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THE REVOLUTION OF VATICAN II

Nothing we have published on superflumina.org can match the critique of Vatican II issued by His Grace Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano on October 24th last.  more

IS THE POPE A CATHOLIC?

How fortunate we are to have the frequent interventions of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to assist us in dealing with the frequent theological misdirections of Pope Francis.  more

THE SMOKE OF SATAN

It is worth contrasting psalm 95 v. 5 in the Vulgate with the Grail version read in the Novus Ordo.  St Jerome was in no doubt that dallying with gods of the heathens was the same as dallying with the devil.  The line casts another light on Vatican II's Dignitatis Humanae.  more

IS VATICAN II UNTOUCHABLE

Archbishop Vigano has reached the threshold.  Little more is required  before he puts the question formally: Was the Second Vatican Council an  ecumenical council?  more

SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY & DR WOLFGANG SMITH

Dr Wolfgang Smith has endeavoured to resolve the dilemmas that follow on quantum theory's elaboration of the behaviour of infinitesimally small particles by an appeal to the philosophy of Aristotle and St Thomas.  This is our comment on his attempt.  more

TRUTH & THE CANBERRA HUDSON DISASTER

August 13th last marked the 80th anniversary of the air crash that may be said to have destroyed Australia’s United Australia Party Government.  The anniversary has provided great scope for conjecture at the expense of the facts.  We provide here an article which balances assertions that responsibility for the disaster should be laid at the feet of the then Minister for the Air and Civil Aviation, Mr Jim Fairbairn.  more

THE KOLBE CENTER STRIKES AGAIN

Fr Thomas Crean O.P. has published on rorate-caeli an apology for the Kolbe Center’s latest enterprise, a series of DVDs purporting to defend religious belief against science’s discoveries.  Purchasers need to be warned about the perils of the Center’s approach.  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

AN EMINENT HISTORIAN, BUT NOT VERY LOGICAL

Professor Roberto de Mattei has criticised the logic of Joseph Cardinal Zen in relying on Vatican II to oppose the Ostpolitik of the current regime in the Vatican towards the Church in China.  But there is a lacuna in the Professor’s own logic which has to do with the Council itself.  more

SILENCE ON THE THRESHOLD ISSUE

Why do the best minds in the Catholic Church refuse to follow the demands of logic and challenge the claim that Vatican II was an ecumenical council?  more

THE QUESTION OF VATICAN II’S LEGITIMACY

Our suggestion that a hypothetical future Pope might appoint a committee of theologians to address the issue whether the Second Vatican Council was in fact ecumenical receives support in an opinion piece by Professor Roberto de Mattei.  more

POPE BENEDICT’S DEFENCE OF VATICAN II

A recent citation of the former Pope’s address to the Vatican Curia in December 2005 in defence of Vatican II provides us with the opportunity to weigh his views in the balance.  more

TUMULTUOUS TIMES

Here is a further contribution to the question of the status of Vatican II prompted by a letter of Archbishop Vigano commenting on his critique of 9th June and a suggestion by Dr Peter Kwasniewski as to how a hypothetical future Pope might move to resolve the problems for which the Council is responsible.  more

COMMENTARY ON RECENT PAPERS OF BISHOP SCHNEIDER & ARCHBISHOP VIGANO

Though neither is prepared to concede the point, the reasonings of two of the Church’s better bishops support the view that Vatican II was not an ecumenical council.  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

THE VEIL

Here we commend a paper written by Dr Peter Kwasniewski last year which explains why the wearing by women of a veil at Mass is appropriate.  more

THE TRINITY REFLECTED IN MAN

God made man in His own image and likeness.  Careful consideration shows just how closely we reflect the Divine Being.  more

WHY CAN’T WE ATTEND MASS AND RECEIVE THE SACRAMENTS?

The weak conduct of Australia’s bishops as shepherds of the faithful over the last 40 years has continued with their ineffectual response to the challenge of the Corona virus.  more

ST JOSEPH & THE VOLUNTARY

A thoughtful paper by Dr Peter Kwasniewski has provoked this article on St Joseph.  more

THE POPE’S EASTER MESSAGE: AN EXERCISE IN INEPTITUDE

The Pope is not the head of some merely secular institution but of the one institution on earth established by Almighty God for man’s salvation.  What should he have said in his Easter message?  more

A PLAGUE TO COUNTER A PLAGUE

Christ’s Church specifies for Lent an antiphon to the Office of Matins which reveals Divine foreknowledge of the dilemma that confront us—Promisit Dominus coronam vigilantibus.  more

‘IN NO STRANGE LAND’

Francis Thompson’s poem enthralls with its imagery; but what is its focus, what is ‘the many-splendoured thing’?  more

GOD & THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

This is a paper by Dr Don Boland, graduate of the Angelicum (Pontifical University of St Thomas), former lecturer at Sydney’s Aquinas Academy and Centre for Thomistic Studies; now lecturer in philosophy at St John Vianney College, the Seminary of the Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.  It was written in 2012 and is published on the internet here for the first time.  The burden of the paper is encapsulated in Dr Boland’s first paragraph of which the following is an extract.

“For Aristotle the endeavour to discover the theory of everything necessarily belongs not to Physics but to Metaphysics.  The philosophers of the modern era... have come to reject the notion that Metaphysics, as understood by Aristotle, has any cognitive value.  What this has meant is that the explanations of everything... are sought entirely within the world of material reality or what is available to sense observation and verification.”  more

THE THING

G K Chesterton wrote a book of essays back in 1929 whose title he coined from an expression in a celebrated letter of Hilaire Belloc to The Evening Standard.  more

MIRACLES AT WINGELLO

This is our comment on one of the more amazing consequences of the recent bushfires in Australia.  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.  more

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S LESSONS IN PHILOSOPHY

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