THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: On Archbishop DiNoia, Religious Liberty and the SSPX

SSPX Confirmation - June 21, 2010

THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: On Archbishop DiNoia, Religious Liberty and the SSPX.

The argument as seen from the side of the SSPX.

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4 thoughts on “THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: On Archbishop DiNoia, Religious Liberty and the SSPX

  1. Great article. I wish others could argue like this. I need help with this paragraph.
    He was firm on the dogma which he was defending (Original Sin) against the Pelagians; he was unsure on the error he was inclined to. Similarly St Thomas Aquinas argued that Our Lady was as pure as possible so long as one affirms that she is redeemed by Our Lord: so he stated that she was sanctified on the second instant of her life. But that he was not satisfied by this is clearly demonstrated by the fact that he justifies the feast of the Immaculate Conception, saying that she was sanctified still on the very day of her conception… This is clearly an embarrassing way to acknowledge her Immaculate Conception (IIIa q.27 a.2 ad 3m).

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    • From what I have read about this before, Thomas Aquinas without truly knowing it, solved the mystery that other theologians were working on for years: he could not agree with their conclusions. All admitted that the BVM had to be free from Original Sin or else they had a wrong notion of what Original Sin was. Aquinas put forward the idea that she had to have the grace that Christ won on the Cross applied to Her at some point. Some time later it was definitively decided by the Church that this Grace was not given after her birth but at the very moment of her conception which agreed with what Aquinas had objected to by theologians who had applied Christ’s Grace in the womb or at the moment of her birth; neither of which Aquinas could accept. Aquinas never applied much time to this question but even in disputing the work of other theologians actually gave the Church the key to answer the problem definitively in the end.

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      • Thanks. So, Fr. Laisney’s comment that “This is clearly an embarrassing way to acknowledge her Immaculate Conception,” is really not the case.

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        • Well it would be an embarrasing way to acknowledge her Immaculate Conception if somebody else had figured it out theologically. Hidden within his embarrassing answer was the kernel of truth that the Church used to solve this mystery: ratified in a way by Bernadette at Lourdes when our BVM referred to Herself as the Immaculate Conception.

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