Did you notice that the Holy Father affirmed extra ecclesiam nulla salus at the same time he set about limiting and ultimately extinguishing the Traditional Latin Mass? In his Letter to the Bishops accompanying Traditionis Custodes, Pope Francis wrote, “to … Continue reading
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.
Prudence and Charity
In this third and last installment of my mini-series on Prudentia according to Josef Pieper, I will focus on one chapter from the fine book, The Four Cardinal Virtues, the title of which I borrow for this Ad Rem: “Prudence … Continue reading →
Some Thoughts on ‘Traditionis Custodes’ and the Roman ‘Lex Credendi’
We at Saint Benedict Center are saddened by the new motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes. We also hold that Quo Primum retains its full force in granting to every priest of the Roman Rite the right to celebrate Holy Mass according … Continue reading →
Knowing the Real and Doing the Good
Last week, I began what I intend to be a three-part study of the cardinal virtue of prudence using the insights of the German Catholic philosopher, Dr. Josef Pieper, with an eye to current events. There is a lot of … Continue reading →
The ‘Mother’ of Virtues as a Remedy to Pervasive Surrealism
German Catholic philosopher, Josef Pieper, had very much to say about the theological and moral virtues in a number of his writings. Of interest here are chapters in his 1964 collection of previously written studies, The Four Cardinal Virtues, wherein … Continue reading →
Saint Bernard’s ‘Three Freedoms’
Over eight centuries before Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated his “Four Freedoms,” a shorter and much better list of freedoms was elucidated by the young abbot of the new monastery of Clairvaux, one Bernard by name. In his work On Grace … Continue reading →
The Progress of Salvation
“Are you saved, brother?” That question, often asked by a certain kind of “reformed” Protestant, can be answered in different ways, depending on the precise meaning given to the word “saved.” We might answer, “No, I’m not dead yet,” or, … Continue reading →
What Exorcists Know and You Should, Too
For Episode 267 of Reconquest, I interviewed Charles D. Fraune on his book, Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See and What We Should Know. Mr. Steve Cunningham, of the Sensus Fidelium YouTube channel, has dressed up the interview with graphics and posted … Continue reading →
‘Same Sex Attraction,’ a Different Perspective
Dr. G.C. Dilsaver once said something very provocative about “same sex attraction” in an interview with Mike Church. For those not familiar, this is the term of recent coinage used to label the intrinsically disordered attractions otherwise called “homosexual” and … Continue reading →
This Lent, Keep the Big Picture in Mind
It is, as I write, Sexagesima week. Next week will be Quinquagesima, its fourth day being Ash Wednesday. Penance beckons us. Jesus invites us into the desert with Him. As we follow, we must collect our thoughts and travel there … Continue reading →
Fortes in Fide
Every night, when the Brothers pray the traditional office of Compline together, we encounter the following words of Saint Peter (I Pet. 5:8): Fratres: Sóbrii estóte, et vigiláte: quia adversárius vester diábolus tamquam leo rúgiens círcuit, quærens quem dévoret: cui … Continue reading →
A Sower Went Out to Sow, But Why?
Why did Our Lord Jesus Christ teach in parables? The answers to this question vary. To many, these earthy stories are like supernatural versions of Aesop’s Fables or Grimm’s Fairy Tales: great stories with a solid moral lesson, only even … Continue reading →
What Do Hope, Fear, and Poverty Have in Common?
Saint Benedict Center’s 2020 Conference is now history. Many very satisfied and happy conference-goers have told us how much they enjoyed the event. We Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are very grateful to all who came and joined … Continue reading →
Indifferentism: The First Head of the Modern Hydra of Heresy
Like its immediate predecessor, this Ad Rem is a sneak preview of our conference. In the second of his celebrated “Twelve Labors,” Hercules was challenged to slay a multi-headed beast called the “Lernaean Hydra” owing to its lair being the … Continue reading →
Acquiring Spiritual Immunity: A Sneak-Peek at Our Conference
This Ad Rem is a sneak-preview of one of my two talks at the upcoming Saint Benedict Center Conference. I look forward to seeing many of my readers there! In the battle against COVID-19 hysteria, many wise critics have called … Continue reading →