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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.
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk comments on the Joint Declaration of Rome and schismatic Moscow: Catholic Culture: Major Archbishop Shevchuk explained that “the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church can testify that communion with the Successor of Peter does not take anything out of the richness of the Eastern tradition. It is the contrary! It helps this tradition to grow. It brings this tradition out of provincialism, out … More →
Yes, this is part of an approved, common, semi-liturgical prayer service in which Catholic hierarchs and Lutherans will celebrate next year the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Revolt. Rorate Caeli: Last year saw unprecedented expressions of “openness” on the part of some Vatican officials (including the Pope) and official Catholic structures towards Lutheranism. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
He also boldly said the following: National Catholic Register: Pastor Kruse says he believes a door has been opened to celebrate the Eucharist together — a door that Lutherans had thought had been closed “for an eternity.” He also says he feels there is “no danger” of a Lutheran receiving the Eucharist “in the wrong way” because he would be “receiving Jesus Christ and not the … More →
Things get weirder every day. What will the devil think of next in his rage against Our Lady? CNA: Las Vegas Catholics are disturbed after self-described Muslim-turned-Christian protestors disrupted Masses at several churches in the metropolitan area within the past few weeks. In at least three incidents, the group “Koosha Las Vegas” have walked in to churches in the middle of Mass, shouting at Catholics to … More →
Catholic News Service: Though it “is and remains an unfathomable divine mystery,” Jews can participate in salvation without confessing Christ explicitly, a Vatican committee said in a document released on Thursday. The text is careful to note that it “is not a magisterial document or doctrinal teaching of the Catholic Church,” but merely “a reflection prepared by the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews on … More →
“Are Catholic truths immutable? Or can they change with the changing times? “This is the deeper question behind the issues that convulsed the three-week synod on the family of the 250 Catholic bishops in Rome that ended Saturday.” Full column is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
AUSTIN, Oct. 27 (Center for Medical Progress) — The eleventh video release from The Center for Medical Progress in the ongoing Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal shows the abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood in Austin, TX, Dr. Amna Dermish, describing a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term fetuses which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting. Dr. Dermish admits she was … More →
Well, that was predictable: German Cardinal Reinhard Marx supports Kasper proposal at Synod. Never trust the “theologies of the genitive.” They all stink. Here we have the latest frontier: “The Theology of Luv.” With particular references to the Second Vatican Council, Marx claimed that a “new path” was found regarding sexual ethics. As a result, according to Marx, sexuality should not be reduced to the mere … More →
“It has been our pastoral and personal experience, that members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community are people of good will, deep faith, with an abiding sense of their own Catholicity who have probed the depths of their consciences in their desire for the sacraments. We urge those gathered for the Synod to consider the personal needs, sexual experience, and covenant commitment of … More →
And in good standing he is. The ‘Catholic’ Voice: “But we all know of heterosexual marriages,” intones Father Danielson, “that are miserable places in which to raise a child and many of us know of homosexual couples who raise children with great love, attention and devotion. So while the Church’s teaching is certainly in general correct, it does not work out that way in many instances.” … More →
AsiaNews: Catholic students from across Southeast Asia met in Semarang for a conference of Catholic universities organised by the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) to discuss how people from different religious and cultural backgrounds can learn to communicate their faith in a plural society. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
National Catholic Register: Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical “mafia” reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI. It was also revealed this week that he once wrote a letter to the Belgium government favoring same-sex “marriage” … More →
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna in a recent interview with with La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit periodical, said: “We can and we must respect the decision to form a union with a person of the same sex,” the prelate said, “[and] to seek means under civil law to protect their living together with laws to ensure such protection.” Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Top Planned Parenthood Exec Agrees Baby Parts Sales ‘A Valid Exchange,’ Some Clinics ‘Generate a Fair Amount of Income Doing This’
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (The Center for Medical Progress) — The fourth episode in a new documentary web series and 10th video by The Center for Medical Progress features several top-level Planned Parenthood executives discussing the organization’s secretive practices around aborted fetal parts harvesting. The video includes comments from Deborah VanDerhei, the National Director of the organization’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, describing the harvesting of fetal body … More →
Recently I saw the report of a survey conducted on behalf of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). A portion of the survey compared the views of scientists and the general public. To the surprise and chagrin of the authors, the study showed some significant disparities between the two groups. For example, 88% of scientists surveyed felt it was safe to eat … More →