(There is no such thing.) Some theologians on the far right, such as Fr. Chad Ripperger, claim that the universal and constant consensus of Catholic theologians is to be considered infallible. They cite Tuas Libenter by Pope Pius IX in … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: October 2018
Paul Corrected Peter. Conservatives Correct Francis.
The correction Paul gave to Peter is often cited as a justification for the conservative rebukes of Pope Francis. Is there any difference between the correction Saint Paul the Apostle gave to Saint Peter, the leader of the Apostles and … Continue reading
The Roman Pontiff: Doctrine and Discipline
The faithful need the answers to these questions from the Magisterium. Each question is followed by my answer, unless otherwise indicated. Doctrine 1. Is each and every Pope chosen by God, through providence and grace? Yes, even the more sinful … Continue reading
The Other Child Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church
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There is another child sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. A crisis other than that of clergy and religious abusing minors. A crisis no one is talking about. Suppose you are sitting at Mass with several hundred other laypersons, … Continue reading
Can Women Ever Be Catholic Priests? The Loophole
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1. The infallible teaching of Pope Saint John Paul II is as follows: “Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue … Continue reading
Commentary on the Third Letter of Archbishop Vigano
The Third Letter is here. Vigano: “To bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so.” I often hear or read persons saying that a decision was difficult or … Continue reading
Catholic Marriage versus Same-sex Marriage: Who Sins More?
Couple A: a man and woman, married to each other in the Church. They go to Mass and receive Communion on Sundays and holy days. They were each raised Catholic, baptized and confirmed. Couple B: two women, baptized and confirmed, … Continue reading
Popes, Sin, and Error
Each Pope receives special graces from God. For in him, the fullness of Church authority dwells. He has the help of God when he exercises the teaching authority as well as the temporal authority. For the teaching authority (Magisterium) includes … Continue reading
5 Wrong Ways to Address the Church’s Abuse Crisis
The problem is complex. The perpetrators are not only priests, but also some Cardinals, Bishops, deacons, religious, and other persons with leadership positions in the Church. For the sake of brevity, I’ll refer to the case of priests who are … Continue reading
What If Pope Francis Teaches Under Papal Infallibility?
Suppose that Pope Francis decides an open theological question using Papal Infallibility. He might do so. He knows well that any big decision of doctrine from him will be opposed by his conservative critics. He has to have concern that … Continue reading
Can Papal Teachings be Rejected for being New?
Vatican I taught: “For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the … Continue reading
Pope Francis compared to President Trump
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The differences between the two men are clear and severe. Pope Francis is a religious leader, while President Donald Trump is a political leader. Francis is liberal, but Trump is conservative. The Pope is much holier than the President. Despite … Continue reading