These are the famous words of Pope St. Celestine in the year 431 to the Ecumenical Council at Ephesus. Years later St Vincent of Lerins adhered to this rule when he cited it in his own doctrine --where quod ubique, or universitas est incertum, i.e. where universal agreement on a point of doctrine is uncertain, the faithful must then inquire into the quod sempor or antiquitas i.e. into the constancy and antiquity of the churches teaching on the matter.
St Vincent stated: "Let nothing more be granted to novelty because no addition should be made to antiquity, let not the clear belief of the ancients be polluted by an intermixture of mire."
And what does the bible say on the topic of tradition and novelties:
"So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us." 2 Thessalonians 2:15
"Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you." 1 Cor. 11:2
"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us." 2 Thessalonians 3:6
Our culture is obsessed with change and novelty. Our political leaders shove change down our throats and disregard the wisdom of those who came Read More...
From dailymail: 'What makes you think it's natural to be heterosexual?': Christian teacher suspended over gay rights promotion row--- A senior teacher has been suspended from his £50,000-a-year job after he complained that a training day for staff was used to promote gay rights.
Kwabena Peat, 54, was one of several Christian staff who walked out of the compulsory session at a North London school after an invited speaker questioned why people thought heterosexuality was natural.
The presentation was given by Sue Sanders, a co-founder of the Schools Out organisation which campaigns for gay equality in education.
According to Mr Peat, Ms Sanders, herself a lesbian, said that staff who did not accept Read More...
To my great surprise and delight, I recently discovered that he had unveiled himself in an article entitled: "And Spengler is...". He is David P. Goldman and he has revealed his true identity in order to take on the position of Associate Editor at First Things (www.firstthings.com).
Now I don't know if Mr Goldman has yet become a Catholic but I am confident that he will eventually find the Church irresistible.
Do not miss his latest article on the moral dimension of the current economic crisis--Demographics and Depression.
"Almighty God and Father we beg you through the intercession and help of the archangels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one. All saints of Heaven, come to our aid.
From anxiety, sadness and obsessions, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.
From hatred, fornication, envy, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.
From thoughts of jealousy, rage and death, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.
From every thought of suicide Read More...
Here is an excellent story sent to me by Roger in New Zealand about the recent Euthanization of the last Catholic Monarch in Luxembourg. As you may recall the Grand Duke was ousted and stripped of his constitutional powers because of his refusal to approve a new Euthanasia Law.
From the Remnant: “[T]he Grand Duke is to be commended for his fortitude. One can only imagine the subtle voices of temptation that were poured into his ears by the Machiavellian politicos. “Just sanction the euthanasia law and avoid a ‘constitutional crisis.’ and conserve your rights.” “You can compromise by expressing your personal disapproval but still promulgate the bill as the ‘will of the legislature.’” “This is not an issue worth loosing your privileges and rights over.”
But no, Grand Duke Henri’s Catholic conscience was too well formed for these deceits. He refused and was duly reprimanded. Again, in an absurdity of contradiction, the new Read More...
"Hard to imagine? In Holland and Belgium right now such cards are in demand. They may become essential in the not too distant future for seniors in Quebec and other parts of Canada and the U.S. who do not want to die before their time because other people believe that killing you is in your best interest, or that you should be assisted to kill yourself.
"A majority of voters in Washington state recently approved allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs on request, under certain conditions. The Death With Dignity Act that emerged is now law in the state. So Washington has become the second U.S. state to sanction assisted suicide, joining Oregon. Similar legislation is being advocated in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Mexico, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and elsewhere..."
"The Washington vote has changed things, warns Alex Schadenberg, head of Canada's Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. The idea had been turned down in earlier state votes. "I have a feeling that euthanasia and assisted suicide supporters believe they are on a Read More...