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"Do not allow yourselves to be deceived by the cunning statements of those who persistently claim to wish to be with the Church, to love the Church, to fight so that people do not leave Her...But judge them by their works. If they despise the shepherds of the Church and even the Pope, if they attempt all means of evading their authority in order to elude their directives and judgments..., then about which Church do these men mean to speak? Certainly not about that established on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone (Eph. 2:20)." [Pope St. Pius X: Allocution of May 10, 1909]

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The Inquisitors
:: I. Shawn McElhinney
:: F. John Loughnan
:: Peter J. Vere JCL
:: Greg Mockeridge
:: Apolonio Latar
:: Gregory Rossi
:: Keith Kenney
:: The Curmudgeon
:: Mark Bonocore
:: Gregg the Obscure
Affiliated Weblogs/Websites
:: Rerum Novarum [>>>]
:: Sean O' Lachtnain's Home Page [>>>]
:: Envoy Encore Weblog (Peter Vere JCL, contributor) [>>>]
:: Cooperatores Veritatis [>>>]
:: Thoughts of Apolonio Latar III [>>>]
:: Sancta Liturgia [>>>]
:: Disturber of the Peace [>>>]
:: Vita Brevis [>>>]
Specialty Weblogs
:: The (New) Catholic Light BLOG (Peter Vere JCL, contributor) [>>>]
:: John Betts' Boycott BLOG [>>>]
Ecumenical Jihad*
:: Apolonio Latar and Kevin Tierney's Culture of Christ BLOG [>>>]
Specialty Weblinks
:: A Prescription Against 'Traditionalism' [>>>]
:: On the Intricacies of Dialogue - A Commentary [>>>]
:: The 'Tradition is Opposed to Novelty' Canard [>>>]
:: On Assisi and Catholic Principles [>>>]
:: F. John Loughnan's "Classification of Some Integrist (Lidless Eye) Websites" [>>>]
:: A Syllabus of Various (Mostly Pseudo-"Progressivist") Dissenting Authors [>>>]
:: A Canonical History of the Lefevrist Schism - Peter J. Vere's License Thesis From Saint Paul University, Ontario, Canada [>>>]
:: What Makes Us Catholic Traditionalists - written for The Wanderer December 6, 2001 (I. Shawn McElhinney/Pete Vere JCL) [>>>]
:: Yes Virginia, Fr. Nicholas Has Been Suspended - written for The Wanderer March 6, 2003 (Pete Vere JCL/I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Squelching Fr. Gruner's 'Squawking Squire' [>>>]
:: RadTrad Watch [>>>]
:: Antisemitism and the Catholic Right [>>>]
[:::....Site Intention, Disclaimer, Copyright, Etc....:::]
:: Intentions of this Weblog (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Weblog "War and Peace Length" Disclaimer (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Site Copyright (I. Shawn McElhinney/SecretAgentMan) [>>>]
:: Exhortation to Those Who Participate in the Message Boxes (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: On Linking to Tridentine Apostolates, Etc. --A Lidless Eye Inquisition Clarification Thread (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
[:::....Heretical Pseudo "Traditionalist" Apostolates....:::]
Mario Derksen's Catholic Insight
:: Responses to Mario Derksen--Parts I-III (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Mario on EENS (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Mario Derksen's Errors on Man (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Mario Derksen's Sedevacantism--Parts I-III (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Response to Mario --Parts I-II (Kevin Byrne) [>>>]
:: Mario's Sedevacantism and His Conscience (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder -I. Shawn McElhinney's Discussion List Comments on the "Karol Wojtyla is the Pope" Subject (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
Gerry Matatics' Apostolate
:: Gerry Matatics Too Hard Line For The Remnant (Pete Vere)[>>>]
:: Concerning Gerry Matatics and His Alleged Sedevacantism (Pete Vere) [>>>]
[:::....Schismatic and Theologically Specious Pseudo "Traditionalist" Apostolates....:::]
Catholic Apologetics International (or CAItanic)
:: Bob Sungenis' "Reply" to Richard John Neuhaus --Parts I-II (The Curmudgeon) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder - Richard J. Neuhaus on CAItanic (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: On CAItanic and the "Petrification" of their Opponents (Gregg the Obscure) [>>>]
:: On Stunted Ecclesiology and Other Examples of the Arrested Development of CAItanic (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Baghdad Bob Meets Bible Bob (The Curmudgeon) [>>>]
:: Commentary on CAItanic (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Sungenis/Ferrara and Double Standards (Apolonio Latar III) [>>>]
:: On Sungenis’ “Novelty”--Parts I-II(Apolonio Latar III) [>>>]
:: A Short Response to John Salza and Sungenis (Apolonio Latar III) [>>>]
:: A Brief Clarification by Your Weblog Host On "Mr. Ipse Dixit" (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Matatics vs. Sungenis (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Sungenis and God's Contingent Knowledge--Parts I-II (Apolonio Latar III) [>>>]
:: On "The Big Bang Theory" and its Pertinance to Catholic Doctrine (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
The Novus Ordo Watch
:: On "Novus Ordo Watch" (Gregg the Obscure) [>>>]
:: More on "Novus Ordo Watch" (Gregg the Obscure) [>>>]
:: Props to David Alexander (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
The Remnant
:: Beyond Lunacy (The Curmudgeon) [>>>]
:: The Remnant Gets it Right (The Curmudgeon) [>>>]
:: Commending Christopher Ferrara (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX)
:: Points to Ponder - on the SSPX (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: On the "Reconciliation" Rumours of the SSPX (The Curmudgeon) [>>>]
