The Catholic Studies Collection

THE CATHOLIC STUDIES COLLECTION

Bob Stanley’s “The Catholic Treasure Chest” (PDF)
Down To Earth Answers To Virtually All Your Heavenly Questions.
English – On the Web
Spanish – On the Web

How To Pray the holy Rosary (PDF)
The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable
Key Components of Catholic Doctrine and Prayer

Overcoming the World, the Flesh and the Devil,
In and Through Our Lord Jesus Christ (PDF)

A beautifully illustrated “basic primer” on Christianity
that explains what Christians believe, how they practice, and why.

Living the Catholic Life (PDF)
The Keys To Personal Holiness and PeaceFully Illustrated.

The “Peculiar” Theology of Our Redemption in Jesus Christ (PDF)
How the death of Christ at the hands of man
served to reconcile sinful man with God
Fully illustrated.

A Basic Course In Catholic Apologetics (PDF)
The theological art and science of presenting, explaining and justifying
the Catholic faith to atheists, agnostics, deists, skeptics, critics, pagans,
believers, unbelievers, politicians, judges, the ignorant,
the arrogant, and the confused.

The Supernatural Relationship
Between Christ’s Passion, the Mass and Holy Communion (PDF)

A Profound Study of the Source and Summit of Our Catholic Faith.
Fully illustrated.

All About Sin, Death, Purgatory and Indulgences (PDF)

Anointing of the Sick, Last Sacraments, and the Apostolic Pardon

To Tell You the Whole Truth (PDF)
A Complete, Concise and Understandable
Basic and Advanced Course In Catholicism.

Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (PDF)
The Scholarly Collection and Explanation
of Virtually All Authentic Catholic Truths.

e-Sword Electronic Bible Study Software
Download powerful Bible study software,
along with your choice of a number of different Bibles,
commentaries, dictionaries and other helpful resources.
All at no charge.

The “Classic” Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible(PDF)
The Traditional, Original, English Language Catholic Bible .

The Venerable Haydock Bible Commentary (PDF)
Because the Plain Text of the Bible Does Not Always Mean
What People Might Think it Means
.

The Ignatius Study Bible and Commentary (PDF)
A More Modern “Take” On the Holy Spirit Inspired,
Written Word of God
.

The Catholic Bible Dictionary (PDF)
A Comprehensive Guide To All Those Strange,
Biblical Places, Names and Terms.

The CIS Faith Formation Course (Interactive)
by The Knights of Columbus – On the Web
A comprehensive, interactive, free of charge, Catholic course
utilizing condensed study lessons and test-taking, resulting in
an overall achievement score and printed, course completion certificate.

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George Weigel claims Catholic seminaries in the U.S. have been reformed; provides no evidence.

Weigel: Catholic seminaries have been thoroughly reformed. While vocations to the priesthood are down over the past decade—perhaps reflecting the constant criticism of priests from Rome—American seminaries are in their best shape in decades, and in all aspects of priestly formation: personal, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral.

Editor’s note: While we all hope Weigel’s statement are true, no actual evidence has been provided, other than unproven claims and (the usual) lame assurances by corrupt church officials. Those same assurances have been provided for many, many years now, in spite of the ongoing, widespread scandals.

What we Catholics need and demand is real and substantial seminary and clerical reform. Not more disingenuous speculation by church insiders, engaged in self-serving, “magical thinking”.

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The Sovietization of the Biden administration

Joe Biden walks with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

Although many voices are weighing in on “what’s at stake” in the midterms, ironically no one has expressed it more clearly or forcefully than Joe Biden himself, in his astonishingly dark Sept. 1 “Soul of America” speech, delivered while bathed in ominous, blood-red lights and flanked by Marine guards.

Of course, the key to decoding Biden’s dire warnings about the “greatest threats to America” is to understand that he was engaging in a mirror-perfect case of political projection: Every single evil that Biden ascribed to “MAGA Republicans” – the Left’s new name for America’s vast, center-right middle class – is actually true of today’s Democratic Party and its unhinged supporters.

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Today’s “Gem” from Bob Stanley’s “The Catholic Treasure Chest”: Beware of “geeks” spouting false or poorly translated Greek.

Dear Watchtower Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses):

I have a question for you. Since the Greek word, ‘KURIOS’, which means ‘LORD’, is the same word used throughout the New Testament, how can you change it here and there to suit yourselves, but not be consistent and change it everywhere it is used?

You have tried to separate Jesus Christ from Jehovah, in order to show from your teaching, that Jesus Christ is not GOD.

