Saturday, April 27, 2013

Thin Edge of the Wedge - Part C1 Devotion to the Immaculate Heart - The First Saturday Devotions

I went to schola practice today and afterwards stayed for Mass.

I have to admit that it is a great opportunity to attend Mass without the responsibilities and necessary distractions of singing in the schola and choir.  Of course, not having my little children present also reduced the distraction level.

I picked up one of my families missals and opened it to some of the Holy card bookmarks.

Here is what I found immediately following the First Friday Devotions:

Thin Edge of the Wedge - Part A1 Devotion to the Sacred Heart

I went to schola practice today and afterwards stayed for Mass.

I have to admit that it is a great opportunity to attend Mass without the responsibilities and necessary distractions of singing in the schola and choir.  Of course, not having my little children present also reduced the distraction level.

I picked up one of my families missals and opened it to some of the Holy card bookmarks.

Here is what I found:

Devotions for First Friday

Heresy: Plain and Not So Simple III

This is the third article on the Heresy theme. Previous articles can be found here and here.

In my discussions / arguments with 'Modern' Catholics and Sedevacantists I have noticed another reaffirmation that Virtue is the pinnacle between two vices - or - in this case error.  In the extreme cases on the Modern side there are affirmations that those who aren't in the Church are, and on the Sedevacantist side there are affirmations that those who are in the Church aren't.

Friday, April 26, 2013

De Fide Teachings of the Catholic Church

In some Traditional (and non-Traditional) circles the label of Heretic is sometime thrown about.

Heresy is an error in judgement in consequence of which a baptized person obstinately denies or doubts a truth revealed by God and proposed by the Church for belief. (Canon 1325 1917)
Source: Moral Theology Fr. Heribert Jone
Leaving aside what constitutes obstinate denial or doubt, I concluded that a list of the de Fide truths would be very useful. I knew that Dr. Ott had an extensive list, but I didn't have the time to compile it on my own.  Happily, sometimes, the internet can be very useful as it took only a few minutes to find the list below. I have put each truth on its own line and re-stored Ott's original main categories.

Nota Bene: While these are de Fide statements this is not carte blanche to run off screaming after supposed heretics.  The de Fide statements are accompanied by an explanation of how the Church understands these dogmas.

So before shuffling off into the sin of rash judgement, it would behoove the reader to look up the explanation of the dogma in question as found in Dr. Ott's text: Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Confirmation Bias

In some online debates I have encountered what appear to be a number of different cognitive biases.

The latest is the confirmation bias in which people favour evidence that supports their assertions while ignoring or suppressing evidence that undermines their position.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Deathbed Conversion


I read this post on Mundabor's blog and thought immediately that it would be a good reminder (mostly for myself) about the Catholic truth that, while we know many are lost, we do not know for certain who.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Twelve Steps Up the Mountain of Pride

Msgr. Charles Pope had this article on his blog.


One will note how the 12 steps grow far more serious as we go along and and lead ultimately to the slavery of sin. The steps tend to build on one another, beginning in the mind, moving to behavior, and then to deepening attitudes of presumption and ultimately bringing forth revolt and slavery. For if one does not serve God, he will serve Satan.

Twelve Steps Off the Mountain of Pride

Having given us a view of the way to abandon humility and increase our pride, Msgr. Pope has posted St. Bernard of Clairvaux's steps to descend from the pinnacle of pride to the valley of humiliy.

The Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH; THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

What is a Catholic to do?

I have observed that there is some confusion in the minds of Catholics (Traditional and otherwise) about the nature of the Church, its visibility, membership, communion etc. This confusion is brought on by the witnessing of scandalous behaviour by priests, religious (brothers / nuns), bishops, and even popes.

This behaviour leads some Traditional Catholics to believe that the Catholic Church only exists within their ranks as a sub-element within the visible Church. On some Catholics it has the opposite effect: they seem to believe that the Catholic Church extends beyond the visible Church.

Neither are correct.

When confusion such as this reigns, it is critical to return to what the Church has clearly taught in an authoritative manner concerning the Church.

Members of the Church Militant II

Membership of the Church

In the Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, there is an excellent review of the Church Teaching providing more insight as to who is 'inside' and 'outside' the membership of the Church. source

Profession of Faith Theological Commission - 1961

Currently, I am reading 'The Second Vatican Council - An Unwritten Story' by Prof. Roberto de Mattei.  I am finding it fascinating and strangely easier to read than 'The Rhine Flows Into The Tiber".

One thing that struck me was the profession of faith that was developed, approved by the Pope and Cardinal Ottaviani, but rejected as being too defensive by the Central Commission.

I have reproduced the sections of the "Formula nova professionis fidei" found in Prof. Mattei's book. I believe, as it is a completely orthodox profession of faith, it provides an excellent touchstone for identifying the errors that have coursed through the veins of the Church for years even before the Council.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Middle of the Wedge - Myths about Communion in the Hand Debunked

This article, while only a draft, provides some excellent food for thought.  I have reproduced it here just in case the repository where I found it goes off line.


source

DRAFT OF AN ARTICLE FOR CHRIST TO THE WORLD MAGAZINE: ROME, ITALY


Some Considerations on Holy Communion in the Hand

Middle of the Wedge - Holy Communion, Kneeling & On the Tongue

The Blessed Eucharist - Separating the Catholics from Protestants like the Men from the Boys

Catholic Doctrine

The middle of the wedge, the part that does the work of splitting the wood.

It is very apropos that the reception of the Holy Eucharist is really the great divide between Catholics and Protestants.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Members of the Church Militant


In this crisis of the Church it is quite easy to be scandalized by the statements and antics of many Churchmen.

Some go so far in their musings to believe that the past Popes from John XXIII onwards were not really Pope.  The reasons given are legion and it is important to keep in mind a few things.


  1. The Catholic Church is One, Holy, Roman and Apostolic
  2. The Church is indefectable
  3. The Pope is strongly linked to the visibility of the Church

To provide a little more context, I reproduce below an excerpt from the Roman Catechism (aka The Catechism of the Council of Trent).


The Members Of The Church Militant
The Church militant is composed of two classes of persons, the good and the bad, both professing the same faith and partaking of the same Sacraments, yet differing in their manner of life and morality.