Following the Magi

In the Traditional calendar we are now in Epiphanytide. We continue to reflect on this Mystery of light, the manifestation of Christ to the nations. The importance of this Feast theologically and liturgically cannot be overstated. St Peter Chrysologus observed: In the mystery of our Lord’s Incarnation there were clear indications of his eternal Godhead. Yet the great events we celebrate today disclose and reveal in different ways the fact that God himself took a human body. Mortal man, enshrouded always in darkness, must not

be left in ignorance, and so be deprived of what he can understand and retain only by grace (Sermon 160 PL 52, 620-622).

This mystery and all mysteries need to be celebrated in all their splendour and import, lest we be left in ignorance, and so be deprived of what [we] can understand and retain only by grace. In the Church, this instruction is generally speaking accessible in the sermon or homily; and the grace to retain what we have learned is obtained through the celebration of the Sacraments and our willingness to be formed by the doctrine of the faith.

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Vaccines, Formal and Material Cooperation

A question for all of us, those who may see the vaccine as the prophylactic panacea to bring us back to peace and normality, all the way across that spectrum and widening divide separating many of us, to those adamant that they will never take the hastily approved conspiratorial concoction, come hell or high water. I may give my opinion on that in the midst of these thoughts,

We all must decide in that still small voice our tradition calls our conscience, that act of judgement on our own moral actions, on which I offered some principles from Saint Thomas. Our conscience must be as informed as we might make it, so that we can judge as much in accordance with objective truth.

One of the primary objections to the vaccine is its link to abortion, derived as some of them are from the cell line of an aborted baby decades ago, which raises the question of co-operation in the grave evil of the snuffing out of life – oft by heinous means – before birth.

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Leftwing National Catholic Reporter: ‘Catholic Apologists for Trump Have Blood on Their Hands’

Bill In The News (Breitbart): Catholic League President Bill Donohue, however, saw it differently and asked Friday who is actually “guilty of inciting riots?” In the wake of the storming of the Capitol, many are blaming President Trump for the violence. Of course, he never instructed anyone to engage in violence. Nevertheless, his critics argue that he […]

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Incoming USCCB doctrine chair: Death penalty is part of ‘throwaway culture’

CNA Staff, Jan 9, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA).- In an online panel Friday, the incoming chair of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee discussed the Church’s opposition to the death penalty as a matter of fighting the “throwaway culture.”

“[B]asically the Church is stating the state cannot and should not exercise this power [to execute],” Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville said.

Bishop Flores, who was elected in November to be the new chair of the doctrine committee of the U.S. bishops’ conference, spoke at an online panel “Killing in Our Name: Federal Executions and Pro-Life Witness,” hosted by Georgetown University. He will begin serving on the USCCB’s doctrine committee after the conference’s Fall, 2021 assembly.

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