:: SSPX Demotes Key Priest Hoping For Reconciliation (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Three Cheers for Sedevacantism (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: On Fr. Paul Aulagnier (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Schism For One Dollar (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Bishop Rifan the Prophet (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Is the SSPX Still Lefebvrist? (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Civil War Breaks Out in the SSPX's French District (Pete Vere) [>>>]
[:::....Controverted Apostolates...:::]
Kevin Tierney and His Apostolate
:: Responding to Kevin Tierney's Criticism (Gregg the Obscure) [>>>]
:: Some Brief Comments on Kevin Tierney's Response to Gregg the Obscure (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: A Response to Kevin Tierney's Response to I. Shawn McElhinney (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: More Sophistry From Kevin Tierney --Parts I-II (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Briefly on Obedience and Kevin Tierney's Appeal to Canon Law 212 (I. Shawn McElhinney/Pete Vere JCL) [>>>]
:: Responsum ad Tiernam Dubiosum --Parts I-III, Addendum (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: A Note About A Blog (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Radtrads Again (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: On True and False 'Traditionalism' With Kevin Tierney --Parts I-VII (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, and Global Government --Parts I-III(Greg Mockeridge) [>>>]
:: Clarification on Global Government (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Brief Response to Kevin Tierney (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Miscellaneous Musings on Diversity (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: An Example of the Honesty That Must Accompany Dialogue (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Miscellaneous Muttering On Many Subjects (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: A Detailed Response to Kevin on The Revised Missal, Corpus Christi, Church Attendance, Church Forms, Protocol 1411, Etc. (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Miscellaneous Musings (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: "Responsum ad Tiernum" Dept. (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Discussing the Liturgy and Various Contrastings With Kevin Tierney (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Refuting the “He’s Not Disobedient. He's Just Stupid.” Defense (Greg Mockeridge) [>>>]
:: "Responsum ad Tiernum" Dept. (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
[:::....Controverted Subjects and People in General....:::]
:: Response to a Self-styled "Traditionalist" (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: On the Term "Inquisition" (Gregg the Obscure) [>>>]
:: Addressing a Sedevacantist Heretic (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: February's Quote of the Month (The Curmudgeon) [>>>]
:: On TAN Books (F. John Loughnan) [>>>]
:: On Defining Modernism (Chris Burgwald) [>>>]
:: Refuting the Late 'Trad' Michael Malone's Errors on Vatican II (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder - From His Beatitude Melkite Patriarch Maximos IV Saigh, Cardinal of the Roman Church (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: The Catechism and Radical Traditionalists (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Screwtape Parody on Radical Traditionalism (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Dialogue With a Rad-Trad --Parts I-II (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: On Hell and the Catechism (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: On Sola Fide Trads (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Some Traddie Fallacies Examined (F. John Loughnan) [>>>]
:: Dialogue With Adrian a Self-styled 'Traditionalist' --Parts I-VIII (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder - From St. Opatus of Milve (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Mr. Smith's Misunderstandings --Parts I-VI (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: On the Integralist-'Traditionalist' Conection --Parts I-V (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Discussion With Christopher Blosser on Reflections on Covenant and Mission (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: On the Morality of Promoting Conspiracy Theories (Gregg the Obscure) [>>>]
:: Question About the Magisterium (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: John Paul II and Islam (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Have 'Traditionalists' Been Too Hard on the Pope Viz Islam (F. John Loughnan) [>>>]
:: A Conversation --Parts I-II (I. Shawn McElhinney/Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Fatal Flaws of False 'Traditionalism' With Albert Cipriani--Parts I-VII (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: A Conversation on Spiritual Maturity and the Traditional Catholic Approach to Difficulties --Parts I-III (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Is it Okay to Complain? (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Obedience: The Rise of True Catholics --Parts I-II (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Radtradism and Mother Teresa (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Common 'Traditionalist' Errors in Dogmatic Theology and the Ordinary Magisterum (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Notes on the Ordinary Magisterium (SecretAgentMan) [>>>]
:: Some Self-styled "Traditionalist" Mendacity (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Posting Rules for Radical 'Traditionalists' (The Curmudgeon) [>>>]
