Cdl. Ottaviani’s Revenge?

On June 30, 1962 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (then called the Holy Office) issued a monitum against Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s writings. Cardinal Ottaviani was the Prefect of the Holy Office at that time. It was Cdl. Ottaviani, (and his ideas?), who was, basically, pushed aside during Vatican II in favor of those who were influenced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Whose influence can be seen in Gaudium et Spes.

A few questions arise: 1. How does someone whose writings have been prohibited end up in a Pastoral Constitution of Vatican II? and 2. Does the fact they have been prohibited invalidate Gaudium et Spes in its entirety or portions, thereof? 3. Was it Cardinal Ottaviani’s intent to invalidate the documents or simply to slow the spread of ideas which would imperil the souls of faithful Catholics or both?

Be Careful What you Research

October 1, 2019

Things are moving along quite well. God finally got me past my dumping a post mid-writing. Some of the problems I have with my writing still apply, but this was a larger issue of which I wasn’t cognizant. Three nights of dreaming the same themed dream and I got a clue: I stopped writing because I didn’t feel qualified. This was even after I had acknowledged that I didn’t have to be an expert in a subject, if I was just going to report on it. Reporting was what much of the research and writing entailed. I do have to admit being experienced in what you’re writing about makes for better reporting, but does not exclude someone from performing them. Anyway, it was an immense help and, now I just keep on going.

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Commonplace Books

I just discovered what I had been calling my Bible Journal is more aptly named a Commonplace Book. Commonplace books are blank books people have been using , since the Middle Ages, to store information on one or more subjects. Hence, the derivation of the name as all entries have something in common. The information was gathered from many different sources and recorded in the book. It may have been a drawing, pressed plants, a tidbit from a conversation, or a copied entry from something they had read. The recorder may have also included their thoughts on a piece of information noted in the book.

What fascinates me is how very, well, common they were. I guess anyone who could read and write carried one around with them which enabled them to capture the information on the spot. In Early America, a tradesman was not only required to teach his/her apprentice trade craft, but also reading and writing. So many Americans knew how to read and write, therefore, many Americans were running around with these books. Making them a good source of information for subjects being discussed and written about in a certain time period.

Coming Up This Week 10/24 -10/30

Monday 10/24 – How I Became A Christian Part 2: The Mustard Seed Takes Root

In Part 1 you learned about my the few experiences I had with God prior to becoming a Christian.  In the post you’ll find out how God teaches me, through my love of reading,  about His son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Also, I officially become a Christian!

Wednesday 10/26 – Coming to Terms With God’s Glory: Grace and Mercy

This is the first post in, what I hope becomes, a series of posts regarding stumbling blocks I’ve encountered on my walk with Christ.  In this post I attempt to show how hard it can sometimes be to accept God’s grace and mercy.  I also try to pass on what I’ve learnt from my experience.

Friday 10/28 – To Succeed, Evil Requires Cooperation

I think it’s built into us to hate injustice and lack of charity, just as it is to love justice and charity.  The two can work together as a motivation to overcome injustice, but it can also be used against us and we need to be wary of not playing into the enemies hands.