Since the word ‘Lord’ is used throughout the Bible as a name for GOD, you were forced to change the word ‘Lord’ to ‘Jehovah’ every time it was used in the Old Testament. That part was easy since Jesus Christ had not appeared on the scene yet. However when it came to the New Testament, both GOD and Lord are synonymous since Jesus Christ IS GOD.

Now you are faced with a dilemma. You cannot change every word ‘Lord’ in the New Testament to ‘Jehovah’, as that would show that all of the verses that applied to Jesus Christ would prove that He and Jehovah are one and the same GOD.

So what did you do?

You changed every word ‘Lord’ which signifies GOD, to ‘Jehovah’, and you let stand every word ‘Lord’ that meant Jesus Christ. Now, I submit that in all of the New Testament, which was written originally in Greek, except for Matthew which was written in Aramaic, the same Greek word for ‘Lord’ which is ‘KURIOS’, is used every time.

‘Lord’ is used over 600 times in the New Testament and of this number you have changed it over 230 times to ‘Jehovah’.

Please explain to me, from the original Greek New Testament, how you managed to translate the Greek word for ‘Lord’, ‘KURIOS’, to ‘Jehovah’ over 230 times, and ‘KURIOS’ to ‘Lord’ over 370 times?

I have asked JW’s to show me any Greek dictionary or word translation (other than the one they wrote), which equates the word ‘kurios’ to ‘jehovah’. They have not responded with a source, as there are no sources.

I have shown here only some of the numerous inconsistencies in the Jehovah’s Witness’ dubiously translated, New World Translation.

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The truth is that irreligion is the opium of the people. Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world.”

Could that not have been written to describe America today where man is so convinced he is God that he can change reality itself? God created man and woman, but today the Left creates transgender, non-binary, cisgender, and an entire sideshow of poor deluded individuals playing Let’s Pretend.

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Divine Providence often has practical limits

Thanks to Fr. Goyo on Twitter

Mathematical proof of God

Formal proof by Kurt Gödel. Credit: Spektrum der Wissenschaft (detail)

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Mathematical model of the Holy Trinity: 1 X 1 X 1 = 1

Today’s question: Why did Jesus sometimes ignore religious leaders when they asked questions?

Question: Why did Jesus sometimes ignore religious leaders when they asked questions?

Answer: Several possibilities: Because they already knew the answers (or should have known them); They were attempting to “trick” Jesus into saying something that would be sanctionable (and the time for that had not yet come); Lastly, some things were simply not for them to know.

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One year anniversary of Let’s Go Brandon

Old Testament curses for disobedience which have (hopefully, been at least partially mitigated) by Jesus’ sacrifice, the grace of God and the New Covenant Church

