Category Archives: Roman Catholic Church

Peter and the Council of Jerusalem

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Last week, I posted an entry describing the doctrine of infallibility. The purpose of this blog post will be to demonstrate that the Church under the original apostles was granted this power, and exercised it in response to theological controversy in the context of a single council, lead by Peter, with authority over the whole Church. Continue reading

Infallibility, Defined

My good friend and author of the Platypus Manifesto is currently an inquirer in the RCIA at his local parish, the stage of the Rite in which one decides whether or not to convert to the Roman Catholic Church. Recently, he posted a blog entry which generated quite a few comments, mostly from Protestant friends. One of the main issues brought up was the doctrine of the infallibility of papal and conciliar pronouncements. It was clear that the exact details and corollaries of this doctrine, much less the evidence supporting it, are not well-known within Protestantism. Hopefully, this series of posts may alleviate some of that confusion and ignorance, and encourage productive discussions on exactly what promises and guarantees are made to the Church. Continue reading

The Reasonableness of the Immaculate Conception

Wednesday was the Feast of the Assumption, when we commemorate that the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, reached the end of her earthly life and was assumed into Heaven. So why am I writing about the Immaculate Conception? Because the end of Mary’s time on earth does not seem to be nearly so controversial for Protestants as her conception and life. Continue reading

A Thank-you to the CDF

Sr. Margaret Farley wrote Just Love in 2010, a work purporting to give Christian justifications for immoral practices. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has been in correspondance with Sr. Farley since 2010, attempting to correct the errors of the book. Finally, on June 4th, the Vatican’s patience with this wayward sister and dissident theologian ran out, and the CDF published a condemnation of the errors within the book, and stated that it could not be used “as a valid expression of Catholic teaching.”

Sr Farley is a theologian and member of the Sisters of Mercy, and though she does not possess a teaching office in the Roman Catholic Church, is nonetheless associated by laymen with that Church. By dissenting from Catholic teaching and setting up a false, alternate ‘magisterium,’ Sr. Farley is a source of public scandal and a danger to the faithful. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is doing exactly what they should be doing. Bravo.