Pope Francis vs. the Catechism

Shot: It is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel, because a decision is voluntarily made to suppress a human life, which is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator and of whom, in the last analysis, only God can be the true judge and guarantor Pope Francis, 11 October 2017 Chaser: Another kind of lawful slaying belongs to the civil authorities, to whom is entrusted power of life and death, by the legal and judicious exercise of which they punish the guilty and protect the innocent. »

Pope Francis vs. Pope St. Agatho

Shot: …doctrine cannot be preserved without allowing it to develop, nor can it be tied to an interpretation that is rigid and immutable without demeaning the working of the Holy Spirit. Pope Francis, 11 October 2017 Chaser: nothing of the things appointed ought to be diminished; nothing changed; nothing added; but they must be preserved both as regards expression and meaning. Pope Saint Agatho, as quoted by Pope Gregory XVI in Mirari Vos »

What Happens When Jesus Evangelizes For You

There is no low to which our Lord will not stoop in order to win our souls to Him. From The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. Michael Müller, 1874: The Holy Mass may also be called a commemoration of the Passion and Death of our Lord, because He constantly receives, in this august sacrament, insults similar to those which He had to undergo in the course of His Passion, and which He bears in the same manner in which He bore those that He suffered from Maundy Thursday until He expired on the Cross. »

On The Servant of the Servants of God

“When the Pope uses the title of servus servorum Dei, originally assumed by Pope St. Gregory the Great as a description of the power of the Supreme Keys, one must remember that the formula servus servorum is not a genitive of object, as if the pope were the one who serves the servants of God, but an hebraic genitive signifying a superlative sense as in saecula saeculorum, virgo virginum, caeli caelorum, and so on. »

Archbishop Arthur Roche vs. Pope Pius XI

Shot: Evensong, the iconic expression of Anglican worship, was celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome by an Anglican Archbishop on the anniversary of the election of the Pope. Archbishop David Moxon, the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, led the service using Cranmer’s ancient words. Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, one of the most senior Englishmen in the Vatican, preached. »

Pope Francis vs. Trent

Shot: A subject may know full well the rule, yet have great difficulty in understanding “its inherent values”, or be in a concrete situation which does not allow him or her to act differently and decide otherwise without further sin. Amoris Laetitiae, §301 Chaser: If anyone says that the commandments of God are impossible to observe even for a man who is justified and established in grace, let him be anathema. »

Announcing: The Old Evangelization Weekly

You may have noticed that not enough blogging happens around these parts. It’s not that I don’t read a lot of Catholic material, or lack interest in blogging. It’s that I tend to write pieces that require a decent amount of research. I just don’t seem capable of dashing off short blog posts at the drop of a hat. But I think I could round up some links and provide some brief commentary on them on a weekly basis. »

P.F. Hawkins

Reason Can Prove God's Existence

The existence of God can be proven/demonstrated from reason alone. But don’t take my word for it: Oath Against Modernism (Denz. 2145) And first, I profess that God, the beginning and end of all things, can be certainly known and thus can also be demonstrated by the natural light of reason “by the things that are made” [cf. Romans 1:20], that is, by the visible works of creation, as the cause by the effects. »

To Dissemble When God Is Wronged Is Impiety

We join our Lord Jesus Christ in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. He is finishing up being tempted by Satan in the desert: 8 Again, the Devil took Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And said to Him, All these things will I give You, if You will fall down and worship me. »

When Logical Fallacies Attack! Denying the Antecedent (and the Pope)

Whenever there is confusion about a papal plane interview, one logical fallacy is sure to crop up in the ensuing commentary: Denying the Antecedent. Denying the antecedent is a perversion of modus tollens, a common way of logically structuring an argument. A sound modus tollens argument looks like this: If the sprinkler goes off, then the grass stays wet for 30 minutes. The grass is not wet. Therefore, the sprinkler did not go off in the last 30 minutes. »

P.F. Hawkins