How to Define Dogma

Today we commemorate the day on which “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” These words are taken from a decree of Pope Pius XII, solemnly defining as dogma—that is, as revealed by God—a privilege which theContinue reading “How to Define Dogma”

Audacious Little Ones

Dogmatic definitions are a service rendered to the “little ones” of the Church, and not a way of lording it over others. In formulating the faith by means of words, the Magisterium allows everyone to share in the light that Christ left to us. Tradition is the chief criterion in matters of faith. Every CatholicContinue reading “Audacious Little Ones”

Questioning Authority

They found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. Luke 2:46 One of the many prejudices masquerading as enlightenment in modern times is the notion that reason and religion are antithetical modes of confronting reality. How many voices call for “dialogue,” when they really meanContinue reading “Questioning Authority”