People often wonder what Church fathers to read. That’s a very important question since the Church fathers were the ones that formed the faith in the early centuries and fought many heresies. As stated on previous posts, I like focusing on primary sources when I read Church history in contrast to people like Dr. James White. What I’m trying to say is that we need to read the Church fathers.
A couple of years ago, several people from my Church went on the Chartres Pilgrimage in France. It is a Pilgrimage that includes a long three day walk from Paris to Chartres Cathedral. The total distance is about sixty miles.
A couple of years ago, I was reading a set of homilies by St. Francis de Sales bound into one volume. The preface of this volume was written by Cardinal Carberry on May 31, 1985. In the preface he wrote:
Today is the feast of St. Robert Bellarmine. In my opinion he is the greatest Christian thinker, Biblical scholar, apologist, and theologian in the last 500 years. I would also say that he is the second greatest Christian theologian of all time after St. Thomas Aquinas. In other words, better than St. Augustine of Hippo, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Bernard of Clairvaux. He was born in 1542 when the Protestant “reformation” was in full swing. He eventually became a Cardinal of the Catholic Church and participated in three papal conclaves. He is a canonized Saint and a Doctor of the Church. There are only 36 Catholics who hold the title Doctor of the Church and it is only reserved for the greatest theologians.
As I responded to a Rabbi in my last post, I will respond to another one here. This time it is Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald. He is the head of the National Jewish Outreach Program or NJOP.
Rabbi Michael Skobac is a Jewish apologist involved with an organization called Jews For Judaism. His organization specifically argues against groups like Jews For Jesus and similar groups. For this I can’t really blame him since those groups often use dishonest tactics that bring their ethics and integrity into question. I should also point out that Rabbi Skobac seems like a very kind individual whom I could see myself having a meal with or maybe watching a Blue Jays game.
If you were a Catholic living in the year 120 AD, would you know as much as you do today about the faith? Absolutely not! So then does the Church change her doctine? Absolutely not!
Then why does Catholicism in 120 AD look different than 2016 AD. It is because doctrine develops but it does not change.
Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas according to the Traditional Catholic calendar. St. Thomas is the Angelic Doctor of the Catholic Church and still, after 2,000 years, he remains the greatest mind in Christendom.
On Friday, Pope Francis met with Patriarch Krill, who is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the leader of about half of the world’s Eastern Orthodox members. He certainly holds influence in their church.
Imagine that you owned a very expensive car? A Ferrari Modena perhaps. You’d probably construct a whole new garage for it, use nothing but the best fuel, only drive it in certain areas and treat it like you’ve treated nothing before.