Yes, The Pope Said Something Scandalous

So the pope held another interview on a plane. And, unfortunately, he said something scandalous. This is going to be a bit long, but I think it’s needed to make the following points: Yes, what he said is actually scandalous. No, seriously, it is actually scandalous. Just ignoring it is a disservice to souls. Here’s the question and answer from the interview in its entirety: Paloma García Ovejero, Cadena COPE (Spain): Holy Father, for several weeks there’s been a lot of concern in many Latin American countries but also in Europe regarding the Zika virus. »

Oh, For Offspring's Sake!

As these situations especially affect children, we are aware of a greater urgency to foster a true welcome for these families in our communities. For how can we encourage these parents to raise their children in the Christian life, to give them an example of Christian faith, if we keep them at arm’s length? I am especially grateful to the many pastors, guided by my Predecessors, who have worked diligently to let these families know they are still a part of the Church. »

Laudato Si and the Thumper Theorem

In the 1942 Disney animated film Bambi, the mother of Thumper makes sure the following lesson is instilled in her son: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all. This “Thumper Theorem” is useful… right up until the moment when you encounter statements that intentionally obfuscate the truths of the faith, or even seem to savor of heresy. You can’t say anything nice about evil. »

P.F. Hawkins

A Priest Who “Sees the Dead”? Dead Wrong

Over on his blog, Fr. Dwight Longenecker relates how he knew a priest who could see the dead. Not on demand, presumably, but it supposedly did happen this one time. If you have not read the post, well, you’d be better off if you don’t. If you have, know that it has a few dangerous misconceptions in it that I would like to put into perspective below. So What, Objectively, Happened? »

Spot Modernism #2 - Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences Edition

Fr. Bernard Ardura, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, recently gave an interview about Pope St. Pius X. Let’s see if what he has to say about this great pope is tainted with modernism. Pope Pius X Was a “Reformer” For Modernism During his pontificate he was a very important reformer, but between his reformative activities, he also had to intervene on doctrine-related issues, as he was facing a difficult movement, called modernism. »

The Hermeneutic of Continuity is Bunk

The hermeneutic of continuity, sometimes called the hermeneutic of reform in continuity, is incoherent. Instead of following this interpretation of Vatican II documents, we should hold the documents to the standard put forth by Catholic Tradition. Definition(s) The hermeneutic of continuity surprisingly admits of two definitions. The Council documents must be understood in the light of Traditional Catholic doctrine. The Council documents already stand in continuity with Traditional Catholic doctrine, and the only way to see it is to apply this hermeneutic. »

St. John The Evangelist Evangelizes a Youth

From Chapter 23, Book III of Eusebius’ Church History: Listen to a tale, which is not a mere tale, but a narrative concerning John the apostle, which has been handed down and treasured up in memory. For when, after the tyrant’s death, he returned from the isle of Patmos to Ephesus, he went away upon their invitation to the neighboring territories of the Gentiles, to appoint bishops in some places, in other places to set in order whole churches, elsewhere to choose to the ministry some one of those that were pointed out by the Spirit. »

Spot Modernism #1

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, recently gave an interview to a weekly magazine. Let’s see if we can apply some of the lessons learned from reading Pascendi Dominici Gregis to his statements. “The Church is not timeless” The Church is not timeless, she lives amidst the vicissitudes of history and the Gospel must be known and experienced by people today. We can see that no objective, undying truth of the Church is admitted here. »

St. Pius X on the Attack

After fleshing out the tactics of the Modernists, Pope St. Pius X outlines a plan of attack for his papacy to combat Modernists. He acknowledges that Pope Leo XIII had fought Modernists, but the Modernists were able to twist the words of the Pontiff and convince others that he really was talking about others, not themselves. But St. Pius X realizes that more efficacious measures are needed. He implores all bishops, pastors of souls, educators and professors of clerics, and in a very special way the superiors of religious communities to help him in taking the following actions: »

Modernism In Action

After spelling out the causes of Modernism, Pope St. Pius X tackles the tactics of Modernists. He lumps them under two umbrellas: removing obstacles that prevent them from deluding the minds of men, and patiently applying every resource at their disposal. Removing Obstacles There are three large obstacles upon which Modernists wage unrelenting war: the scholastic method of philosophy the authority and tradition of the Church Fathers the magisterium of the Church Scholastic Philosophy Pius X has already mentioned in passing that by abandoning Scholasticism Modernists have left themselves without the tools to defend themselves from ignorance and intellectual error. »