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LESSON 4 – MORE PREAMBLES

We must understand the difficulties that confront our task and where they originated.  more

LESSON 3 – PROVING THE EXISTENCE OF GOD – SOME PREAMBLES

Before we embark on the first of the proofs of God’s existence, we must lay some groundwork.  more

LESSON 2 - BEING IS TRANSCENDENT

The greatest feature of any thing is that it exists.  Nothing is more significant.  Being, existence, transcends all the categories into which we can divide the things of nature.  more

LESSON 1 - WHAT PHILOSOPHY ADDRESSES

Here we carry out some revision of issues addressed last year, and consider an interesting objection raised by one of the class.  more

LESSONS IN FIRST PHILOSOPHY

Professor Solomon is producing a second series of lessons in metaphysics this year.  After addressing some basic concepts he will proceed to elaborate each of St Thomas’s Five Proofs for the existence of God.   Here are the first two lessons in this second series.

IT’S THE COUNCIL THAT’S THE PROBLEM

Our commentary on Vatican II showing how Pope Francis’s conduct is bringing to a head the evils the Council initiated.  more

13th MAY 2016

This was the 99th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Blessed Lady to the three children at Fatima.  It presages, we suggest, the ending of the 100 years permission accorded the devil to destroy God’s holy Church.  more

TO AN INTENDING CONVERT PART II

A few more notes on the previous article.  more

TO AN INTENDING CONVERT

This is a sort of slovenly review of Joseph Pearce’s Literary Converts (London, 1999) which is readily available in hard copy or via Kindle. There is much in it to inspire an aspiring convert. more

JOURNALIST GREG SHERIDAN & AUSTRALIA'S BISHOPS

On 7th April, 2016, yet another Catholic public figure, Greg Sheridan, in The Australian newspaper, publicly rejected the stand of Christ's Church on marriage as he lent support to the secular mood for 'same-sex' marriage.   The poor example given by Australia’s bishops may go some way to excusing his public lapse from adherence to Catholic principle.  more

EVELYN WAUGH & AMORIS LAETITIA

10th April, 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Waugh who died on Easter Sunday, 1966.  God in His providence has ordained that the anniversary should be marked in singular fashion.  An anonymous priest who calls himself Monsieur L'Abbé has written a commentary on the Pope's recent Apostolic Exhortation comparing the principles obtaining at the time of the setting of Waugh's most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited, with those the Pope sees as applicable today. The effect is memorable. The article may be viewed on the Rorate Caeli website at http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-op-ed-pope-francis-pro-mundum.html#more   Alternatively, the reader may view a copy of it here.

AMERICANISM

This is a study of the evil that afflicts the faith of 98% of American Catholics, bishops, priests, religious and laity.  They are not alone.  The conduct of the bishops at the Second Vatican Council ensured that the vast majority of Catholics throughout the world are affected by it also.  more

TWO PARABLES

Some brief thoughts on the vocation of the practising Catholic.  more

MORE ON ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT, JOHN F KENNEDY & THE AMERICAN BISHOPS

This paper was originally published on 1st May, 2010.  It erroneously asserted that the American bishops had embraced the Masonic doctrine of separation of Church and State in their pastoral letter, The Christian in Action, when the bishops had been at pains to reject that doctrine there.  However, their acceptance of Masonic principle in regard to the rights of the State over education and of 'religious freedom', and their silence over the unique right of Christ's Church to be acknowledged as the one true religion on earth involved de facto acceptance of that Masonic doctrine.  What the bishops said was one thing ; what the bishops did was another. more

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Professor Solomon's Introduction to Philosophy is available as a booklet from Cardinal Newman Faith Resources for the price of $15 plus postage - click here to order. It is available also as individual chapters in Adobe Acrobat form on this website -  more

DIFFICULTIES

This is a letter addressing certain difficulties expressed by our readers in their endeavours to grasp the metaphysical.  more

LOGIC & VATICAN II

A state of schism divides the Church’s members.  It is not the usual sort of schism, that denies the supremacy of the Pope.  This one has to do with the body of Catholic belief. more

85th ANNIVERSARY OF CASTI CONNUBII

Pius XI penned this detailed encyclical in response to the disaster of the embrace by the Lambeth Conference of the Church of England in August 1930 of contraception.  more

 

BALLADE OF ILLEGAL ORNAMENTS

 
This was Hilaire Belloc’s response to an article about the actions of the liberal Anglican bishop of Birmingham, Ernest Barnes (1874-1953).  The poem serves to remind us, as we begin another Advent, of the humility of the Son of God in coming among us. more

 

WAS LUTHER NOT SUCH A BAD CHAP AFTER ALL?

