Tag: tradition

Sorry, Mr. Dad. Not in My Catholic Household.

I’d generally consider myself a fan of Armin Brott, aka Mr. Dad. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his books on fatherhood. His podcast sometimes catches my interest as well. In this case, though, I have to strongly disagree with him. Someone wrote …

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Being Open to Life: An Uphill Battle

Today is the 37th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. This encyclical reinforced the Church's constant teaching that it is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent the transmission of human life. Additionally, it continued the Church's constant teaching against abortion and sterilization. "Therefore We base Our words on the first principles …

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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." – 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) This verse seems to be a favorite among Evangelicals. It's an essential part of the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura. It occurred to me yesterday that sola sciptura has …

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Habemus Papam!

Prior to becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Carninal Joseph Ratzinger said the following in a homily. "Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and ‘swept along by every wind of teaching,’ looks like the only attitude acceptable …

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Aged Like a Fine Wine or Spoiled Like Old Milk?

Sean, an agnostic friend of mine asked me to post the following multi-part question. "How old does something have to be to be considered traditional/conservative?" "Abraham Lincoln is considered a conservative because he wanted to preserve the Union as it had been for the first 75 years of our country. To me 75 years (which …

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