:: Thoughts on Radtradism (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Why Garrigou-Lagrange? (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: The Syllabus (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Refutation of Some Common Radtrad Misuses of Citations (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: The Errors of Michael Malone Revisited (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Confuting an Attempted Justification for Schism --Parts I-II (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Another Assisi? Parts I-II (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder -Maximus the Abbott as quoted by Pope Leo XIII in Satis Cognitum §13 (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Dialogue With a 'Traditionalist' (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: "To Be Deep in Catholic Theology is to Cease to Be a (Pseudo) 'Traditionalist'" Dept. (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder - From Pope Benedict XV (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: On Charles de Nunzio (Gregg the Obscure) [>>>]
:: For Those Interested (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Refuting Mike's Errors (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: A Response to Mike Tucker (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Will it Merely Be More Uncatholic "Business As Usual"??? (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder - From St. John Bosco (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder - From St. Irenaeus of Lyons (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Dialogue/Debate on Pascendi (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder - From Cardinal Ratzinger on the Revised Roman Missal (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Responsum ad Hibernius (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Miscellaneous Material (Gregory Rossi) [>>>]
:: On Liturgical Dance (Gregory Rossi) [>>>]
:: On Humanism (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: On Humanism and Vatican II (Gregory Rossi) [>>>]
:: John Paul II and Universalism (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: On Scruples (Gregory Rossi) [>>>]
:: On Tony Blair and Receiving Communion (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Confuting Radical Pseudo-'Traditionalist' Nonsense --Part I (Mark Bonocore) [>>>]
:: Confuting Radical Pseudo-'Traditionalist' Nonsense --Part II (Mark Bonocore/I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: "Wast-ing A-way A-gain in Se-de-vac-ant-a-ville" Dept. (Mark Bonocore/I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: On the McElhinney Media Dictum (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Tomorrow Christendom (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Correcting a Common Misperception of This Weblog (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Response to a Guimaraes Article (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: A Response to Fr. Nitoglia (Apolonio Latar) [>>>]
:: More on "Tomorrow Christendom" (Dom Calvet/Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Surprised by Canon Law (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Briefly on Michael Davies' Passing (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: On Redemptionis Sacramentum and Canonical Implications for Ecclesia Dei (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Notification of Assisi Essay, Etc. (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Points to Ponder - Richard John Neuhaus on the Vatican and "Americanism"--Parts I-VI (I. Shawn McElhinney)[>>>]
:: 8 Things You Can Do to Stop the Judaizers (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: On Circumspection in Speech and Public Writing (Gregg the Obscure) [>>>]
:: On the Revised Missal Ordination Rites and Other Tidbits (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
::Points to Ponder - John Laux on an Interesting Parallel from History on the Subject of "Preserving Tradition" (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: In Fairness to Michael Forrest (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Michael Forrest and the Jews (Pete Vere) [>>>]
::Points to Ponder - Pope Gregory XVI on the Authority of the Popes (I. Shawn McElhinney)[>>>]
:: Michael Forrest and the Jews--Part II (Pete Vere) [>>>]
[:::....Miscellaneous Dialogual Subjects...:::]
:: Real Catholic Traditionalism (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: An Open Challenge to Catholic Traditionalists (Dom Gerard Calvet/Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Briefly on Quo Primum (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Traditionalist Debate of the Millenium: Pete Vere vs. Shawn McElhinney (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Dialogue on Ecclesia Dei With Mark Downey (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Sister Lucia of Fatima, Ora Pro Terri Schiavo (Pete Vere) [>>>]
:: Ecclesia Dei And Respect for Traditionalists (Greg Mockeridge) [>>>]
:: On "The Vile Spectacle of Traditionalists Rooting for Bad News" --Dialogue With Kevin Tierney (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>> [>>>]
:: On Liturgical Nonsense, Recent Restore Rants, Church Music, Etc (I. Shawn McElhinney)[>>>]
:: Briefly Revisiting an Old Subject (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Examining Kevin Tierney's "Catholic Contract" (I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
[:::....Guest Editorials...:::]
:: The Problems Some Have With Interfaith Outreach (Guest Editorial by Gary Gubinski) [>>>]
:: On the Liturgical Movement (Guest Editorial by the Society of St. John; Prologue by I. Shawn McElhinney) [>>>]
:: Jacinta's Vision (Guest Editorial by Fr. Thomas Carleton) [>>>]
:: Guest Editorial on Private Revelation (Kevin M. Tierney) [>>>]
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*Ecumenical Jihad listing is for weblogs or websites which are either dedicated to or which to the webmaster (i) are worth reading and (ii) characteri ze in their general outlook the preservation of general Judeo-Christian morality and which are aimed at positively integrating these elements into society. (Such sites need not even be Catholic ones.)

