Tradition is the conveyance of the real; literally, the “handing on” of truth. At the heart of Holy Thursday, the young Church is entrusted with precisely this. A man who has identified Himself as the Truth itself has commissioned the twelve apostles to hand him on - through teaching, by imitating his service to them, and most especially through their priesthood and the representation of the eucharistic sacrifice: thus is born... [ Read more ]
In this short essay, I intend to discuss the meaning and interrelation of the senses of Scripture. Once we have analyzed the nature of and distinction between these different senses, we will then explore how this meaning and interrelation provides the foundation for an interpretative stance or hermeneutic in a Catholic context. We will begin by presenting a precise definition of what we refer to as the “literal sense” of Sacred... [ Read more ]
“When I Want to do What is Good, Evil Lies Close at Hand” (Romans 7:20)
No one, no Christian at least, denies that Live Action’s undercover “stings” have occasioned some great goods. Of course the problem is not whether something good becomes of these “stings”, but rather, whether Live Action’s tactics are morally permissible. The debates on either side are seemingly endless, occasionally... [ Read more ]
If you asked me a year ago if I would ever willingly attend a Novus Ordo Mass again, the answer would have been a definitive and resounding NO. I mean, if I absolutely had to, if there was a funeral, or a wedding, or all the priests who knew how to say the Traditional Latin Mass mysteriously died, then, yeah, I guess, I guess I would have to condescend to attending the Catholic-light Novus Ordo Mass…But only if I really had to. Well, what... [ Read more ]
Ask any single Catholic in their 20′s or 30′s why they are still single and you’re bound to hear a whole host of reasons. But lately there has been a common thread to all their replies; Catholics (of the opposite sex) are just awkward, socially inept, ungentlemanly/unladylike, and often, just plain ridiculous. I mean, who out there doesn’t have at least one CatholicMatch.com horror story? I have three.
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