This paper was published first in 2008. The recent visit by the Holy Father to the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Rome and remarks he made there to a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic have prompted us to republish it. more   (See also Fr Z’s blogsite under the byline “What Did The Pope Really Say...about Lutherans and Communion” http://wdtprs.com/blog/2015/11/what-did-the-pope-really-say-about-lutherans-and-communion/ ; also Fr George Byers’ site under the byline “Pope Francis on Inter-Communion With Lutherans” http://ariseletusbegoing.com/2015/11/16/pope-francis-on-inter-communion-with-the-lutherans/)

WHAT WAS THE SYNOD FOR ?

Here we offer an assessment of the results of the recent Synod on the Family. more

REVIEW OF PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES

Phoenix from the Ashes - The Making, Unmaking, and Restoration of Catholic Tradition by H J A Sire [Kettering, Ohio, Angelico Press http://angelicopress.com/sire-phoenix-from-the-ashes , 2015] is as admirable as it is timely. Here is a review of this important book.  more

HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO !

Dr John Rao, Associate Professor of History at St Johns’ University, New York, has penned an acerbic commentary on the papal visit to the United States which may interest our readers here - http://jcrao.freeshell.org/HailtheConqueringHero.html - or here .  He makes points there which we have sought to make on superflumina, albeit with different terminology.

Let us offer up prayers and have Masses offered for Pope Francis at this crucial time.

THE TRIUMPH OF PROTESTANTISM IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Dalliance with Protestant values by the bishops of the Catholic Church for 50 years and more have come to roost with Pope Francis’s two motu proprio abandoning principle in marriage.  more

THE ONE NECESSARY ENCYCLICAL—PART II, A DRAFT

The statement of members of The Roman Forum meeting at Lake Garda, Italy, on 9th July 2015  [http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-lake-garda-statement.html ] demonstrates that there are many within the Catholic Church who recognise the crisis through which the Church is passing—has passed, these last fifty years—and are able to enunciate a course for the return to the Church's proper station as the means of salvation for all the world.

We have been insistent on superflumina about the need, if the Church's authority and salutary influence in the world is to be restored, for the Vicar of Christ to confront and confound the immense evil of atheism in an encyclical letter.    It is an undertaking that requires an immense effort of investment, with the hope of a proportionately immense return.  We have essayed a draft of such an encyclical to this end that it might attract the attention of the Church’s future bishops, one of whom will one day come to assume the pallium of the Vicar of Christ on earth. more

THE ONE NECESSARY ENCYCLICAL

This is a recasting with slight amendments of a paper published in August 2009 inviting His Holiness to address the one intellectual issue that presses mankind in the modern world.  more

FROM THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL TO THE SYNOD

Recently the Michael Davies Memorial Lecture was delivered by Roberto de Mattei. His lecture was entitled 'From the Second Vatican Council to the Synod: The Teaching of Michael Davies'. It confirms the views published on this website over the past decade - see 'Vatican II' in the menu or http://www.superflumina.org/contents_vatican_ii.html. The lecture is reproduced here from the the Rorate Caeli website - more

FAILURE OF THE EXECUTIVE POWER

This is a revision of a paper that appeared on this website in August 2005. It deals with the problems that arose for Catholics on the interplay of two influences, one from outside the Church and the other, the more important, from within.  more

THE SCHISMATIC TENDENCY IN ‘CREATION SCIENCE’

'Creation Science', the naive assertion that the universe was created only 6,000 years ago, is a Protestant thing.  Its adoption by Catholics presents real dangers to their faith. more

THE LOSS OF METAPHYSICS

John of Salisbury, 12th Century philosopher, says in his Metalogicon: 'Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more... because they raise us up...' In the century that followed John of Salisbury, the greatest of the intellectual giants appeared, Thomas Aquinas. His philosophy, metaphysics, is the only ultimately satisfying explanation of reality, the only philosophy which leads us inevitably to the Author of all reality, Almighty God. Thomas's philosophy was adopted by the Catholic Church as her own to assist in formulating doctrine and in solving the great problems of morals. Yet, in the last 40 years that philosophy has been abandoned and the Church and the world have suffered. If the Church is to be returned to her rightful position of influence in the world, her bishops and teachers must return to St Thomas's metaphysics. more