As society has grown more estranged from its founding principles, I wish to note sites which share the same sentiments for the restoration of society even if the means advocated in this endeavour differ. The Lidless Eye Inquisition does not necessarily endorse particulars with sites under this heading.

:: Thursday, April 21, 2005 ::

Pope Benedict XVI Answers My Prayer

I was in tears as I watched Cardinal Ratzinger emerge from the Conclave as Pope Benedict XVI. First, Cardinal Ratzinger's theology was a major help and inspiration to reconciling with the Church. Secondly, it was an answer to a prayer. As many of you know, Cardinal Ratzinger bounced back after failing his doctorate the first time around.

I am in danger of doing the same. In the last month it has become more and more evident that I cannot maintain my status as a full-time writer and canonist, and also pursue a doctorate. My doctorate is suffering big-time as I struggle to keep our family financially afloat. We've been hit with a couple other financial setbacks as well as the university shuts down family housing (thus increasing our monthly rent in what is already Canada's most expensive city) and some emergency medical expenses -- (you would be surprised what socialized health-care doesn't cover.)

Up until Pope Benedict XVI was elected, I was giving serious consideration to dropping out the doctorate at the end of this semester. Since I already have a licentiate, it is pretty easy to find full-time work. Nevertheless, I prayed for a sign from God. This is it. Both my wife and my spiritual director agree, and after speaking my parents I will be biting the bullet and undertaking large student loans (which I have avoided doing up until now). In practical terms, this means I've seriously got to curtail my outside writing, activities, private correspondence....and blogging over the next year.

Thanks for understanding. I may not be in as regular contact with all of you (I get around 400-600 emails a day), but I will keep all of you in prayer. Please pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

:: Pete Vere 2:22 PM [+] | ::

:: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 ::
A Rerum Novarum Link of Possible Interest for Lidless Eye Readers:

Miscellaneous Morning Notes on the Conclave and the Selection of a New Pope

:: Shawn 12:06 PM [+] | ::

Cardinals Elect a Hairy Seed! Tierney a Sedevacantist?

I kid you not. A certain traditionalist publication has just announced that the College of Cardinals elected a hairy seed to rule the Church! I read it with my own two eyes -- Habemus Papum (as opposed to "Habemus Papam" when the Church elects a new Roman Pontiff). Given that this is a traditionalist publication that seeks the restoration of all things Latin, we cannot simply assume the possibility of sloppy grammar.

In other news, it appears that traditionalist Kevin Tierney has not taken news of the hairy seed's election too well. In fact, it appears that he has followed his friend Mario into sedevacantism. This is another shocking development as Kevin announces on his blog "Habamus Papam". I checked several Latin dictionaries and I cannot find the verb "habo/habare". Therefore, I assume it does not exist. From this I can only derive that Kevin is saying the pope does not exist. After all, if Kevin believed in the new pope to be valid, he would have used the ablative absolute of the verb "habeo/habere" and announced "Habemus Papam".

:: Pete Vere 8:53 AM [+] | ::

:: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 ::
It seems appropriate with the election of a new pope (Benedict XVI) to avoid the impression of Us at Lidless Eye Inquisition in any way pitting the new pope against his predecessors. This is a common approach taken by not a few people who should know better. Therefore, I wish to at this time renew my public Profession of Faith as posted to the Rerum Novarum Miscellaneous BLOG and exhort my fellow Inquisitors to likewise give a public acceptance of the Holy See's profession at this time -either in the comments boxes or on the weblog itself.

