The Medieval Church on Papal Infallibility with Michael Lofton

Michael discusses the medieval church and their views on papal infallibility and how they relate to the First Vatican Council.    

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Medieval Conditions for Papal Infallibility

Contemporary conditions for papal infallibility are occasionally seen as contrived and have been likened to someone who shoots an arrow at the wall and then paints a target around it. A concrete example is the First Vatican Council’s conditions for papal infallibility, which some skeptics see as having created a manufactured system to reconcile papal […]

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Understanding the Magisterium By Michael Lofton, M.A.

  Introduction In an age when documents of the magisterium (the church’s teaching authority) have been widely disseminated, one can read about church teachings and easily become confused about their meaning or value. Much like a young boy who makes his way to the cockpit of an airplane and obliviously strikes random buttons, untrained readers […]

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Elijah Yasi on Ecumenical Councils

Michael, William and Erick discuss Ecumenical Councils with Elijah Yasi. Topics include: 1. Can a Pope act without the consent of the bishops? 2. What is an Ecumenical Council? 3. What is the role of reception with Ecumenical Councils? 4. Can a Pope force his view on a council? 5. Did Constance teach Conciliarism? And […]

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Review of Bishop Hilarion on The Reception of the Ecumenical Councils in the Early Church

I’d like to review Eastern Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev’s article “The Reception of the Ecumenical councils in the Early Church” which was published by St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly in 2003. Purpose of the Paper The purpose of Bishop Hilarion’s paper is to explain how Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox could possibly reunite without either communion […]

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The Burden of Proving the Papal Dogmas

Roman Catholics have the challenge of demonstrating the doctrines of the First Vatican Council on the papacy were “always” taught by both “East and West.”  Suppose you were to ask a Roman Catholic how they would demonstrate this.  You would probably be told how this or that pope taught this or that doctrine, and an […]

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The Greatest Evil in History is Here

On a daily basis, I hear people decry the evils of the holocaust, chattel slavery and maybe even the mass killings by communist governments since the early 20th century. As evil as these things were, and as much as they should be denounced, the fact is, many people who abhor these things are guilty of […]

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A Micromanaging Magisterium?

Someone recently asked me if luck was a concept compatible with Christianity. I explained it goes against the Biblical concept of divine providence. At that point, the person asked me whether this was just my opinion or something the magisterium teaches. I explained it was my opinion and to my knowledge luck is not directly […]

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A Call to Use Equal Weights

The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. (Proverbs 11:1) Scripture often speaks about the need to use equal weights and measures in commerce, in order to remain honest. This was a necessary command, as it was a common temptation to alter the scales by which items were weighed in order […]

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Fr. Feelgood Receives Another Letter

Dear Fr. Feelgood, I really enjoyed your homily last Sunday, well-done! The thrust of your message was spot-on, as you demonstrated Jesus was a bridge builder when he reached out to the Samaritan woman. This was such a timely message and I was ecstatic to hear such open-mindedness in this age of intolerance. If I […]

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Paper Catholicism

Michael goes over what he calls “Paper Catholicism” which is the concept that there is a major divide between Catholicism in theory and Catholicism in reality. Differences in liturgy, doctrine and canon law are discussed specifically.  

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Fr. Peter Totleben on Palamism from a Thomistic Perspective

Can Palamism and Thomism be reconciled? Do the apparent differences rise to a dogmatic level? Michael and Erick discuss Palamism and Thomism with Fr. Peter Totleben who answers these and other questions. Fr. Peter Totleben is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph and faculty member for Theology at the Josephinum Pontifical College […]

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Solutions to the Church Crisis (Round Table Discussion)

Are there any solutions to the crisis in the church? Michael Lofton, Erick Ybarra, Craig Truglia, Timothy Flanders and Dustin Quick discuss various methods that may help improve the condition in which the church finds herself. For more information visit: Timothy Flanders: https://meaningofcatholic.com Erick Ybarra: http://erickybarra.org Craig Truglia: https://orthodoxchristiantheology.com Dustin Quick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU01LxYSzVQ      

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