In this interview, we covered the following key points:
1. The precise definition of heresy: I explain how heresy is not simply disagreeing with the Church or holding different opinions on non-infallibly defined matters. Heresy is an obstinate denial of a truth that should be believed by all, as defined by the Church.
2. The misuse of heresy accusations: I address the trend of casually throwing around heresy claims, particularly against the Pope, without proper validation or understanding of its gravity as a canonical crime.
3. Heresy disguised as tradition: I explore how heresy often presents itself as a return to a purer form of tradition, distorting the true teachings of the Church and undermining its authority.
4. The development of tradition: I delve into the nuanced nature of tradition, emphasizing that it allows for growth and development beyond a superficial interpretation. I also highlight the need for a comprehensive understanding of tradition, considering historical and cultural contexts.
5. The inspiration behind the book: I share my journey of uncovering the parallels between modern-day traditionalists and early Protestants, which led me to write “Heresy Disguised as Tradition.” I explain how the book explores various heresies throughout history and their patterns of claiming a return to a purer form of faith.
6. The role of the Magisterium: I discuss the mechanisms through which the Magisterium accurately interprets tradition and why it is the most faithful interpreter. I also emphasize the importance of relying on the Magisterium rather than personal opinions.
I’m also going host a Workshop where you can meet the author and ask any questions about the book or about me as a writer. It’s going to be held on February 10, at 11 am (EST). Here is the link to register. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.