The implicit and tacit expressions of the ordinary magisterium – Chapter IIIb of Fr J.M.A. Vacant’s nineteenth-century work on the magisterium

What is a Father of the Church? What authority do Doctors and theologians have in the Church? And what of the role of the liturgy? This is the second half of Vacant's long Chapter III. The first half considered how the ordinary magisterium teaches directly and explicitly, and how it makes use of secular learning. …

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Theology & History I: the relationship between liturgical tradition and antiquarianism

Some writers are calling for the Catholic world to unite “on the basis of the Tradition of the Church.” To this end, we present these articles on the relationship between theology and history, and between tradition and antiquarianism. This first piece considers the nature of liturgical tradition, which will explain the principles shared by liturgical …

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Doubtful Baptisms – reflections on the necessity for widespread access to conditional sacraments

In late 2020, it emerged that two priests had been required to seek baptism, confirmation and ordination after being invalidly baptised as infants. What are the potential consequences of the breakdown of sacramental practice in the post-conciliar Church? How does this compare to the sacramental security enjoyed in the Catholic Church prior to the Second …

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