“That Golden Book”: On the Roman Catechism, and a review of Baronius Press’s edition

This essay consists of two parts: Part I - Review of Baronius Press's edition of the Roman Catechism Part II - The Roman Catechism itself Historical backgroundThe authority of the Roman CatechismClergy and theologians on the CatechismComparison with the modern catechismThe Roman Catechism and the crisis in the ChurchThe nature and structure of this Catechism. …

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Pope Honorius and Roberto de Mattei IIIb: Magisterial Heresy? Trust in the Church

“Have they forgotten who these Romans are, whose faith was praised by the Apostle himself, and in whom 'error cannot find access’?”St Cyprian [1] This essay continues my response to Professor Roberto de Mattei’s call for the Catholic world to “unite […] on the basis of the Tradition of the Church.”[2] Throughout this series I …

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Pope Honorius and Roberto de Mattei – Part I: The History

In the chaos of the last sixty years, it has become common for Catholics to look for historical precedents for our situation. But in desperation to find some sort of evidence that the Church has experienced such things before, it is tempting for some to allow history to become a sort of “source of theology.” …

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Theology & History II: the nature of theology, and its relationship to history and other disciplines

This is the second response to the historian Roberto de Mattei’s call for Catholics to unite around the Church’s tradition: It is not possible for us to 'unite around tradition' without accepting the Church's received, traditional doctrine in its integrity. In the previous article, we considered the relationship between liturgical tradition and antiquarianism. We showed …

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The Visible Unity of the Church I – on what it means to believe in “One” Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

The Good Shepherd, Murillo This article was originally published by LifeSiteNews in April 2021 as What does it mean for Catholics to believe in ‘One’ Holy Catholic Apostolic Church?[1] Reprinted with permission. Every Sunday we profess belief in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. Many Catholics know that our Lord Jesus Christ founded one Church, …

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Dogmatic Suicide – canonizations, infallibility and the consequences

Many Catholics, including ourselves, reject the canonizations of Paul VI, John Paul II and others. Some reject all post-Vatican II canonizations. But everyone is instinctively aware that there is something amiss about rejecting canonizations, which were previously held to be infallible. This is why there are such a variety of theories proposed to justify these …

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Theology Manuals – on their authority and importance in the post-conciliar crisis

This article was originally published at LifeSiteNews (source). Reprinted with permission. All pictures have been added. Cover photo source In a time of rampant confusion about basic Catholic doctrine – to say nothing of more complicated problems of theology – it’s really important that we base our conclusions on sure principles and authorities.  One way or …

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