Wednesday, 29 June 2016

On This Rock

Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam Meam. 

Considering the claims that the See of Rome makes, then, while individual Popes might be or have been charlatans or lunatics, the institution itself is either telling the truth in making those claims, or else it is indeed the Antichrist, and any professing Christian who does not submit to Rome on Rome’s own terms must believe it to be so.

Who will call good evil by pointing to the Papacy’s defence and promotion of metaphysical realism, of Biblical historicity, of credal and Chalcedonian orthodoxy, of the sanctity of human life, of Biblical standards of sexual morality, of social justice, and of peace, and by then saying, “Behold, the Antichrist”? That is the question.

Ah, Faith of Our Fathers. Father Faber was the son of the Rector of Stanhope, and, like a striking number of Tractarian or Tractarian-influenced converts, his ancestry was largely Huguenot (as is part of mine, although another side is Highland Catholic).

So his “fathers chained in prisons dark” were not quite as his thoroughly rousing hymn would suggest.


  1. I'm genuinely unsure if this Pope is even a Catholic. He's a Guardian wet dream.

    The Guardian itself observes; ""The pope fuelled those conservative criticisms this month during an off-the-cuff session with Rome priests and laity, where he criticised rigid readings of doctrine and suggested that he approved of pre-marital cohabitation so young couples knew what they are getting into when they married.

    “I have seen so much loyalty in these cohabitations, so much loyalty, and I’m sure that this is a true marriage. They have the grace of marriage simply because of the loyalty that they have,” he said.

    Oh. My. God.

    A Pope who doesn't believe that sex should be confined to marriage.

    I really don't know what to say.

    1. Don't you think that that would be bigger news if it were true?