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Two Logical Arguments in Favor of the "Infallible Safety" of the Ordinary Magisterium

Thesis: Individuals cannot and ought not accuse the Ordinary Magisterium (OM) of Pope Francis as having had promulgated heresy or serious error. NOTE: Definitions of terms used in this post, and in this blog more widely can be found here . My reasoning for this is two-fold: (1) Why I assert that Pope Francis cannot be accused of heresy. This is because I assess that each instance of Francis' ordinary  magisterium which is accused of such heresy can be interpreted (and thus should be interpreted) in an orthodox manner. Thus, the evidence of such heresy is not blatantly obvious; hence the evidence of such heresy is likewise ambiguous. In an instance of ambiguity, the most charitable interpretation should be rendered the acceptable one. [I hope to eventually address argument (1) more specifically by taking a look at the instances in which the OM of Francis has been accused of heresy or serious error, and why such interpretations are not the only interpretations that can b


DEFINITIONS OF TERMS USED IN THIS BLOG [This page will be updated continually as I create more posts. I will add more definitions as I deem it necessary. If there are words I have used which you would like me to define and add to this page, please feel free to contact me at ] Ambiguity : A proposition which can be interpreted in two or more senses, one of which is unacceptable. Authentic Interpreter : This phrase, in regard to the Church's Magisterium, comes from Vatican II's Dei Verbum 10. The original latin is "authentice interpretandi." The word "authentice" has meant in the past (14th century) to mean "authoritative." Some have posited that "authentice" in the context of Dei Verbum 10 uses this older definition of "authoritative." The modern word "authentic" generally means "corresponding to the fact" instead of "authoritative." Dangerous Error* : I consider a

The Theological Censures

The following is my paraphrase and synthesis of the Catholic Encyclopedia (NewAdvent) on the Theological Censures of the Catholic Church. I have quoted and given a link to the entire section at the end of this article. A discussion of the Theological Censures may be divided into three (3) main categories: (I) The significance and definitions of condemned propositions. (II) The expression of condemned propositions. (III) The consequences of condemned propositions.   (I) The significance and definitions of condemned propositions: NOTE: I posit that the censures in this section can additionally be categorized as the following, which is evidenced by the aforementioned Encyclopedia's descriptions of such: i. Dangerous Errors: All censures in sections A, B, & C. ii. Undetermined: The censure in section D - Temeratia (rash). iii. Safe Errors: All censures of section E. (By "safe," I mean "not dangerous to one's salvation.) A. Hæretica  (heretical) 1. A p

Advice for Vocational Discernment from Cardinal John Baptist Franzelin (1816-1886)

 ADVICE FOR VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT FROM CARDINAL JOHN BAPTIST FRANZELIN (1816-1886) Cardinal Franzelin, S.J. - a portrait taken from the beginning of the biography. The below excerpt is from the biography of John Baptist Cardinal Franzelin (1816-1886) written by Fr. Nicholas Walsh published in 1895.  I have not come across many writings before the second half of the 20th Century that deal with the topic of "discerning one's vocation," specifically, so it was to my surprise that this work dealt with the subject so particularly.  While reading said biography, I was struck by the advise given to readers regarding vocational discernment. First, the author recommends the advice of Jesus given to the rich young man in Matthew 19:16-30 (cf. Mark 10:17-31 and Luke 18:18-30). Namely, keep the commandments, then sell all you have, give to the poor, then come follow Jesus. This same gospel passage has been extremely influential in the lives of multiple saints and religious orders; p

On Private Judgement vs The Magisterium - Excerpts from Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae - Pope Leo XIII - 1899

Excerpt from Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae (Concerning New Opinions, Virtue, Nature and Grace, With Regard to Americanism) By Pope Leo XIII - 1899 *please excuse my editing of this excerpt. In order not to make this post too long, I cut out certain parts of this quote. It was difficult to not just leave it all in. If you want to read the document for yourself, I will attach a link below. It is beautiful... and convicting. Pope Leo XIII, 1900 ‐‐-----‐------------------------------ We, therefore, on account of our apostolic office, [have] to guard the integrity of the faith and the security of the faithful. ...the underlying principle of these new [erroneous] opinions is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions.  Many think that these concessions should be made not only in regard to ways of living, but even

Evidence for the “Infallible Safety” of the Non-definitive Magisterium

Evidence for the “Infallible Safety” of the Non-definitive Magisterium *This post is a work in progress and may be updated at anytime. It is a fruit of my own research on this subject. Any text below in italics is a quote, not my own words. All other text are either my words or my formatting. All formatting below is my own, and not a part of the original quotes. Many of the below quotes are not intended to be “knock-out” evidence for the notion of “Infallible Safety” (aka. the “Charism of Safety”), but rather simply as evidence of such a proposition. Certainly, many of these quotes can have various interpretations. NOTE: My preferred term for “Infallible Safety” is the “Charism of Safety.” It removes the misnomer that such a notion is infallible in the sense of ex-cathedra definitions– thus confusing the two topics. Those quotes which I consider most convincing in affirming the subject notion are the following. These are in chronological order, not in order of importance: Leo XIII'

Key Excerpts from the "Syllabus of Errors Against the Modernists" - P. Pius X (1907)

KEY EXCERPTS FROM THE  "SYLLABUS OF ERRORS AGAINST THE MODERNISTS" - P. PIUS X (1907) The below excerpts are from the "Syllabus of Errors Against the Modernists." I have found myself to be sympathetic with one or more of these condemned propositions at one point or another during my life... positions from which I have repented of since. I hope that these may be useful to many; possibly even enlightening some unto the path of Truth -- as it did for me. From the Decree "Lamentabili Sane" (SYLLABUS CONDEMNING THE ERRORS OF THE MODERNISTS). Signed by Peter Palombelli (Notary of the Holy Roman and Universal Inquisition); also "approved and confirmed" by P. Pius X in 1907. NOTE: Each of the below propositions is condemned . 5. Since the deposit of Faith contains only revealed truths, the Church has no right to pass judgment on the assertions of the human sciences. 8. They are free from all blame who treat lightly the condemnations passed by the Sacred