Don’t Believe This Fake Pius IX Quotation on a Pope Teaching Heresy

If a future pope teaches something contrary to the Catholic faith, don't follow him." Trads who promote dissent from Pope Francis claim Pius IX said this in a letter to "Bishop Brizen." One glaring problem: There has never been a bishop by that name, still less during the reign of Pius IX. Oops. Please do search, though. Now, there is a Roman Catholic diocese of Brixen. Perhaps this is where the confusion is. Perhaps Pius IX wrote the letter to the "bishop of Brixen"; perhaps some quote … [Read more...]

But! But! The Church Says the Ordinary Magisterium May Have Defects!

But Alt! The very same text you cite (Donum Veritatis) to claim that Catholics must submit to the Magisterium on all points also says that some teachings may have 'deficiences.' The CDF says some things might be reformable. Do you really mean to say Catholics must not object to such things?" Yes. This is not the green light for dissent some claim it to be. Let's take a look at the actual extent of these words in Donum Veritatis. The discussion begins at ยง24.Finally, in order to serve the … [Read more...]

Luke 10:16: Whoever Rejects the Pope Rejects God

Edward Pentin tweets on March 16 that the threatened "correction" of Pope Francis over Amoris Laetitia is still a threat. "Informed sources" tell him this. Oh goody. Cardinal Burke was the first to threaten this queer thing, and Lysergic Acid News could barely wait. "How soon? How soon?" it asked with insufferable impatience. How very inconvenient, then, when Cardinal Muller, the prefect of the CDF, rejected any such thought as Burke's. It "harms the Church," said Muller, to speak thus. Well, … [Read more...]

Yes, There Is Such a Thing as Social Sin in Catholic Teaching. Here’s What It Means. (And What It Does Not.)

Last month, Michael "Lepanto Institute" Hichborn made the lunatic claim that Judas Iscariot is "the patron saint of social justice." In truth, it would be St. Martin de Porres. I wrote about it here and here; Mary Pezzulo wrote about it here and here; David Russell Mosley wrote about it here. And well before all that (I note for the record), Archbishop Chaput warned that the Lepanto Institute "sows division". Vivat Chaput. But in addition to the weirdness about Judas, Mr. Hichborn also denied … [Read more...]

Theft From the Poor: Quotations from the Saints on Social Justice

Ever hear someone appeal to "personal property" rights in the context of disputing social justice? Turns out, the Church Fathers, Doctors, saints saw it otherwise.   *** "Bow down thy ear cheerfully to the poor, and pay what thou owest." (Sirach 4:8) "Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." (Luke 16:25) "Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept … [Read more...]

Does This Ratzinger Quote Refute Catholic Social Justice Advocates?

But Alt! Is social justice really a duty of the State? Come now. Doesn't Ratzinger say that this is for the private sector and personal action instead? It's not a political thing, you know. He says this in Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures. He wrote it just before becoming Pope Benedict XVI. Remember? It's in the first chapter; you leftist Catholic bloggers and writers don't even need to read all that far." Okay, then. Let's check. Here's Ratzinger:It is indeed true that a new … [Read more...]

Oh, That Story About Pope Francis Advocating Population Control …

It was based on a misquotation. Oops. Here is what Vatican panelist Peter Raven actually said:We need at some point to have a limited number of people which is why Pope Francis and his three most recent predecessors have always argued that you should not have more children than you can bring up properly."Uh, yeah....that's different. The previous story was that the pope had advocated population control for the sake of "sustainability." The truth is that Pope Francis and the last three … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean To Give “Religious Assent”?

Lumen Gentium; the Catechism of the Catholic Church; the Profession of Faith; and Canon Law: All tell us that Catholics owe their assent to the teachings of the authentic Magisterium, even when they are not technically infallible. Here, for example, is LG 25:Bishops, teaching in communion with the Roman Pontiff, are to be respected by all as witnesses to divine and Catholic truth. In matters of faith and morals, the bishops speak in the name of Christ and the faithful are to accept their … [Read more...]

Attention Fox News, et al.: The Pope Has Condemned Population Control

Fox News is reporting it. The UK Independent is reporting it. Life Site News is reporting it. It's all over the place. It's also nonsense. Once again, we have a person---in this case, a panelist at the Vatican---claiming that the pope has said something, but no actual documentation of those supposed words. The pope, so this panelist says (his name is Peter Raven), has urged that parents have fewer children in order to make the world "more sustainable." I say: Balderdash. And the reason I say … [Read more...]

Let’s Retire this Balderdash About Papal Infallibility

And I mean the balderdash that says you only have to listen to the pope when he speaks infallibly.   It is not what the Catechism says.Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the apostles, teaching in communion with the successor of Peter, and, in a particular way, to the bishop of Rome, pastor of the whole Church, when, without arriving at an infallible definition and without pronouncing in a "definitive manner," they propose in the exercise of the ordinary Magisterium a … [Read more...]