Sunday, December 21, 2008

'I would not believe in the Gospel, if first I did not believe in the Church.'

On John Duns Scotus:

"Along with Holy Scripture, divinely inspired, stands the authority of the Church. He follows the words of Saint Augustine: 'I would not believe in the Gospel, if first I did not believe in the Church.' In fact, our Doctor places in an elevated position, the supreme authority of the Successor of Peter. According to his words, 'although the Pope cannot establish against natural and divine law (because his power is inferior to both), nevertheless, being the Successor of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, he has the same authority that Peter had.'

"Therefore, the Catholic Church, which has as its invisible Head Christ himself, who left his Vicars in the person of blessed Peter and of his Successors, guided by the Spirit of truth, is the authentic guardian of the revealed Deposit and of the rule of faith. The Church is the firm and stable criterion of the canonicity of Holy Scripture. She, in fact, 'established what books should be considered authentic in the canon of the Bible'."

Benedict XVI
Apostolic Letter "Laetare Colonia urbs"
on the occasion of the International Scientific Congress
for the VII Centennial of the death of Blessed John Duns Scotus

Thanks to Rorate Caeli, where one may read more on this letter under the date of 20 December 2008.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dignitas Humanae: "On the Dignity of the Human Person"

A new instruction, Dignitas Personae, that constitutes a teaching of the ordinary magisterium, that is a matter of faith and morals to be held by all Christians, has been released by the Church. Fr Zuhlsdorf offers an excellent summary of the document here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Kerry Kennedy's Book "Being Catholic Now" Isn't

Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning by Kerry Kennedy

Find out how this book sets up a false antipathy between the faith of individual Catholics and the universal reality of the Church as the Body of Christ endowed with the Holy Spirit:

See the video review of the best-seller by Father Barron.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

No room at Planned Parenthood for "Mary Full of Life"

Planned Parenthood removes a billboard on their property before "Mary Full of Life" ad campaign can post on the spot as they are free to do elsewhere throughout the city of Portland, Oregon. It is a truly fierce hatred of human life that compels greedy butchers to thus say no to advert money.

Full story here.

(Photo: Olivia Bucks/The Oregonian)