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“FILIAL CORRECTION”: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

“FILIAL CORRECTION”: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS The last three essays have tried to examine the thought and judgment of the letter of 61 theologians (and 1 schismatic bishop) accusing Pope Francis of heresy. I would like to summarize the points of these three essays and...

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“FILIAL CORRECTION” OF THE POPE

“FILIAL CORRECTION” OF THE POPE           The document of the 61 theologians and one (schismatic) bishop which challenges the doctrinal correctness of Pope Francis, is labeled by them a “filial correction.”  What does this mean?  First, a bit of history—we turn to the...

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CORNELIUS JANSEN AND POPE FRANCIS

CORNELIUS JANSEN AND POPE FRANCIS           Some few days ago a letter of “filial correction” was sent to Pope Francis, signed by 1 (schismatic) bishop and 61 others, claiming him to be fostering heresy through his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.  Specifically,...

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OUR SPECIAL DAY IN THE SON

OUR SPECIAL DAY IN THE SON Making the choice for parish patronal days is sometimes obvious.  St Ignatius in Mobile, for example, or St Bede the Venerable in Montgomery, or St Martin of Tours in Troy—are all easy picks:  after all, they have only one feast-day each: ...

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LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN (AND WOMEN)

LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN (AND WOMEN)           This past weekend was the formal celebration of our parish feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, actually this past Thursday (14 September).   I wrote about this choice in last week’s bulletin.  That was theory: ...

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A TALE OF TWO KIMS

  People may not know that there is a history of Christianity in the Far East that began with (but was not) limited to the activity of St Francis Xavier.  This includes India, the Philippines, Japan, China, and Korea. The remarkable thing about the evangelization of...

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LABOR DAY: THE WORM TURNS

LABOR DAY:  THE WORM TURNS           When I go for exercise walks, I often use Somerby Drive.  It’s quiet, safe, and the majority of the street is lined on one side or the other with sidewalks.  The total distance from one end to the other is 1.1 miles, making for an...

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WHY DO WE HATE?

WHY DO WE HATE?           On the golf course Monday, I asked the question “Why does hatred run so deeply and violently and visibly?”  One fellow (British by birth, but an American citizen) replied, “Xenophobia, pure and simple.”  It is, he meant, the inherent desire...

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LOSS AND GAIN

LOSS AND GAIN           I’m preparing a talk for January for the Christus theological symposium at Spring Hill College—I was asked to do a presentation on John Henry (Cardinal) Newman, and most of you know the regard I have for him, so this is a labor of love.       ...

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MAKING AN ASSUMPTION

MAKING AN ASSUMPTION Of course, I assume (!!!) everyone knows that Tuesday, 15 August, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, and there will be Mass on Monday evening (the Vigil) at 7:00 pm, along with 8:30 am and...

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