:: Shawn 3:43 PM [+] | ::

:: Monday, April 18, 2005 ::
In my day job I’m a business office manager for a hospital. As such, I can speak for the hospital to certain outsiders about certain topics. For instance, I’m the primary contact with insurers both for negotiation of contracts and when the normal claims process doesn’t work smoothly. However there are both subjects where it isn’t appropriate for me to comment and people to whom I shouldn’t comment. Were I to comment outside the proper circumstances, I could make the hospital’s mission more difficult.

This mandate for a degree of circumscription in speech isn’t at all unique to my job or even to employment in general. Indeed when one holds himself out to the world at large as an expert on the teachings of the Church, his public statements – regardless of what they directly address – have the potential to make the Church’s mission more difficult. To my knowledge, preventing such harm from occurring (or minimizing such harm where it may have already occurred) is the purpose of this site. That would be part of why, contra the desires of at least learned interlocutor to the contrary, this site doesn’t give some sort of seal of approval to “authentic traditionalist” resources.

In most institutions the official positions of the institution regarding issues of concern are issued by appropriately credentialed officials. For the Church these include the creeds, the catechism and a rich patrimony of papal, conciliar and scholarly documents. Historically the Church has dealt with published individual comment by means of the Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat. These certifications on the part of the Church assured the reader that the individual perspective was not at odds with the teachings of the Church. No equivalent to the Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat exists as regards the internet, where the unwary reader may well assume that anything said by a self-publishing writer is an accurate representation of Church teaching. This imposes a special responsibility on those who publish on the internet to use prudence in what they publish. I personally learned this the hard way as I said some intemperate things in my very first blog site back in 2001. In 2002 I deleted that site in toto so as to reduce the likelihood of any untoward consequences from words I rashly wrote. Self-publishing writers who have a broad audience would do well to consider some form of peer review, particularly when writing on “bombshell” topics. When the words of a given writer could be the only face of the Church seen by a lost soul, that writer bears an awesome responsibility.

That most common breed of internet author, the polemicist, faces serious temptations as to pride and envy. Admission of error, even in a secondary issue, can become difficult especially as disputants become more emotionally charged in the heat of argument. It is not only the writing in question and its potential impact on the reader, but the motivation for writing on a given topic, that should be considered by the sincere Catholic writer in seeking to provide a more effective witness to Christ and His bride, the Church.

Each writer who self-publishes Catholic materials for a primarily non-Catholic audience (apologists and catechists come to mind, although I’m probably missing others) may then benefit from engaging in a examination of conscience –preferably involving a knowledgeable fellow-Catholic - regarding the subjects on which he intends to publish as to: (1) the accuracy of what he has written; (2) the motivation for what he has written; (3) how the intended reader is likely to understand what is written; and (4) whether or not such understanding on the part of the intended reader makes him more or less likely to continue consideration of the Church and her claims.

However we can be sure that, given fallen human nature, some writers will continue to write things that undermine the credibility of their better works. In 2002, I contacted Archbishop Chaput in his capacity as a board member asking that EWTN discontinue features including a particular Catholic writer who had published some writings on the web that seemed likely to bring EWTN and, by extension, the Church, into disrepute were they to be widely disseminated. I did so in order that the overall witness provided by EWTN not be compromised by one individual speaking out of school about a topic secondary to his area of legitimate expertise. That author is no longer featured on EWTN.

Similarly, when we face the difficult situation of a prominent individual who has written some works that are both truthful and useful in communicating Catholic teaching but who has written other works that make effective witness to the Gospel more difficult and who holds to the problematic positions, it seems reasonable that utmost caution is called for in the question of citing any works at all by the writer in question. The chain is no stronger than its weakest link. When a writer writes authoritatively regarding matters on which he lacks unimpeachable competence, this applies all the more as the reader is likely to consider him a mere crackpot and dismiss all of the ideas he mentions – even those that are the immutable teachings of the Church. This applies with special force when the problematic writings are readily available on the internet. There is a grave difference between “hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world” and simply looking foolish while holding one’s self out as an expert on Catholicism and risking that readers conflate the two.

:: Gregg the Obscure 2:26 PM [+] | ::

:: Friday, April 15, 2005 ::
Crackpot Apologetics Idol competition

I've just accepted an invitation to judge this year's "Crackpot Apologetics Idol" competition. For those who have never heard of CAIdol, this competition invites aspiring rad-trad apologists to spout shrill polemic on a variety of harmless topics of which they know nothing or little about. The winner of the competition is offered a one-year apprenticeship under Miss. Betsey Mae O'Blivion, editor of the Chapel Veil Gossip.

