Saturday, May 26, 2012

Veni Sancte Spiritus (Pentecost Sequence)


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Quaeritur: Are Secondary Substances the Same as First Intentions?


Quaeritur: Dr. Romero, are “second substance” and “first intention” in logic the same thing? 

Respondeo: They are not exactly identical; secondary substances are either first intentions or second intentions. Primary substances are real, extramental substances, whereas secondary substances are beings of reason (entia rationis), that is, the ideas or intentions that we form in the mind. For example, that horse over there eating grass on the field is a primary substance, whereas the idea of 'horseness' that I form in my mind is a secondary substance.  Now, these intentions or ideas come in two kinds: first intentions, which are ideas that directly represent reality, such as my idea of 'horseness', and second intentions, which are ideas about ideas, or ideas concerning the relationships between ideas, such as my idea of 'genus' and 'species'.  Logic is the science of second intentions.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Why We Must Reject All Postconciliar Claims to a "New Understanding" of Dogma


The Vatican Council's Condemnation of the Evolution of Dogmas:
From the Vatican Council's Dei Filius, Ch. 4:

13. For the doctrine of the faith which God has revealed is put forward not as some philosophical discovery capable of being perfected by human intelligence, but as a divine deposit committed to the spouse of Christ to be faithfully protected and infallibly promulgated.

14. Hence, too, that meaning of the sacred dogmas is ever to be maintained which has once been declared by Holy mother Church, and there must never be any abandonment of this sense under the pretext or in the name of a more profound understanding.

May understanding, knowledge and wisdom increase as ages and centuries roll along, and greatly and vigorously flourish, in each and all, in the individual and the whole Church: but this only in its own proper kind, that is to say, in the same doctrine, the same sense, and the same understanding [n. 36: St. Vincent of Lerins, Commonitorium (Notebook), 28 (PL 50, 668)].



3. If anyone says that it is possible that at some time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmas propounded by the Church which is different from that which the Church has understood and understands: let him be anathema.

And so in the performance of our supreme pastoral office, we beseech for the love of Jesus Christ and we command, by the authority of him who is also our God and savior, all faithful Christians, especially those in authority or who have the duty of teaching, that they contribute their zeal and labor to the warding off and elimination of these errors from the Church and to the spreading of the light of the pure faith.

But since it is not enough to avoid the contamination of heresy unless those errors are carefully shunned which approach it in greater or less degree, we warn all of their duty to observe the constitutions and decrees in which such wrong opinions, though not expressly mentioned in this document, have been banned and forbidden by this Holy See.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Polemical Correspondence Between Msgr. Fellay and the SSPX Bishops


Original French from Riposte Catholique: "Lettre de Mgr Fellay aux évêques de la Fraternité Saint-Pie X" | Riposte-catholique.

'via Blog this'

Monday, May 07, 2012

1st International Congress on Thomistic Philosophy (University of St. Thomas, Santiago, Chile)


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Announcing S.T.A.G.S.


Announcing the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of Scholars (S.T.A.G.S.)

"As the stag panteth after the fountains water, so panteth my soul after thee, O God."  (Ps. 41:2)

The St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of Scholars (STAGS) is a group of academics who embrace the traditional Catholic faith and strive for holiness through their scholarly life.  The 'STAGS' make a private, individual commitment to fulfill a set of spiritual and ascetical norms on a daily basis.  The Stags are collaborators in the Ite ad Thomam blog and feature their academic work (CV, books, articles, recorded classes, etc.) through the Ite ad Thomam site.  Anyone interested in joining the guild or wishing to receive more information should email STAGS Fellow, Dr. Francisco J. Romero Carrasquillo to the email address below. 