Deuteronomy 28:15  But if thou wilt not hear the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep and to do all his commandments and ceremonies, which I command thee this day, all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee. 
Deu 28:16  Cursed shalt thou be in the city, cursed in the field. 
Deu 28:17  Cursed shall be thy barn, and cursed thy stores. 
Deu 28:18  Cursed shall be the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy ground, the herds of thy oxen, and the flocks of thy sheep. 
Deu 28:19  Cursed shalt thou be coming in, and cursed going out. 
Deu 28:20  The Lord shall send upon thee famine and hunger, and a rebuke upon all the works which thou shalt do: until he consume and destroy thee quickly, for thy most wicked inventions, by which thou hast forsaken me. 
Deu 28:21  May the Lord set the pestilence upon thee, until he consume thee out of the land, which thou shalt go in to possess. 
Deu 28:22  May the Lord afflict thee with miserable want, with the fever and with cold, with burning and with heat, and with corrupted air and with blasting, and pursue thee till thou perish. 
Deu 28:23  Be the heaven, that is over thee, of brass: and the ground thou treadest on, of iron. 
Deu 28:24  The Lord give thee dust for rain upon thy land, and let ashes come down from heaven upon thee, till thou be consumed. 
Deu 28:25  The Lord make thee to fall down before thy enemies, one way mayst thou go out against them, and flee seven ways, and be scattered throughout all the kingdoms of the earth. 
Deu 28:26  And be thy carcass meat for all the fowls of the air, and the beasts of the earth, and be there none to drive them away. 
Deu 28:27  The Lord strike thee with the ulcer of Egypt, and the part of thy body, by which the dung is cast out, with the scab and with the itch: so that thou canst not be healed. 
Deu 28:28  The Lord strike thee with madness and blindness and fury of mind. 
Deu 28:29  And mayst thou grope at midday as the blind is wont to grope in the dark, and not make straight thy ways. And mayst thou at all times suffer wrong, and be oppressed with violence, and mayst thou have no one to deliver thee. 
Deu 28:30  Mayst thou take a wife, and another sleep with her. Mayst thou build a house, and not dwell therein. Mayest thou plant a vineyard and not gather the vintage thereof. 
Deu 28:31  May thy ox be slain before thee, and thou not eat thereof. May thy ass be taken away in thy sight, and not restored to thee. May thy sheep be given to thy enemies, and may there be none to help thee. 
Deu 28:32  May thy sons and thy daughters be given to another people, thy eyes looking on, and languishing at the sight of them all the day, and may there be no strength in thy hand. 
Deu 28:33  May a people which thou knowest not, eat the fruits of thy land, and all thy labours: and mayst thou always suffer oppression, and be crushed at all times. 
Deu 28:34  And be astonished at the terror of those things which thy eyes shall see: 
Deu 28:35  May the Lord strike thee with a very sore ulcer in the knees and in the legs, and be thou incurable from the sole of the foot to the top of the head. 
Deu 28:36  The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king, whom thou shalt have appointed over thee, into a nation which thou and thy fathers know not: and there thou shalt serve strange gods, wood and stone. 
Deu 28:37  And thou shalt be lost, as a proverb and a byword to all people, among whom the Lord shall bring thee in. 
Deu 28:38  Thou shalt cast much seed into the ground, and gather little: because the locusts shall consume all. 
Deu 28:39  Thou shalt plant a vineyard, and dig it, and shalt not drink the wine, nor gather any thing thereof: because it shall be wasted with worms. 
Deu 28:40  Thou shalt have olive trees in all thy borders, and shalt not be anointed with the oil: for the olives shall fall off and perish. 
Deu 28:41  Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, and shalt not enjoy them: because they shall be led into captivity. 
Deu 28:42  The blast shall consume all the trees and the fruits of thy ground. 
Deu 28:43  The stranger that liveth with thee in the land, shall rise up over thee, and shall be higher: and thou shalt go down, and be lower. 
Deu 28:44  He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him. He shall be as the head, and thou shalt be the tail. 
Deu 28:45  And all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue and overtake thee, till thou perish: because thou heardst not the voice of the Lord thy God, and didst not keep his commandments and ceremonies which he commanded thee. 
Deu 28:46  And they shall be as signs and wonders on thee, and on thy seed for ever. 
Deu 28:47  Because thou didst not serve the Lord thy God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things: 
Deu 28:48  Thou shalt serve thy enemy, whom the Lord will send upon thee, in hunger, and thirst, and nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put an iron yoke upon thy neck, till he consume thee. 
Deu 28:49  The Lord will bring upon thee a nation from afar, and from the uttermost ends of the earth, like an eagle that flyeth swiftly, whose tongue thou canst not understand, 
Deu 28:50  A most insolent nation, that will shew no regard to the ancients, nor have pity on the infant, 
Deu 28:51  And will devour the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruits of thy land: until thou be destroyed, and will leave thee no wheat, nor wine, nor oil, nor herds of oxen, nor flocks of sheep: until he destroy thee. 
Deu 28:52  And consume thee in all thy cities, and thy strong and high wall be brought down, wherein thou trustedst in all thy land. Thou shalt be besieged within thy gates in all thy land which the Lord thy God will give thee: 
Deu 28:53  And thou shalt eat the fruit of thy womb, and the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God shall give thee, in the distress and extremity wherewith thy enemy shall oppress thee. 
Deu 28:54  The man that is nice among you, and very delicate, shall envy his own brother, and his wife, that lieth in his bosom, 
Deu 28:55  So that he will not give them of the flesh of his children, which he shall eat: because he hath nothing else in the siege and the want, wherewith thy enemies shall distress thee within all thy gates. 
Deu 28:56  The tender and delicate woman, that could not go upon the ground, nor set down her foot for over much niceness and tenderness, will envy her husband who lieth in her bosom, the flesh of her son, and of her daughter, 
Deu 28:57  And the filth of the afterbirths, that come forth from between her thighs, and the children that are born the same hour. For they shall eat them secretly for the want of all things, in the siege and distress, wherewith thy enemy shall oppress thee within thy gates. 
Deu 28:58  If thou wilt not keep, and fulfil all the words of this law, that are written in this volume, and fear his glorious and terrible name: that is, The Lord thy God: 
Deu 28:59  The Lord shall increase thy plagues, and the plagues of thy seed, plagues great and lasting, infirmities grievous and perpetual. 
Deu 28:60  And he shall bring back on thee all the afflictions of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of, and they shall stick fast to thee. 
Deu 28:61  Moreover the Lord will bring upon thee all the diseases, and plagues, that are not written in the volume of this law till he consume thee: 
Deu 28:62  And you shall remain few in number, who before were as the stars of heaven for multitude, because thou heardst not the voice of the Lord thy God. 
Deu 28:63  And as the Lord rejoiced upon you before doing good to you, and multiplying you: so he shall rejoice destroying and bringing you to nought, so that you shall be taken away from the land which thou shalt go in to possess. 
Deu 28:64  The Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the farthest parts of the earth to the ends thereof: and there thou shalt serve strange gods, which both thou art ignorant of and thy fathers, wood and stone. 
Deu 28:65  Neither shalt thou be quiet, even in those nations, nor shall there be any rest for the sole of thy foot. For the Lord will give thee a fearful heart, and languishing eyes, and a soul consumed with pensiveness: 
Deu 28:66  And thy life shall be as it were hanging before thee. Thou shalt fear night and day, neither shalt thou trust thy life. 
Deu 28:67  In the morning thou shalt say: Who will grant me evening? and at evening: Who will grant me morning? for the fearfulness of thy heart, wherewith thou shalt be terrified, and for those things which thou shalt see with thy eyes. 
Deu 28:68  The Lord shall bring thee again with ships into Egypt, by the way whereof he said to thee that thou shouldst see it no more. There shalt thou be set to sale to thy enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you. 

