Month: January 2010

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True Catholicism, or why I love Fr. John Gother

1. Catholicism, MisrepresentedOne of the frequent problems facing Catholics defending the Faith is that those attacking it really aren’t. They’re attacking some strange distortion of the Catholic Faith which, if true, would deserve to be attacked. Occasionally, this distorting is done willfully to advance one’s own theological agenda (as with the influential Centuriators of Magdeburg, […]

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Can a Pope Resign?

Yes. Canon 332, ยง2 says that, “If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.” Who would have guessed it’d be that straightforward? (h/t Canonist Ed Peters on Fr. Z’s blog).

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Why Bread and Wine?

The fact that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus doesn’t mean that the elements bread and wine can’t also be symbolic. And indeed, they’re incredibly so. Consider just a few of the 1) Bread and wine both vaguely look like flesh and blood, respectively. This is a fact to which Jesus seems […]

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