This more absolute position against contraception and in favor of large families (known as “Quiverfull”) is one that Protestant friends of ours who have lots of kids have called “divine family planning.” In this thinking, married couples simply have sex, with no need to plan at all. They don’t even need to think about it. They simply “let nature take its course” (which entails God’s Providence in the end, in this matter, as is everything else in some sense). Whatever… Read more

An Anglo-Catholic (words in blue) on the Coming Home Network board asked: Shalom to all and I hope you can answer my question about this topic. I am familiar with the general rule throughout the centuries concerning the Church–by papal pronouncement or via a synod or council–speaking on a matter of faith and morals and making what comes to be accepted as a binding doctrine of faith for all the faithful. The teachings of the first seven councils were to… Read more

[completó el 3-16-18. 199 páginas] [diseño de la cubierta por Dave Armstrong; imagen de fondo de la cubierta de Andrew C. de Bucarest, Rumania] [para informaciones de compras, ir a la parte inferior de la página] *** CONTENIDO I. Biblia / Tradición 1. Tradición no es una palabra indigna 2. Sola Escritura y Juicio privado – Diálogo ficticio con un protestante 3. Biblia y Tradición: “Mantened la Tradición . . .” (de A Biblical Defense of Catholicism) 4. Refutación de Sola… Read more

1. Pope St. John XXIII (1958-1963): despised, because he began Vatican II, which they despise as anti-traditional and “neo-Catholic.” And he talked about ecumenism; said nice stuff about Protestants . . .   2. Blessed [soon to be canonized] Pope Paul VI (1963-1978): despised because he presided over the ending of Vatican II, which they despise, and because he didn’t (with the possible fleeting exception of Humanae Vitae) sufficiently clarify Catholic doctrine over against the liberals who were wreaking havoc… Read more

Folks, I called all this years ago.  My first book on the radical Catholic reactionaries, entitled, Reflections on Radical Catholic Reactionaries was completed in 2002. It had chapters called, “Post-Vatican II ‘Liberal’ Popes” and “Was Blessed Pope John Paul II a ‘Modernist’?” It’s all the same mentality. This is one of the trademarks of reactionary thought: pope-bashing. And if you bash one pope, you will bash any pope. I wrote about the same thing in my second book about reactionary Catholics:… Read more

It never ceases to amaze me how prior bias will adversely affect the 1) logic and the 2) objectivity of people. Critics of Pope Francis take one side of this debate over what Pope Benedict thinks of Pope Francis. But it’s not logical thinking, as I will show. They are seeing only what they want to see, which is what happens when strong prior bias comes into play. For the background to the controversy, see Edward Pentin’s article, which I… Read more

The direct basis for these beliefs are found in three passages, taught by Jesus Himself: Matthew 16:19 (RSV) I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. John… Read more

A Catholic parish is not a monastery. That is, it’s not an all-male environment (thus, the propriety of altar girls and not just altar boys). *** An anonymous commenter opined underneath my post, Do Altar Girls Alter Intentions of Would-Be Altar Boys? This is my reply. My words from my previous post are in green, his words in blue, and my present responses in black. *** Some thoughts, Mr. Armstrong: If a boy feels led to be an altar server, he… Read more

Jonathan Bonomo is the senior pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. *** These discussions about penance occurred on the blog, Evangelical Catholicity. I was responding in a thread entitled Paenitentiam Agite, having to do with why St. Jerome used the phrase “do penance” at Matthew 3:2 and 4:17, when the more straightforward translation would seem to be “repent.” Pastor Bonomo’s words will be in blue; Laurence K. Wells’ words in green, and Kevin D. Johnson’s in brown. * * * * * I… Read more

From: John A. Hardon, S. J., Modern Catholic Dictionary, Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1980, 199): ***** Examination of Conscience Reflection in God’s presence on one’s state of soul, e.g., in preparation for the sacrament of penance. Examen, General Prayerful daily periodic examination of one’s conscience to determine what faults have been committed, which call for repentance, and what good actions were performed, for which God should be thanked. Examen, Particular Regular prayerful examination of one’s conscience… Read more

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