Category Archives: The Drill

Benedict XVI says he never told anyone the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima was incomplete

There has been a bit of a dust up in the last days about the Third Secret of Fatima.  Was the whole of the Third Secret truly released?  Some say that it wasn’t. One blog recently posted some claims about … Continue reading

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“When Catholics cut themselves adrift from their own past, they do not thereby become profound thinkers”

Today at Crisis, the esteemed Anthony Esolen offers us some gold.  After Our election, We shall appoint him as Plenipotentiary Extraordinary Minister for the Implementation of Ex corde Ecclesiae. A sample from his latest with my patented emphases and comments: Buying the Right Toys from … Continue reading

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Some feminine observations about deaconesses (aka deaconettes)

Did you all know that, a few years ago, the question of deaconettes was put to the International Theological Commission (under the aegis of the CDF)?  Yes, indeed!  HERE The Commission has no teaching authority. However, they did come down … Continue reading

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Francis and the Deaconesses… aka Deaconettes

First, today I saw a piece at Breitbart that Pope Francis popularity has dropped.  HERE That said, I have received links to various articles saying that the Pope has considered establishing a commission to study the issue of the ordination … Continue reading

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Card. Müller’s remarks on ‘Amoris laetitia’ – some analysis

We must deal soberly with the ramifications of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia.   Despite some of its advantages, the document has problems. A friend sent an email with some interesting analysis, which I am reworking and posting hereunder. Sandro Magister … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 146: Spinello: Does Amoris Laetitia Retreat from Absolute Moral Norms?

I direct the readership’s attention to a piece at Crisis about Amoris laetitia, the controversial and ambiguous Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation… that is, if any of you still care to read about it. Or listen to it!  Hopefully busy priests and seminarians … Continue reading

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Sam Gregg of ACTON on medieval distinctions about usury and legitimate forms of money-lending

I saw at American Banker an interesting article by Sam Gregg of Acton Institute which is excerpt from his new book For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good.  UK HERE How Medieval Monks Changed the Face … Continue reading

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Sam Gregg: False mercy and emotivism

At Catholic World Report, we find an article by Sam Gregg of Acton Institute. Here is a sample from his article… Three Counterfeits of Mercy […] Mercy as Sentimentalism Like everyone else, Christians are influenced by the social climate in … Continue reading

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German theologian Robert Spaemann on #AmorisLaetitia: Chaos and schism, God forbid!

UPDATE: Spaemann’s interview is now in English.  HERE We are all suffering from Amoris defatigatio, I know.  But as the days and weeks pile up in the wake of Pope Francis Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, and many and varying accounts and interpretations of … Continue reading

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For Francis, the Church’s doctrine is subordinated to the primary value of mercy

If you, like I do, suffer from Amoris defetiscenia, you might be clicking past pieces you see about the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation.  I confess that I have to fight the temptation to tune out and just ignore the document and its coverage.  Alas, … Continue reading

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“All members of the Church… have the duty to ask for an authentic interpretation.”

At the Italian site Corrispondenza romana we find a longish reaction to Amoris laetitia from His Excellency Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider. The text is in Italian, but eventually it will be translated in full (but not by me and not today).  Here … Continue reading

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The Hermeneutic of Ambiguity

From a comment under an entry here… When enumerating the various hermeneutics for reading documents: the hermeneutic of continuity or the hermeneutic of rupture, they, apparently, forgot to include the hermeneutics of ambiguity. A priest friend sent this.   UPDATE: … Continue reading

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A canonist looks at Amoris laetitia

If you are not yet weary of Chapter 8 of Amoris laetitia – or indeed the mere mention of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation by incipit or innuendo, my friend Fr. Gerald Murray has some observations at The Catholic Thing. Fr. … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s thoughts on Michael Voris’ public statement

Michael Voris recently released a public statement about his past and about his conversion. I don’t entirely understand the circumstances or timing of this statement. My thoughts. We constantly pray for sinners to convert and we say we are happy … Continue reading

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“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.”

Let’s review 1 Cor 11:27-30: Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so … Continue reading

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