(From a talk Brother gave at the 1997 Saint Benedict Center Conference) I will begin this talk with a basic question, but a question I’m afraid most of us don’t think enough about: What was the purpose of the Incarnation? … Continue reading
In his first letter to Simplicianus, St. Augustine wrote against the Semi-Pelagians of his day: The grace of faith precedes good works. The grace of faith is less in catechumens, more in the baptized.
Liberal theologians for a long time have been attempting to foist upon docile Catholics the idea that the theological expression baptism of desire is an unassailable doctrine approved by the highest Church authority and taught officially by the Solemn Magisterium. … Continue reading
After being confronted with the clear teaching of Trent on the necessity of faith for justification and the sacraments for salvation, the Liberal theologian will proceed to question the degree of necessity of the Sacrament of Baptism for Salvation. After … Continue reading
Anyone familiar with the history of the Church knows that not all of the Pontiffs were holy men, and that several were negligent in their duties, especially in their supreme duty to keep inviolate the depositum fidei which was given … Continue reading
In reply to the question concerning the salvation of aborted infants by virtue of a vicarious “baptism of desire” on the part of their parents or by “baptism of blood” on either their part or “on the part of the … Continue reading
(From Brownson’s Quarterly Review for April, 1874) Editor’s Introduction: Orestes A. Brownson (1803-1876) will always be remembered as one of the most prolific American converts to the Catholic Church. Brownson had already achieved notoriety as an essayist and lecturer when … Continue reading
Let us examine how “the Church over the centuries” has explained the dogma, Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus. This study will not only give us the “context of the entire teaching of the Church on this matter,” but will also enable … Continue reading
This article consists of a few loose ends: (1) a book review, (2) a letter to an editor, and (3) another book review. All are closely related in subject matter. 1. A Book Review The Incarnation and Hilton’s Spirituality, by … Continue reading
The mission of the Catholic Church is a clear and simple one: to exhaust Herself for the salvation of souls. “Go ye therefore into all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and of the … Continue reading
One of the common objections that we hear concerning the Dogma is this one: What about all those ignorant natives in the wilderness (or in a desert, or an island; or in Tibet, or China or Siberia. . .) who … Continue reading
This article appeared in abridged form in a small Catholic archaeological journal Ancient Man, Information Exchange , Volume 7, 1989, Tekakwitha Institute, Woodbridge, Virginia. The salvation of the American Indians before Pentecost, the birthday of the Catholic Church, has never … Continue reading
Editor’s Introduction: This “Doctrinal Summary” is an appendix to a work to be published at a future date: Father Feeney’s Doctrinal Case. The work is intended as a supplement to the larger volume by Brother Thomas Mary, They Fought the … Continue reading
This article was published in February, 1987 as a Res Fidei monograph. The Verbum in question (#24) is no longer available online. However, the offending article can be read here.
(written in 1974) The Dogma of Salvation Under Attack The doctrinal crusade of Saint Benedict Center dates back to the early 1940’s when we began to attack, albeit in their incipient form, the very evils that conservative Catholics are so … Continue reading