29 02, 2024

The Scarcity Principal on the Deposit of the Faith

By |2024-03-04T02:22:18+00:00February 29th, 2024|Theology|

Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the Precious Blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.—1 Pt 1:18-19. The above quote from Sacred Scripture shows that the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ is objectively of infinite value to our salvation from sin, death, hell and demons.  But many Catholics today subjectively take the shed-blood of Jesus for granted.  As I have written before, a diocesan bishop once admitted to me that 80% of the Catholics in his Archdiocese received Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin [...]

27 02, 2024

Fr. Leo: Denver’s Priestly Martyr of the 20th Century

By |2024-02-27T03:59:13+00:00February 27th, 2024|Theology|

The Martyrdom of Father Leo Heinrichs OFM, by David Gabler, citing the February 1908 edition of the Denver Catholic Register: Father Leo Heinrichs woke up the morning of Feb. 23, 1908, and prepared for the 6 a.m. Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Denver. While he normally said the 8 a.m. Mass, Father Leo asked his vicar, Father Wulstan Workman, if he would switch on account of a meeting he had later that morning. It was the last Mass the Franciscan priest ever celebrated. While distributing Holy Communion, an Italian immigrant named Giuseppe Alia approached the altar rail, and knelt down to receive Holy Communion as given to [...]

26 02, 2024

TCE 55: The History of Catholic Rules on Fasting with Matt Plese

By |2024-02-21T04:38:39+00:00February 26th, 2024|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

Did you know that the Catholic rules on fasting changed every few hundred years even before Vatican II? Mr. Matthew Plese may be the greatest historian alive today on the ascetical practices of past ages of Christianity. He joins us today to explain the changes of Catholic Rules on Fasting in this Theology and Current Events (TCE) #55.  (If you make it to the end, I can almost guarantee you'll find our 100 minutes of ascetical theology worth it.) -My site: https://www.padreperegrino.org -Donate to me: https://www.padreperegrino.org/donate/ -Mr. Plese’s site: https://acatholiclife.blogspot.com -St. Nicholas Telegram channel for fasting Catholics: https://t.me/c/1759540558/6158

25 02, 2024

IVF Kills Thirty Children For Every One That Survives

By |2024-02-25T16:56:19+00:00February 25th, 2024|Theology|

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is defined by Yale Medicine as "a procedure that involves retrieving a woman's eggs and a man's sperm sample and combining the two in a laboratory dish."  Most Catholics in the pro-life movement are against IVF because "IVF replaces the marital act with a laboratory act and that an affront to the dignity of a child who is conceived." While that is true, the main reason we should be against IVF is not a violation of the 6th Commandment, but rather a violation of the 5th Commandment:  IVF eradicates many embryos (new individuals) to yield only a few living children.  A Catholic woman named Jenny Vaughn [...]

22 02, 2024

Christ’s Revelation Is Built Upon Natural Law

By |2024-02-22T14:16:15+00:00February 22nd, 2024|Theology|

Top-left: St. Thomas Aquinas.  Top-right: Person at  funeral for trans.-person at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, p/c Time Magazine. Recently, someone asked me about the Catholic Church's teaching on "transgenderism." Before we get to theology, we must realize that certain members of society identify as "transvestite." Transvestite means "one who has changed clothes."  It is obviously possible to change your clothes, whether this be for ordered reasons (like a certain male-martyr described in the ancient Roman Martyrology who dressed up as a woman to save a Christian woman in a Roman prison in order to replace her) or for disordered reasons, like a man erroneously believing he is a woman. [...]

21 02, 2024

Why I Offer the Old Sacraments Exclusively

By |2024-02-22T06:48:21+00:00February 21st, 2024|Life|

Here's why I offer the old Roman Sacraments: Mass:  The Traditional Latin Mass uses only the Roman Canon, which the Counsel of Trent infallibly states is something Jesus Christ Himself gave to the Apostles as I wrote about in this article. Confession:  The old-rite absolution automatically includes the lifting of excommunication of certain sins like abortion by the very fact that it includes the word "excommunication" as what is relieved just before the words of absolution, as I explained in this podcast.  This is not the case in the new formulation of absolution, but apparently a "tag on" prayer has been added for just such sins. Extreme Unction:  In the [...]

20 02, 2024

15 Signs of a Toxic Spiritual Director

By |2024-02-20T14:33:43+00:00February 20th, 2024|Theology|

Recently, a friend emailed me her concerns surrounding a traditional Catholic priest our age who insists he must be the director of various women we know.  We agreed he manifests at least half of the following 15 signs of toxic-religion as seen in PsycheCentral: It begins with dichotomous thinking, dividing people into two parts. Those who agree with the narcissists beliefs and those who don’t. Interestingly, only the narcissist is the judge and jury of who belongs on which side. Your opinion is insignificant. Then the narcissist makes fun of, belittles, and shows prejudice towards other beliefs. This tactic is done to remind you that if you change your views, [...]

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