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Reviewing Dignitatis Humanae

Posted: Friday, May 25th, 2007 @ 6:52 am in Church Issues, Culture, Philosophy, Theology | 1 Comment »

Dignitatis Humanae (english | latin) is the Vatican II document on religious liberty. It is one that radical traditionalist general take as a slam dunk against Vatican II. I read it a few years ago and I didn’t notice any heresy in it then, but that was before I knew anything about the traditionalist movement […]

Collecting Some Collects

Posted: Saturday, November 11th, 2006 @ 4:50 pm in Liturgy, Theology | Comments Off on Collecting Some Collects

A few posts down I claimed that even though the new mass could be celebrated with proper reverence and decorum, there are some inherent deficiencies in it. I gave some general examples, but I thought should offer something more specific. When I put the collects for both rites of the mass in the last post, […]

Deus Caritas Est – Part II

Posted: Sunday, October 29th, 2006 @ 9:39 pm in Theology | 1 Comment »

This is the second post is a series of reflections on Pope Benedict’s first encyclical. Part 1 is here. Love of Neighbor Pope Benedict writes very eloquently on love of neighbor in Deus Caritas Est. For example he shows that since Jesus said that “as you did it to one of the least of these […]

Contemplating the Pierced Side of Christ

Posted: Friday, October 13th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm in Theology | Comments Off on Contemplating the Pierced Side of Christ

After my recent posts on Matrimony and the Eucharist, I am starting to understand why Pope Benedict is always talking about the pierced side of Christ. (If you haven’t noticed he regularly invites us to contemplate this, especially in Deus Caritas Est, but also in a variety of other addresses.) It seemed a little strange […]

Cyprian of Carthage on the Eucharist, Part III

Posted: Friday, September 29th, 2006 @ 7:25 am in Theology | Comments Off on Cyprian of Carthage on the Eucharist, Part III

There is one more angle I want to look at with the letter of St. Cyprian that I have been posting about recently. He clearly distinguishes between the traditions of men, and the traditions of the Lord. That makes this another good one to use against Protestants. Many Protestants believe the Christian church was pretty […]

The Pope In Bavaria

Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 @ 2:21 pm in Culture, Philosophy, Theology | Comments Off on The Pope In Bavaria

The Pope is really pushing for a revitalization of the German church (and the whole church for that matter). In all his addresses he is admonishing the German people to take their faith more seriously, and to live it more fully. You can see from his words that his desperately trying to break through the […]

Jacques Bossuet

Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm in Theology | 1 Comment »

I just recently learned about Jacques Bossuet. He was a bishop in France during the seventeenth to eighteenth century, dying in 1704. The Catholic Encyclopedia entry on Bossuet calls him one of the greatest Christian orators of all time, perhaps even greater than St John Chrysostom and St. Augustine. Early on he found himself in religious discussions […]

Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus

Posted: Thursday, August 24th, 2006 @ 10:11 pm in Theology | 9 Comments »

Some people think that the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding salvation outside the church has changed since pre-concicular times. One finds this mindset most often among church liberals who think the Church doesn’t really matter, and also among radical traditionalists who think that one must be a visible member of the Church to have […]

The Feast Of Corpus Christi

Posted: Sunday, June 18th, 2006 @ 9:58 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Liturgy, Sacraments, Theology, Time After Pentecost | 1 Comment »

Here are a few thoughts from my old (circa 1932) missal on Corpus Christi. The missal indicates that the dogma of the incarnation is second in importance only to the dogma of the Trinity (which makes sense to me, but I never thought of it before). It says, “After the dogma of the Holy Trinity, […]

A Spiritual Heart Transplant

Posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 @ 2:24 pm in Culture, Theology | Comments Off on A Spiritual Heart Transplant

In a question and answer session with young people Pope Benedict offered this analogy in regard to having the strength to live the Christian ideal of marriage: To renew man, the Lord — alluding to these prophetic voices which always guided Israel towards the clarity of monogamy — recognized with Ezekiel that, to live this […]


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