Please post your entries in the comments' section.

:: Pete Vere 9:34 AM [+] | ::

:: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 ::
8 Things You Can Do to Stop the Judaizers

It seems that Judaizing has returned as the hot topic among rad trads. The usual tinfoil-hatted-tinpot-prophets increasingly fear that well-known Jewish converts to Catholicism may be secret infiltrators. I personally don't believe this to be the case; nor do I find it problematical that Hebrew Catholics wish to retain some of their customs, provided these customs are in good taste, not imposed upon other Catholics, and not contrary to the Divine Law and the Natural Law or offensive to pious sensibilities. That being said, in a spirit of ecumenism toward my traditionalist brethren of a more radical pursuasion, here are eight things you can do to uproot all Jewish influence from your practice of the Catholic faith:

1) Stop Receiving the Holy Eucharist. Everytime you receive a consecrated Host you consume the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of a Jew. (Not to mention, in the West, the bread is unleavened -- another Jewish practice.)

2) Don't pray the Rosary. When you pray the Rosary you pay homage to the archtype Jewish mother.

3) Do not join any traditional branch of the Franciscans. They wear beards. Gentiles should be clean shaven.

4) No supporting the Carmelites either. They are the one Catholic order that predates the Catholic Church, going back to the Jewish prophet Elijah.

5) No wearing of the Brown Scapular. It is a Carmelite devotion.

6) No praying "Alleluia". This is a Hebrew word if I am not mistaken. From now on, say a nice, short, crisp, "Amen".

7) Remove the Gospel of Matthew from the Bible, since he was a Jew writing to other Jews.

8) Remove the papacy from the Church because, as is clear from history, the papacy began with a Jew named Simon who subsequently changed his name to Peter before claiming world-wide jurisdiction. Thus the papacy is clearly a secret Jewish plot to take over the world.

:: Pete Vere 1:33 PM [+] | ::

:: Thursday, April 07, 2005 ::
As the funeral for JP II will be late tonight-early tomorrow morning,{1} it seems appropriate to point readers to some of the very few words I have noted on the matter publicly.{2} It is true that this is not much: if anything for your humble servant it is akin to taking a vow of silence.{3} But sometimes events have a way of silencing someone: particularly events which are profound in as many dimensions as this one happens to be.

Nonetheless, at this time it bears noting that the traditional nine days of mourning (starting after the funeral) does not exclude reflection after all and some of that will take place by yours truly as time allows for it. As Rerum Novarum is my primary weblog, they will take place there -though I will try to remember to link them here as well. But that is neither here nor there.

In the meantime, it seems appropriate to reiterate significant support on my part for the most recent public musings of Kevin Tierney pertaining to the passing of John Paul II. I highly doubt a more balanced assessment of the man will be forthcoming from the keyboard of anyone who calls themselves a "traditionalist"; ergo it bears reference at this time.{4}

Again, more will be noted after the funeral. Right now though, it seems to me to be better to focus on prayer and on savouring this great gift that many either did not realize was there or whom -like yours truly- came to the party pretty late in recognizing it. And with that note, I close this post with a liturgical prayer:

[Lord] remember Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II). In baptism he died with Christ: may he also share his resurrection, when Christ will raise our mortal bodies and make them like his own in glory. [Eucharistic Prayer III: From The Roman Missal under Masses for the Dead]


{1} For which I will be rescheduleing my evening as well as my workday tomorrow to watch.

{2} Points to Ponder from Pope John Paul II (circa April 2, 2005)

Another Rerum Novarum post (circa April 05, 2005)

{3} I have said much more privately and some of that will probably be made available in the days to come. Frankly, it will depend on my mood for blogging which at the moment is at the lowest ebb it has been in years.

{4} And no, I do not say this simply because I happen to concur with what Kevin says to a large degree.

:: Shawn 12:00 PM [+] | ::

:: Saturday, April 02, 2005 ::
Tonight we are all sedevacantist.

Let us pray for the repose of the soul of Pope John Paul II. I am both happy that he faced death so bravely, providing us of a true Christian example of death with dignity -- a sign of contradiction to the euthenasia movement which won a major victory with Terri Schiavo this past week. On the other hand, I am sad about what Pope John Paul II's passing may mean for schismatic traditionalists. Reconciliation of Lefebvre's schism to the Church was a priority for Pope John Paul II; it may not be for the next Pope.

:: Pete Vere 8:47 PM [+] | ::


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