Learning Sacred Theology – Part I: Preliminaries, Catechism, Latin, Philosophy and the Magisterium

How should laymen go about learning sacred theology? Should we just read spiritual books, popular apologetics, the Fathers, works by this or that theologian, modern crisis polemics, and papal encyclicals – and hope for the best? Theology is a science, with its own proper end and methodology. This three-part series is about how laymen can …

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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the only foundation of true freedom

Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 47: 11 Introduction In his 1947 essay Leisure the Basis of Culture the German philosopher Josef Pieper wrote: “[I]t might be asked whether we are not all of us proletarians and all of us, …

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True Law – according to the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak governments worldwide have enforced draconian regulations, restricting some of the most fundamental liberties of free societies – the right of free association, the right to earn one’s daily bread by honest labour, and even the right to leave one’s own home. They have also used the crisis to further …

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