Author Archives: Ron Conte

The Twelve Papal Charisms

The 12 papal charisms are organized into three related sets of four charisms each: authority, indefectibility, unity. — Authority — 1. The Pope has supreme authority over the one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 2. The Pope has supreme authority … Continue reading

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Causes of the Food Crisis

See my latest Hunger Math post on the impending Food Crisis.

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Indefectibility is Not Confined to the Infallible

One of the most widespread errors among Catholics today is the idea that the Pope, Ecumenical Councils, and the body of Bishops teaching with the Pope can err to any extent, unless they are teaching infallibly. This claim is contrary … Continue reading

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Restorationism is just a form of Sedevacantism

Sedevacantists accuse the recent Popes of heresy, and so reject them as invalid popes or antipopes. Restorationists accuse the recent Popes of heresy, claim to accept them as valid popes, but in word and deed reject them just as if … Continue reading

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Supreme Papal Authority is the Ancient Constant Teaching of the Church

Part One — What the First Vatican Council taught on the supreme authority of the Roman Pontiff was nothing new, but only a clear and definitive expression of the ancient and constant teaching of the Church. Vatican I did not … Continue reading

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The Foolish Wording of Michael Moore’s proposed 28th Amendment

Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore has proposed and submitted to the U.S. Congress his suggestion for an amendment to the Constitution restricting firearms and repealing the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. My commentary (marked with a tilde … Continue reading

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Fr. Janvier Gbénou versus Pope Francis part one

Fr. Janvier has publicly repeatedly accused Pope Francis of grave error and heresy, and of being a “fake pope”, and he has refused to accept correction from his religious order, Opus Dei, and from the Apostolic See. According to LifeSiteNews, … Continue reading

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A Defense of the true spirit of Vatican I

One technique that the restorationists use to undermine magisterial teaching, whether of Vatican I, Vatican II, or the post-Vatican II liturgy, is storytelling. They focus on particular individuals, painting them as theological villains, and claiming that these persons influenced the … Continue reading

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The Alleged false spirit of Vatican I

The Lies of the Restorationists: a false spirit of Vatican I The restorationists are those who wish to wipe away everything since Vatican II, and return to an alleged past version of the Catholic Church. However, what they imagine the … Continue reading

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Democracy, Abortion, Guns and other Stuff

On Thursday, 23 June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued the opinion called “Bruen”, asserting the following: “New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right … Continue reading

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Roe v. Wade overturned by Supreme Court

“Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.” Decision was 6-3. Biden’s Solicitor General argued in Dobbs (a … Continue reading

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What Restorationism Seeks, Beyond Rejecting Vatican II

Pope Francis describes a certain problem that has taken deep root within traditionalism, especially in the United States. Pope Francis: “Restorationism has come on the scene to gag the Council. The number of “restorationist” groups—for example, there are many in … Continue reading

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