Donald R. McClarey

The Assumption of Mary: Development of Doctrine

The Feast of the Assumption is an excellent time to take a look at it as a development of doctrine in light of Cardinal Newman’ s test to determine whether something is a development or a corruption in regard to

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Development of Doctrine

Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman, among his many other services to the Church, clarified the concept of development of doctrine as opposed to corruptions of doctrine that occasionally fasten on the Church and are shed off by the Church over time.

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Donald R. McClarey

Lies, Mark Shea and Cardinal Newman

      Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts joins Mark Shea’s noble anti-lying crusade:   It’s time the Church take a bold stand against illegal immigration.  After all, what is one major way people here illegally are able to carry

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Donald R. McClarey

Cardinal Newman’s Rules for Blogging

  (I first published this on January 18, 2015.  Time to remind myself again as to how blogging should be conducted.)   Blogging can be rough amusement.  I will attempt to keep the Definition of a Gentleman written by Cardinal

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Cardinal Newman on Pentecost

      WHEN our Lord was going to leave the world and return to His Father, He called His disciples orphans; children, as it were, whom He had been rearing, who were still unable to direct themselves, and who

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Cardinal Newman on the Immaculate Conception

Memorandum On the Immaculate Conception I 1. IT is so difficult for me to enter into the feelings of a person who understands the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, and yet objects to it, that I am diffident about attempting

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Cardinal Newman’s Rules for Blogging

Blogging can be rough amusement.  I will attempt to keep the Definition of a Gentleman written by Cardinal Newman in 1852 in mind as much as I can and still keep the readers of TAC informed and amused.  It is

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Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

  (The day of the beatification of Pope Paul VI seems like a good day to repost this post.) I have long heard about Pope Paul VI having referred to the “smoke of Satan” having entered the Church.  Usually most references to

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part IV

    The fourth and final part of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ delivered by John Henry Cardinal Newman before his conversion during Advent in 1835.  Part I is here, part II is here and Part

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part II

        Part II of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ given by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman during Advent in 1835 before his conversion.  Part I is here. In this second sermon Newman concentrates on

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part I

    (I originally posted these sermons back in 2009 when the readership of the blog was quite smaller.  Time to do so again.  The Anti-Christ would seem at first blush to be a theme for the end of the liturgical

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Cardinal Newman on Papal Infallibility

“It in no way depends upon the caprice of the Pope, or upon his good pleasure, to make such and such a doctrine, the object of a dogmatic definition. He is tied up and limited to the divine revelation, and

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You Never Know When Something Will Come in Handy

          In the coming turbulent days of the pontificate of Pope Francis, and rest assured that such turbulent days are rapidly approaching if not quite here, I rather suspect I will be accused by some of adopting an

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Cardinal Newman on the Assumption

AS soon as we apprehend by faith the great fundamental truth that Mary is the Mother of God, other wonderful truths follow in its train; and one of these is that she was exempt from the ordinary lot of mortals,

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Cardinal Newman on Lent

  Is it not, I say, quite a common case for men and for women to neglect religion in their best days? They have been baptized, they have been taught their duty, they have been taught to pray, they know

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40 Martyrs of England and Wales and Cardinal Newman

In so many ways we moderns are pygmies who stand on the shoulders of giants.  One group of giants for all English-speaking Catholics is the 40 martyrs of England and Wales who were canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 25,

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Cardinal Newman on Lying and Equivocation

The Catholic blogosphere has been ablaze recently with discussions revolving around the actions of Lila Rose and Live Action and their sting operation against Worse Than Murder, Inc, with some bloggers like our own Joe Hargrave condemning these tactics since

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Newman: Reflections at the Beginning of Advent

  “Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” Isaiah xxxiii. 17.  YEAR after year, as it passes, brings us the same warnings again and again, and none perhaps

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