31 January 2009

The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven

In my last post about Fr. McBrien’s new book, I gave a quote from St. Augustine of Hippo's Sermon 295, On the Feast of the Martyrdom of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Here is a different translation of that quote by William A. Jurgens:
Before His suffering the Lord Jesus Christ, as you know, chose His disciples, who He called Apostles. Among these Apostles almost everywhere Peter alone merited to represent the whole Church. For the sake of his representing the whole Church, which he alone could do, he merited to hear: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven." For it was not one man, but the unity of the Church, which received those keys. In that way, therefore, Peter's own excellence is foretold, because he acted the part of the unity and totality of the Church herself, when to him it was said, "I hand over to you," what was in fact handed over to all.

26 January 2009

The Church: The Evolution of Catholicism

I don’t have time to waste reading literature that is at odds with orthodox Catholic teaching, so I didn’t spend more than an hour reading Fr. Richard McBrien’s new book The Church: The Evolution of Catholicism. First off, no one should trust a book regarding doctrine that does not have an Imprimatur. An Imprimatur is an official declaration by a bishop that a work is free from error in matters of doctrine and morals. In rare cases this declaration by a bishop can be overruled by the Vatican (papal primacy). The Church: The Evolution of Catholicism does not have an Imprimatur.

23 January 2009

Catholics for Choice

I just learnt this morning that Catholics for a Free Choice have changed their name to Catholics for Choice. For those that don't know what Catholics for Choice is, it's a group of people that want to be called "Catholic" but don't want to accept all Catholic doctrines, such as the doctrine that abortion is intrinsically evil.

By definition, a Christian that does not accept all Catholic doctrines is a heretic; therefore, Catholics for Choice should call themselves Heretics for Choice. Actually, as I said on October 21, 2005, the Greek word for choice is αιρεσις (hairesis), form which we get the word heresy, so what they should really call themselves is Heretics for Heresy.