Category Archives: Theology

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.

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Looking on Jesus, the Prince of Peace

Far from being what the world thinks it is, namely, the shopping season between Black Friday and Christmas Day, Advent is the Church’s time of penitential preparation for the feast of the Nativity. More than that, Advent prepares us for the two comings of Jesus in time and for His three births. At Christmastime, we will hear a lot about peace. (We are, even now, … More →


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Christian Certitude

All our knowledge of God is analogical. In brief, this means that every concept that we rightly apply to God is partly the same as, but also partly different from, that same concept as applied to creatures. (Click here for a fuller explanation.) We know God by means of the world around us — the Book of Nature. All creation was made for God’s glory … More →

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Analogical Knowledge of God

What does it mean when we say that “all our knowledge of God is analogical”? In brief, it means that every concept that we rightly apply to God is partly the same as, but also partly different from, that same concept as applied to creatures. In Logic, we study the three modes of predication: univocity, equivocity, and analogy. As will soon become obvious, predication is … More →


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The Holy Souls in Purgatory

I cherish every dogma of our holy Catholic Faith. Every dogma is a gift from God, a “pearl of great price” (Matthew 13:46). Every verse from holy scripture, New as well as Old Testament, is sacred. In the Old Testament we have the Psalms. They are such a joy to read, a comfort to reflect on, a challenge to lift us up and give us … More →


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The Paramagisterium

The Catholic Church is infallible. Her infallibility is supremely invested in the Roman Pontiff, but is also exercised by the college of bishops, when they universally teach the same doctrine with and under the pope. Not only books, but libraries of books have been written to explain the truths expressed in those two sentences, there being myriad complexities surrounding an issue that is, at its heart, quite simple. … More →


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Cardinal Kasper’s Error on God

Having read Father Serafino M. Lanzetta’s “Mercy according to Cardinal Kasper,” a couple of weeks ago, I was recently musing over the matter when it struck me: If, as Father Serafino Maria says, the Cardinal makes mercy God’s fundamental attribute, then he errs gravely on the nature of God, and for one principal reason. Mercy is not an attribute that God would ever manifest in eternity. Why? Because … More →

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Revolutionary Doctrines on the Family

Much is being said about the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops just completed. Typically for such an event, ecclesiastical politics of the worst sort were on display, as can be seen from the excellent reportage of Sandro Magister and Rorate Caeli. In this respect, we have just witnessed a repeat performance of the kind of procedural manipulation very well documented to have taken place at Vatican … More →


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Two Talks on ‘Where we are. How we got here. What we need to do.’

From “Video Sancto.” The speaker is not named on the YouTube video. Commenters are asked to refrain from doing so on this site. Part I. We are in a revolutionary time of history. Revolutions have been a part of the world since Lucifer rebelled from God and became the adversary—Satan. In this talk we will gain a deep knowledge as to how revolutions come about … More →


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The Mid-Term Report of the October 2014 Synod of Bishops in Rome: Reasons for a Catholic Resistance

“As the Rascals always say: ‘If you can’t pass the test, change the test!’ But it’s hard to pass the test when the test itself keeps changing (or evolving!).” (The Famous Words of a Living Virginian) On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, October 13, the Synod of Bishops released a mid-term report of the Synod meeting in Rome which has incited the resistance … More →

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Sanctity: Our Counterrevolutionary Grand Strategy

Here is the text of my talk from our recent Saint Benedict Center Conference.  I. Introduction My talk today will be a brief elucidation of the following thesis: “The comprehensive and adequate grand strategy for today’s Catholic Counterrevolutionary is the acquisition and preservation of sanctity, both for himself as an individual, and for all those whom he can influence.” First, some definitions are in order. … More →


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The Ecumenism of Matrimony, ‘Graduality,’ and Sacraments of the Perfect

Reading Vatican Insider today, the thought struck me that they may have contracted with the editorial staff of The Onion for their coverage of the Synod on the Family. But this is no joke. The quotes below are attributed to Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi: During yesterday afternoon’s session, “it was underlined that even imperfect situations must be considered with respect: for instance, de facto unions in … More →

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Father Claude Barthe on the SSPX Situation and “Imperfect Communion”

The Rorate Caeli site has posted the translation of an important analysis by Father Claude Barthe, originally written in French for the website of the Catholic journal, l’Homme Nouveau. L’abbé Barthe is the main chaplain of the Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome. Aside from the Reverend Father’s “take” on the nuanced wording of the Holy See’s official communiqué, we note with pleasure a parenthetical comment he makes (our bold emphasis, below), … More →


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Evil in the Church

Bad news just keeps coming — hard and fast. Many very recent events in the Church have faithful Catholics bewildered, discouraged, and even angered. These are natural reactions to the problem of evil. While righteous anger has its place in the spiritual life, it can quickly become disproportionate, and must be moderated by the virtue of meekness. As for the other two: discouragement and bewilderment … More →


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Theologian Father Inos Biffi on Christ’s Mandate to Preach the Gospel to All

Rorate Caeli: If a “weak” proclamation of the Gospel had prevailed; or if Christians had worked to help the building of pagan temples with their gods; or if they had been satisfied to seek out what united them at a minimalistic level with other religions without a clear stress on the “differentness” of being a Christian, we would not have had the witness of the martyrs. … More →

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Transfiguration and Theosis

The Ad Rem just posted today was intended to be up in time for yesterday’s feast of the Transiguration. Circumstances forbad that. I’m posting here something of a “coda” to it. For your consideration of the great mysteries of Our Lord’s Transfiguration and of Theosis, here are some further readings. Two notes are in order: (1.) Because of the heavy emphasis that our Eastern Christian brethren … More →


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