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LENT

 A wise man prepares himself for what is coming and death is coming for us all.  Lent is a practice in preparing for death, a yearly practice period. 

The best way to approach it is with rigour, as much rigour as we can muster, a rigour not beyond our powers or abilities.  When Fr Maximilian Kolbe saw the inevitability of the Nazi imposition late in the 1930s, he urged his brothers in religion, the Conventual Franciscans, while there was yet time, to train themselves for the rigours to come—lest they be unmanned by the assault. 

It is in a fashion such as this—preparing for death—that we should approach Lent.

First, we should embrace what the Church demands of us in Lent, fast & abstinence when required, fast from pleasures.
Second, we should ask God’s aid in our weakness, mindful of Our Lord’s admonition: “Without me you can do nothing.”
Third, we should do our best, even if our opening resolution should prove more than our strength, we should persevere as best we can.

“God does not ask a perfect work,” St Catherine of Siena says, “but infinite desire.”  And St Thérèse of the Child Jesus was wont to recall the words of psalm 102 : 14, “He knows our frame; he remembers that we are but dust.”

But, more to the point, Lent is a time of imitation of Our Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the approach to his passion & death.  We can never hope to endure the appalling sufferings he endured, yet we can in some measure share in them, following St Paul’s teaching that, some how, we make up for what is lacking in Christ’s sufferings.  (Colossians 1 : 24)
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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

FR HUNWICKE ON VATICAN II & DIGNITATIS HUMANAE

On his blogsite http://liturgicalnotes.blogspot.com.au/ Fr John Hunwicke has reproduced his comments on the above in the course of considering Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s text “They have uncrowned Him”.  To balance his offering we repeat our own contribution published back in 2016. more

WHAT WE HAVE WAITED TO HEAR, IN VAIN, FROM A CATHOLIC BISHOP IN AUSTRALIA

A suggested diocesan, or archdiocesan, letter from a Catholic bishop, one whose sole focus is on Christ and His Church and is not distracted by the zeitgeist of the age.  more

THE PROTESTANT IMPOSITION

Here is a further extract from the admirable study by H J A Sire, Phoenix from the Ashes, which we reviewed at http://www.superflumina.org/PDF_files/review-phoenix-from-the-ashes.pdf   We commend the book to all visitors to this website.

The author demonstrates the clumsy attempts by the reformers to justify their rejection of God’s authority in selective appeals to Councils of the Catholic Church even as they insisted on the rejection of the authority of His Church and of His popes.  Typical of their hypocrisy is the acceptance of the Church’s position on the procession of the Holy Spirit from Father and Son (against the view of the eastern Orthodox).  He writes : “The Filioque doctrine, which all the Protestant churches retain in the Creed, is not defined by the first four councils, or indeed the first eight.  It derives its dogmatic status from its incorporation into the Creed by papal authority in the eleventh century; in other words it stands or falls by papal infallibility.”   The extract is available here.

DEVASTATION OF THE CHURCH’S TEACHING ON MARRIAGE & SEXUALITY

Commentator Don Pietro Leone has performed a singular service for Christ’s Church in publishing, on rorate-caeli, an analysis of the degradation that has befallen the Church’s teaching on marriage and sexuality at the hands of popes and bishops over the last 60 years.  There are five sections : the references are as follows :

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-church-and-asmodeus-part-1.html#more

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-church-and-asmodeus-part-2.html#more

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-church-and-asmodeus-part-3-and.html#more

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-evils-of-amoris-laetitia-church-and.html#more

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-church-and-asmodeus-part-5.html#more

There are one or two inaccuracies which do not disturb the trust.  The Master General of the Dominican Order referred to at the time of the debating of the issues was not Fr Michael Browne (who was not, in any event, created  a Cardinal until 1971), but Fr Aniceto Fernandez.  Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae did not precede, but followed, Gaudium et Spes, whose alteration of the Church’s constant teaching on the end of marriage to accommodate the Protestant view he adopted.  The reader should note carefully Don Leone’s reference in the text to the critical issue of finality, and the systematic failure of the Council’s bishops, as of the popes and heads of Vatican dicasteries thereafter, to advert to it.  This failure, which as Don Leone rightly says, demonstrates aversion to scholastic  thinking (read “thinking grounded in the philosophy of St Thomas”) justifies the contention that the Second Vatican Council was not an ecumenical, or general, council of the Catholic Church.  Don Leone puts the issue in a nutshell : “The end, or finality, of a thing determines its nature”.

We recommend the paper in all its parts for our readers’ close attention.  For those who wish to read it at one sitting, we have reproduced it here.

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

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