Alphabetical Listing of REFERENCE Files
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An extract from the 1958 high-school (Grade 11) religion book Living
our Faith, which succinctly addresses the various states of the
conscience. It may be useful to those struggling with a problem of
Text of the instruction De Defectibus" ("On Defects That May Occur
in the Celebration of Mass") taken from the front of a Tridentine Altar
Missal (it was omitted when the "Novus Ordo Missae" of Paul VI was
promulgated in 1969). It shows with what care the Mass must be celebrated
to be valid and answers all the common questions of "What should be done
if ... ?"
Text of the 1460 Bull Execrabilis of Pope Pius II. Condemns
"conciliarism" - resisting the teachings of the Magisterium in the vain
hope that a "more favorable" ruling may be made by a future council.
Article on fasting taken from the (1909) Catholic Encyclopedia, with
brief introductory commentary on how it may be applied to Lenten fasting
Episcopal Jurisdiction and the Holy See
By Joseph C. Fenton, taken from a 1949 issue of "The American Ecclestical
Review." It demonstrates how episcopal jurisdiction derives directly only
from the Pope or his delegated agent(s).
Doctrinal Authority of Papal Allocutions
By Joseph C. Fenton, taken from a (circa) 1956 issue of "The American
Ecclesiastical Review." It shows how Papal allocutions published in the
"Acta" ("Acta Apostolica Sedis" or "AAS") must be considered
"authoritative" (proximate to, if not actually ex cathedra),
regardless of the form in which they are presented, as long as it is
emphatic and intends to be definitive.
While ex cathedra pronouncements cannot be rejected without
incurring heresy, "authoritative" statements of the Church's
magisterium bind under pain of serious sin. Thus, protestations by the
Modernists that the documents of Vatican II (and other post-Conciliar
encyclicals, etc.) are not "dogmatic" are without foundation. Taken to
its logical conclusion, Fenton's article permits one to conclude that
since certain authoritative teachings of the post-Conciliar "popes"
conflict with those of their predecessors (and inasmuch as Our Lord
has promised all true popes the gift of infallibility), the post-Conciliar
"popes" cannot be true popes.
Article on heresy taken from the (1910) Catholic Encyclopedia. It
mentions (in part) that "The pope himself, if notoriously guilty of
heresy, would cease to be pope because he would cease to be a member of
Article on Limbo taken from the (1910) Catholic Encyclopedia.
This file is the "Relatio" of Bishop Vincent Ferrer Gasser presented to
the fathers (bishops) of Vatican I on July 11, 1870, which explains what
precisely is meant by the doctrine of papal infallibility. It explains
that the Pope need not follow any specfic form (e.g., "We hereby teach,
proclaim and define that ... And if anyone hold the contrary, let him be
anathema.") but simply indicate in some way that his decision on a
particular matter of faith or morals is intended to be definitive and
binding. (See also The Doctrinal Authority of Papal Allocutions
Article on private revelation taken from the 1910 Catholic
Article on TESTEM BENEVOLENTIAE of Pope Leo XIII (January 22, 1899
apostolic letter to Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore) on the subject of
On the proper form for the consecration of the wine, taken from the
Catechism of the Council of Trent. Clearly shows why the expression "for all"
should NOT be used.