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Irritation forms pearls

A reflection on the readings for September 25, 2022 — the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Oysters are ugly, strange-looking little animals. Like so many things throughout the world, they seem like they could be from another planet. But, as you know, out of those strange little shellfish comes one of the most prized...

Irritation forms pearls

“In the freaking Catechism!”

On Thursday, Where Peter Is began receiving unusually high web traffic coming from YouTube. After a little poking around I realized that viewers were being directed to our site from the latest video by an outfit called “Rules for Retrogrades.” In it, host Timothy Gordon – whom you may know as Taylor Marshall’s...

“In the freaking Catechism!”

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This consideration too clarifies the great error of those others as well who boldly venture to explain and interpret the words of God by their own judgment, misusing their reason and holding the opinion that these words are like a human work. God Himself has set up a living authority to establish and...

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The Magisterium and the Development of Doctrine

Earlier this week, Dustin Quick invited me onto his podcast, “Holy Smokes: Cigars, Catholicism, and Conversation” to talk about the Magisterium and the development of doctrine. I encounter a lot of hesitancy in the Church with the idea that Church teaching changes. I used to believe the idea that the Church’s teaching has...

The Magisterium and the Development of Doctrine

Prayer for Autumn

As the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is a season for everything. Not all of us are afforded the feeling of readiness for the changes as they come our way. For some, change can’t come soon enough. No matter the season of your life, take time to center yourself in prayer today...

Prayer for Autumn

Outside the Walls – Recognizing and Preventing Spiritual Abuse

I recently had the privilege of talking with TL Putnam over on his podcast, Outside the Walls, about my article, The Place Where You Stand is Holy Ground: Recognizing and Preventing Spiritual Abuse in the Catholic Church. We first talked about what spiritual abuse is before we discussed how it impacts the rise...

Outside the Walls – Recognizing and Preventing Spiritual Abuse

Critics’ Letter Fails to Make Case that Pope Francis is a Heretic

Throughout his papacy, traditionalist critics of Pope Francis have accused him of sowing confusion among the faithful or even of teaching heresy. Perhaps most famously, in 2016 four cardinals submitted five dubia, or questions seeking clarification, regarding Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Escalating these challenges to Francis’s authority, on September 16, a letter...

Critics’ Letter Fails to Make Case that Pope Francis is a Heretic

Praise the Lord Who Lifts up the Poor

A reflection on the readings of September 18, 2022 — the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The audio, when available, will be posted here. At a Labor Day Mass one year, I offered a reflection on the Church’s teaching on human labor. I remember that that homily was about meaningful work, just wages,...

Praise the Lord Who Lifts up the Poor

Does Pope Francis Contradict The Council of Trent?

A group of Catholic scholars, writers, and clerics—including four bishops—recently issued a statement claiming that Pope Francis contradicts the teaching of the Council of Trent in no. 5 of his June 29, 2022 apostolic letter, Desiderio Desideravi. The authors of this statement, which is entitled The Teaching of the Catholic faith on the...

Does Pope Francis Contradict The Council of Trent?

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It is, moreover, our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as “profane novelties of words,” out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise...

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