Editor’s note: Many of the above are prophetic and have already come to pass, but about one third of them may still be yet to come.

How many of these things are actually occurring today, at various places around the globe?

Old Testament blessings for obedience to God’s Law, which still apply today

Deuteronomy 28:1  Now if thou wilt hear the voice of all his commandments, which I command thee this day, the Lord thy God will make thee higher than all the nations that are on the earth. 
Deu 28:2  And all these blessings shall come upon thee and overtake thee: yet so if thou hear his precepts. 
Deu 28:3  Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed in the field. 
Deu 28:4  Blessed shall be the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the droves of thy herds, and the folds of thy sheep. 
Deu 28:5  Blessed shall be thy barns and blessed thy stores. 
Deu 28:6  Blessed shalt thou be coming in and going out. 
Deu 28:7  The Lord shall cause thy enemies, that rise up against thee, to fall down before thy face: one way shall they come out against thee, and seven ways shall they flee before thee. 
Deu 28:8  The Lord will send forth a blessing upon thy storehouses, and upon all the works of thy hands: and will bless thee in the land that thou shalt receive. 
Deu 28:9  The Lord will raise thee up to be a holy people to himself, as he swore to thee: if thou keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. 
Deu 28:10  And all the people of the earth shall see that the name of the Lord is invocated upon thee, and they shall fear thee. 
Deu 28:11  The Lord will make thee abound with all goods, with the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy cattle, with the fruit of thy land, which the Lord swore to thy fathers that he would give thee. 
Deu 28:12  The Lord will open his excellent treasure, the heaven, that it may give rain in due season: and he will bless all the works of thy hands. And thou shalt lend to many nations, and shalt not borrow of any one. 
Deu 28:13  And the Lord shall make thee the head and not the tail: and thou shalt be always above, and not beneath: yet so if thou wilt hear the commandments of the Lord thy God which I command thee this day, and keep and do them, 
Deu 28:14  And turn not away from them neither to the right hand, nor to the left, nor follow strange gods, nor worship them. 

Editor’s note: All of the above clearly shows how dysfunctional and lawless today’s world actually is.

Making sense of Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica

The Companion to the Summa is the most remarkable and successful attempt to put into modern English for a lay audience the essential arguments and insights of Aquinas’ greatest work, the Summa Theologica.

Fr. Farrell wrote almost sixty years ago, in the late 30’s and early 40’s, so we cannot fault him for the use of language that was acceptable at that time but might sound inappropriate today.

His colorful and imaginative paraphrase deserves to be taken off the shelf and reviewed by all serious seekers of theological truth.

In an age which looks upon the theology of the Catholic tradition as irrelevant to contemporary problems we leave it to your judgment to read and see if Aquinas, as mediated by the brilliant imagination of Fr. Walter Farrell, has a contribution to make.

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Today’s “Gem” from Bob Stanley’s “The Catholic Treasure Chest”: The Devil’s Master Plan

The present state of the world is not due to chance. It is the outcome of the everlasting struggle between good and evil.

The Devil knows that his fight against God has to be gradual if it is to have any chance of success. Therefore, he began his fight in the 16th century by dividing Christianity.

When the first battle had been won, the Devil moved from the religious field into the philosophical field, and conceived Rationalism, which put human reason before Revelation.

