Saturday, April 12, 2014

Does the Mandatum of the Bishop ask Dominicans to say there are known exceptions to all needing to convert into the Church in 2014 ?

Sister Mary SarahI  sent Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, the President of Aquinas College, Nashville, USA the following blog post, a few days back:-
Dominican priests like Sister Mary Sarah, O.P will say 'they support the Catholic Church’s teachings'.


There are so many questions not clarified.What is the theology being taught at Aquinas College. Is it rational ? Is it a rejection of St.Thomas Aquinas' teaching on salvation ?.

1. Would she interpret the Catechism of the Catholic Church 846 as saying that there is exclusive salvation in the Catholic Church i.e all need to enter the Church as through a door (CCC 846,AG 7) and all need faith and baptism (AG 7) ?

2. Does she consider CCC 847 and 848 an exception to CCC 846 i.e there are known exceptions to all needing to enter the Church. Those saved in invincible ignorance and who are now in Heaven are also visible to us in 2014 on earth. So every one does not have to enter the Church or do all people need to enter the Church in 2014 with no known exceptions , for salvation ?

3. This would mean when she meets a non Catholic she knows that he is oriented to Hell since the Church says so (AG 7, CCC 846) and she would not know of any exception in 2014 ?

Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel O.P teaches theology 'according to the Catholic Church.'Does the Catholic Church teach that all Americans need to convert into the Catholic Church to go to Heaven and avoid Hell ?

2. We are concerned with the whole person.
To say that Aquinas College is a Catholic school is to understand faith as light and not as restriction. This light is shed on all areas of the curriculum but not in a way that is unnatural, superimposed or intolerant of other beliefs. Faith and reason are not in opposition but in actuality they are considered complementary aspects of reality.-Why Acquinas College? (1)
'Faith and reason are not in opposition but in actuality they are considered complementary aspects of reality'
Reason tells us that we cannot see the dead who are now saved in Heaven. We do not know any one saved with invincible ignorance etc.So how can these cases be an exception to our Catholic Faith which says all need faith and baptism for salvation. So does Aquinas College teach that there is exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church and all need to be visible members of the Church with 'faith and baptism' ?
'The theology faculty at Aquinas is united in its vision of the Church and her teachings. In accordance with the document Ex Corde Ecclesiae every teacher of theology has the Mandatum (official authorization) from the local bishop.'
Does the Mandatum of the Bishop expect the Dominicans to teach that there are known exceptions to all needing to convert into the Church in 2014 ? 
-Lionel Andrades

Faculty Directory


Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., M.Ed.
President of Aquinas College
(615) 297-7545 x423
Sister Mary Bendyna, O.P., Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academics
Office of Academics
(615) 297-7545 x438

Sister Mary Cecilia Goodrum, O.P., M.Ed.
Vice President for Student Life
(615) 297-7545 x412

William C. Smart, Ph.D.Associate Provost and Interim Director of Institutional Research
Office of Academics
(615) 297-7545 x478
Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P., Ed.D.Director of the Center for Catholic EducationSchool of Education(615) 297-7545 x471
Sister Margaret Andrew Baker, O.P.Director of Secondary EducationInstructor, Secondary EducationSchool of Education(615) 297-7545 x472
Sister Mary RoseBingham, O.P.Director of CatecheticsOffice of Catechetics(615) 297-7545 x625
Richard H. Bulzacchelli, S.T.D.Associate Professor, TheologySchool of Arts & Sciences(615) 297-7545 x402
Kari L. Byard Assistant to the Vice President for AcademicsAdjunct, Information SystemsSchool of Arts & Sciences(615) 297-7545 x449
Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P., Ed.D.Professor, EducationSchool of Education(615) 297-7545 x455

Same Catechism of the Catholic Church but different interpretations

Institute of Christ the King to have the Traditional Latin Mass in England with a New Ecclesiology ?

“AN APPEAL FOR THE ‘NEW EVANGELISATION’: Help the Diocese support those New Religious Communities coming to us” available on the Lancaster Diocese website, the Right Reverend, Michael Campbell, Bishop of Lancaster, says “the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, will, in the autumn of this year, assume responsibility and care for St. Walburge’s church, Preston.  This highly regarded Institute of priests, who use the Extraordinary Form fully approved by the Holy See, will bring much needed life to this magnificent church with a daily routine of prayer and worship, open to all. The Diocese is most grateful for the Institute’s willingness to assume this challenging apostolate of prayer and devotion at St. Walburge’s.”

In this New Evangelisation Catholics cannot say that the Church is necessary for salvation (Dominus Iesus 20) and that the Church is the ordinary way of salvation (Redemptoris Missio 55) and that outside the Church there is no salvation (CCC 846) and that all need to enter the Church with 'faith and baptism' (Ad Gentes 7, Vatican Council II)
Neither is it stated in the following passage from the Lancaster Diocese website (New Evangelisation).
Characteristics of the New Evangelisation
a) It is not new in its content; its theme is always Christocentric, that is, the one Gospel given in Jesus Christ, the Lord and savior of all mankind. Pope Benedict XVI has often reminded us that “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the event of an encounter with a person – Jesus Christ, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”.
(Lionel: It is Cristocentric without the neccesity of the Catholic Church for salvation. One can even be a Jehovah's Witness and believe in Jesus and be saved.It is not necessary to enter the Church for salvation).
b) It is inspired by the Holy Spirit who guided Jesus’ steps and, from the day of Pentecost, guides the Church. The gift of the Spirit is the prime mover, the first source, the first breath of a true evangelisation.
(Lionel: Evangelisation for centuries included the teaching on the necessity of all to enter the Catholic Church for salvation. This was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Vatican Council II has the same message in Ad Gentes 7).
c) It is the responsibility of all the people of God, not just the work of a few people with a special vocation. All the laity are co-responsible. As Christians, we cannot avoid the supreme duty to evangelize.
(Lionel: With which doctrine ?)
d) It is not just for foreign missions or only those who have not heard or believe the Christian message. The new evangelisation is also for healthy Christian communities and for those Christians who have lost a living sense of faith.
e) It is directed to individuals as well as to entire cultures of people and a wide variety of socio-cultural and demographic sectors.
f) It is not only about proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God, but involves the comprehensive process of being Christian, ongoing conversion and catechesis, and creating a civilization of love.
(Lionel: So like the other Catholic liberals it is about proclaiming the Kingdom of God and not mentioning exclusive salvation being there in only the Catholic Church. Since Lumen Gentium 16 etc it is implied, refer to cases visible to us in 2014 and so are an exception to the old ecclesiology).
g) It calls for a faithful missionary spirit that springs from prayer and holiness, hope and charity toward others.
(Lionel: And which rejects Catholic dogma and doctrine in visible heresy?)

We will have the Traditional Latin Mass offered by the Institute of Christ the King with a denial of dogma and Catholic doctrine. They will present a new Ecclesiology in which it is assumed that the Catechism of the Catholic Church 846 is contradicted by the Catechism of the Catholic Church 847 and 848.
It is not rational to assume that the dead saved (CCC 847) are a visible exception to all needing to enter the Church as through a door (CCC 846).
-Lionel Andrades