Author: Pedro Gabriel

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Which Pope said this?

This is the Christ, this is the prince, this is the true and one God who founded and established the Holy Apostolic See and gave it primacy over all peoples and all realms. This is the fountain and origin of all offices (…) This is the place which the Lord chose. Here is the High Priest who must be obeyed, on pain of death. To this See has been entrusted the first and supreme power,...

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Weekly roundup (28 Apr – May 4)

Pope Francis donated 500,000 dollars from the Peter’s Pence collection to assist the thousands of immigrants stranded on the USA border, thereby highlighting the humanitarian crisis of our brothers and sisters in Christ who travelled thousands of miles in hopes of a better life for themselves and their families, only to be abandoned without shelter or assistance. It also highlights the need for Catholics to have a consistent approach to the doctrine of the Church,...

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Which Pope said this?

“You are so blinded (…) that you do not notice what you are doing, and who you are, and to whom you do it. Indeed you make a prejudgment of that one, concerning which it is licit neither you nor anyone whatsoever of mortals to make a judgment, since the most Blessed and Apostolic Pontiff Sylvester decreed (…) with the universal Nicene Synod approving and subscribing, that the highest See is judged by no one....

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Which Pope said this?

“A more dangerous reductionism is that which claims to interpret and apply the laws of the Church in a manner that is detached from the teaching of the Magisterium. According to this view, Only formal legislative acts and not doctrinal pronouncements would have disciplinary value. It is obvious, that those operating from this reductionist perspective could sometimes come up with two different solutions to the same ecclesial problem: one drawn from the texts of the...

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Links of interest (Apr 14-22)

After his most insightful article diagnosing the roots of American Catholic polarization, Robert Christian addresses its possible remedies: “One critical way to reduce enmity is for American Catholics who are publicly dissenting from Church teaching to be honest about their dissent. Catholics should not overstate their knowledge of Church teaching or their commitment to it. They should not distort it—intentionally or through neglect. And they should never downplay it or undermine it by making it...

Papal critics: embrace Mercy!

“God has imprisoned all human beings in their own disobedience only to show mercy to them all.” — Rm 11:32 (NJB) When Pope Francis ended his Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in 2016, he issued an apostolic letter entitled Misericordia et Misera, dedicated to the theme of mercy. In this letter, His Holiness extended permission to any priest to validly grant absolution in the Sacrament of Penance with people who had procured an abortion (before this...

What to make of Benedict’s essay on the crisis?

This Thursday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI published an article in a German newspaper about the sexual abuse crisis. In it, the Pope Emeritus takes some hard stances against the decline in sexual morality that took place following the 1960s in general, and the Second Vatican Council in particular. Francis’ detractors, unsurprisingly, have read it as a vindication of their claims that the root cause of the abuse crisis is the Church’s sexual decay. They see...

Links of interest (Apr 7th – 13th)

Certainly one of the most newsworthy happenings this week was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s new article about the sexual abuse crisis. Of course, the usual papal detractors have taken the opportunity to pit Benedict’s opinion against Francis’ reforms and teachings. Others have attacked Benedict for publishing this essay. However, good apologists have set out to defend both pontiffs. Austen Ivereigh and Pete Vere have written good articles, that explain the wrongfulness of the critics. Also,...

Showing mercy towards traditionalists

“Respect must everywhere be shown for the feelings of all those who are attached to the Latin liturgical tradition, by a wide and generous application of the directives already issued” — Pope St. John Paul II Ecclesia Dei, #6.b Semina verbi It is undeniable that much of the resistance to Pope Francis’ magisterium, reforms, and pontificate comes from some Church quarters with a certain traditionalist leaning. In fact, one must also acknowledge that this resistance...

The Remnant: it is not what you’ve been told

From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges (…) And so it seems certain to me that...

Links of interest (Mar 31st – Apr 6th)

Journalist Christopher Lamb provides an excelent preliminary analysis on Christus Vivit, as well as its context in light of Jorge Bergoglio’s lifestory. In this excellent essay, Robert Christian explains the roots of American Catholic polarization, one of the causes of much of the dissent and division within the Universal Church. A must-read! Only by understanding the problem may we start to address it. “The various costs of polarization have led many to grow concerned about...

Which Pope said this?

“We renew before God our common commitment to promote the dialogue of charity in every possible manner, following the example of Christ in nourishing his Church and surrounding it with the solicitude of his charity (cf. Eph 5:29). In this spirit, we reject every form of proselytism, every attitude which would or could be perceived as a lack of respect.” (scroll down for answer) . . . . . . . . . . ....

Which Pope said this?

“The Church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by “attraction”: just as Christ “draws all to himself” by the power of his love, culminating in the sacrifice of the Cross, so the Church fulfils her mission to the extent that, in union with Christ, she accomplishes every one of her works in spiritual and practical imitation of the love of her Lord.” (scroll down for answer) Pedro GabrielPedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic...

When Heresy pretends to be Tradition

The following exchange is a real dialogue that truly happened between a high-profile Catholic theologian, disgruntled with the Pope, and an archbishop trying to set him again on the path of obedience to the Church: “Archbishop: Let us now begin to work again for our Holy Church. Theologian: Indeed, for the Church of old. Archbishop: There is only one Church, that is neither old nor new. Theologian: They have made a new church.” The theologian...

Links of interest (March 24 – 30)

Pope Francis has issued a Motu Proprio, enacting legislation for the protection of minors and vulnerable people in the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State. The Motu Proprio can be read in full here. These guidelines have been hailed by an editor from Vatican News as “state of the art” and up-to-date with the best current evidence on the protection of minors: read here why. Regarding the abuse crisis, it is also noteworthy this...

Which Pope said this?

“Lastly it is most important that those who defend the interests of religion in the press, and particularly in the daily papers, should take up the same attitude (…) [S]o lofty, so noble, is the cause to which they have devoted themselves, that it exacts from the defenders of truth and justice a rigorous observance of numerous duties which they must not fail to fulfil; and in seeking to accomplish some of these, the others...