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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.
Vatican: The official guide to the catacombs of Saint Priscilla thinks he sees women priests in the recently restored frescoes. UCANews: The Vatican on Tuesday unveiled newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla, known for housing the earliest known image of the Madonna with Child — and frescoes said by some to show women priests in the early Christian church. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the … More →
UCANews: The Church of England is “one generation away from extinction”, the former Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. Lord Carey, 78, said churchgoers should be “ashamed” of themselves for failing to invest more in young people and called for urgent action before its too late. The outspoken Lord said that unless more was done to attract new worshipers then every one of the 43 CofE … More →
The winds of change are blowin’ for liberal “theologian” Paul Hwang as he indoctrinates the young and, hardly inculpable, ignorant Catholics with his anti-clerical and syncretistic heresies. But, his kind have been around for decades now, promoting all kinds of gelatinous substitutes for the true, visible, and hierarchical religion. Any union-less unity will do for cosmic-minded pretenders of Dr. Hwang’s ilk as long as the … More →
A few days back the supposedly pro-life Robertson was answering questions from his viewers on his world-wide broadcast of the 700 Club – the flagship show of a televangelism empire Robertson constructed around himself and is now passing on to his son. A viewer sent in a question about contraception – wondering, correctly, if it was immoral. Then things got weird.
Nothing wrong with sex-change operations either says Bible-page inspector, PTL chief. LifeSite News: Two days after saying he found nothing sinful about sex-change operations, televangelist Pat Robertson said contraception is “a very important part of humanity” that would prevent the birth of too many Appalachian “ragamuffins.” He also said that Natural Family Planning violated the provisions of the Old Testament. More of Zionist Robertson’s prowesslessness here.
Morality in Media protested the sale of the smutty magazines Playboy and Penthouse on US Military Bases. In response, Uncle Sam declared that said smut is not considered sexually explicit under federal law. This remarkable aptitude for redefining reality may explain why the notion “just war” no longer means what it formerly did, or why such oxymoronic neologisms as “gay marriage” are now an accepted … More →
Over the last fifty years, the Catholic faithful have become increasingly more presumptuous, believing that if one is judged to be a “good person” by his fellow human beings, his soul would immediately go to heaven. The notion that he might be condemned to Hell or sent to Purgatory escapes them. Their reasoning would be something like the following: “How could a good and merciful … More →
On Wednesday night, former monsignor Helmut Schuller spoke at the First Church and Parish in Dedham (Unitarian Universalist), following a decision by Cardinal Sean O’Malley prohibiting Saint Susanna’s Parish in Dedham from showcasing the Austrian dissident. Saint Susanna’s, along with the pro-abortion group,Voice of the Faithful, was still listed as one of the event’s sponsors. Schuller, founder of the heterodox Austrian Priests’ Initiative, and author … More →
We are led to believe that homosexuals are just decent people, like everyone else, except insofar as they “love differently.” It is therefore unreasonable to suspect them of anything heinous or unnatural. We are further led to believe that pro-aborts are all about securing the rights of a woman over her own body. Nothing wrong with that, right? Named: the Australian paedophile jailed for 40 … More →
Rorate Caeli: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told a group of infidels this week that they should not convert to the One, True, Catholic and Apostolic Church and save their souls. On a recent visit to a mosque, he told the Muslims there that their plight was similar to that of Catholic immigrants 150 years … More →
UCANews: Lutherans and Catholics have pledged to celebrate together the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, with both sides agreeing to set aside centuries of hostility and prejudice. The Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation released a joint document, “From Conflict to Communion,” in Geneva on Monday (June 17) that said there’s little purpose in dredging up centuries-old conflicts. More on this here.
The importance of telling the truth and the consequences for failing to do so seemed much clearer and forthright in the past than they are today. Maybe this seemed so because the use of psychology to “excuse” sinful behavior was in its infant stage prior to Vatican II. This was a time when people paid attention to Christ’s wisdom and admonitions on the taking of … More →
Tradition-minded Catholics, perhaps especially those of us familiar with Bro. Francis Maluf’s landmark essay on the subject, are rightly wary of sentimentality in religion. By sentimentality in religion I don’t mean saccharine piety, which is bad enough, but the emotion-driven acceptance of untruth for truth: belief in something because it makes us feel good. The great example of this in our day is the belief … More →
Medjugorje Today: visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic has been seen in the homes of several people, even though it is known that she was elsewhere when the sightings occured. Vicka confirms that people have told her of healings through her visits, but says she does not know what happens. (So the website claims). More here.
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 →