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LESSON 8 -  EVEN MORE ON PROCEDURE FROM A PRINCIPLE

Ignorance over these real distinctions is at the heart of the view that man will someday create ‘artificial intelligence’, and popular belief in Darwinian evolutionary theory.  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.

LESSON 7 – PROCEDURE FROM A PRINCIPLE – PART II

There are further errors that follow on the failure to understand the distinction among principles and how they produce their effects.  more

LESSON 6 – PROCEDURE FROM A PRINCIPLE

A principle is a beginning.  It is, Aristotle says, “that wherefrom something proceeds...”  There are two sorts of physical principles, the intrinsic and the extrinsic.  The failure to understand this, as the failure to understand the manner in which things proceed from each sort of principle goes far to explain the problems in the modern world.  more

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.

SPLENDOUR OF THE MIDDLE AGES : THE MAJESTIC INFLUENCE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON MANKIND

This is a reproduction of part of chapter 2 of H J A Sire’s Phoenix from the Ashes (Kettering Ohio, 2015) where the author nails the lies purveyed by Protestant and agnostic commentators down the centuries about the effects wrought in society under the influence of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages.

The author notes the adoption, under the Church’s influence during that splendid time of all that was best in other civilisations ; of her insistence on the universality of truth across every discipline and the acceptance, and worth, of the need for debate and disputation to arrive at the truth ; of the laying then of the foundations of the science of logic and of modern science ; of the elaboration, in the face of great opposition, of the one true philosophy grounded in reality (to the exclusion of all ideology) ; of the establishment of the roots of democracy ; of the origins of the university, the hospital, and of a dozen other institutions we take for granted in the modern world, institutions over whose provenance we never trouble ourselves such is the arrogance of modern parochialism.

We recommend the entire book.  A review of its content may be found here—http://www.superflumina.org/PDF_files/review-phoenix-from-the-ashes.pdf  The reproduction of the part of chapter 2 may be found here.

THE MISGUIDED FR EMMET COSTELLO

A recent biography of the eminent Australian barrister T E F Hughes QC reveals an erroneous assessment of the Church’s moral teaching by the late Fr Emmet Costello SJ.  Lest that assessment should mislead members of Christ’s Church, we have hastened to expose its errors.  more

ON THE FORMAL CORRECTION OF POPE FRANCIS

This paper by John Lamont is an admirable analysis of the historical reasons why many Catholics seem to be paralysed over the correct attitude to take to the errors of their superiors, bishops, priests and even popes.  It may be viewed at http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/02/article-on-formal-correction-of-pope.html#more.   For those who wish, a slightly edited version may be viewed as a pdf file here.

CONSIDERATIONS ON THE DUBIA OF THE FOUR CARDINALS

This—http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/12/article-considerations-on-dubia-of-four.html#more—by John R T Lamont addressing the issues raised by Pope Francis’s refusal to address the Dubia offered by Cardinals, Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meisner concerning Amoris Laetitia, serves as a companion piece to the paper of Robert de Mattei published here a week or so ago.  Those wishing to do so may read the article here.

RESISTANCE AND FIDELITY TO THE CHURCH IN TIMES OF CRISIS

This—http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/11/majestic-lecture-by-prof-roberto-de.html#more—from Roberto de Mattei is outstanding in its contribution to coping with the current problems in the Vatican.  He makes points we have  been endeavouring to make on Super Flumina Babylonis for the last 10 years, notably, that while the Pope is occasionally infallible he is not indefectible, but God’s Holy Church is always infallible and indefectible. Those who wish to do so may read the article here.

MERCY & THE DEATH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

The beheading of John the Baptist brings a timely reminder of the immutability of Catholic doctrine.  Here, we address an aberration in papal teaching which has led to the current dalliance with heresy over divorce.  more

EVELYN WAUGH & AMORIS LAETITIA

10th April, 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Waugh who died on Easter Sunday, 1966.  God in His providence has ordained that the anniversary should be marked in singular fashion.  An anonymous priest who calls himself Monsieur L'Abbé has written a commentary on the Pope's recent Apostolic Exhortation comparing the principles obtaining at the time of the setting of Waugh's most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited, with those the Pope sees as applicable today. The effect is memorable. The article may be viewed on the Rorate Caeli website at http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-op-ed-pope-francis-pro-mundum.html#more   Alternatively, the reader may view a copy of 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

WAS LUTHER NOT SUCH A BAD CHAP AFTER ALL?

This paper was published first in 2008. The recent visit by the Holy Father to the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Rome and remarks he made there to a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic have prompted us to republish it. more   (See also Fr Z’s blogsite under the byline “What Did The Pope Really Say...about Lutherans and Communion” http://wdtprs.com/blog/2015/11/what-did-the-pope-really-say-about-lutherans-and-communion/ ; also Fr George Byers’ site under the byline “Pope Francis on Inter-Communion With Lutherans” http://ariseletusbegoing.com/2015/11/16/pope-francis-on-inter-communion-with-the-lutherans/)

THE ONE NECESSARY ENCYCLICAL—PART II, A DRAFT

The statement of members of The Roman Forum meeting at Lake Garda, Italy, on 9th July 2015  [http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-lake-garda-statement.html ] demonstrates that there are many within the Catholic Church who recognise the crisis through which the Church is passing—has passed, these last fifty years—and are able to enunciate a course for the return to the Church's proper station as the means of salvation for all the world.

We have been insistent on superflumina about the need, if the Church's authority and salutary influence in the world is to be restored, for the Vicar of Christ to confront and confound the immense evil of atheism in an encyclical letter.    It is an undertaking that requires an immense effort of investment, with the hope of a proportionately immense return.  We have essayed a draft of such an encyclical to this end that it might attract the attention of the Church’s future bishops, one of whom will one day come to assume the pallium of the Vicar of Christ on earth. more

THE ONE NECESSARY ENCYCLICAL

This is a recasting with slight amendments of a paper published in August 2009 inviting His Holiness to address the one intellectual issue that presses mankind in the modern world.  more

FAILURE OF THE EXECUTIVE POWER

This is a revision of a paper that appeared on this website in August 2005. It deals with the problems that arose for Catholics on the interplay of two influences, one from outside the Church and the other, the more important, from within.  more

THE SCHISMATIC TENDENCY IN ‘CREATION SCIENCE’

'Creation Science', the naive assertion that the universe was created only 6,000 years ago, is a Protestant thing.  Its adoption by Catholics presents real dangers to their faith. more

THE LOSS OF METAPHYSICS

John of Salisbury, 12th Century philosopher, says in his Metalogicon: 'Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more... because they raise us up...' In the century that followed John of Salisbury, the greatest of the intellectual giants appeared, Thomas Aquinas. His philosophy, metaphysics, is the only ultimately satisfying explanation of reality, the only philosophy which leads us inevitably to the Author of all reality, Almighty God. Thomas's philosophy was adopted by the Catholic Church as her own to assist in formulating doctrine and in solving the great problems of morals. Yet, in the last 40 years that philosophy has been abandoned and the Church and the world have suffered. If the Church is to be returned to her rightful position of influence in the world, her bishops and teachers must return to St Thomas's metaphysics. more