3 10, 2023

God’s Goodness and the Permission of Evil

By |2023-10-03T06:06:00+00:00October 3rd, 2023|Theology|

The average amount of time someone spends reading my blog is about 90 seconds at one sitting, according to the WordPress stats.  So, if you only have 90 seconds, please read the three paragraphs Compendium of Theology by St. Thomas Aquinas below, as it's some of his most beautiful theology I have ever read. Then, if you have time, read my commentary in orange. God’s permission of evil in the things governed by Him is not inconsistent with the divine goodness. For, in the first place, the function of Providence is not to destroy but to save the nature of the beings governed. The perfection of the universe requires the existence of some beings [...]

28 09, 2023

Will the Antichrist Work Real-Miracles or Fake-Miracles?

By |2023-09-27T02:51:46+00:00September 28th, 2023|Theology|

For false-christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.—St. Matthew 24:24 Will the false prophets towards the end of the world be working real miracles or false miracles?  Our Lord says they will certainly appear to be "signs and wonders" performed by the enemies of His Kingdom.  But they will not be actual miracles.  They will be closer to magic than miracles.  We will consider the Old Testament and St. Thomas Aquinas to see why magic is not the same as miracles. When God asked Moses to free His people from the slavery of the Egyptians, [...]

26 09, 2023

Letter from a Notre Dame Grad to His Alma

By |2023-09-26T00:25:45+00:00September 26th, 2023|Theology|

From Padre: I'm a Boston College grad and my alma is obviously the rival of Notre Dame.   But one of my closest friends is named Shane who graduated ND just before I graduated BC in 2000. Below is his witty reply to an initial reply regarding his concern about the upcoming Drag Queen show at ND.  Shane allows for much more leeway on academic freedom than I would, but his reply also has the bite of a Neil McCaffrey Sr. from the 1980s: [Dear ND Lady,] Actually, that's funny because when Billy Joel was banned from performing [at Notre Dame], I believe he was later brought in to perform [...]

21 09, 2023

“Your Commandments Are Weapons.”—St. Augustine

By |2023-09-19T14:56:23+00:00September 21st, 2023|Theology|

We are in a very interesting time in Church history when some Catholics have a great desire to recognize the spiritual warfare into which they have been born. Yet, other Catholics seem interested in legalistic loopholes about how everyone (including themselves) has no responsibility towards their salvation. They hold this because the erroneously believe that either everyone is saved -or- anyone who can prove reduced-culpability or invincible-ignorance is thereby saved. There might even be overlap between these two groups! In other words, there may be Catholics doing binding prayers against demons who are at the same time looking for excuses not to keep the Commandments. But Our Lord Jesus said [...]

19 09, 2023

What is the Third-Secret of Fatima?

By |2023-09-20T03:53:53+00:00September 19th, 2023|Theology|

What is the Third Secret of Fatima?  The full Third Secret has not been released by the Vatican, but even many moderate Catholics today know it's more than the shooting of Pope John Paul II or a LARPing tale of future-crossbows on a Vatican hill.  Last week, I blogged here on Malachi Martin regarding the Jesuits, so I decided to quote him on Fatima today, too.  Although I have seen Martin's quotes in more places than one, they are nicely compiled in one spot by Gloria TV.  So, I simply reproduce their article here: Father Malachi Martin (reader of the Third Secret of Fatima) Interview with Bernard Janzen 1992, The [...]

14 09, 2023

Is Fr. Jim Altman a Sedevacantist?

By |2023-09-13T15:24:22+00:00September 14th, 2023|Theology|

A sedevacantist is defined as a Catholic who believes there has not been a valid Pope since 1958.  Fr. Jim Altman is not a sedevacantist.  I know Fr. Altman in real life.  We have mutual friends who are sedevacantists and we admire them, but we are not in that camp. To recap:  Sedevacantist in Latin means empty-chair.  Sedevacantist in English means one who believes no valid Pope since 1958 due to modernist heresies in them. If you were speaking exclusively Latin, you could accurately call Fr. Altman "a sedevacantist" due to his recent video on the papacy.  But while speaking English, it would be entirely dishonest and a false-accusation to [...]

12 09, 2023

The Infiltration of the Jesuits

By |2023-09-12T01:34:32+00:00September 12th, 2023|Theology|

Recently I have been finding myself wondering a lot where the cracks came in the Catholic Faith before Vatican II. The Jesuits are generally held as the thermostat—not the thermometer—for the Catholic Church at large (for better or for worse.) So, back when the Jesuits were orthodox, where did the cracks in their faith first appear? The Jesuits by the late Fr. Malachi Martin SJ answers this. As I read his 1986 production The Jesuits, I discover that his book is a worthy predecessor of Dr. Taylor Marshall's 2019 book Infiltration.  That is, what started happening slowly within the Jesuits a little after 1850 is exactly what Marshall says happened [...]

7 09, 2023

Fatima’s First-Saturday 15-minute Meditation

By |2023-09-04T13:43:51+00:00September 7th, 2023|Theology|

For those who heed the message of Our Lady of Fatima, the first Saturday devotion includes three things: 1) The reception of Holy Communion after Confession (within 8 days before or after) 2) Praying five decades of the Rosary. 3) Spending 15 minutes in meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary. This last one seems confusing in debates between good Catholics. Some believe this means meditating on all fifteen decades of the Rosary for a quarter hour. However, this would probably not be "meditation" according to Our Lady's definition, as you would only be spending one-minute on each mystery! The clearest answer comes from the late Father Dooley, an American [...]

5 09, 2023

Two Forgotten-Accounts of Canon 188

By |2023-09-11T23:47:14+00:00September 5th, 2023|Theology|

Canon 188 in the 1983 Code of Canon Law reads: "A resignation made out of grave fear that is inflicted unjustly or out of malice, substantial error, or simony is invalid by the law itself." This means if an attempted papal-resignation were done under duress, it would be invalid.  Keep in mind as you read this that some crimes can be proved, even if the victim denies it.  This is true in both criminal law and canon law. There has been much written on Can. 188 over the past decade by a few traditional Catholic authors.  But I believe many Catholics have forgotten two of the most important accounts given [...]

31 08, 2023

Was St. Magdalene the Sister of St. Lazarus?

By |2023-08-29T21:37:20+00:00August 31st, 2023|Theology|

Was St. Mary Magdalene the biological sister of Lazarus who Christ raised from the dead? Most of the early Fathers believe so. In fact, the 16th century Jesuit, Fr. Lapide, reveals the ancient dispute of the Fathers.  Ultimately, however, he comes down on the side of the affirmative to that question.  Here, we will just copy-and-paste that great scholar's clear and profound words without any commentary, except Lapide's own commentary on Sacred Scripture and the early Fathers: Ver. 36.—And one of the Pharisees desired that he would eat with him, and He went into the Pharisee’s house and sat down to meat.  Ver. 37.—And behold a woman in the city. [...]

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