Saturday, March 21, 2009

University of Notre Dame and Obama

One can imagine the angst I felt when I heard the following news. It appears that the University of Notre Dame, the "Mecca" of Catholic academics, is planning on having Pres. Obama speak at this years commencement ceremony. And to make matters worse, the University will be giving Mr. Obama an honorary Doctorate of Law degree. Tis a sad sad day fer an Irishmen. 

For those who are not quite sure why this is a problematic issue: Mr. Obama is staunchly pro-abortion, so therefore, he is in favor of allowing the murder of the most innocent members of our society.  And the Bishops of the Church have made it very clear that Catholic Institutions are to not 1. have those who are for the killing of the innocent unborn speak at public functions because any gesture in having them do so would be an "acceptance of their actions" and 2. to receive any honorary degrees for the same reason pro-abortionists are to not speak at Catholic Universities/Colleges. 

Hopefully the President of Notre Dame listens to those beckoning and pleading him to not following through with both of these actions. 

Catholic News Agency has an article:

Monday, March 2, 2009

Church Fathers and "Sola Scriptura"

Supposing that the Apostles had left us nothing in writing, should we not still follow the rule of doctrine which they delivered to those to whom they entrusted the churches? This rule many barbarous nations follow, who, being without ink or parchment, have the word of salvation written by the Spirit in their hearts, and guard diligently the tradition which has been delivered."  --St Irenaeus, Adv. Heres. 1.iii.c.4

"Hence it is plain that the Apostles did not deliver to us everything by their epistles, but many things without writing. These are equally to be believed. Wherefore let us believe the tradition of the Church. It is tradition. Seek no further."--St John Chrysostom, (commenting on 2 Thess. 2:14)  Hom. 2 Thess.

Hmm, Scripture Alone as the sole rule and teacher of the Christian Faith? Not according to these Fathers.