When I became, by Divine Providence, involved in an active apostolate beyond the confines of my family, I dove into studying the faith and the position of the SSPX.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
IntroductionI became involved in a debate centered on the question as to whether or not the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum satisfied the first condition set by the SSPX as a pre-requisite for doctrinal discussions and eventually a canonical regularization.
The late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) illicitly consecrated four bishops for the Society of Saint Pius X on June 30, 1988. To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of that landmark event, the Society’s three remaining prelates, Bishop Bernard Fellay (General Superior), Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, and Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta, issued a Declaration dated June 27, 2013, in which they expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard the Faith and the Catholic priesthood, did not hesitate to suffer the unjust accusation of disobedience.”
July 11, 2013
Recent news stories about the SSPX spoke of a "definitive break with Rome" despite plenty of evidence to the contrary
Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St. Pius X, celebrates an early morning Mass at the society's headquarters in Menzingen, Switzerland, May 11, 2012.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
My wife and I were reviewing some virtual discussions and she pointed out the difference between 'connotation' and 'denotation (see defintion below).
It struck me as something worth noting here (from my own reference as much as any readers who pass by).
A connotation is a commonly understood cultural or emotional association that some word or phrase carries, in addition to the word's or phrase's explicit or literal meaning, which is its denotation.
A connotation is frequently described as either positive or negative, with regards to its pleasing or displeasing emotional connection. For example, a stubborn person may be described as being either strong-willed or pig-headed; although these have the same literal meaning (stubborn), strong-willed connotes admiration for the level of someone's will (a positive connotation), while pig-headed connotes frustration in dealing with someone (a negative connotation).
My wife's point was that a careful selection of words - with the same meaning - can lead to a more favorable (ie rational) response.
Given my overdeveloped literal mindedness, this thought should help me to understand some of the reactions that I face in my online discussions.