Faith of Our Fathers

  • “…We commit the genetic fallacy when we evaluate an argument or an idea based not on its merits, but on its root cause. That is, we accept or reject an idea based on whether we find its source of origin agreeable to us…As damaging as this bad mental habit is in our political life, it is even more harmful in the life of faith. When people form a negative view of the Church or the Catholic faith, for whatever reason, they become closed off to its saving message, its salutary suggestions for how to live a good and fulfilling life, its warnings about the dangerous paths our society has set down…The genetic fallacy is the logical equivalent of a cliché, in that, as George Orwell said, it does our thinking for us, coming to us ‘like prefabricated hen-houses.’ We must do the hard work of considering each argument and claim on its own. Only then can we be open to the truth, and it is the truth that sets us free (John 8:32).”

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    • Indeed. On the other hand, I’ve learned to expect reasoned statements from some sources, overwrought outbursts from others, and none-too-reasonable assertions from some.

      Still, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. 😉

  • “…For some reason #Luther and #Lutherans balked at the consistency of the real flesh and blood of Jesus being the same flesh and blood which was “poured out for you” at Calvary. Having accepted the miracle of transformation in some fashion, they refuse to believe that God would make the #sacrifice on the cross present again at Mass (and somehow make out — quite incredibly — that this is idolatry). But this is what the fathers taught…”

  • “A few years ago I realized that Our Lady of Sorrows is one of the reasons I’m a Catholic. Of course, as a convert the image of Mary with seven swords piercing her heart was not immediately attractive…This is the only answer to those who are in the midst of suffering and the only answer for those who suffer watching their loved ones suffer, and this is also the reason why each one of us should take upon ourselves some sort of mortifications. If we don’t have suffering in our lives right now, we can make little sacrifices to join in with this great action. St Therese of Lisieux said every little sacrifice was a way to join with Christ’s redemptive action…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 2 days ago

    “In 1536 Pope Paul III (1534-49) summoned a commission of Cardinals to advise on dealing with the ‘root causes’ of the seemingly overwhelming crisis in the Church. The result in 1537 was the report ‘Consilium …de Emendanda Ecclesia’, an unsparing critique of the abuses in the Church…the Consilium squarely identifies as the foremost source of the evils afflicting the Church the conduct of the Vatican, specifically, the assertion of the Pope’s arbitrary, (lawless) power, that the Pope can do whatever he wills. A by-product, but also a cause of this abuse was a Vatican culture of sycophancy and intrigue…The result of these practices, however, was a vicious, secularly minded Papal court and a largely incompetent episcopate…that by its outrageous behavior largely contributed to igniting the #Protestant #Reformation and then proved incapable of confronting it…some of these criticisms also remain extremely relevant to our time: such as the disastrous effect of the mass ordinations of unworthy and immoral clerics…the beginning of reform is the willingness to tell the truth and acknowledge one’s own faults. Can we claim that the Church of our day is capable of this?”

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  • “…With His Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, Jesus Christ has brought Passover to fulfillment. And the Mass is the memorial of His Passover, of His ‘exodus,’ which He carried out for us, to make us come out of slavery and to introduce us in the Promised Land of eternal life. It’s not merely a recollection no, it’s more: it makes present what happened 20 centuries ago…This is the Mass: to enter in the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus; when we go to Mass it’s as if we went to Calvary, the same thing…”

  • “…attributing all the good things that have happened since 1517 to Martin #Luther , John #Calvin , and the #Reformation is just plain stupid. Especially since what might have been just might be a lot better then what is.”

  • “…When the Church of England decided to ordain women as priests they were not just establishing equal rights or being up to date. They were demolishing the age old #iconography of the #complementary relationship between male and female which existed within Christian #marriage and which also existed in the parish with the tradition of male only priesthood. With the disintegration of male only priesthood in the Church of England the traditional values of marriage, human #sexuality and the #family were also undermined…
    Now the Church of England embraces the transgender agenda. This makes perfect sense.
    When a church demolished clear gender roles in demolishing the male only priesthood this is the logical outcome. If you decide to ordain women as priests and thus mix it all up, don’t be surprised when your children and grandchildren are uncertain what a man is or what a woman is…” #transgender

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  • A Catholic priest in Ireland said the church across all denominations has “lost” Christmas and “should abandon the word completely….We need to let it go,” Father Desmond O’Donnell of Dublin told the Belfast Telegraph. “It’s already been hijacked, and we just need to recognize and accept that.”…believers should replace the word “ #Christmas ” with “ #Nativity .” (or I’d suggest “The #Incarnation “)

  • “…Suffering and pain has a place in God’s overall plan, just as everything else does. Is it difficult to understand? Absolutely; you bet. Does that mean we accept profound tragedies and agonies with a goofy, self-delusional smile? No, not at all. But faith allows us to accept the terrible things with the knowledge that God has not abandoned us or the loved ones who endure these things…”

  • St. Cecilia: one of the saints of the Roman Canon (“Eucharistic Prayer I” in the 1969 Mass)

