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THE MORAL ISSUE ON VACCINATION: ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT JUSTIFICATION BY THE SSPX

We respond to a further offering from the US website of the SSPX endeavouring to justify the unjustifiable.  more

AUSTRALIA'S BISHOPS' CRISIS OF LOYALTY - PART II

There is another, and more insidious, reason why Australia's bishops moved to suppress the Statement upholding the Church's teachings in faith and morals by some 75 of their priests.  more

AUSTRALIA'S BISHOPS' CRISIS OF LOYALTY

Many of Australia's Catholics became aware of an initiative taken by six priests from different dioceses around the country on September 14th, 2021, to publish a statement of Catholic principle respecting the issues confronting the faithful in their care as a result of the current viral crisis.  One may gather that they had been driven to the task by the signal failure of Australia's bishops to provide necessary leadership.  On the morning of September 22nd, the morning, it will be recalled, when Australia suffered her biggest earthquake since settlement by the British in the 18th Century, the bishops intervened and quashed the priests' initiative.  Why?   more

THE SSPX AND COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

This article replaces the Commentary on the Opinion of Fr Selegny published on this website on May 17th.  It refines the argument against the position advocated by Fr Selegny and posted as representing that of the Society.  It addresses certain issues raised in discussions with a member of the Society.  more

PENALISING THE UNVACCINATED

Is the State entitled to punish those who refuse to embrace vaccination with the Covid-19 vaccines on offer by limiting their rights to access to services generally available to the public?  more

DEAR ARCHBISHOP FISHER

We publish here a letter from the writer to Anthony Fisher, Archbishop of Sydney, in response to a Pastoral Letter to his bishops and clergy urging them to undertake vaccination against the Covid-19 virus.  We have advised the Archbishop that we will publish any response to the letter he may care to send.  more

THE SCHISMATIC POPE

A schismatic act is an act against the unity of the Church.  Whether Pope Francis is a heretic remains open to debate.  But Traditionis Custodes proves he is a formal schismatic, for his motu proprio attacks the unity of the Church.  more

TRADITIONIS CUSTODES

The clue to a right interpretation of Pope Francis’s motu proprio, which endeavours to stifle the Roman Rite of Mass laid down by Pope Pius V, lies in its title.  more

THE TROUBLE WITH SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM

There is agitation abroad among orthodox Catholics over what Pope Francis may attempt to do to Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum.   This analysis of Pope Pius V’s Bull Quo primum (1570) may relieve their concerns.  The lesson it teaches is this: put not your trust in Pope Benedict, and even less in his successor!  more

THE INFINITE DIGNITY OF THE PERSON—AN ANSWER TO ROBERTO DE MATTEI

Italian Professor of History, Roberto de Mattei, has published a long screed defending the use of vaccines tainted by cells taken from aborted children.  This is our answer.  more

THE MORALITY OF VACCINES DERIVED FROM CELLS OF ABORTED CHILDREN

This paper addresses the vexed question set forth in the title.  It invokes the authority of five of the Church’s bishops and the theologian Don Pietro Leone in support of a negative answer.  It provides reasons why Catholics cannot rely on advice emanating from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.The paper has been amended slightly to clear up the point whether a vaccine may be morally licit that uses cells derived from an aborted child in its testing phase only.  more

THE STATUS OF THE NOVUS ORDO MISSAE

A recent discovery of tapes of the late Fr Gregory Hesse S.T.D., S.J.D. has precipitated this addendum to the arguments against the novus ordo rite of celebration of Mass.  Previous papers on this website attacked the rite through its effects.  This paper looks at its causes and finds them bereft of any legitimacy. This paper was published in February 2021.  We have amended it on the advice of Dr Peter Kwasniewski to include the argument of Fr Hesse that the fact that three of Pius V’s successors endorsed, and did not replace, his Bull demonstrates that they agreed with his assertion that Quo primum was irreformable. more

THE VACCINES & THE PRINCIPLE OF THE DOUBLE EFFECT

This is a technical paper which weighs tainted vaccines against moral principle.  more

WOMEN IN DEFENCE…

The following is a link to the authoritative article (cited by Don Pietro Leone) by 86 women around the world opposing any use of vaccines that rely in any way on elements of the bodies of aborted children—https://edwardpentin.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/STATEMENT-The-Voice-of-Women-in-Defense-of-Unborn-Babies-and-in-Opposition-to-Abortion-tainted-Vaccines-WORD-DOC.pdf

GOVERNANCE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA

This is a criticism of the Response of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to a 200 page report by a team, consisting mainly of lay people, on ‘the future governance of the Catholic Church in Australia’.  It reflects not so much on the Catholic Church as on its counterfeit, ‘the Synodal church of Vatican II’, established after the close of the Council, of which our bishops are functionaries.  The inability to distinguish their conduct as bishops from their conduct as functionaries of this counterfeit will lead inevitably to harm to the Church and the Catholic faithful. more



THE PROBLEM WITH VATICAN II

This is a book length pdf file comprised of various papers published on superflumina on the vexed topic of the Second Vatican Council.  The reader can download it freely.  He can navigate via the Index to any of its chapters.  He can have his computer read the text aloud while he labours at some task in the house, or as he drives the car.  It is hoped to produce it in several additional ebook formats in due course.This is a revised and shortened version of the original publication.  more




 THE POMPOUS ATHEIST

This ebook addresses the endemic modern problem of atheism—belief in no-God.  Atheists assert that they are above superstition, the ‘superstition’ of religious belief, but it is not true.  Not only are they believers, they are believers without the slightest evidence of that in which they believe.  They are the real exponents of ‘religious liberty’ for they insist on the freedom to believe there is no God.  Their every action involves acceptance of causation.  But, obsessed with an idea, they choose to deny causations’s reality when it comes to their own essence and existence.  In this series of essays we have endeavoured to make it plain just how stupid is the atheistic thesis.
 
It is reasonable to believe in God, no matter how confused one’s belief may be.  The fundamental issues are these: 1. I did not bring myself into existence; 2.  I do not keep myself in existence; 3.  in this world of reality I am one of the privileged beings for not only do I know singular things, like brute animals, but I know their very natures;  4. nothing exists without an adequate cause—and that includes me!  Moreover, 5. the one who caused me must be living and intellectual, as I am living and intellectual—but an immensely greater being.
 
It is hoped that the presentation of these essays will assist the reader in resisting the temptation to embrace the atheistic virus.  more


HOW THE UNIVERSE OPERATES

This is an ebook in pdf format which encapsulates the content of various papers on this website.  It takes the facts about the universe and its operations exposed by modern science and analyses them in accordance with a metaphysical, rather than materialistic, view of the universe; that is, one grounded in Aristotle’s doctrine of causality and his division of being into substance and accidents.
 
We are all of us affected by the current philosophical errors—materialism and subjectivism—and tend to view the universe through the eyes of modern science in conformity with those errors.  The view propounded here is radically different from modern science’s view.  In particular, it addresses the nonsense of a self-existent ‘nothing’—a scientific view grounded in the imagination rather than in reality; the remarkable fact that the heavenly bodies operate in a fashion which is the reverse of the way bodies operate under gravity’s influence; that gravity is NOT caused by a species of attraction but by a force of repulsion; and that, consistent with this view, the phenomenon of the tides is readily explained by the barycentripetal force of the Earth-Moon coupling.  Its most radical assertion is that c, ‘the speed of light’, is not the speed of light at all, but the speed according to which light’s proper substance, Aristotle’s ‘heavenly body’ or aether, dictates that light (and all other electromagnetic forces) shall operate.  more

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S LESSONS IN PHILOSOPHY

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