Tag Archives: truthiness

Because they are not getting serious enough doctrine…

1 in 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. Americanism is still a heresy. But it’s okay, because, Pope Francis has totally got this. The local bishop is directly responsible, Voris argues, brushing aside any reference to the pope, but are the … Continue reading

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Truth will out…

— “We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition. I ask and I humbly entreat those … Continue reading

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A follow-up on the Ecclesiology of Doublethink…

[Please confer the update of this update about the updated status of the trustworthy interview-that-wasn’t.] Hapless is the word of the hour. When the first Scalfari interview hit the press, there was a rush among Catholics to gainsay it as inaccurate and … Continue reading

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Behold the Church of Doublethink…

Good news, team: the original Scalfari interview, a watershed of papal scandal, is now back online at the Vatican website!* Months ago I had taken its removal as a victory of Catholic prudence and papal dignity, but that reaction, obviously, was … Continue reading

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A little religious liberty goes a long way…

[NB: I added a somewhat lighter reflection on this topic in this post.] Hooray, the Satanic Black Mass did not take place at Harvard–but only because religious liberty, as understood by most expositors of the “post-Conciliar” understanding of the term, failed at … Continue reading

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Image is everything; everything is image…

The following is from Richard M. Weaver’s 1948 conservative classic, Ideas Have Consequences (pp. 24-35). I read the following passages almost literally only moments after reading a striking, and strikingly congruent, passage in a recent First Things article, which I shall cite … Continue reading

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“Don’t cross the streams.”

“An error which is not resisted is approved; a truth which is not defended is suppressed.” — Leo XIII, Inimica Vis (1892) Given the devil-may-care claims afoot these days about the non-overlapping nature of dogma and discipline (or “doctrinal” creed … Continue reading

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Lambeth of God, you take away the sense of the world…

“Liberal Protestantism is really … a new religion, but it is no longer Protestantism — it is pagan humanitarianism, it is the creed of social service built on shifting and unstable experiments, but not on the demonstrated facts of materialistic … Continue reading

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Protected: Pope Icarus alights…

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Orders are, we don’t need to take this seriously…

…since it was published by the National Catholic Reporter. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m no fan of the genetic fallacy. Cardinal Schönborn: Pope Francis has already changed church by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt | Feb. 7, 2014 … Francis spoke of his … Continue reading

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On the mysticism of ordinary words…

…and mystification by way of extraordinary verbiage. “[E]vil always takes advantage of ambiguity.” — G. K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils, Chapter 1 (1917) Speaking of painful ironies, I recently received the following tweet from a published historian of science … Continue reading

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Insolite dictu…

…or however you say “strange to report” in Latin. Recall: “And then a thing that is really important for me: community. I was always looking for a community. I did not see myself as a priest on my own. I … Continue reading

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Extra communitatem nulla salvatione?

[After reading this, please refer to the follow-up post here.] “The underlying principle [of Americanism] is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit … Continue reading

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Protected: The loyalty that dare not speak its name…

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“Wherefore laying away all guile…”

Well, this is disheartening. Yesterday, I “went to bat” to defend what I think is a harmless, though typically needlessly provocative expression from Pope Francis, “holy cunning”. However, after hearing further concerns about it, and praying about it, I realize … Continue reading

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