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Heresies and Errors
“For there must be also heresies: that they also, who are approved, may be made manifest among you” (1 Corinthians 11:19). St. Thomas defines heresy as “a species of infidelity in men who, having professed the faith of Christ, corrupt its dogmas.” God allows His faithful to be exposed to heresy in order to test their Faith, their docility, and obedience to Catholic authority. At Baptism we receive the theological virtue of Faith, which is a supernatural light for our intellect, which enables us to “see” the truths that God has revealed through His Church, or as Father Feeney so simply put it, “to think the thoughts of God.” A person, therefore, bearing within him this infused light, will immediately recognize pernicious doctrine for the darkness that it is.
Religious errors, on the other hand, are not necessarily opposed to the virtue of Faith. A validly baptized person may for a period fall into a material error on account of a misrepresentation of Catholic doctrine, or outright misinformation, and be innocent of the sin of heresy. He made be told, for example, that Catholics worship Mary as God, and then he would be in error about what Catholics believe. The providence of God will be sure to provide this person an opportunity, be it by way of a book or a Catholic acquaintance, to hear the truth. Then, if he cooperates with the light of Faith that is in him, he would be bound to accept the truth and seek out the full teaching of the Church.
If as the saying goes “contrast clarifies the mind,” then by studying the Church’s battles against heresies throughout her history, a Catholic can fortify his own Faith. The articles falling under this category are such. They are part of the library of the Church Militant as guardian of the truth and refuter of all heresies.
In a brief and simply written essay Jimmy Akin shows how one nineteenth century scholar, Emil Schürer’s, mistakes put a question mark on the exact year of Christ’s birth for over a century. I am far more skeptical about this “scholar,” than Atkin. I find it hard to believe that a historian, such as Schürer, who had encyclopedic knowledge about the history of the Jews during Our Lord’s … More →
One supposes it may be seen as in questionable taste to cite one’s own work, but that is what I am about to do here. I hope the reader will indulge me. I’m not simply plugging a book. There is a point. Young Tony and the Priest; Coming to Belief in an Age of Unbelief, a novella by me published by Loreto Publications, is a … More →
Modernity offers many substitutes for God and for the Christian religion that was the sole foundation of Western civilization and culture for most of two millennia. Some of these substitutes aren’t what they used to be. For instance, racism, according to which men worship their genes and which was very big in the nineteenth century and first decades of the twentieth, is no longer espoused … More →
As you read this, somewhere in America hundreds, perhaps thousands, of our fellow citizens are packed into private prisons. These prisoners are packed thirty and forty into rooms made for far fewer. They are fed from slop buckets, leftovers from their jailers. They eat without utensils. More on this here.
On 4 June 1960, one month before I was to enter the United States Military Academy as a seventeen-year-old New Cadet, an article was published that was later to illuminate much reality for me as a military officer—especially about the strategic and tactical manipulation of mobs by well-trained, disciplined cadres who sought “command of the streets.” The 1960 article was entitled “Student Riots and Blanqui’s … More →
Review of Liberty, the God That Failed: Policing the Sacred and Constructing the Myths of the Secular State, from Locke to Obama (Angelico Press, 2012) In his first encyclical, Inscrutabili (On the Evils Affecting Modern Society), April 21, 1878, Pope Leo XIII wrote: “Now the source of these evils lies chiefly, We are convinced, in this, that the holy and venerable authority of the Church, … More →
NBC News: A Milwaukee-area Catholic priest was stripped of his priestly duties after he presided over a Mass with a woman priest last month in Georgia. More here.
LifeSiteNews.com has now learned that Vera Lopez’s two organizations – the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center in the state of Chiapas, and the Fray Juan de Larios Human Rights Center, which is administered directly from Vera Lopez’s own diocesan offices – have their names attached to a new “human rights” report calling again for the legalization of abortion and its provision by … More →
I remember Father Leonard Feeney’s brother, Jesuit Father Thomas Feeney, telling a group of us how, when de Chardin was visiting the Jesuit house in Boston, an argument took place at dinner between an older priest and the cosmic evolutionist over the reality of the Resurrection of the Body of Christ and that of all the dead on the last day. The heretic delighted himself … More →
John G. Turner, NYTimes: It was Smith’s successor, Brigham Young, who adopted the policies that now haunt the church. He described black people as cursed with dark skin as punishment for Cain’s murder of his brother. “Any man having one drop of the seed of Cane (sic) in him cannot hold the priesthood,” he declared in 1852. Young deemed black-white intermarriage so sinful that he … More →
California Catholic Daily: Laura DeCrescenzo had just got out of a two-and-a-half-hour deposition with attorneys for the Church of Scientology when I talked to her on the telephone yesterday at her home in Albuquerque. Read full report here.
And this laicized priest not only defends unnatural sexual vice, he considers infanticide (so-called partial-birth abortion) “a necessary procedure.” Campus Notes: Daniel Maguire, the theology professor at Marquette University, seems to like getting media attention. He certainly gets it… often! And his friends in the media are more-than-willing accomplices. More here.
Satan hates Our Lady’s chaste Fatima message and the three Fatima secrets. The message given in the third secret, which begins “The dogma of Faith will always be preserved in Portugal, etc.”, is not yet revealed. The vision, corresponding to the third message has been revealed, but not the explanatory words which Sister Lucia, in her own writing, begins with the above introduction, including the … More →