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PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S LESSONS IN PHILOSOPHY - FOURTH SERIES

LESSON 11 – SOME DILEMMAS

Here are some instances of dilemmas that our rules are able to solve.  more

LESSON 10 – HOW DO YOU SOLVE A DILEMMA?

Division is a physical act; any animal can do it.  Distinction, in contrast, is a metaphysical act, and only men can do it.  more

CLEANSING THE AUGEAN STABLES OF THE CHURCH

The revelations by the former Papal Nuncio Archbishop Vigano published on 22nd August, a feast of Our Blessed Lady, have rocked the Catholic community.  Here is our comment on the crisis.  more

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NOVUS ORDO—PART II

The defects in the provenance of the novus ordo are easy to discover.   But to appreciate just how appalling the new rite is the reader MUST attend Mass in its original solemnity.  more

THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS PLENARY COUNCIL—TAKE TWO

This is a recasting of our submission on the coming ‘Plenary Council’ following the revelation that the tendentious list of submissions appearing on the Council’s website did not have the bishops’ approval.  more

GERARD WINDSOR’S THE TEMPEST-TOSSED CHURCH

This book, published in 2017, is the latest in the oeuvre of Sydney Catholic, and former Jesuit student, Gerard Windsor.  More about Windsor and his faith than about the Church, it will yet repay the reader who is likely to feel himself entitled to disagree with a deal that the author has to say. more

WHAT ARISTOTLE TAUGHT

Due to a variety of factors, there are many misunderstandings among modern scholars over what Aristotle taught.  This short paper addresses some of the more egregious errors.  more

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NOVUS ORDO

The indifferent way in which the novus ordo of the Mass is celebrated is testimony to the problems built into the rite.  more

ST AUGUSTINE & ST THOMAS ON CREATION

This analysis of the teachings of St Augustine and of St Thomas Aquinas on the interpretation of Genesis 1 was placed on the website in May 2005.  We have revised it slightly.  The dilemma between creation instantaneously (in the beginning of time), and creation over the six days, is solved by St Thomas. Moreover, his teaching taken with the Church's rulings on interpretation solves the second dilemma, that between revelation and modern science.  more

CLOSER TO THE THRESHOLD ON VATICAN II

Italian Catholic philosopher, Paolo Pasqualucci, has published 26 points of rupture with Catholic tradition found in the documents of Vatican II.  It will repay readers to study them closely. more

THE POMPOUS ATHEIST

This paper was presented to Quadrant magazine in November 2007 as a response to various writings of its retiring Editor, Padraic Pearse McGuinness. Unknown to the author, its subject was afflicted with a terminal illness and he died two months later on 26th January 2008. This reissue marks ten years since his death. more

WE SHOULD FEAR FOR THE SOUL OF POPE BENEDICT

It is five years, now, since Papa Ratzinger abdicated, and his ineffectual attitude towards the conduct of his successor is gravely concerning.  more

AMORIS LAETITIA A LOGICAL CONSEQUENCE OF VATICAN II

The Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation, with its errors favouring individual conscience over objective principle, follows inevitably on the ethos of Vatican II. more

KING RICHARD III & THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF TUDOR

The recovery of the remains of the last Yorkist King of England serves as a catalyst for a fresh study of the man, as of his betrayal into the hands of a man who had no legitimate claim to the English Crown.  The evils flowing from this disruption of right order are with us today. more

CHRISTOPHER DAWSON, 80 YEARS ON

This is a reproduction of the penultimate chapter of Christopher Dawson’s work, Religion And The Modern State, published in 1935 by Sheed & Ward.  It summarises the constant teaching of the Catholic Church admirably.  Note well : One should not think that current praxis of the Church’s bishops and clergy agrees with the Church’s constant teaching.  Our fidelity is to Christ and His Church, not to the ipse dixits of those who currently govern the Church.  more

THE NORMALISATION OF DEVIANCE

The attempt to legitimise sodomy and lesbianism in Australia may be fittingly compared with the abandonment of adherence to rules and practices critical to air safety.  The label adopted in the flying community for the latter seems an appropriate one to apply to the legislative push.  more

THE POPE & THE PERILS OF SUBJECTIVISM

This is our response to the report that Pope Francis has issued a rescript asserting that his interpretation of the questionable passages in Amoris Laetitia is an exercise of the Church’s authentic magisterium.  more

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Professor Solomon's Introduction to Philosophy - First & Second Series are available as booklets from Cardinal Newman Faith Resources for the price of $15 each plus postage - click here to order. They are available also as individual chapters in Adobe Acrobat form on this website -  more