17 03, 2022

Teaching Playlists on YouTube

By |2022-07-14T19:41:23+00:00March 17th, 2022|Theology|

My YouTube channel is here.  On that channel, I have five "playlists."  A "playlist" is a group of videos all linked by a common theme.  Each playlist could be seen as a University "course" with each video being a "class."  My playlists mostly follow a teaching pattern and they are arranged in a particular order, usually doctrinal in a catechism series or chapter-based in a Gospel series of similar videos.  I'd encourage you follow one of these playlists, especially if you have never heard of my podcasts or if you get tired of my Church-reform based blogging here.  My videos are not only free to all users, but they are also [...]

27 01, 2022

If Evolution is True, We’re Just Walking Meat-Sacks

By |2022-02-01T05:00:09+00:00January 27th, 2022|Theology|

If evolution is true (directed by God or not) then why do modernist Catholics speak so much of "human dignity"?  Human dignity shouldn't be "a thing" if we're descended from apes. Yet most of the modern Popes and Cardinals and bishops for the past 50 years have promoted a directed evolution (an evolution directed by God) while paradoxically pushing "human dignity" with barely any references to Divine Revelation. I think modernists truly believe both in evolution and "human-dignity," but they also seem to think this is a strategic approach to evangelization: If we talk about science and humans, we'll win the smart, young people.  Unfortunately, the stats show the opposite: Countless [...]

30 12, 2021

The Illinois State Capitol and “Religious Liberty”

By |2021-12-30T13:45:48+00:00December 30th, 2021|Theology|

Just before Christmas 2021, a baby-Satan was installed next to the Nativity Set in the Illinois State Capitol found in Springfield, IL.  Tradition, Family and Property prayed against this event in the Capitol building the very day it happened.  Raymond Arroyo on Fox News covered this horrible event with Franklin Graham. What does the Catholic Church think about this?  At the gut-level, everyone is disgusted.  But let's consider this at a doctrinal level.  The "pastoral" (non-dogmatic) Second Vatican Council had a "Declaration on Religious Freedom" called Dignitatis Humanæ.  In this document, we read that "the right to religious freedom has its foundation not in the subjective disposition of the person, [...]

26 12, 2021

Why Did God Become Man? A Simple Explanation

By |2021-12-25T15:48:50+00:00December 26th, 2021|Theology|

Would the Eternal Word have become incarnate if Adam had never sinned? Some religious in the Middle-Ages answered in the negative to this. However, the Franciscans answered in the positive. The latter view would become known as the Absolute Primacy of Christ. I hold to this view, namely, that the Second Person of the Trinity would have indeed become Jesus Christ even if Adam and Eve had never sinned.  However, even for those who hold to the Absolute Primacy of Christ (like the Franciscans and me) we clearly assert that the propitiation for our sins was a major reason for the Incarnation.  Of course, the Incarnation is when God the [...]

14 11, 2021

How Hard Is It To Avoid Heresy?

By |2021-11-15T12:49:52+00:00November 14th, 2021|Theology|

Consider a putatively-conservative Roman Catholic archbishop who invites his priests to pray with Lutherans in a Lutheran community building.  This really happened.  But because this bishop is "pro-life," he is considered "conservative" by most of his laity.  Thus, most mainstream Catholics will pretty quickly forgive a bishop inviting their own Catholic priests to a Lutheran prayer service.  That is, if they even think there's anything to forgive in that.  I think the attitude among most of the laity today is basically: Well, I make mistakes in my vocation, so I can't judge my superiors who make mistakes in their vocations. Fair enough.  There's some humility in that attitude. But there's [...]

11 11, 2021

St. Vincent of Lerins on how to Navigate a Church Crisis

By |2021-11-09T22:41:47+00:00November 11th, 2021|Theology|

Many Catholics think that "Catholic" means "universal," and they are correct, but they make the mistake of thinking this is universal not through history but just today in this current Church crisis.   We look to the great saint and doctor of the Church of the 5th century, St. Vincent of Lerins, for how to navigate a Church crisis when many bishops believe and teach different things.  St. Vincent of Lerins was one of the very, very few bishops who fought against the global 5th century heresy of Arianism believed by 99% of the bishops of his day.  We will see below in his writings why "Catholic" does not mean [...]

12 08, 2021

True Obedience vs. False Obedience

By |2021-08-12T13:57:16+00:00August 12th, 2021|Theology|

As many of you know, I have blogged and podcasted on the following chart many times.  If you remember, I usually put the Magisterium as part of "Ecclesial Law" at level 2.  However, this was wrong.  I have recently been corrected and told that both Scripture and the Magisterium are considered to both constitute Divine Law at level 1 as now seen here: 1. Divine Law ➡️ Eternal Law Found in Scripture and Magisterium 2. Ecclesial Law ➡️ Mutable Rules Set by Rome 3. Particular Law ➡️ Mutable Rules Set by Local Ordinary (bishop) What is included in the Magisterium?   Not only does "the Magisterium" include ex-cathedra statements of [...]

22 07, 2021

Four Aspects of Modernism

By |2021-08-04T18:17:01+00:00July 22nd, 2021|Theology|

With the tension between Apostolic Catholics and modernist heretics reaching fever pitch this month, we have to return to the warning issued over 100 years ago by Pope St. Pius X on modernism, which he called "the synthesis of all heresies."  Yes, I know we all get tired of hearing the term "modernism is the synthesis of all heresies."  But we still have to stop and remind ourselves constantly that opposing modernism is not tantamount to opposing digital expressions of the Gospel or even opposing new "packaging" of the old-school Gospel in a digestible fashion to modern ears.  Rather, we must remember that modernism is opposing that which attempts to [...]

20 07, 2021

Rule for Thinking With the Church #13

By |2021-07-20T01:56:18+00:00July 20th, 2021|Theology|

If we wish to proceed securely in all things, we must hold fast to the following principle: What seems to me white, I will believe black if the hierarchical Church so defines. For I must be convinced that in Christ Our Lord, the bridegroom, and in His spouse the Church, only one Spirit holds sway, which governs and rules for the salvation of souls. For it is by the same Spirit and Lord who gave the Ten Commandments that our holy Mother Church is ruled and governed.—St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, Rules for Thinking with the Church #13 St. Ignatius of Loyola is one of my favorite saints.  In [...]

29 06, 2021

How Humble Are Traditionalists?

By |2021-06-29T13:00:44+00:00June 29th, 2021|Theology|

For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures: And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the scriptures: And that He was seen by Cephas; and after that by the eleven.—1 Cor 15:3-5 DRB. The Apostle Paul is writing here that what he delivered over to the early Christians is exactly what he first received (tradidi enim vobis in primis quod et accepi.) And this tradition was not just "small-t tradition," but "Big-T Tradition."  In other words, St. Paul delivered over Divine Revelation to others just as it [...]

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