Each member strives for holiness from his own state in life and place in the world.  STAGS is open to men and women, to laymen, clergy, and members of religious orders and congregations.  The core of their identity as members of the guild is the fact that they have chosen an academic profession and they live the norms as as a means to attain holiness.
STAGS is not a religious order; we do not live in community or follow a rule.  Members do not owe obedience to the guild fellows, and there is no celibacy requirement.  There is no vow of poverty, and membership is absolutely free.  The only requirements for membership are: (a) embracing an academic profession, and (b) fulfilling the norms, including making a monthly contribution (investment of time, work) towards the website.  There is also the possibility, for scholars who do not wish to make their membership in the guild public, to be members in pectore.

A. MEMBERSHIP comes in three levels, depending on the degree of commitment, and level these levels there are ranks.   Each rank includes the privileges and obligations of the ranks below it.

Chaplains provide spiritual direction and advise for guild members.  They are traditional Catholic priests from an ecclesiastically approved priestly fraternity or religious order (e.g., the Fraternity of St. Peter).

Guild Professors are involved in the day-to-day activities of the guild.
 - Fellows are governing members and make decisions about the direction of the guild.
 - Tutors are the mentors of the more recent members, and offer them academic and professional advice.
 - Lectors are teaching members, and offer teaching resources through the website.

Full Members live the norms of piety fully and participate in Ite ad Thomam as contributors.  Full members may be later invited to become Guild Professors.  They are ranked according to highest completed academic degree (in an accredited university, in any field):
 - Doctors may be invited to become fellows.
 - Masters may be invited to become tutors.
 - Bachellors may be invited to become lectors.
 - Inceptors are undergraduates in the process of obtaining their first college degree. 

Candidates are in the process of entering the guild, and are admitted as members-in-the-making.  They strive to incorporate the norms of piety into their lives with the help of a spiritual director (a guild chaplain) and a tutor.  For instructions as to how to request admission as a candidate, you must communicate with STAGS Fellow, Dr. Francisco Romero to the email above.

B. THE NORMS OF PIETY form our interior life and represent the core of our identity.  They are a personal commitment that the individual makes before God; the commitment is not a vow or a life-long promise, but a resolution to fulfill indefinitely, or at least as long as one belongs to the guild.  They do not bind under the pain of sin, but fulfilling them is a requirement for membership.  The norms are as follows:
Daily Norms:
 - Morning offering.
 - Recitation of Memorare.
 - Recitation of Angelus (at least once, at 6am, noon, or 6pm; genuflect at “et Verbum caro factum est”).
 - Reading the Gospel of the day (traditional Missal).
 - Mental prayer, accompanied by spiritual reading (traditional sources, 15-30 mins. minimum).
 - Prayerful reading of formative text (traditional/traditionalist sources, 15-30 mins. minimum).
 - A third of the Rosary (according to the traditional arrangement).
 - Small daily mortification (to be determined by spiritual director).
 - Examination of conscience (both general and particular).
 - Three Hail Marys for purity before bed, preferably in Latin, with holy water.
Weekly Norms:
 - Traditional Latin Mass, Communion, and Thanksgiving.
 - Visit to the Blessed Sacrament and Spiritual Communion.
 - Psalm 2 in honor of Christ the King (Tuesdays).
 - Adoro Te devote (Thursdays).
 - Follow traditional fasting/abstinence rules (Fridays, Lent, and Ember Days).
 - Marian antiphon (Saturdays).
 - Athanasian Creed (Sundays).
Monthly Norms:
 - Confession and spiritual direction.
 - Turn in monthly control (fulfilled norms sheet), provided by tutor.
 - Contribution to the website.
Yearly Norms:
 - Recitation of the Oath Against Modernism upon joining guild and on anniversary.
 - Pray the stations of the Cross at least once during Lent.
Occasional Norms (when the opportunity presents itself):
 - Salutation of the Blessed Sacrament (when passing by a church).
 - Prayer to St. Michael (when passing by a place of public sin).
 - Prayer for the holy souls (when passing by a cemetery).
 - Blessing before meals; thanksgiving after meals.
 - Reverence before sacred images.

Sancte Thoma, ora pro nobis!