Must read file: Reflections on an Insightful Column describing how the West has become and Anti-Culture « Archdiocese of Washington

By: Msgr. Charles Pope As we have discussed on this blog before, the Western World seems to have embarked on a (failed) experiment, testing whether a culture can exist without a shared cultus. That, is to say whether a true and unifying vision that we call culture can really exist at all without something above and beyond it,  which unifies it and to which it must answer. Unfortunately the word “cult”  has strongly negative connotations Continue Reading →

Must read file: Reflections on an Insightful Column describing how the West has become and Anti-Culture « Archdiocese of Washington

By: Msgr. Charles Pope As we have discussed on this blog before, the Western World seems to have embarked on a (failed) experiment, testing whether a culture can exist without a shared cultus. That, is to say whether a true and unifying vision that we call culture can really exist at all without something above and beyond it,  which unifies it and to which it must answer. Unfortunately the word “cult”  has strongly negative connotations Continue Reading →

A Look at Some Biblical Texts in Opposition to Contraception « Archdiocese of Washington

A Look at Some Biblical Texts in Opposition to Contraception By: Msgr. Charles Pope In the following post I seek to lay out a few of the biblical texts related to the Church teaching against contraception.  This is not a post intended to give a full defense of the teaching against contraception. I have done that elsewhere, e.g. HERE & HERE & HERE This post is intended only to set for the kind of biblical Continue Reading →

Is the Church a Thermometer or a Thermostat? A Biblical reply to those who prefer a trendy and compliant Church « Archdiocese of Washington

Is the Church a Thermometer or a Thermostat? A Biblical reply to those who prefer a trendy and compliant Church By: Msgr. Charles Pope Is the Church a thermometer or a thermostat? In other words are we called merely to reflect the temperature (thermometer), or are we called to set the temperature (thermostat)? Many are deeply confused as to the role of the Church in the modern world, think we ought simply to reflect the Continue Reading →

Papal Infallibility

Papal Infallibility was defined as a dogma of the Faith, in the year 1870, during the First Vatican Council.  While most people have heard of this dogma, few understand its true meaning and limitations.  It is not uncommon to find non-Catholics who believe the dogma extends to the moral actions of a pope, in such a way, that he is said to be incapable of sin (impeccability). Most Catholics realize that the scope of infallibility Continue Reading →