Today is the first anniversary of the launch of The WM Review!
THANK YOU to all our readers, especially those who have made donations, given us helpful feedback, or shared our work with others over the past year.
We weren’t expecting to find such support and to begin so many new friendships!
We’d like to share some of the highlights of our first year:
- Series on how to approach learning sacred theology, with an extensive reading list
- Series on the relationship between theology and history, focusing on the anti-papal myths around Pope Honorius
- Series on the Church’s visible unity of faith
- Series on the the conditions for membership in the Church
- Series on the life and times of Pope St Gregory the Great.
These are all linked at the bottom of the page, and there is much more to explore at your leisure. A complete list of essays and articles can be found here.
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For some years, we have observed great confusion around fundamental principles of theology and philosophy.
As a result of this confusion, a malaise has fallen on many souls trying to hold fast to Catholic tradition.
For example, the traditional doctrine of the papacy and of the properties of the Church have become distorted in many minds.
This can lead to despair, and a shipwreck of the faith.
We want to strengthen our readers’ faith, and to give or restore to them the joy of being a Roman Catholic, holding to our faith in its entirety.
Many see that there is a deep crisis facing our world, and feel that it means that we must sacrifice traditional theological principles in order to remain Catholic.
They feel like they have to rob Peter to pay Paul.
Some have never even heard the true principles explained.
We want to help people by explaining these true principles in their integrity; we want to show forth their beauty and coherence; and we want to help our readers see how they continue to hold true in all ages, including our own.
We are convinced that the problems of individuals, of society, and of the Church, will find their remedy – under God’s providence – in a return to the true principles of sacred theology, philosophy, and a true understanding of human history.
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Image: Statue of Aristotle at the University of Thessaloniki (public domain – source)
Learning Sacred Theology
The full reading list in one place.
Part I: Preliminaries, Catechism, Latin, Philosophy and the Magisterium
Part II: Ecclesiology, Apologetics and Dogmatic Theology.
Part III: Holy Scripture, Moral Theology, History, Patristics and Canon Law
Theology Manuals – Why are they so important in the post-conciliar crisis?
What are the duties of laymen in studying and spreading the Faith? – Pope Leo XIII
Theology and History – Part II: Why understanding this relationship is crucial for avoiding shipwreck
Theology and the Interior Life – How do they help each other? Fr R. Garrigou-Lagrange, 1943
Theology and History
Introduction considers general principles and the problems of “historical theology.”
Theology and History I – How do we understand the relationship between the liturgy and theology?
Theology and History II – Why is it crucial to understand this relationship?
Pope Honorius and Roberto de Mattei is an in-depth analysis of an example of “historical theology” in practice.
Part I: The History addresses the historical narrative in de Mattei’s Love for the Papacy.
Part II: Undoubtedly Magisterial Acts? considers the nature and status of Honorius’s letters.
Part IIIa: Magisterial Heresy? The Rule of Faith
Part IIIb: Magisterial Heresy? Trust in the Church
Interlude: The human mind’s ability to apprehend reality without the intervention of authority
Part IVa and IVb will consider the implications of a so-called “heretical pope.”
Part V will assess this “historical theology” in light of Pascendi Dominici Gregis.
The Visible Unity of the Church
Part I – The visible unity of the Church in her profession of faith, and problems faced today.
Part II – Further authorities establishing beyond any doubt the meaning of this teaching.
Part III – Hypothesis reconciling the teaching of the Church with apparently contradictory facts of the crisis.
Membership of the Church