Christians being already divided, there was no single front to defend the primacy of Divine Revelation. The interpretation of Divine Revelation being divided against itself, it could not resist the claim of the so-called primacy of human reason.

Human reason appeared more reliable, and so the new philosophy installed itself.

It naturally followed that man began to think about an earthly paradise. Hence, Rationalism begot Human Messianism (i.e. Humanism). It was then logical that man should not want to be impeded by standards of moral conduct. He had to be free from all restraints, and his reason alone was going to tell him how to act and behave.

Thus came into being the doctrine of Liberalism.

Almost immediately, this doctrine extended to every field of human activity, especially economics, politics and science. From being philosophical, it became practical a way of life, the philosophical origin of which, most people do not suspect.

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Abp. Viganò: The Catholic Church is eclipsed today by the deep church and the United States is eclipsed by the deep state.

…“The State is secular,” they say. As if it were possible for contemporary man to deny God’s authority and refuse to submit individuals, families, societies, and nations to His Lordship.

But this State, which calls itself secular, is in reality irreligious and ungodly, because while it chooses to profess atheism or religious indifference, it in fact offends the Divine Majesty by lowering Him to the level of idols and superstitions…

This ungodly and anti-Catholic “secular State” does not consider the prayer of the Holy Rosary as a “papist superstition” … but as a real weapon whose power terrifies them.

It hates the Catholic Mass, but not its conciliar parody. It hates Catholic doctrine, but not the “magisterium” of Santa Marta. It hates Catholic morality, but praises Bergoglio for his interventions in favor of sodomy, climate and immigration. It hates prayer, and in particular the Rosary…

This “secular state,” which is secular in name only, but in reality is intrinsically rebellious to Our Lord, knows what the supernatural power of grace is, what the power of prayer and fasting is, and it knows the infinite value of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…

This is why it wants to prevent any public manifestation of religion, and to brand as extremists – “radical traditionalists” – Catholics who wield the invincible weapon of the Rosary or who kneel before God but do not kneel for Black Lives Matter.

It is no surprise that the servants of the enemy share with him this furious aversion to the Holy Rosary: every Hail Mary that ascends to Heaven to honor the Mother of God and asks Her to intercede “for us sinners,” adds a dart to the quivers of the Angels and crumbles the precarious power of the Prince of this world…

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The Media Research Center’s Newsbusters division conducted a study on morning and evening newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC regarding extreme abortion views of Democratic candidates. 

The study found that from January 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022, there was NO coverage of the radical nature of numerous anti-life candidates.

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A rare glimpse of daily life in occupied Ukraine

For all the coverage of the war in Ukraine, little has been heard about the daily lives of people in Russian-controlled areas. As Russia formally annexed four regions last week, the BBC has spoken to some of the millions about what life is like under occupation.

All names have been changed.

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Today’s question: Was the snake/serpent in the Garden of Eden really Satan?

Question: Was the snake/serpent in the Garden of Eden really Satan?

Answer: The snake/serpent/dragon was indeed Satan, who had possessed/taken over the body of the slippery reptile, in order to get Eve’s attention. This was not difficult for Satan to do, since all angels presumably, have such abilities.

See the “Balaam’s Ass” passage in the Book of Numbers, Chapter 22, verses 21-30.

Other biblical references:

Revelation 12:9  And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world. And he was cast unto the earth: and his angels were thrown down with him.

Revelation 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

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Putin may actually be correct about a few things

In his speech yesterday announcing the annexation of the Russian-speaking Donbass territories…

Putin accused the “dictatorship of the Western elites” as being “directed against all societies, including the peoples of the Western countries themselves.”

Modern Western wokeism seeks “a complete denial of man, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, the suppression of freedom acquiring the features of a ‘reverse religion’” which Putin called “outright Satanism.”

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Grim reality: All cardinals created by Francis have been acolytes of Cardinal McCarrick, “a pervert, liar, and abuser par excellence.”

The substitution of radical social politics for doctrine spells doom for millions of Catholic faithful, writes Daniel J. Mahoney, professor emeritus at Assumption University, on AmericanMind.org (September 20).

Francis is obsessed with climate change and approaches it with ideology, pagan earth worship, and secularized apocalypticism.

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Wrestling with God in the 21st Century is not like it used to be

Your average, garden variety Catholic nowadays lives in a state of constant wrestling with God, in the sense that he either thinks that he is right and God is wrong or, hopefully in most cases, that somehow the Church was always wrong then and he and God are right now. All those people who add to “I am a Catholic” that fateful little word, “but”, are doing just that, all the time.

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Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica

Summa Theologica
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Saint Thomas Aquinas

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