The Unwanted Case For Universalism: How Amoris Laetitia can be used to presuppose universal Eucharistic worthiness

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A particular friend in one of my threads, as he is wont to do, upbraided me for my critical commentaries on the “developments” which have taken place in moral and dogmatic theology in the last many decades (though, if you inquire enough, I go further back than that, even pre-Tridentine). He insisted that no violation of dogmatic theology has been committed since the 2nd-Vatican Council, and, more pointedly, the current Pope has only remained faithful to the depositum fidei as handed from the Apostles and onward in their successors. I actually happen to agree with him (at least, in sum, if not in particulars), but that doesn’t mitigate me from anything I’ve said or written prior to. Below is my response to him, particularly with regard to how explicit change in dogma has not been the weapon of today’s attack on Christian revelation. Catholics need to recognize that they are spinning their wheels, grinding their gears, and labor needlessly in a continuous hamster wheel if they think that explicit and objective violation of dogmatic teaching is what threatens the Church today. We need an accurate assessment of the actual problem on the same intellectual terms of those who foster this “paradigm shift”, with its illegal appeal to Newman’s essay on the Development of Doctrine (see my article here on Cardinal Cupich’s appeal to Newman in a lecture to bolster his theory of “paradigm shift”)  Otherwise, we are going to only affirm the proponents-of-change since we prove incompetent on understanding their positions, and we will be left to launching bombs at a straw-city. Below is my whack at what may describe the precise sphere of degradation in orthodoxy which not only has pervaded the scene of the Church for many years now, but will continue to garner strength and development in the coming years, which is also my response to said friend.

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A Reasonable Hope That All Mankind Will Go To Heaven?

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It is unfortunate that people officially qualified to speak are not silencing clerics who espouse dangerous speculations which confuse people, and lead them away from knowing the clarity of the gospel. I am sorry that I need to speak so forcefully to this, but we have a deafening silence not just from those who hold the keys of the kingdom, but from the theologians who ought to know better. I here offer a challenge to a growing belief in our day which says that we can have a reasonable hope that all mankind is ultimately going to be redeemed and glorified in the blessed eschaton. The challenge I give is very simple, since it consists in a mere appeal to the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. In turn, I also open myself to be challenged on this, since if I am wrong, I’d like to know I’m wrong. If all of us are out to serve and know the Truth, then putting ourselves out there to proclaim the Truth and/or receive correction so that we might thereafter know the Truth is the modus operandi.

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Who Can Be Saved? The Problem with Today’s Answer.

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Bishop Robert Barron recently released a Youtube commentary on the question of “Who Can Be Saved”? The problem here is not so much in what is said in this video (although, I’d take issue with what appears to be his assertion that Atheists can be saved by following their conscience, albeit under the auspices of grace), but in what is *not* said. And I think it is worth pointing this out since the modern context of relativism, indifference, and the “meh”-mentality cannot afford to overlook what I am about to say. Continue reading