lies in whether we are talking about authentic ecumenism or false ecumenism.

Contrary to what some “traditionalist” Catholics say, there is such a thing as authentic ecumenism — and it is essential for Christian unity. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Christ bestowed unity on His Church from the beginning. This unity, we believe, subsists in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to increase until the end of time. Christ always gives His Church the gift of unity, but the Church must always pray and work to maintain, reinforce, and perfect the unity that Christ will for her…. The desire to recover the unity of all Christians is a gift of Christ and a call of the Holy Spirit” (n. 820). Continue reading

Unity is not Uniformity


The word Ecumenical is thrown around a lot today and generally I’ve found that it isn’t used or understood correctly.  Below is a quick review in preparation for a series of three blog posts which will be submitted over the next few days.  This is an important topic and one which we need to understand and are called by Christ and the Church to participate in.

In general terms, Ecumenical represents the process relating to the Church throughout the world concerned with establishing or promoting unity among its members and also with its separated brethren.  So we can understand its primary goal as unity among the homogeneous Christian community.  Participating in this process is one way in which we partner in Christ’s prayer for unity (John 17:20-23). Continue reading

Our Heart is Restless

This is the famous passage from St. Augustine’s Confessions (Lib 1,1-2,2.5,5: CSEL 33, 1-5) in which Saint Augustine states “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” It is used in the Roman Office of readings for the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary time with the accompanying biblical reading of Job 28:1-28.

Great are you, O Lord, and exceedingly worthy of praise; your power is immense, and your wisdom beyond reckoning. And so we men, who are a due part of your creation, long to praise you – we also carry our mortality about with us, carry the evidence of our sin and with it the proof that you thwart the proud. You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you.

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Growing Your Faith

We know for certain-we have a goal (Heaven), a road map (Scripture and Tradition), examples to follow (the Saints), leadership (the Pope, Bishops, Priests and Deacons), clear teaching authority (the Magisterium of the Church), help along the way (the Sacraments) and we have Divine guidance (the Holy Spirit). It is obvious that we have the tools and resources we need.

Here are eight tips for growing your faith…

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The Witness of the Church Fathers With Regard to Catholic Distinctive’s : Part 10 Bishop of Rome

[This portion of the blog post The Witness of the Church Fathers With Regard to Catholic Distinctives is re-posted with permission of Dave Armstrong.  This material is also found in his book: The Church Fathers Were Catholic: Patristic Evidences for Catholicism]

X. The Early Church and the Bishop of Rome

St. Peter in Rome

The final residence of St. Peter in Rome has been questioned, but on inadequate grounds. Babylon, as used in 1 Peter 5:13, is regarded by the early Church and the majority of biblical scholars as a code name (in light of the political situation) for Rome itself, from which this epistle was almost certainly written. Some have also thought that Romans 15:20-22 indicates the presence of another Apostle in Rome before St. Paul wrote to that church.

The Apostolic writing 1 Clement (5), written around 96 A.D. by St. Clement of Rome, implied that St. Peter, like St. Paul, was executed in the Neronian persecution in Rome. St. Ignatius of Antioch, in writing to the Romans around 110 A.D., states, “I do not give you orders like Peter and Paul . . .” (Letter to the Romans, 4,3), and St. Irenaeus, in his Against Heresies (c.199 – 3:1:2, 3:3:1), expressly affirms that these two Apostles founded the Roman church and commenced its apostolic succession.

Finally, the existence and location of the actual tomb of St. Peter and his bones – under the present St. Peter’s cathedral in the Vatican – have been strongly confirmed by archaeological excavation. (253) Continue reading

The Witness of the Church Fathers With Regard to Catholic Distinctive’s : Part 9 Mariology

[This portion of the blog post The Witness of the Church Fathers With Regard to Catholic Distinctives is re-posted with permission of Dave Armstrong.  This material is also found in his book: The Church Fathers Were Catholic: Patristic Evidences for Catholicism]

IX. History of Mariology

In the second century, St. Justin Martyr is already expounding the “New Eve” teaching, which Cardinal Newman regards as a starting-point for much later Marian dogmatic development:

Christ became man by the Virgin so that the disobedience which proceeded from the serpent might be destroyed in the same way it originated. For Eve, being a virgin and undefiled, having conceived the word from the serpent, brought forth disobedience and death. The Virgin Mary, however, having received faith and joy, when the angel Gabriel announced to her the good tidings . . . answered: Be it done to me according to thy word. (189)

St. Irenaeus, a little later, takes up the same theme: “What the virgin Eve had tied up by unbelief, this the virgin Mary loosened by faith.” (190) He also views her as the preeminent intercessor for mankind. (191) Continue reading