Category Archives: Theology


The proper object that theology studies is God. Theos is the Greek word for God. However, in this section are articles not only about God, but about the Faith and moral issues which constitute Church doctrine.   Certain articles that appear in this section also appear in other sections, such as that on the “Sacraments,” “Catechisis,” “Faith and Reason,” and “Heresies and Errors.”

Theology is a broad subject.  Candidates for the priesthood must complete four years of theology.  Theology is divided into natural, supernatural, and pastoral theology.  These, in turn, are divided into other related subjects.  Natural theology is the study of God as we can know Him by reason alone.  Supernatural theology is the study of the God as He revealed Himself to man, in scripture and tradition.  Pastoral theology is the study of God in His relation to the members of the Church, His body.  Sacramental theology would fall under this category. So would canon law, as part of ecclesiology, the study of the Church.

Other branches of theology are dogmatics, moral theology, biblical theology, and ascetical or mystical theology.

Very Good Article on Christ and the OT Figure of the Lamb of God

Quartermaster of the Barque: For those of us who lack multiple degrees in theology, ancient history, and sacred scripture, diving into exegesis isn’t much different than Aristotle recognizing a Nike “swoop” or President George Washington thinking the Apple Computer logo is just a cute drawing of the favorite fruit of the original owner of his teeth. While idioms and hidden meanings abound in any culture, it’s difficult — … More →

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The Reign of the Holy Ghost

The Church’s calendar is soon to reach its dramatic terminus. We are yet in the lengthy last part of it, the Pentecost cycle, which, this year, began on Sunday, May 19. Since, liturgically, we are in the Reign of the Holy Ghost, I thought it good to focus our attention on that reign before beginning the new liturgical year. The Church’s calendar is at once … More →

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The Illiberality of Religious Liberalism

When speaking of liberalism, it is important to define our terms, for if we do not, certain assumptions will be made, with reference to the popular lexicon of American partisan politics. This would be a grave mistake, for much of what I shall say is liberal passes for conservative in that lexicon. And contrariwise, some ideas considered “liberal” in the popular lexicon are indeed traditional … More →

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The Rehabilitation of ‘Liberation Theology?’

The TFP’s Luiz Sérgio Solimeo has written a brief piece on the attempted rehabilitation of “liberation theology” that is now taking place. Let it be said here that “liberation theology” is not Theology, since Theology is — as the name would suggest — the study of God. Many other “theologies of the genitive” (e.g., the “theology of the body”) could also be excluded for that … More →

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Life with the Trinity

Philosophers tell us that the essence of a relation is to be ad aliquid — “towards another.” In considering our own relationships, the most important ones we can speak of are those we have with the Holy Trinity and Our Lady. Elsewhere, we have considered the trifold relationship of the Blessed Virgin with the Three Persons. Hers not only forms a model of our own … More →

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A ‘Quiet Affirmation’ from the New Catechism

Progressives sometimes claim that the Church’s magisterium has made various “quiet repudiations” of the doctrine extra ecclesiam nulla salus. Whatever the basis of these claims, it may be replied that de fide definita dogmatic formulations are not subject to repudiations of any sort, but are of a definitive character. All that aside, a friend has just pointed out a “quiet affirmation” of the dogma in … More →

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Feeling and Religion

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 →

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The Bad News

The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the “Good News” that our King and High Priest ordered to be preached “to every creature.” Not exclusively for one tribe, nation, or continent, it was intended to go to all the nations. As holy Simeon will tell us on Candlemas Day, Jesus is “A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy … More →

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Don’t Smoke the Tea Leaves!

Father Michael P. Orsi has written an article for Catholic Exchange titled, “Reading the Tea Leaves: Will Pope Francis End Priestly Celibacy?” After correctly saying that there cannot be female priests, and after a bit of speculation on the possibility of married priests for the western Church, Father concludes — not, apparently, happily — that there will be recognition of female deacons: So, how will … More →

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Pope Francis: ‘You Cannot Find Jesus Outside the Church’

CNA: “Christian identity is belonging to the Church, because all of these (the apostles) belonged to the Church, the Mother Church, because finding Jesus outside the Church is impossible,” he said. Read more here.

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A Simile for Grace

While I was explaining the doctrine of grace in a tertiary conference last week, a simile came to mind. It is nothing I have ever read or heard before, so I hope that I am not inventing my very own heresy. (If it turns out that I have done so, I willingly submit to the authority of Holy Mother Church.) People seem to think — … More →

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Saint Augustine, the Doctor of Grace

We Need Grace!

Here we find ourselves past the midway mark of Lent, and we may have to renew our sense of purpose in this holy endeavor. One of the best ways to do this might be to focus not on our own actions (or “non-actions” in the case of things we give up), but, rather, on God’s action. For Lent is useless if God does not act … More →

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The Infallibility of the Pope and the Stupidity of the New York Times

Infallibility is a charism of the Bishop of Rome. Stupidity is a charism of some journalists and academics when they write about the Bishop of Rome. The following paragraphs come by Rachel Donadio of the The New York Times, “What do you call a retired pope? And is he still infallible?”: “What is the status of an ex-pope?” asked Ken Pennington, a professor of ecclesiastical … More →

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Prof. Enrico Maria Radaelli Strikes Again

Whether you agree with him or no, and whether or not you like his use of the pejorative “Lefebvrists,” Sandro Magister is often worth reading. And the news that he breaks here is quite worth our attention: ROME, February 9, 2013 – In a new book sent to the printing press in recent days, Professor Enrico Maria Radaelli – philosopher, theologian, and beloved disciple of … More →

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Ghirlandaio: Baptism of Christ

The Baptism of Jesus: What Happened and Why?

I have been reading a few good articles about Our Lord’s baptism on Catholic websites, one by Carl Olson for the Catholic World Report, another by Monsignor Charles Pope for the Archdiocese of Washington website, and lastly the Sunday sermon of Pope Benedict XVI. Carl Olson cites a number of the fathers of the Church commenting on the mystery of the baptism of the sinless … More →

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