How Magisterial Was Monday's Finance Document?

10/28/2011 Comments (26)

As we saw previously, many commentators—including George Weigel, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, and Mark Brumley—were quick to point out that the “note” released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on world finance should not be understood as a magisterial act which the faithful were bound to accept with religious submission of intellect and will. At least not as a whole (it did, however, contain quotations from prior documents of a magisterial nature).

From what the average person could tell from the way the document was reported by some in the mainstream media, though, the document was fully back by the teaching authority of the pope himself.

Other than the fact that the press usually...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, finance, george weigel, john zuhlsdorf, magisterium, mark brumley, pontifical commission for justice and peace, stock market, teaching authority

Just How "Major" Was Monday's Finance Document?

10/25/2011 Comments (31)

There was a lot of buzz leading up to the the note on world financial matters released by the Holy See on Monday.

One of the first references I saw to it was in a story with a headline something like “Major Vatican Document to Be Released Monday.” I clicked on the story and saw that the document in question was to be released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. My eyebrows immediately went up, and I began pondering the sense in which the term “major” was being used.

I suspect that the person who wrote the headline was using the term in its ordinary sense, which would signify a document of great importance relative to others issued by the Holy See, on some kind of absolute or...READ MORE

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Is Women's Ordination a Heresy?

10/22/2011 Comments (15)

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Canons relating to the Church’s Magisterium, including the definition of heresy: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P2H.HTM

Who must make the profession of faith: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P2R.HTM

Text of the profession of faith: http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdfoath.htm

Doctrinal commentary on the profession of faith: http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdfadtu.htm

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Why Is Chuck Colson Sweeping Mormonism Under the Rug?

10/18/2011 Comments (80)

I have a lot of respect for Chuck Colson. I have ever since I was an Evangelical and learned of his work with Prison Fellowship. I listened to his radio appearances, read his writings, and admired his sincere conversion to Christ following the events of Watergate.

To my mind, he’s a good guy.

But I flat out disagree with a recent opinion piece he wrote.

Here’s what he has to say:

Presidential Religion: Enough, Already!

A few days ago I was on the air with Los Angeles’s outstanding drive-time host, Frank Pastore - a keen worldview thinker. Frank told me his phone lines have been burning up over the comments made by a prominent evangelical pastor who said that presidential candidate Mitt...READ MORE

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Confessing Sins You Meant to Commit but Didn't; Tattoos for a Purpose; the Rapture

10/16/2011 Comments (3)

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Supreme Court to Decide Issue of Women Priests?

10/11/2011 Comments (124)

That’s what could happen on a legal theory articulated by the Obama administration—and the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court were quick to pick up on the fact.

The case at hand involves a Lutheran minister, but the principles potentially apply to the issue of women’s ordination in the Catholic Church.

Specifically, the case involves a woman who served in a teaching capacity that her Lutheran body considers ministerial. Problems arose with her position because she suffers from narcolepsy, and she threatened to file a complaint with the state under the Americans with Disabilities Act. She was then let go because the Lutheran body she works for holds that an in-house dispute resolution...READ MORE

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J.A.PODCAST Marrying Captive Women; Joseph Knew Not Mary "Until"; Seal of Confession

10/08/2011 Comments (3)

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"Darn Tootin'!" Obama Brags on His Thuggish Contraception Policy

10/05/2011 Comments (108)

You know that thuggish contraception policy that President Obama’s administration recently proposed as part of their implementation of ObamaCare?

The one whose public comment period ended last Friday?

The one that the U.S. bishops were frantically trying to get Catholics to contact Health and Human Services and oppose?

The one that the bishops’ attorneys said “represents an unprecedented attack on religious liberty”?

The one that they also said involves a mandate that is “unprecedented in federal law and more radical than any state contraceptive mandate enacted to date”?

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."