  • “A Reader in Catholic Social Teaching: From Syllabus Errorum to Deus Caritas Est”
    ed. and with a preface by Peter A. Kwasniewski, Cluny Media. Catholic Social Teaching (CST), or the Social Doctrine of the Church, is frequently mentioned but seldom understood and applied aright. To become intimately acquainted with CST, there is no substitute for reading the writings of the popes, who, from Leo XIII onwards, are the authentic sources for the subject, and whose ideas have left a permanent mark on Catholic and secular thought alike. CST is neither platitudinous social commentary nor assertions of economic utopianism. Rather, it takes seriously man’s identity as both a “political animal” and a being created in God’s image and likeness—one who matures within the family, inherits a culture, and participates in society for his own good and the good of all. CST therefore grapples with fundamental questions of human existence, and enunciates the principles that guide virtuous human activity and sustain a flourishing society.
    This collection, edited by Peter A. Kwasniewski, introduces the reader to the full breadth and depth of CST with a carefully chosen array of documents from Pope Pius IX to Pope Benedict XVI…

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  • “…What exactly is worship, according to Catholics? I know that you say you worship only God, but how is this defined? How do you distinguish between worshiping God and honoring saints?…”

  • “…As for the white stones, one explanation is that they symbolized someone’s innocence at the conclusion of a trial—the white color, suggesting purity, reinforces this association. White stones were also awarded to victorious gladiators, which fits in with the context, which is about Christians who are victorious over idolatry. In addition, white stones served as a sort of ancient form of a ticket to a banquet, which ties in with the theme of the hidden manna.
    The secret name on the stone could be a reference to the ancient practice of making magical amulets by inscribing the secret name of some deity on it, empowering the person who possessed the stone and recognized the name. Again, translated in Christian terms, we can see the white stone as a sacramental that empowers the one who holds it through knowledge of Christ’s name…”

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  • “…the problem with #universalists is that they are too optimistic and therefore unrealistic about the depth of human depravity and the stubborn rebellion against God of the will of some people. They don’t wrestle enough with this issue and they take a sweet and easy way out by pretending that all will be saved…” #universalism #mercy

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    • I really was feeling sick this morning when I couldn’t bring myself to pray for his soul. Maybe later in the day…

  • “…a new generation of women don’t give two hoots about the old #feminist agenda. The main objectives for women have been pretty much obtained-fair pay and fair treatment in the workplace. Now a new generation of women is saying, ‘We don’t have to put up with the harassment and objectification that still continues.
    Hands off!
    This is very interesting because, whether they like it or not, the modern women who take this view are echoing a very traditional set of values–ones which their great grandmothers would have recognized.
    Its called #modesty …”

    Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/11/prepare-new-puritanism.html #GPrujRpVr1qq4Iof.99

  • “…in a time of confusion in the Church and society as a whole, there has been a consistent global decline. In our own vast archdiocese, of the small handful of recent ordinations, none was a native New Yorker.
    Yet often where there is clarity of doctrine and high morale, the picture is bright. In 2015, the most recent year for statistics, there was a 25 percent increase nationally in ordinations. The archdiocese of St. Louis, with a Catholic population roughly less than a quarter the size of the archdiocese of New York, has considerably more seminarians, and the dioceses of #Madison , Wisconsin and #Lincoln , Nebraska, relatively small in population, each have about twice as many seminarians as we have in ‘the capital of the world.’…”

  • “…unless we live under a rock, we are affronted with a barrage of messages aimed at demolishing the last resistance to a culture of death, the Catholic Church. But it is much worse among women because in every major corridor of power in our country—from New York, to L.A., and everywhere in between—an elite chorus of women is calling the shots…Ideas pitched by these elite women…trickle down into the daily lives of millions of women across the country and around the world through media, such as Rachel Maddow or The View, and then into sitcoms, such as Lena Dunham’s Girls. Notions like, women can only be free if they are able to abort their children, gender is a fluid thing (unless one wants to become heterosexual), masculinity is toxic, or women must become the same as men… that sexual license of any stripe is fun, liberating and free of consequences…these realities are troubling, but at least they explain why it is so hard to make the faith stick in women’s souls. The true tragedy, however, is that the message of the matriarchs hasn’t made women happy…Catholicism is the only antidote left standing to deal with all of these struggles in the feminine heart…” #feminism

  • #Restorationism is the belief that Christianity should be restored to how it was during the Apostolic Era using nothing but Scriptures…Luther’s ‘Ecce ego sto!’ sounds more and more like Lucifer’s ‘Non serviam!’ Restorationism is anathema. God makes no mistakes (Ps. 19:7-10). He doesn’t mumble or backpeddle like Allah (Ps. 12:6-7). He’s not confused or addlebrained (Neh. 9:6). He needs no assistance from anyone or anything (Col. 1:6). His decisions are final and perfect in their love and justice (Prov. 16:10). He doesn’t need to explain himself (Rom. 1:20). He accepts no counsel (Ps. 33:11)…how can we ever trust this imperfect deity now that new messengers, none of whom are divine, have come along?…”

  • “…Perspicuity is a key aspect or presupposition of #solaScriptura . It holds that the Bible is sufficiently clear in matters of salvation, at least, for anyone to understand without the necessary guidance of any authoritative Christian body…. The Bible is not perspicuous enough to efficiently eliminate #Protestant internal differences. #Protestants respond to this objection by maintaining that sin blinds those in opposing camps from seeing obvious truths… The problem isn’t that ‘the other guy is blinded by sin….’, it is that we ALL are blinded by original sin and are thus incapable of establishing a real unity without a central organizing impetus in the Church… It’s not that Scripture is so unclear and esoteric that it is an utter mystery and an undecipherable ‘code’ that only Holy Mother Church can break, and that no individual can possibly understand. Rather, the Church is required to speak authoritatively as to what Holy Scripture teaches, just as it spoke authoritatively with regard to what books were to be included in Scripture…”

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